Nissan TD 3.0 Cruise Control

Submitted: Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 19:07
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I'm currently looking for a upgrade to my Jackeroo 3.5SE and I've narrowed it down to:

Patrol 3.0TD or Landcruiser 4.2D (the TD is just too expensive and has IFS)

However, I believe both of these don't have cruise control!! How primative, even my Holden has cruise fitted as standard!

Anybody got any experience fitting aftermarket cruise to either vehicle? Is Nissan going to fit a cruise module at some time in the future?

Experiences appreciated....

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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 19:59

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 19:59
I fitted an aftermarket cruise to the TD Patrol 3.0 and its excellent! Its an Autron and got it done thru the local Nissan place. Shopped around for the best deal (somewhere around $700 dont remember exactly how much) then went back to Nissan who had also quoted and they matched the lowest price. Driving it home was great, no more worries about being pinged for doing 130 when you didnt know youre doing it.......investment in licence as I see it
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 20:33

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 20:33
$700 good grief !! i might be wrong but cruise controls are all the same after market i mean a mate of mine got one from autoone or repco or Kmart somewhere like that only paid $110 a couple of years ago, cant have gone up to much look around your bound to find one, it was preety good i went away with him alot and look like it worked bloody good, i've got one on the Explorer best invention since the wheel.

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ps, i just rang my mate he got it from Big W, there are 2 types one for manual one for auto in akit with instuctions, hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 06:29

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 06:29
Sorry Baz, but yes you're wrong, the 3.0 Nisssan is drive by wire. I chased around heaps and was surprised to find that the major component of the cost is the fitting. I have one of those Big W ones, no good for the Patrol or the TD Cruiser I reckon.

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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 08:03

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 08:03
Thats 2 strikes have to do me some learnun me thinks.

Look like a couple more upper cuts, Baz. (ouch!!)
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Follow Up By: Wisey (NSW) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 16:57

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 16:57
Command (brand) also have cruise controls for most types of vehicles. Major auto suppliers in NSW stock them or visit their web site as I have done. Purchasing soon to fit on my slowlux
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Follow Up By: Member - Votlip - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 18:34

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 18:34
I have a 3 lt GU patrol and also had the Autron cruise control fitted (after seeking advice from this forum). I would definately recommend it and when I upgrade this one, I will be getting another fitted (That is if Nissan hasn't woken up and started installing cruise control on the 3 lt!)
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Reply By: Leroy - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 20:00

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 20:00
Hi Mike,

I have a Global Cruise electronic cruise control and I think it is average. I hit set and it drops in speed as much as 5kph before it gets back to the speed where I hit sit. You hit resume and it doesnt go back to where it was. You increase the speed by one tap of the increase button and it goes up by 5 kph. Nothing like the cruise in my VT commodore. Its like a precision instrument in comparison! Also you have the controls on the steering wheel and if you have your steering wheel turned a little you cant flash your lights as the stork hits the controls. Its fine when the wheel is centred.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 20:01

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 20:01
I forgot to mention that this cruise was recommended and fitted by the dealer.

Leroy

ps i didn't mean to post twice....
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Reply By: Leroy - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 20:00

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 20:00
Hi Mike,

I have a Global Cruise electronic cruise control and I think it is average. I hit set and it drops in speed as much as 5kph before it gets back to the speed where I hit sit. You hit resume and it doesnt go back to where it was. You increase the speed by one tap of the increase button and it goes up by 5 kph. Nothing like the cruise in my VT commodore. Its like a precision instrument in comparison! Also you have the controls on the steering wheel and if you have your steering wheel turned a little you cant flash your lights as the stork hits the controls. Its fine when the wheel is centred.

Leroy
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Reply By: Gerk - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 22:48

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 22:48
Main North Nissan Adelaide have a (factory cruise?? for around $360 trade + fitting.
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 17:10

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 17:10
I was told Autron make the factory one for Nissan
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Reply By: joc45 - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 23:02

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 23:02
I've noticed a factory cc fitted to the latest Nissan 4.2tdi, not sure if it's avail on the 3.0.
Kmart flog the AP50 for around $170, but it's not suitable for drive-by-wire systems as in the 3.0. On my 4.2, it keeps my speed to within less than a km/h.
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 23:23

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 23:23
Hi Mike

I also have the autron cruise control fitted to my 3.0TD GU. While its expensive compared to others, its a true "fly by wire" that plugs into the accelerator wiring and engine black box. It works very well and i am very happy with it.

