• 8o88y avatar 8o88y Posted: 7/5/2013 8:30pm PDT

    "The whole thing is almost seamless to drivers, who may not even notice that their car’s engine has stopped running."
    -- Sure, when the car's new, but I hate to think of how this is going to work out on 15-year-old cars owned by poor people.

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 6/30/2011 10:40am PDT

    Kurt, you are so right! Stop-Start was a great idea in Europe long ago, but became feasible only when reliable fuel-injection and electronic ignition systems became common and cheap enough. Many of today's engines are so quiet that the driver won't notice it. The hybrids prove the point already.

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 6/30/2011 12:39pm PDT

    Carl, I'll admit to being skeptical before I began driving cars with start-stop technology, but it's mature enough that I'm fully on board with it. It was disconcerting the first time a car shut off on me at a traffic light, though. I had flashbacks to a certain 1985 Subaru GL Wagon that inadvertently came with start-stop...

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 6/30/2011 2:19pm PDT

    I was at Consumers Union when we declared the Plymouth Volare (MT Car of the Year) as a better car than the Ford/GM rivals. I had a company car but bought a Volare for Mrs T. It was like your Subaru. Next year CU had to confess that the Xler twins were the most recalled cars EVAH! Rust buckets, too!