After market cruise control

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 21:03
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Hi all, With all the speed camera's hidden all over the place these days ready to snap you for as little as 5klms over the limit it seems that cruise control could pay itself off pretty quickly.Does steady travel on cruise actually improve economy?Can anybody recommend an installer in Melb. area?
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Reply By: Andrew - Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 21:09

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 21:09
Generally yes ... a cruise control can improve the economy, simply because the speed has not varied a lot over the duration of the trip. As for an installer, dunno depends on the cruise, and of course I don't live in Melbourne. Cheers, Andrew ... Outback Oz.
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Reply By: forge - Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 22:04

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 22:04
Had my cruise control fitted last month , should have dun it years ago . Been through 5 camera,s so far , and not been picked up . Have been on a highway run also , and it makes driving much more relaxing , you still have to pay attention though . As for improved economy , i haven,t had it long enough yet , but i think will . Look for AUSCRUISE BY AUTRON . Ring Autron Electronics P/L 499 Victoria St West Melbourne VIC 3003 , sorry haven,t got a number . CHEERS .
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Reply By: marcus - Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 22:42

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 22:42
Hi Forge ,Thanks for your reply they are only 10 minutes up the road i will see about a quote this week for a system to suit a five speed manual diesel.

cheers marcus
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Reply By: Andrew - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 00:38

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 00:38

I have a turbo diesel manual and fitted after market cruise when I bought the vehicle. I was talked into a 'command' system.

If your vehicle is a later model 'drive by wire' computer electronic, don't go near 'Command systems' As stated by the other guy, get an AUSCRUISE system. I changed over to this make because of trouble with other. Chalk and cheese. AUSCRUISE systems are 'vehicle specific' and not just a 'one fits all' There is no wiring with an AUSCRUISE, it is all intergrated with your electronics. It is smooth and accurate to within about 2kph except when travelling up a steepish incline when it has a tendancy to over compensate at the top of the hill an increase in speed about 8kph before it fiqures out it is going too fast and slows back to the set speed. I don't know of a better one on the market. You can see write ups about AUSCRUISE in 4x4 Australia magazine.
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Follow Up By: Member - Des - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 12:46

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 12:46
We got the Command AutoPilot AP50. Only $150 at K-mart on special. Wish I had got it earlier. Yes they are one size fits all as Andrew says, and maybe not ideal for drive-by-wire vehicles, but good value for older models. Much easier driving. Haven't had it long enough to comment on fuel consumption, but hope for some savings on the hwy.

See previous threads about cruise control - other people were also happy with the command models.
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Follow Up By: David - Friday, Feb 21, 2003 at 18:11

Friday, Feb 21, 2003 at 18:11
I too bought two Command's for $150 at K-mart , fittted one to my GQ TD42 and one to my son's VN commodore. Don't know how I lived without it!!! (But I suspect no improvement in fuel consumption)
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Follow Up By: David - Friday, Feb 21, 2003 at 18:22

Friday, Feb 21, 2003 at 18:22
Further to the above.....
I've done about 9,000 km in my Patrol -mostly towing- since fitting the Command system- nearly all using the cruise control- best gadget I ever fitted and best $150 I ever spent. Absolutely can't fault it.
Son's opinion of his on his Commodore is the same!
So if you don't have "drive by wire" don't waste your hard earned dough on anything more exotic and therefore more expensive...
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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 15:09

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 15:09
Fine - if you're running standard tyre sizes - otherwise electronics or speedo need to be recalibrated. My speedo is out 15% due to larger wheels when I plann ahead for an offroad trip.

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Reply By: jason_poole - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:40

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:40
marcus,i had a mazda bravo 4wd 5sp petrol a had a vacuum operated command cruise fitted and it was crap.the vehicle surged all the time and with the 10kmh overspeed cut out i was continually reseting it.if you buy aftermarket don't get a vacuum operated one,get an electronic one.they are a bit more expensive but you get what you pay for in these items
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:54

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:54
Absolutely, vaccum operated systems are crap. And if the vehicle is drive by wire, don't even consider one. I have been privi to a memo circulated by the Command mob themselves that stresses to fitters NOT to fit them to drive by wire vehicles because of safety concerns..
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Follow Up By: Flash - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 13:34

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 13:34
Sorry- the vacuum systems may not work well on your fancy "fly by wire" electronic vehicles- bit on "normal" vehicles they will usually work very well indeed (on some vehicles you may need to fiddle settings eg: number of magnets or pulse rate.-all easy adjustments)
I have had two fitted- one on a TD42 Maverick and one on my Dads Patrol and both work a treat!
Didn't cost much either.
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