The way how it works is it will go full ECON only if all conditions are optimal. ECON is always on automatically as indicated by the yellow ECON light when you start the car (assuming you didn't shut it off) the dash. But this doesn't mean the conditions are optimal for stop/start right away. You'll know it's ready for stop/start when the yellow ECON turns green. That's when the stop/start feature is active. Since everything remains on when the engine has stopped (radio, heater, lights, computer, and whatever else was on when you're driving), in order for the stop/start to be active the engine has to be in optimal operating temperature, the battery needs to be fully charged and the charging system is healthy. Since the car is brand new I'm going to assume the battery and alternator are good and that the only thing preventing it from going active is the engine temperature. Even if the engine temperature is at optimal, extreme cold outside temperature may drop it down quickly as soon as the engine is off. This is probably why your car won't shut off even though the ECO feature is on.Anyone notice that when outside temperatures are cold (18 degrees) that the car does not shut off when stopped in ECON mode?
i wouldn't say it will drain the battery more, once the car starts, charging from the alternator starts right away so power would be restored in a good amount of time.. maybe we can cancel that out now?I feel like the constant turning on and off of the vehicle would wear it out, perhaps drain battery more? But technology today is crazy and it might not.
It won't drain the battery. If the battery is getting low then the engine will start back up to charge the battery.I feel like the constant turning on and off of the vehicle would wear it out, perhaps drain battery more? But technology today is crazy and it might not.
How does it fire the last cylinder? I would double check your google search or post the link to your search. What you said sounds like what Mazda tried a few years ago which failed.Eco mode does not use the starter/battery to restart. It's pretty cool. It fires the last cylinder that was closest to firing to restart. I googled it and it was very interesting.
Nice going! I think that as long as it doesn't adversely affect the engine or the systems, ECO should stay on. Just a personal opinion...wanna do what I can for the planet and drive what I want too!I always leave it on, here in Bogotá traffic is terrible (Even worse than L.A) and it really helps me save gas and reduce emissions (Yeah, I'm kind of a green dude). I don't think it affects the engine at all, those engines were designed with that system in mind.