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Dart rental - question about cruise

Discussion in 'Dodge Dart / Viaggio' started by bguy, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. bguy

    bguy Well-Known Member

    Dec 9, 2007
    Hi all. While the Compass was in for repair my wife picked up a Dart as a rental. I don't know what year or trim other than to say it had cloth interior that didn't strike me as cheap cheap, it had a touch screen, power windows all around and I believe 17" alloy wheels. Of course I looked under the hood to see the 2.4.
    To my question, yesterday we took it for a bit of a ride before it went back today. I had the cruise set at 111km/h and I must say it held the speed really well with no dramatic shifting or odd behaviour on hills. Shortly I encountered a slower car and used the cancel feature to follow. Once I saw my chance I stepped into it and overtook the other car. By the time I get to pull back in I'm going 135-140 and pressed resume on the cruise. It shut itself off. ( the cruise ). I don't believe I went to WOT at any time but I can't be 100%. After several attempts I could not get the cruise to engage. The system would engage and say it was ready but shut off once the set button was pressed. Only after the car was shut off and re started would the cruise work again. So is this a problem with this car or is the cruise programmed to behave like this? For this model or all across the car lines? What exact offence did I commit to upset he system?
  2. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

    Aug 10, 2000
    I'm gonna guess the cruise control failure was just a coincidence. It needs to be properly diagnosed and repaired. I don't believe it's anything you did.
  3. desotocrazy

    desotocrazy Active Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    If you hit CANCEL, you have to push SET again, not RESUME (I believe). CANCEL will remove the set cruise speed value from the system memory so by hitting RESUME, it's not finding that value any longer. Did you try just hitting SET again by chance? I never hit CANCEL when passing, just tap the brake to take the car out of cruise and then RESUME when I'm back in my lane. Just a thought...
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  4. Bob Lincoln

    Bob Lincoln "CHECK FAULT CODES"
    Level 2 Supporter

    Jul 10, 2002
    No, that's not how it works. CANCEL disengages the cruise control while retaining the last speed setting, and hitting RESUME re-engages the cruise at the last setting. Only turning the cruise control OFF, ignition OFF, or selecting a new speed with SET will change or erase the setting.
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  5. valiant67

    valiant67 Rich Corinthian Leather
    Level III Supporter

    Jan 7, 2003
    Bob beat me to it.
    Cancel just disengages cruise without hitting the brake pedal. In either case, Resume should pick the speed back up.

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