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Old November 18th, 2019, 08:10   #7
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Originally Posted by Powder Hound View Post
Yup, the only bad thing that would come from this system is increased maintenance due to extra wear and tear on the starter. Since the ones people are running into haven't been around long enough to generate long term reliability statistics, the jury is officially out. Certainly it would be harder on those vehicles mainly engaged in crowded traffic on most of the uses.

I have been told that cars with auto start/stop have "heavy duty" starters to withstand the additional wear and tear from the repeated starting. I guess time will tell how true this is. The scary thing to me is that there have been a few cases where the car shut off (as normal) at a stop light, when the light turned green they released the brake and the engine didn't start. All they got was a lot of lights in the instrument panel and a dead car. This is rare (so far), but it could be bad news.

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