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Old 12-30-2011, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by thumper_330 View Post
Now, having said that after 10 days in Europe I was well accustomed to it and found it nice and relaxing to have the car shut off if I was at the lights long enough. It does get around the battery discharge problem because if the battery is too discharged it won't shut the engine off. Similarly if you're sitting at the lights for a REALLY extended time then the engine will fire up periodically to keep the battery charged.
This is what immediately came to mind when I first read about this technology being brought to the 3-series. BMW seems to have a problem keeping the battery charged with short trips. I can imagine this will extend the length of the trip necessary to keep the battery properly charged.
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