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Cruise control with speed limiter
#1
Just had a quote for £695 Inc VAT to have a cruise control with speed limiter fitted to my 2015 Berlingo Van.
Seems a lot to me, I've seen some posts here saying it's a relatively simple job.
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#2
It is a fairly simple job if you have Diagbox/Lexia.

For the steering column stalk (new about £60, used up to £40 on ebay), you just remove the column surround and carefully cut out a section where the stalk will go. The stalk is just a push fit in to the connection which is already there.
For the Speed Limiter, you will have to change the whole throttle pedal (in excess of £100).
Then using the Diagbox/Lexia turn on the Cruise Control and Speed Limiter functionality

Cost for parts should come to just under £200 plus the activation by Diagbox either by friend (free) or dealer (about £60).
So total cost will be under £300 if fitted by yourself
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#3
So from a fitter there will be mark up on materials, plus labour, that looks about right I guess.
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#4
I´m not really sure if, in a 2015 car, you need to change the throttle pedal. So for starting you just need the stalk and lexia activation. After this, if the speed limiter does not work (the cruise control will most certainly work) , then you need to invest the extra money to get the throttle pedal...
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#5
(24-02-2017, 08:14 AM)doofer Wrote:  I've had cruise and speed limiter fitted as standard from new. I almost never drive without cruise control - I even switch it on at 30mph while driving locally (and usually end up with a bootful of german cars). But I've used the limiter once, just to play with it.

I'd say don't bother with the pedal - if the limiter works then fine, if not don't worry about it.

I'm the same Doofer, I drive on cruise control all the time, but hardly ever use the speed limiter function; prefering to use a subtle combination of my Brain and right foot! I could easily live without a speed limiter, but not cruise control.
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(25-02-2017, 11:00 AM)CourierJim Wrote:  
(24-02-2017, 08:14 AM)doofer Wrote:  I've had cruise and speed limiter fitted as standard from new.  I almost never drive without cruise control - I even switch it on at 30mph while driving locally (and usually end up with a bootful of german cars).  But I've used the limiter once, just to play with it.

I'd say don't bother with the pedal - if the limiter works then fine, if not don't worry about it.

I'm the same Doofer, I drive on cruise control all the time, but hardly ever use the speed limiter function; prefering to use a subtle combination of my Brain and right foot! I could easily live without a speed limiter, but not cruise control.

I find speed limiter to be most useful on huge stretches of motorway with temporary average speed cameras installed.
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(25-02-2017, 08:27 PM)Prydien Wrote:  
(25-02-2017, 11:00 AM)CourierJim Wrote:  
(24-02-2017, 08:14 AM)doofer Wrote:  I've had cruise and speed limiter fitted as standard from new.  I almost never drive without cruise control - I even switch it on at 30mph while driving locally (and usually end up with a bootful of german cars).  But I've used the limiter once, just to play with it.

I'd say don't bother with the pedal - if the limiter works then fine, if not don't worry about it.

I'm the same Doofer, I drive on cruise control all the time, but hardly ever use the speed limiter function; prefering to use a subtle combination of my Brain and right foot! I could easily live without a speed limiter, but not cruise control.

I find speed limiter to be most useful on huge stretches of motorway with temporary average speed cameras installed.

In this specific situation, with average speed cameras, cruise control will yield pretty much the same result I think...
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(26-02-2017, 07:52 PM)doofer Wrote:  Would 50mph average speed cameras trigger if you drove the first mile at 10mph and the second mile at 90mph?  The average would be 50mph.

SPECS cameras see number plates and match time/distance so in theory your system would work but...............

They may have speed cameras also in the sector.

Is it worth the effort, all the Specs sectors I have been through have been full in both lanes with cars doing 42 mph.
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#9
You can calibrate the real speed of your car with a gps (this depends on the tires you have fitted, in my PUG normally I have 5km/h less than real speed), and then set the cruise control to fit the motorway speed exactly. This way you will not exceed your average or maximum speed allowed, but you will also not be going 8 mph slower...
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(27-02-2017, 10:22 AM)doofer Wrote:  ...until you drive into the boot of the car in front!

My GPS says 28mph when the cruise control and speedo say 30mph, so they're clearly set to be on the safe side.  I don't rely on this difference though - I tend to just go on what the speedo says.

Besides, it's easier to set the cruise control in 5mph increments.  For anyone who doesn't know, you can press and hold the + or - buttons and it goes up or down in 5mph steps, about every second or so.  I can usually set mine down from 40 to 30 without looking, as I'm used to the length of press it needs - just a glance after to confirm it's set to 30.

Yes, of course...my example was assuming no traffic, or German traffic, where in these situations all cars going at the "standard" speed go on the slow lane, always leaving the overtake lane free for those in a hurry and that can afford speeding tickets. But it is faithful to how I use the cc and drive in my long stretches from Germany to Portugal and back...in these 27+ hours driving trips, 8mph (almost 13km/h) sum up to make a big difference in the average times and distances.
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