Other types of cruise control fit a cable to the accelerator pedal to move it. Means fitting brackets etc.. in a confined area. Autron website list this as a safety issue, but have not actually heard of anyone having a problem with it, but what they said made sense (chalk one up for their advertising, either way I paid the extra $$$ so am either safety consious or just gullible!!!). Cost me $650 fitted.

As for the 3.0TD and cruiser, I faced the same dilema 6 months ago when looking to upgrade my 80 series standard. I finally went for the GU and couldn't be happier. When comparing engines, the 3.0TD has a heck of a lot of power. I tow on a regular basis and you cannot begin to compare the two motors for towing ability, especially now i have the Dtronic (torque up from 354Nm to 420Nm - compared to cruiser at at ~275Nm). Forgot what its like to tow with sufficient power.

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Reply By: Member - TonyG (NSW) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 08:18

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 08:18
Hi all,

I am getting one of these units installed later this week to a 3.0TD Patrol

Link to Web Site

I will let all know how it goes

Thanks

TonyG

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Follow Up By: Leroy - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 10:21

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 10:21
Tony,

I notice that the controls on the steering wheel sit in further than the factory controls. I notice only because mine is the same and find in difficult to stretch my fingers down to use the controls. Also when the controls are lined up with the indicator stalk you cant flash your hi beams as the stalk hits the controls.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Member - TonyG (NSW) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 15:27

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 15:27
Hi Leroy,

Are you talking about the one that sits inside the steering wheel?

That is the one I was going to get only because I thought it would be more functional to use.

WOuld you make any recommendation, ie is stalk better, or do I get them to mount highier on the face on the steering wheel?

Many Thanks

ToinyG
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 16:22

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 16:22
Tony,

I have asked a couple of mates to see what brand they have. I know one of them looks like the factory cruise controls in the steering wheel. I wouldn't worry about the stalk. I'll let you know when I hear back from them.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 10:16

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 10:16
Tony,

The brand that my mate has is Autron.

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The one I should of bought.
Leroy

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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 11:21

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 11:21
Mate my eletronics cruise on my auto 3.0TD Surf is aftermarket and fantastic. Being aftermarket you can set it lower than normal too, great for going through school zones or nation parks where speed limit may be 30-40km/h.

BTW - What's wrong with IFS? did you ever get stuck with you jack because of it?
I have never been bogged in all three of my 4bys because of IFS. Normally if I get stuck it's because of human error. (pressures, momentum, stupidity etc).
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Reply By: Matt14 - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 11:30

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 11:30
Ive had an Autron unit for about 4 months on my GU.
Absolutely no complaints. I got it from an Auto Electrician who experimented with a few units on his own GU 3.0TD. He reckoned that this was the best by a long way
Shame about the price tag is all.

matt
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 13:37

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 13:37
Mike, how can you compare a 4cyl with a 6 cyl, most of the proven 6cyl deisels will do 3,4,5, hundred thous. There are dozens of posts in this forum with blown 3.o l patrol motors and many other problems and most of them havent even done 100,000 yet, do yourself a favour and buy a 6 cyl turbo deisel.
Everone will say I am cruiser bias, so what, they are great vehicles and you only get what you pay for, but I dont care buy a patrol if you like, but get 6 pots!!!
Even some of the die hard patol people will not touch a 3.0l.
Factory or aftermarket cruise control will fit all of them but for my money I would go with the cable accel. as they are not so sensitve in rough terrain.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Monday, May 10, 2004 at 15:24

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 15:24
Autron units are top shelf , kmart etc.. units are fairly crude.

upgrading from a jack to a 3.0 patrol , upgrading from a magnificent motor to a hand grenade.............................
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