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Old 11-10-2011, 05:13 PM
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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

Bought the Tech package and love it, all of it. I miss the GC's ACC when on trips in my Superduty and find myself wishing it had it also. I would include it if available on any vehicle I buy in the future.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:14 PM
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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

I wouldnt say its something you just absolutley have to have BUT..I will say from personal experience that the blind spot detection, collision warning, and cross path detection on reverse has saved me from a few close calls in the first 3 months. Its a $1,300 option or whatever but if if saves you from just even a small fender bender let alone something major its worth the money. Just my opinion.
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:27 PM
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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

I roll 20K to 30K miles a year, I personally don't use cruise control regularly. Blind spot detection is accomplished quite easily by moving my head. Collision detection is accomplished by paying attention, now if the system actually applied the brakes, (instead of just charging the system) while being aware of the changing velocity and trajectory of the object I was in danger of colliding with and steering my vehicle to actively avoiding the collision that would be something I'd spring for.

For me it was not worth the $, then there was the cyclops look of the detector on the lower grille...
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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

I bought it for the whole package. Although I imagine what we have to pay $1200.00 for today, will probably be included 10 years from now (just like ABS, etc.)

I find when I'm on the highway and coming up to a vehicle I will often get closer to it then I probably should (if I can't pass him before I switch off the cruise control).
With this system it automatically slows the vehicle down and maintains a more "friendly" distance from the vehicle in front until I can pass him safely.
So, this ACC will make my wife very happy as she often berates me for "following to closely".
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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

I'm delighted with the package. I was not much of a regular cruise control user, but I've found I do use the ACC on longer trips.

Another big winner (for me) is the rear cross-path detection warning. If you are backing out from between two parked cards, it's sometimes difficult to see oncoming traffic down the parking lane and/or clueless people walking behind you. Of course nothing substitutes for caution and care, but the extra detection is certainly helpful.

Blind spot detection is nice on the freeway - again as a supplement to your own diligence! My sole complaint is that if I am stopped at an intersection, turning left in the rightmost of two dedicated left turn lanes, the unit will beep for the car on my left (which, of course, is also turning.)
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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

Before buying the GC I had never driven a vehicle with any of the safety features included in this package. Now, I wouldn't be without them. Yes, you don't need them- the vehicle will drive just fine without them, but like power steering, brakes, windows, climate control and all of the other features we have become accustomed to having, the ACC package is useful, adds safety and becomes a routine part of driving. You should never become completely dependent on any safety system but it is nice to know it's there, helping you remain accident free. There may even be an insurance discount for having this package.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:27 PM
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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

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It is called looking over your shoulder and not relying on the mirrors, LOL
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If you could do that, they wouldn't be blind spots.

There have been stories on these forums about people avoiding nasty accidents because of the detection system. I wish I had it.
Yeah, I respectfully disagree here, Andrew. I've been perfectly capable of avoiding accidents by properly adjusting my mirrors and checking over my shoulders when merging. Blind spots are not blind when the driver properly checks them.

Blind spot monitoring is a nifty feature, and can possibly help avoid accidents, but only for those who are not driving safely to begin with. If complacency while driving is acceptable someone, it is probably an outstanding feature.
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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

GET IT! 'NUFF SAID! It's well worth it for the price you pay considering you get Advance Cruise AND Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection and Advanced Collision Warning (which helped me avoid rear ending someone when I glanced down for a sec at the radio and people in front of me abruptly stopped).
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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

bought the package for the adaptive cruise control... would do it all over again for the blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection. it's freakin awesome and useful.

i have my BSM setup to chime also. If the orange triangle is on, meaning there is someone in the blindspot, but i still give my turn signal... it will chime twice. like, uhhh heey are you sure you want to do that?

i admit sometimes i ignore it, because i know im going much faster than the car next to me and on pace to pass it but give my signal early... so it beeps at me. but it has come in handy a few other times. if the difference between you and the car in blindspot is 10mph or greater the thing wont alert, which is good cuz it knows you'll be ok. also it wont beep annoyingly when on a two-lane road with oncoming traffic right next to you.

worth it!
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:01 AM
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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

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Yeah, I respectfully disagree here, Andrew. I've been perfectly capable of avoiding accidents by properly adjusting my mirrors and checking over my shoulders when merging. Blind spots are not blind when the driver properly checks them.
You may have better acuity than 99% of us, so you are special, but think about this. Look over the shoulder, scan the adjacent lane for obstruction and judge the differences in vehicle speed, and as soon as you looked over your shoulder the fella you are following slams on the brakes. By the time you return your eyes forward it is too late to brake and avoid a rear ender. The collision warning system would have warned you immediately and you avoid the danger. Think of this more in the situation of merging into heavy but fast moving traffic from a busy entrance ramp, one of those situations where you have to maintain speed or you get run over or you can't safely merge. You may have reactions of a cat, or an extra set of eyes in the back of your head, or have fighter pilot skills, but most of us that routinely commute in those kinds of conditions appreciate a little assistance.

Another decent example is in heavy rain/fog/tire spray where your rear mirror is not that clear... it would be nice to have a radar that can look through the fog and verify nothing is there. But I suppose you can avoid those low visibility conditions by staying off highways.

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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

I didn't want it. When the dealer couldn't find an overland without it they made it worth my while.

In 3 months I'm hooked. The ACC is awesome on road trips driver fatigue is minimal. We towed a 2500 pound trailer about 2000 miles and the acc made the trip. Setting 3 left plenty of margin with the additional weight of the trailer.
Blind spots... I'll admit a few close calls over the years. If this prevents me from cutting someone off it's worth it.
The collision avoidance has gone off and in every insistence it's been right when I'm thinking "what is this person doing!". It's that thought that precedes having to hit the brakes so I think the sensitivity is about right.

Im happy with the package and would recommend it.
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Re: Adaptive Cruise package - get it or skip it?

I have it and love it! I do a lot of highway driving so having an extra layer of safety is always nice. About 2 weeks ago I was driving on a major interstate and the car in front of me tire blew out. The ACC already began hitting the brakes as soon as that rapid slow down was detected. Of course I took over after that, but that initial stopping added extra time to determine the right avoidance measure.
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