On Fri, 18 Aug 2006 11:32:07 -0400, Nuclear Option
One time outside a Auto Parts store this guy stoopped me and was
trying to tell me that his 5.3 truck got 34 MPG on a trip. It turned
out (as I suspected) he had the speedo readout set to KPH not MPH so
he was getting 34 KPG or about 19 MPG.
I haven't had my new wheels for an entire week yet, so I haven't been
able to determined MPG yet. I'm hoping to get close to 30/hwy. Not
superb for a 4-cyl, but it's not an econo-box...it's a convertible Saab
9-3 turbo, so we shall see.
Monday morning I'll head out to work on a full tank with the tripmeter
reset. Friday evening when I pull into the gas station near the house
I'll do the numbers.
The K5 was getting around 11.7mpg on the interstate. In town was much
worse. I was usually putting in $20 of premium daily to make the 60
mile round trip to work and back. I figured that much gas was equal to
a car payment, and when the K5's most recent rear axle gave up the
ghost it just made sense. I gotta say though, having things like a
radio and A/C again is *awfully* nice... :-)
BTW Snoman, I noticed your website is done in PHP. Did you do it
yourself? I'm really needing to get into PHP for a project at work and
would appreciate any recommendations on good tutorials / books for
learning the stuff. I'm assuming it's driving a MySQL database on the
Let me know...
Yes it is in PHP driven by MySQL I plan to do more with it at a later
date. Right now I am using PHPBB 2.0.21 software and may take to 3.0
when it passes beta and gives me a lot more options but my websever
will need to upgrade PHP version to support it so we will have to wait
and see. As far as books on it. There a a few good books on it by
SAMS and a few other writers. You might check out your local library
if you have a good one as I got a lot of them there. I am not a wizard
with PHP and MySQL but I try to manage. I am strong in other aspects
of it though.
What is the project you're doing? If you are mostly doing CRUD stuff
to a database connection especially MySQL, Ruby on Rails is a slick way
to go, very quick to get a website up and running, and kinda cutting
edge stuff to learn. Just a thought... if you want recommendations on
books for that let me know....
Jon R. Pickens wrote:
I manage the inventory for my department at work. I work for a major
ISP and my small department does the Q&A on new products (software or
hardware). For years inventory has been out of control with pieces
being misplaced and stolen since the department began. I have an
online MySQL database running on a Fedora Core 5 server and I admin it
with phpMyAdmin. That app is good at adding fields or records, and
overall management, but it's in no way a good interface for the average
I just need a quick way to add, delete, and change my inventory from a
web interface. I need a read-only interface for 9 employees, and
read/write access for me and my boss. Oh, and security is high
priority. I can't have anyone but me or the boss man being able to
change the inventory.
Sounds like a good match for RoR, check out rubyonrails.org or
pragmaticprogrammers.com for some good info(i have both ruby books from
the 2nd site) RoR gives you crud plus a web interface for it for free,
all you do is enter a couple commands and every mysql table/index gets
mapped to classes in ruby complete with the interface. The security is
doable too, explained in the pragmatic books.....
Jon R. Pickens wrote:
If that isn't a load of crapola I don't know what is!!! Anyone who even
momentarily thinks about the size of the vehicle and the engine should know
better than to believe such bs. Shoot, the Prius is lucky to squeeze the
30's out of a gallon on the hwy!!!
My 2003 Z71 4x4 5.3L extended cab, short bed is getting around 14mpg -
about half of my daily driving is city and half is highway; I have
around 55k mi on it right now.
I'm going to start doing my own oil changes using Mobil1 synthetic and a
K&N air filter - I have been told that will improve my mileage - gas I
use is typically Regular 87 Octane - when I use better, I do notice a
little more distance on the trip meter when I fill up. Here in NJ, gas
prices just dipped to $2.79 at some places, but a fill-up is still way
too pricey - I guess I shouldn't complain too much because I could be
living in a area where the price is over $3/gal.
SYN may gain you a bit but a air filter is a waste of money MPG wise.
Also it will do better on 89 octane and better still on 93 because
that engine was only designed to tolerate 87, not do its best on it.
(that is the ONLY reason there is a knock senser on it) WHen you use
low octane fuel, the ECM retards the spark to control knock and when
it does it reduces thermodynamic efficency and MPG with it. It will be
most noticable in hot weather when octane requirements of a engine
increase as it is not constant as many would like to believe.
Thanks SnoMan - all things I wasn't aware of. Perhaps I'll start using
the 89-grade consistently and see how I make out. Sill planning on
switching to SYN and if the K&N Air Filter is negligible from a MPG
perspective, maybe just the fact that it is less than the price of two
disposable air filters will make it a justifiable expenditure.
Bear in mind that it is well documented in some independant ISO tests
on the web that K&N do filter less. Below is a like to one such test.
Granted it is on a Dmax but given that it has a very high intake air
flow it makes a good subject for this test. A few more thing, keep
your fluids fresh in drive axles and Tcase with regular changed (every
20 to 30K) and keep tires close to or at their max rated pressure to
keep rolling resistance as low as possible. Yes we are spliting hairs
but when you are trying to squeak out that last little bit of MPG, you
need to do it.
Unless you drive gravel roads a lot, you won't have to worry about that
filter for a long time. My '99 still has it's original filter at 51k. I
check it at oil changes and though it's slightly discolored, plenty of light
can still be seen through it.
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