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Old 05-23-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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Cruise Control really knows it's stuff

I just found out my 5MT Focus has cruise control on a 300 miles trip. It's rather good on the throttle and I love how easy it is to adjust the speed. I would slowly lower the speed going up hills and I increased it when I went down them. went from 34 mpg all the way up to 40.2 mpg for the whole tank. Really takes the sting out of getting gas even more.

I could just also be bad on the throttle lol


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Old 05-23-2013, 10:20 PM   #2
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maybe a little both, the hard part about cruise is how often it accelerates and slows down to make the speed exactly what you set it at. my dad's truck is terrible at it, it goes down like 3 or 4 mpg's on the way to our lake with all of the hills
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maybe a little both, the hard part about cruise is how often it accelerates and slows down to make the speed exactly what you set it at. my dad's truck is terrible at it, it goes down like 3 or 4 mpg's on the way to our lake with all of the hills
Do you drive an MK3? The cruise system is by leaps and bounds the most amazing and accurate system I've ever used. The way it helps with gas mileage on the highway is quite incredible too. I did a roughly 3,000 mile trip a couple months ago and averaged 37.8 mpg. All highway so it was all cruise.
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
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I use the cruise on mine quite a bit. Love it with the exception of trying to slow down. Seems to react oddly from time to time as if the processor controlling that module is lagging.

Logged a personal best for the car on a trip home from Illinois last weekend. 38.8mpg with the cruise set around 75mph or so. A 6th gear would really be nice!
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A higher gear would be awesome, but I did the same trip again, up and down, I got 38 mpg up but going down I got 41.

I think using 0% ethanol gas made up the difference though. It's consistently done better on it.
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I know it's a simple thing, but I love that it shows the exact speed the cruise is set at. A lot of higher end cars don't do that.
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Do you drive an MK3? The cruise system is by leaps and bounds the most amazing and accurate system I've ever used. The way it helps with gas mileage on the highway is quite incredible too. I did a roughly 3,000 mile trip a couple months ago and averaged 37.8 mpg. All highway so it was all cruise.
the one fault if find with it is driving in mountains on the freeway and going down long downgrades. the cruise uses the engine as a brake and revs go way up. it's way too sensitive doing this. instead of letting the car accelerate going downhill a bit before retarding the speed it 'brakes' almost immediately when the car exceeds the set speed.
I've used cruise for years on a variety of makes, including fords, and this is the first car i find the cruise so aggressive in retarding speed. My previous focus, for example, would usually allow an additional 10mph over set cruise speed before it tried to slow the car down...
Because of where i drive having little to no traffic in the mountains i don't have any worries of hitting another car ahead of me, so for me, this is an annoying characteristic of the focus' cruise.
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the cruise uses the engine as a brake and revs go way up.
So, with the automatic, the cruise will command the transmission to downshift to maintain the set speed on downhills? That would definitely be an annoyance to me on moderate hills.
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So, with the automatic, the cruise will command the transmission to downshift to maintain the set speed on downhills? That would definitely be an annoyance to me on moderate hills.
i have the dct and that seems to be the way it works.. car exceeds set limit on cruise, tach needle swings up, revs increase and it sounds as if i was driving a manual at 75mph and downshifted to third or fourth gear. i don't like it.
Now when driving in hilly terrain i just turn off the cruise and that lets me allow the car to increase speed downhill w/o increasing revs.
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Now when driving in hilly terrain i just turn off the cruise and that lets me allow the car to increase speed downhill w/o increasing revs.
That's what I would do if I had an auto. Just pull the paddle to cancel, pull again to resume when approaching set speed as is slows at the bottom of the hill. Though it's still annoying, it will save you fuel. You're not burning fuel in this car when the throttle is lifted on the descent, but you're wasting the kinetic energy you're building through engine braking.

It's a shame that they didn't set up the auto to have a separate "descent control" function--i.e. normal operation would not automatically downshift to hold the set speed unless the descent control function was selected.
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