Intermittently (although lately it’s pretty common, perhaps due to the Texas heat?) my car will take several seconds to start. It sounds like the battery is dead, i.e., it sounds as if it’s about to start but it straining, and then it eventually engages.
When this happens, I know that a) I won’t be able to turn on cruise control and b) I won’t be able to accelerate easily. at best I can get it to 60 mph
Similarly, even if I start up without a problem, and I’m cruising down the HWY at 80 MPH, the car will suddenly loose momentum and won’t go above 60 mph. And I can’t turn on cruise control (cc shuts down, in fact, if it was on).
This is a 2005 Neon, by the way.
I have replaced the battery and cabling to the battery to no avail.