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Does anyone know if the CLA will be coming to us with stop/start technology? I know all the new BMWs are coming with stop start and the A-class has it...

The only reason i ask is because i reallyyyyyy dont like it. I test drove a 3 series earlier this month with stop/start and it was so delayed it was a borderline safety hazard. Waiting to make a left and stopped in the intersection the car cuts power during idle, so after all the heros made thier late yellows im left to make my left turn, foot on the gas, alas, latency! Now jsut as the power kicks back in the light has switched green for oncoming traffic and i need to put my foot through the floor to make it safely across....

BMW owners are howling, and BMW NA sent out a service bulletin to dealers allowing them to disable stop start at the customers request...

Plus i read this morning Hyundai is abandoning the technology becasue of its ineffectiveness....
 

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I never driven a car with start/stop tech but I have heard bad things about it, just like what you had to say.
I think it's going to dye quickly, especially with hybrid vehicle production stepping up and gasoline engines becoming more fuel efficient. Car makers can still reach the MPG they want to rank high.
 

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Do you think that the idea itself is a bad one, or has the technology just not advanced to a point where it is useful yet? IT does sound annoying at the moment, but at least you are given the option to have the dealer turn it off.
 

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To really think about the stop start feature it is nothing new. On paper it sounds promising but in real life it could be annoying with the stop start. I have my hopes in hybrids for achieving the same mileage without the hesitation.
 

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To really think about the stop start feature it is nothing new. On paper it sounds promising but in real life it could be annoying with the stop start. I have my hopes in hybrids for achieving the same mileage without the hesitation.
Well I've heard the tech is much better in Hybrids. It has to do with the fact that the hybrid can switch between power sources where when you turn off the combustion in a normal car your now dead in the water. Its very difficult to show any efficiency advantages from stop start especially with smaller engines who sit at idle between 500 and 1000 RPMs for the average stoplight time of what under a minute?

Plus in stop and go traffic imagine the wear and tear the starter sees from getting kicked every 40 seconds as you creep your way home...
 

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To really think about the stop start feature it is nothing new. On paper it sounds promising but in real life it could be annoying with the stop start. I have my hopes in hybrids for achieving the same mileage without the hesitation.
And to add, as the system ages who knows what problems might come up with it. it does control a major function of our vehicles and if that fails or starts to give trouble it will be a big PITA.
 

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We will be able to disable the start-stop feature ourselves.
 

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We will be able to disable the start-stop feature ourselves.
Where does that info come from. BMW only allowed North American consumers to switch it off after major backlash. As far as i know Euro BMW still does not offer the option of permanent shut down...
 
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