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Old 04-13-2011, 02:34 AM
 
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I love cruise control. I love how nowadays the cruise control automatically slows down when the car in front slows down and speeds up with it as well. No longer have to keep tapping the brake. It works well in NJ where the traffic patters are not consistent.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:29 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Thumbs up Cruise control, yay or nay?

An enthusiastic yay.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I personally can't live without when I'm driving and utilize it every chance I get.
The fuel savings are rather noticeable and makes the trip more enjoyable.
I don't need it around town (obviously) but out on the highway it's a must-have. For one, in at least one of my cars I could easily find myself in triple-digit speeds if I don't mind the speedo because it's just that effortless and buttoned-down at speed. For another, my calf muscles get tired after a while from modulating the throttle pedal. So for me it's not so much a fuel economy issue (though that's a nice bonus) as a comfort and stay-out-of-jail issue.

One of these days I'd love to get a car with fully adaptive cruise control. That will make the drive to and from less of a hassle. Just get on the expressway and keep the car in the lane, and let the car adjust its own speed along with the erratic traffic flow.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I don't get how cruise control saves gas. Engine braking on downhills, extra gas uphill, unable to anticipate, etc.

Try this instead: Give a little extra gas, maintain speed uphill (or slowly lose speed), if you're passing, accelerate slowly.
Hills? What hills?

I have to drive a solid 150 miles before I get into remotely hilly terrain. And it can be as few as 20 miles before I'm already on the other side of it.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:27 AM
 
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I use it as much as I can. Like others have said, I would personally love a car with adaptive cruise control. I've driven a couple, but never owned one. It's becoming more and more common which is a good thing. The biggest headache for me with cruise control is traffic that is ever so slightly slower than what mine is set at and then dealing with slow downs and speed ups.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Wouldn't buy a car without it.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:30 AM
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Location: Pennsylvania
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never use it. Too many hills where I live.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Harrison, OH
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I use the cruise control on my car all the time, so long as there isn't any heavy traffic.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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I use it as much as I can. Like others have said, I would personally love a car with adaptive cruise control. I've driven a couple, but never owned one. It's becoming more and more common which is a good thing. The biggest headache for me with cruise control is traffic that is ever so slightly slower than what mine is set at and then dealing with slow downs and speed ups.
I think almost all cars have it now. I have a lowend lexus (hs 250h) and it even has it... so I'd imagine it's hit almost most midlevel cars at this point. I love it! Especially in NJ where you can hit traffic at anytime.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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I drive a stick and never use my cruise. Somehow it doesn't feel right in a manual transmission car, even though it functions exactly the same aside from needing to downshift for major hills..
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