Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oh nooooo..... somehow I knew this was going to happen.

Just saw this thread on ZTH.

Can a Perodua ALZA go up Genting ah?


How come no one asks if a lorry carrying your coffee and toast for Old Town Cafe can make it up Genting?

How about if the lorry carrying tons of petrol for the Esso station can make it up there?

What about the lorry carrying toilet paper for the First World Hotel? Judging by the number of rooms there, they should need a fair amount of the stuff sent up on a daily basis.

How about when Lim Goh Tong first built the place. Did anyone ask him, "Eh, Uncle Lim. Your lorry carrying TONS of building supplies can go up Genting ah?".

I would like to propose to both Proton and Perodua to come up with something like this:


In the interest of all these "Can go up Genting ah?" people, ALL our local car magazines should make it MANDATORY to test ALL vehicles up Genting during their road test....

Got 7 seats? Check...
Got engine? Check...
Got 4 tires? Check...
CAN GO UP GENTING??????? Check...

Maybe a better question would be, "Can a 10-year old Kancil 660 with 5 rugby players loaded up with toilet paper make it up to Genting?".

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Toyota 1JZGTE- Shell 97, V-Power and Petronas 97

Have been filling up with Shell 97 and V-Power since transplanting the 1JZ into my car. The fuel economy is pretty horrendous at 350km for every 50 liters. Others have reported some increase in mileage from V-Power so in the interest of 'science' I decided to run the car on a few tanks of V-Power.

Those scientifically and statistically inclined among you might bemoan the fact that this isn't a controlled experiment, too many variables, blah, blah, blah.... but this is the best that I got.

Based on the price of 97 @ RM2.05 and V-Power @ RM2.38, I would have to hit around 400km per 50 liters to 'breakeven'. So...... can't say I noticed noticeable (or statistically significant) reduction in fuel consumption much less to approach the breakeven point of 400km per 50 liters.

How about power you say?

Errr..... based on my butt dyno..... can't say that I noticed any increase in power either.

So what do I do next? Fill up with Petronas 97. More to stop the bleeding of RM119 every time I fill up but also to try out another brand of petrol.

WOW!!! As with my Exora, the engine feels much smoother. (No, I don't work with Petronas.)

It really does and my logical side of me struggles to find a reason why this is so. Am currently calculating the mileage or should I say kmleage to see if there's any difference in fuel consumption but the results may be a bit skewed for this tank of Petronas 97 due to a 'spirited' drive along KESAS last night.

Based on the initial response, I'll continue to fill up with Petronas 97. Will try and control the right foot and see what sort of kmleage I can get.