Autron Auscruise

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Anyone got the Auscruise control fitted to the 3.0ltd Patrol. i know they are supposed to be the ducks guts but I would like some 1st hand experience if possible.
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Reply By: The Crow - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 16:08

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 16:08
I don't have an Auscruise but have a comand cruise control on my 3ltr TD GU3 Patrol and it is the bee's knees it was installed by my nissan dealer. Wouldn' be without it, so much more enjoyable to drive not having to watch your speedo all the time with out it I found it quite easy to creep up over the speed limit next thing your doing 140ks. Great investment.
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Follow Up By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 16:56

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 16:56
Is command a fly by wire type or pedal pull type ?
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Follow Up By: The Crow - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:07

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:07
The command I Have is drive by wire.
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:27

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:27
Hi Crow,

Are you sure its not the "pedal pull" type? All the Command cruise control models I have seen are "pedal pulls" ("pedal pull" is where an actuator actually moves the pedal by a wire connected to it). I may be wrong, but unless Command have only just bought a new model out, they were all pedal pulls. Autron is the only "drive by wire" on the market, but will stand corrected if that has changed.

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Follow Up By: mattie - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 13:25

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 13:25
i have a auscruise on a new 3lt nissan patrol it seems to work fine ( the wagon is only 4 days old) this is the only cruise our local dealer fits.

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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 16:38

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 16:38
Hi Puddin & Gumnut.

I have the Autron cruise control and reckon its great. Its a true "fly-by-wire" type that plugs into the accelerator pedal and doesn't need an actuator and cable attached to the pedal. I use it all the time, especially when towing, and it holds a steady speed very well.

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Reply By: Happy GU Owner - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 16:52

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 16:52
Nothin but praise here also. I had mine fitted from the dealer before picking my car up, and after owning my last 3.0 Litre Di Patrol without cruise control for 75,000 klms without one, I wouldn't hesitate to put the autron cruise control on one again.

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Reply By: crowie - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 16:56

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 16:56
I've had the Autron Auscruise on my GUII auto ZD30 for over 12 months. Works really well, is electronic rather than mechanical so nothing is going to jam up. Its made those long outback trips so much easier. Think I paid $700 and was a bit cheaper for a manual.

Only thing I've noticed, and its a minor problem is a tendency for it to cause the engine to surge very slightly when set on 100kph and going down hill. Feels like someone putting the brakes on and releasing them. I took it back to the installer's after six months to see if it could be fixed. They said it was something to do with the Patrols engine management system, not a problem and was normal. Might not be the same on a manual vehicle.

My Patrol is a GUII and the the electronics may have changed in the interum or Autron may have upgraded their electronics by now. Its not something that would prevent me buying another one.
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Follow Up By: Member - Gerk Yorke Pen (SA) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:08

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:08
Hmmm, Berri must be a long way from Sydney hey Bob.
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Follow Up By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:22

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:22
It is Paul, The right knee needs warranty work & the back is shot & I was in agony by the time I got to Cowra so next purchase is cruise control before next big trip.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:46

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:46
I have a GUIII 3.0TDi with a Autron Auscruise.

Only way to go.

Made the mistake of getting the Command system before I new about the drive by wire stuff.

Changed it to the Auscruise...not a drama, very smooth, very good.

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Reply By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 19:15

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 19:15
Thanks for the 1st hand info guys, Thats the way i'll go. Quote of $799 supply & fit but still worth it to save my leg & back.
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 21:31

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 21:31
Hi Puddin & Gumnut,

Reckon you will be happy with the Autron, but you may want to get another quote. I had mine fitted for only $650 8 months ago, just after I picked my Nissan up.

Or does this quote include the optional 3 button pre-set speed on the LHS of the wheel? If so, quote is probably OK.

