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Old 07-03-2011, 10:46 PM   #1
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Cruise Control for 2012 S Model Cars

My apologies in advance, if this subject has been covered. I tried to search for it in "2012 - Third Gen" forum, but with no results.

For the 2012 S model, cruise control is not available from Ford (obviously for marketing reasons). My sense is that after-sales fitment of cruise, thru Ford is not available, as the PCM's program is arranged / configured thru the VIN number; VIN numbers of S models would not have any cruise control function enabled. Someone, please confirm that cruise addition, thru a Ford dealer, is NOT avail.

Given this, has anyone undertaken the addition of cruise to their S model yet? Has anyone figured out whether there are several vendors of cruise control, that offer cruise for this vehicle?

I am very particular about how agressively, or passively the cruise control attempts to get to the setpoint; over-zealous pursuit of the setpoint can mean a bunch of throttle closures / fuel injection shut-offs -- that can make for non-smooth action... By comparison, too lazy of a pursuit of that setpoint, means roadspeed can vary too much from the intended setpoint.

Anyone have any ideas on cruise that is tunable, in this regard?

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Old 07-04-2011, 10:16 PM   #2
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C'mon, folks; has no-one thought about adding cruise control to their S model 2012 Focus?
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:19 PM   #3
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I haven't done this before, but wouldn't it be cheaper to just jump up to the SE w/ cruise control standard?
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The S model has some features (or lack of features) that make it desirable to me:

i) lack of an armrest (accordingly, does not interfere with shifting the manual transmission);

ii) 195 / 65 - 15 tires, which, compared to the 215 / ?? - 16 tires (on comparable steel wheels -- give a less bulbous / more taut (though taller) sidewall - for quicker turn-in; and

iii) lower cost car, which allows me to add the sport springs / matched sport struts that I want, plus the 17" X 8" aftermarket alloy wheels (and, say, 205 section summer-rubber tires) giving me the "sport" that I want.

Also, I would install the cruise control, myself.

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Old 07-05-2011, 11:00 AM   #5
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Here in USA, Cruise is not standard on the SE. Also, on 2008-11, cruise can be added aftermarket or at dealer. Have to check with dealer service for '12 models.
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In Canada, cruise is not standard on the SE (for 2012); it is only available with a package, on the SE. On the S, it is not available, at all.

I rather doubt a dealership would be able to reprogram the PCM, to be able to enable the cruise function (which undoubtedly is just a matter of a software on / off switch being enabled)... i.e. if the necessary switches, lights, etc were added. I suspect it would only be possible, as strictly aftermarket.

Others, do you know?
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On my '09, dealer swapped steering wheel to one with the cruise buttons, and did 're-programming'. Also, when I test drove a 2012, dealer said they could add cruise to an SE. But I can't say 100% that it can be added to base S.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:35 PM   #8
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Jumping up to the SE w/cruise upped the price of the vehicle at least $2000.
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Jumping up to the SE w/cruise upped the price of the vehicle at least $2000.
I agree, but also, the S model appears to NOT have cancellable TCS -- 'cause it does not have any steering wheel controls, and it has a much simpler message centre...

The value leader, though, certainly is an S model. Plus it does not have a centre armrest, that to some extent, fouls my elbow when shifting gears.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:09 PM   #10
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Well, can say that the S is "lighter for better performance". Also, can be a good baseline for someone [with lots of $] to test modifications [mods]
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