Wednesday, April 22, 2009

1 tank of Fuel trip from Klang to Kepala Batas, Penang and BACK!!

Today is one of the most interesting day with the 308 GT. I was trying to achieve to drive from Taman Bayu Perdana, Klang (which is near Pandamaran), all the way to Kepala Batas in Penang... and BACK...., with just ONE tank full of petrol!! Woah!! The Petrol attendant said its NOT possible....
So, this was a challenge... and there were four of us in the car when we set off at 9am in the morning.
We had to swivel in the Klang jam for a while before hitting NKVE. When I hit NKVE, I set the cruise control at 110km/h and we cruised all the way up to Ipoh, when one of us, had to take a leak... so, we all followed. 
By the time we reached Kepala Batas at around 1pm, the car was just about half tank of fuel, clocking 404.6 km. That moment, I was confident that we could reach back Klang with 1 tank of fuel. I went for my meeting, and by the time we wanted to head back, it was already 6pm. I kept to my composure of not wanting to accelerate hard to save the fuel and achieve what I have never achieved before. Believe me, its hard when you have the urge to just want to accelerate and feel the power. I drove slowly and kept to my discipline and with four of us again... we drove back also keeping to the 110km/h speed limit which I set on my cruise control.
On the way back, we decided to stop by Ipoh to have the Bean Spout and chicken rice. I was thinking whether its possible to meet our goal if we detour into Ipoh, which we will move into slow traffic and lots of traffic lights. However, we had nice chicken rice in Ipoh City.
Finally, our stretch back to Klang was again set at 110km/h all the way. By the time I reached back Klang town, the fuel warning light started to beep. I clocked 783.0km with 1 tank of fuel and yet, I had another 110km to go with the balance of fuel in the tank. Looking at the trip computer, I have done a 6.5l/100km which is equvalent to 15.38km/l with 4 people in the car and aircon all the way and back.

This is indeed a great fuel consumption on the 1.6 turbo engine running constantly (95% of the time) at 110km/h.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Trying to attempt - Port Klang to Penang and back WITH ONE TANK OF FUEL!!

Tomorrow, will be an interesting trip for me to Penang. I will try to drive from Port Klang, along NKVE, all the way to Kepala Batas, which I will have a meeting... and back with 1 full tank of fuel only. Estimated distance is 850km.

Do you think its possible on the 308GT?? 

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Touch Screen Pioneer Player for the Peugeot 308

I stumbled in Youtube this interesting player that is fixed in a Peugeot 308.

I wonder if it can be done here in Malaysia.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

VIDEO - GT compared to THP

ok.. the above video is done in the morning when I just woke up so... excuse my scruffy look.

The remaining things that I didn't mention in the video are:-
1) Directional headlamps - the move left and right according to where you turn
2) Headlamp washers
3) Front parking Sensors

Monday, April 13, 2009

Pulling to the LEFT problem..

I've been always getting the pulling to the left problem with the Peugeot 308. Its a right hand drive and people from Nasim even told me that the problem is normal as the car is built for left hand drive and there is a bushing issue where these cars are built to be slightly pulling to the left as the roads are tilting towards the right, on the right lane.

However, because we are driving on the left hand side of the road, plus the roads here are tilting to the left, plus the car is built to pull a little to the left, we end up having a 308, pulling to the left issue in Malaysia.

I spoke to Raymond, who owns a 308 THP during our last TT session and he told me that the Pirelli guys in Glenmarie solved his pulling to the left issue. I was determined to solve my problem too, so I took a stroll there today and spoke to the nice people there.

They told me that many 308 came and had the same problem. So, they started working on my car.

First, they took a test drive around the block. Confirmed, the car is pulling to the left.
Second, they did the alignment. 
Third, they rotated the tires. As my car just hit its 10,000km, it was time for a rotate anyway.
They also did wheel balancing.
Finally, they delivered the car and told me it was a  camber issue, so they toe in a little and the car will be even better as time goes. I really don't know what that means.
However, I took the car for a drive and I was really amazed that the car is moving straight when I let go of the steering wheel.

I am glad that its straight now. The damage? RM 32 for wheel balancing and RM 45 for alignment.  For RM 77.00 I think it was worth it...

I would recommend those with this problem to pay them a visit. The Pirelli shop is located at the corner right in front of the entrance to Nasim Glenmarie. Its called Goh Swee Hin (KL) Sdn Bhd.

Good Luck and cheers! 

Sunday, April 12, 2009

11th April Peugeot TT session

We ended up in Puchong, ABC Mamak as the Awan Besar R&R was packed and it was raining as well.

The PCM committee had a small discussion about the activities that we are going to organise for 2008.

It was a great turnout as we had more than 28 people who attended the TT session.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Peugeot Club Malaysia AGM - 29th March 2009

An eventful meeting was held on the 29th March 2009 at the Naza Boardroom in Jalan 51A/221, Petaling Jaya with 25 members attending. 
An election was done and AbangK and Pumbaah was reelected as President and Vice President for another term. Paramjit was also reelected as the treasurer. Black Dolphin (Andrew) is now the new Secretary while EPang (Eugene) is the Vice Secretary. I can't remember who were the other committee members but Andy and myself were elected in.
This year, we hope to have a better team of committee to spice up more activities for the Peugeot owners here in Malaysia. Another committee meeting will be called to address the issues and activities for the coming year.
Some of the activities discussed were Track Day in Sepang, A Day at the beach (Family Day), More TT sessions, Kuala Kelawang challenge, A trip to Gurun (Naza Factory), Bowling Day etc but nothing is confirmed until our next meeting.
We do hope to see more new members join in the club, especially the 308 and 407 owners.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Peugeot 308 GT hitting 220km/h

I tried hitting top speed with my car today but only managed to clock 220km/h as there were traffic around. This is the video of it.
The car still feels very stable at that speed. I will have to conclude that this car is very well engineered. 
The pickup from 200km/h towards hitting 220km/h is not bad too. Enjoy the short video!
If you cannot see it up here... click