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Anyone know if it is possible to retro fit cruise control to a 2004 A4 1.8T? (Yes yes I know, should have specced it on order...)

If so any thoughts on cost and is it something a dealer can do? (Would prefer it to be done by the dealer so as not to affect warranty etc).

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The thing with the A4 cruise is that it is mounted on a different control stalk to the normal S3 or TT style stalk.

I don't know whether AmD would fit the OEM steering shroud, and the cruise stalk that would be the same as OEM for £275?

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The only pic I could find to illustrate my point is this one on audi's website.

Basically the B6 A4 cruise is a seperate stalk to the normal indicator stalk. blob-501415.jpg

Maybe someone could take a digital pic to show us what a new A4 with cruise fitted looks like?

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Often wondered how cruise control works with a manual transmission car confused.gif

I have had it before on one of my cars, but that was automatic, so when you encounterd an incline the gearbox would change down to enable the selected speed to be maintained.

What happens in a manaul - do you just change down when you think the time is right? What happens if you don't or you change down too many gears ??

Just curious crazy.gif

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Its the same on ne New A3. I didn't like it at all. I nearly phoned to say it didn't work but eventually noticed that if you push the stalk away from you and let it stay there it actually locks out the cruise control function. The extra stalk just looks fussy too. They should have stuck to the way it is on the S3 - i think its great! heart.gif

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I have had cruise on most cars, including the present, but me thinks it's pretty useless here. Maybe that's different in the Uk, but here you can't keep it on for more than 10 minutes - if you're lucky. Shows clearly how irregular folks drive though...

I think the first practical CC for use in Europe will be the active one, which keeps you at a preset distance from the car in front of you (as available on the new A8). The standard one on the other hand... Mwah...

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Graham, I think DBW was introduced in MY'99 on the Golf-platform cars. I'm not sure whether this helps but on this basis I would be sceptical as to whether your car has DBW. Best thing to do is give either a dealer (!) or a specialist/tuner a call and they should be able to tell you right away. I cant think of a test for you to perform offhand.

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From the instant throttle response, I'd guess it hasn't got DBW.

I've driven a lot of Vauxhall Vectras of the last two years (hire cars) and they definitely have DBW. You can easily tell, if you press the brake pedal whilst accelerating, the engine completely dies for about 5 seconds, then gradually gives you back full throttle. No good whatsoever for left foot braking round rounadbouts blush.gif

I'd hope the VAG implementation is a bit more enthusiastic!

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I have had cruise on most cars, including the present, but me thinks it's pretty useless here. Maybe that's different in the Uk, but here you can't keep it on for more than 10 minutes - if you're lucky. Shows clearly how irregular folks drive though...

I think the first practical CC for use in Europe will be the active one, which keeps you at a preset distance from the car in front of you (as available on the new A8). The standard one on the other hand... Mwah...

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Depends on the time, I did over 100 miles on CC last night. cool.gif

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Agree with you on that wink.gif

but it was late last night, and I fancied the cruise rather. TBH honest, I don't generally spend sustained periods over 100 mph, it's just asking for trouble. Over here it's usually an automatic ban and then the load on your insurance for the next 5 years frown.gif

Not that I'm shy of giving it some way into 3 digits, I just prefer to have my fun in the twisties and in short bursts of acceleration

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No it's not cheap indeed (that was an attempted 'Dutch' joke) grin.gif. But I don''t think it would do you any good shipping our fuel... Gasoline is even slightly more expensive (the highest prices in Europe, yeeeeah...) SAUER0421.GIF , only diesel is cheaper as you can see below (NL is 1 UK 2nd row on the chart).

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But then we got our 'road tax', high as it is, but even higher for diesel and more so for LPG cars (I have to pay approx €1200,- per year on my gasoline car, which would be €1500,- on a 3.3tdi f.i.)

Not to mention the 45% BPM tax on the new price + 19% VAT when you buy a car... So before you even get started you have to 'donate' a simliar car + change to the feckin thieves that call themselves our democratic government... rocketwhore.gif

In other words, it's nowhere near cheap... sportifs2.gif

Hmmm... wonder what Romania would be like... UHOH7.GIFsekret.gif

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