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Hi everyone, first post, feel free to get stuck in😂

As title, has anyone succeeded in retrofiting cruise control to a 2009 petrol 1.6 manual?

No help available on the internet as yet. One specialist near me flatly refused because OEM parts aren’t available from a UK VW dealer.

Not life and death but would like it if it’s possible.
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I've not heard of many here doing it; as I think, it was "standard" on many USA spec cars. Here is a company, that sells; retrofit kits and then, you probably, have to do some programming, to activate the feature, "soft coding", in VCDS for the ecu to use it.


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If you don't have vcds or want to diy; there seems to be some places in the UK, that offer this type of retrofit service:


Here is what looks like; the procedure to activate the cruise control in VCDS:
NOTE: this is listed for the "MARK IV" VW's; I would assume, it would be similar for the New Beetle.

Activating Cruise Control on a new ECU (DBW):

Factory fresh ECU's often come with cruise control de-activated. If this is the case, there will not be a letter "G" in the Component field of VCDS when connected to the Engine.

[Select]
[01 - Engine]
[Login - 11]

Enter 11463 to activate cruise control
[Do It!]

After doing this procedure, there should be a letter "G" in the Component field.



 

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Thread closing….first up, an apology, rare for me being a man, but I’ve discovered mine is a Sola and not Solar as posted in the title. I found an original sales brochure online that confirms my mistake.

CRUISE CONTROL FITTED! Yes, you read that right. I got the stalk off EBay, a Meyle OE for £23 delivered. I bought the two wiring looms from Teeside VW for £116. I fitted the stalk no problem but lost my bottle with the wiring. I’ve been to Professional Retrofits (Nuneaton) this morning and they’ve wired and coded it for me.

Total cost was a shade over £400 (all in) which is what I’d seen quoted online but a lot of places I enquired wouldn’t touch a Beetle after all these years.

I tend to own cars for decades rather than years so I’m looking forward to life in the slow lane, maybe at a steady 60, with the cruise set accordingly, for some years to come.

Thanks for the replies. They were all helpful to a degree.
 
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