Discussion: Why do you turn off your car's auto stop/start feature?
This feature is supposed to improve fuel economy and hopefully put a few more bucks in your pocket. Why does everyone shut it off?
Fuel economy standards have increased quite a bit as of late. In order to meet those standards, several companies are resorting to smaller displacement turbocharged engines instead of larger naturally aspirated ones. While that can increase economy significantly, not every manufacturer can downsize to a boosted 4-banger.
A simple fix
Auto stop/start has been a relatively simple way for many car makers to improve their corporate fuel economy, especially high-end manufacturers like Ferrari and Mclaren. Instead of downsizing an engine even further and catching the wrath of their customers, all that the feature requires is a secondary starter and some minor engine modifications. However, as you can see above, not everyone enjoys the feature. YouTuber Jordan Maron AKA Captain Sparklez bought a 488 Pista and it comes with auto stop/start. He mentions how EVERY TIME he gets in his car, he turns it off.
I recently had Christmas dinner with a coworker's family (which I am extremely grateful for). He picked me up in the company truck, one I hadn't been in before. As we pulled up to the stoplight his girlfriend reminded him to turn off auto stop/start by pressing the button on the dash. "But why?" I thought to myself as I watched him idle at a stoplight for 2 minutes, wasting gasoline for what I could discern was no purpose whatsoever.
This isn't the only situation I've observed. Everyone I ride with presses that little button as soon as they feel the engine go quiet, careless to the fuel they're wasting and the plumes of exhaust gas they're creating. I just don't understand why....
Is it me?
Maybe it's because I understand its purpose. Maybe it's because I don't mind trying out new tech and living with the growing pains. Maybe it's because the only car I've ever driven with auto stop/start was a Ford Ecosport that my dealership gave me as a courtesy vehicle when my Mustang needed service. It was over 100 degrees every day I drove it, preventing the car from shutting off due to my climate control demands and sparing me the "evils" of that dreaded feature. Whatever the reason, I need more informed opinions.