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Follow Up By: rolande- Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 21:41

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 21:41
Had a quote last week $699 without the three extra buttons
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Follow Up By: Peter McGuckian - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 10:04

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 10:04
Bob,

Its worth getting several quotes. I'm in Melbourne and paid $720 a few months ago for the drive by wire job with additional buttons. Some quotes were as high as $870. It really is an excellent unit.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 17:45

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 17:45
yep theyre the ducks guts, I got mine fitted for $600, just called around and got a few quotes then took the lowest back to the Nissan dealer and they matched it without question. The majority of the price is the manhours for the fitting not the unit itself which is about $250-$300 from memory. get a few quotes.

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Follow Up By: rolande- Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 21:50

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 21:50
Bonz,
That is way below my best quote, did you haggle really well or can you let us in on the secret. Who????
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2004 at 21:45

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2004 at 21:45
I just looked up the website Rolande and called every fitment place in a 200km radius of me, got the lowest price and went and got the locals to match it, they did so without question, I had the quoting businesses details if they asked but they didnt they just matched the price.
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Follow Up By: rolande- Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 22:48

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 22:48
Bonz,
thanks for the reply, was hoping you could direct me to who in SW Vic' would install at that price. All I have rang have same price $699. Need the quote to go back to dealer, did you use the 'bool dealer or other??
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 17:28

Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 17:28
my quote and fitting was at least 18 months old Rolande, if thats the going price thats It I reckon
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Follow Up By: rolande- Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 20:19

Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 20:19
Bonz,
O.K. Thought I may be able to get a discount, thanks anyhow
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 22:03

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 22:03
Put a Command (I think from memory) AP-50 on my prevoius falcon Works great, even better than factory one on EF I have now, and at the time emailed command and asked if I could use one on my yota spray unit where I need constant speeds of 15kmh to 25kmh, by fitting 2 or 3 magnets to trick the controller, but they never replied so never did it.
I have been thinking of one myself and have heard people talking about fitting AP 60 units to deisels, but I am not sure how they work with no manifold vaccum or is there a special one for none electronic deisels.
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Follow Up By: rolande- Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 23:03

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 23:03
Pesty,
I think the Autron lets you change gear and turn back on, the three switches let you set speeds down to 60km/h so it may well work on at lower speeds on your spray unit. They have vacuum as well as electronic controls
Rolande

Found this on their website

29. Minimum speed can be changed from 29 km/h down to a minimum of 4km/h

http://www.autron.com.au/newweb/index1024.htm
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Follow Up By: Rob L - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 07:32

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 07:32
Pesty,

Have fitted AP50 to diesel troopie with no problems - taps into the vacuum line to the brake booster. Controls at anything from about 50k to 110+ with two magnets fitted.

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Follow Up By: Member - Gerk Yorke Pen (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 11:01

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 11:01
Rolande are you in SA and if so where did you get the quote for the cruise cheers from Paul
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Follow Up By: rolande- Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 13:27

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 13:27
Paul,
I'm in Vic, (now now, be nice!) Had the orginal quote at the 4X4 show in Melbourne last October, then again last week by 2 installers in Geelong, all ended up being $699 without the extra set of buttons. hope this helps
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 17:48

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2004 at 17:48
The autron lets you turn off the unit, turn it back on and then hit the resume button, even after you have parked the car at Albury for a feed and look around. They must store the speed in non-volatile memory somehow. I dont use the feature anyways as you either hit the set or resume button, same thing. So yes they do work if you change gears and resume them.

MAKE SURE YOU GET THE CLUTCH SWITCH THROWN IN TOO. Some deals were sans the clutch switch which isnt that good on a manual.
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Reply By: Bilbo - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 22:49

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 22:49
I have an Auscruise on a Landcruiser GXL TD100 series manual - brilliant! I used to suffer from badly swollen right knee on longer than an hours driving. But now, no more. Easy to use - I drive on mine down the freeway, in fact anything longer than about 2 kms with no traffic and it's on!

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Reply By: Moneypit - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 23:01

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 23:01
Had 3 cruise controls before. The Autron Auscruise is far and away the best.

Money well spent.

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