Does anyone out there drive a car that has both a manual transmission and cruise control?
I`ve been driving a manual for 15 years and love it. The next vehicle I plan to purchase has a 5-speed manual transmission and cruise control is available as an option. Most people have cruise control with an Automatic.
I wonder how well cruise control behaves with a manual transmission.
control. Its great for highway driving; its no different than on an automatic.
The only deciding factor on whether it is a waste of money is if the traffic where you will be driving is light enough to allow you to use it. It was great on I-15 and I-70 in the western U.S. to the midwest, but where I am (in the D.C. <-> Baltimore corridor), its useless. Traffic speed is too inconsistent.
In fact, when I bought my Mitsu. Galant 5-speed brand new, the only feature it was missing that I couldn`t live without was cruise control. I had it added after-market. I use cruise control a lot in both manual and automatic tranny equipped vehicles. Cruise control will work fine with either transmission, ASSUMING the engine is not under-powered for the vehicle that the engine is installed in. For example, in my Mitsu. Galant, cruise works just fine, even in hilly areas. I used to drive a underpowered Grand Caravan where cruise would only work well on flat sections of highway though. But it had nothing to do with the tranny, as my wife`s car works great with cruise control and automatic tranny . . . but it has gobs of power for a car it`s size.
As far as cruise control and manual trannies go, there are two differences to be aware of . . .
1st, it`s been my experience that a manual tranny equipped vehicle will "drift" a lot less than a automatic tranny equipped vehicle. That is, if you set it at 63, it`s going to stay about 61-64 with a manual, not drift from ~55 - 65 like an automatic.
Also, you need to be careful with the clutch when you are using cruise control with a manual. Even though you have a "kill" switch on the clutch, it doesn`t instantly kill the cruise. If you hit the clutch too quickly you can over-rev the engine on cruise. Not a big deal. You just need to be aware that it might happen. If you suddenly have to downshift or stop for some reason, don`t be surprised if the engine blips up into the red range momentarily. (!) It can be somewhat distracting the first few times it happens. When possible, it`s better to bump the brake pedal to kill cruise before shifting. -Dave
As Dave C said, cruise works fine with a manual. I have a 5-spd Explorer and use cruise almost all the time - it helps me keep my speed steady. The only thing I am not fond of is stepping on the clutch with the cruise engaged. Although doing this shuts off the cruise, sometimes the engine rpm jumps quite high for a second. I don`t know if this is a function of all cruise controls or just one on the 92 Explorer. So I always try to tap the brake pedal or hit "off" with my finger if I have to shift.
Previously on rec.autos.driving, Ron Prediger said: ; Does anyone out there drive a car that has both a manual transmission and ; cruise control?
My last car did, and my brother`s last and current car do. ; I`ve been driving a manual for 15 years and love it. The next vehicle I ; plan to ; purchase has a 5-speed manual transmission and cruise control is available ; as an option. Most people have cruise control with an Automatic. ; ; I wonder how well cruise control behaves with a manual transmission.
Just fine. When you step on the clutch, it disengages just as it does when you step on the brake. ; Is cruise control with a manual still nice for highway driving or just a ; waste ; of money? Any comments based on exprerience would be welcome.
`cos while I`m personally comfortable with the 140+km/h speeds I would tend to gravitate to if I left all the decisions up to my right foot, I would never want to break any laws. "Muggins" uses cruise somewhat less often, `cos on highways like the 1 and 99 he often has to gas down from 140+ to 110ish for ?passers anyway. even on inclines. There is sometimes a small increase in speed on downgrades, as one might expect. I have no experience of AT cars, but I suspect there isn`t a huge difference. Other posters have pointed out that it isn`t a particularly good idea to disengage the CLUTCH when in cruise, though, but you can either tap the brake, or, for maximum stealth, click the safety switch to the OFF position and back on again. depend on your driving habits. If you habitually and willfully ignore the speed limits (and I notice you have a Canajun address so that`s very easy to do - 100/110 limits, that`s mph right? you might find it less useful. Still, "Muggins" does use it from time to time, even at highly illegal speeds.
owned. The problem you describe could be a characteristic of certain brands of cruise control modules.
Slightly deviating from the topic of this thread, I once had someone ask why their cruise control would not engage at 90 mph. At the time, I had no idea why and thought that this may have been a defect of his vehicle. I decided to see if my Audi also had this limitation.
Evidently, cruise control can be used to accelerate up to 80 mph. It also seems that it can be set at 85 mph. Beyond 90 mph, my cruise control would not engage. Also, after trying this experiment, it seems that my cruise control feature was disabled for that particular trip (it wouldn`t engage at any speed). I tried shutting off the engine while at speed and restarting it, but the cruise control was still disabled. It was reenabled after I stopped the car, shut the engine off, and then restarted it.
of hills it will be fine. I use the CC on my GTI for road trips no problem.
The real problem is it is next to useless in everyday driving because there are no highways around here uncongested enough to use it! nate
A bit of corporate nannying to stop you from speeding? Perhaps a touch of corporate ****-covering to stop you blaming the cruise control, (and thereby the company), for exceeding the speed limit? Sort of a "if you want to speed, go ahead, but we won`t support it" situation.
As a matter of interest, the 2001 Ford Taurus and the 1985 Cadillac Eldorado will both let you set cruise control at 90MPH. Just a personal observation there.
noticed a problem with it.