Moss Cruise Control

[3/24/2004] Reviewed by: Jim Rolleston -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Vacuum powered cruise control.

After reading mixed reviews I decided to install the Moss Cruise Control. The installation instructions were quite clear including locating the proper wires for the speed control and clutch disconnect connections. Total install time was about two hours with one hour spent attempting to attach the clutch wire tap with one hand. All other items installed easily as described in the instructions. After reading other reviews and suggestions, I connected the throttle cable without leaving any slack in the chain but not so tight as to open the throttle.

The cruise control worked perfectly the first time out, without the need for any adjustment. Speed was maintained without any variation at 45, 55, and 70 mph. It does seem to take about 2 seconds after pressing the set switch for the cruise to find it's set speed but once it does, the speedometer needle does not move. I found that the set delay can be overcome by keeping pressure on the accelerator and maintaining speed for a second or two after pressing the set switch. The unit I installed is the vacuum powered version. Perhaps the newer electronic unit will not have this delay. Based on my initial impressions of the installation and performance of this cruise control, I would recommend it. The initial test was on a level road without hills. I have not yet had an opportunity for an extended drive but do not anticipate any problems.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Moss Motors Cruise Control

[7/7/2002] Reviewed by: Nikki Phillips -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

This is an aftermarket cruise control sold by Moss.

I have just returned from a 3,000+ mile trip & could not have done it without the cruise control. I was very pleased with operation on both interstate & highway driving. The control maintained speed without surging, & it was used up to 80 mph (the speed limit is higher out west! I'm not a speed demon!). The stem looks great & is adjustable. Controls are easy to use without taking your eyes off the road. The instructions are terrible in quality & grammar. On the wiring, there was confusion & discussion with my husband & even dad via phone about the correct wire, as the instructions assume you know exactly where to locate this "green wire with red dots" or whatever. My husband & I (neither of us are electricians or auto mechanics) winnowed the selection down to two of each set of colors & just started test driving until the cruise control worked.

Please be advised that the cruise control Moss sells is the Rostra which got such a bad rap in other reviews. Installation was not too difficult, but Moss should be ashamed at the bad quality of the instructions. Before you buy this unit or try to install it, read ALL of the user reviews on the cruise controls. They were a big help to head off problems before they occurred. At the time of my purchase, Moss was the most reasonable, even including shipping. I found a local distributor for the same cruise control, but mail order was much cheaper than they were. I would recommend this product. I think some of the problems other people have had were due to the throttle control being too tight or loose. When I realized which unit this was, I said, "Oh, no" and almost sent it back. But after reading all the reviews, we decided to try it & were not disappointed.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

[8/7/2001] Reviewed by: Anonymous

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Moss Add-on cruise control for 1999-01 Miata

Directions leave something to be desired. Other reviewers have commented about the clutch switch. If you remove the fuse block (2 screws) and push it aside, you can easily reach the clutch switch. You should also remove the lower shroud on the steering wheel for easier access. After installation, it works great.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

[7/8/2001] Reviewed by: Joachim Feise -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Cruise control module for manual or automatic transmission. For those who don't have the factory-installed cruise control. It is a one-piece box.

It was straightforward to install, except that I have to move the horn from the alarm out of the way for the box. The instructions are adequate, the pictures could be better. It was somewhat hard to get to the clutch switch on my Miata with manual transmission. Works as advertised. Smooth operation. Recommended.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

Reviewed by: Richard Swann -

Stalk mounted cruise control designed to fit the Miata.

This product has worked like a charm since installation. I wish that I had it the last time that I took a 3-hr drive.

The instructions that came with the cruise control could have been a little bit better, especially the pictures. It took about 2 hours to install and about 30 minutes to figure out that the throttle linkage bracket that was sent was bent, causing the engine to redline as soon as the car was started. I bent the bracket back to a straight position and have had no problems with the unit. Well worth it on long trips and straight highways.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

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