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Old 06-19-2012, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by ThoreauHD View Post
You guys realize that the most friction and wear are put on your engine when you are starting it. Also you are beating the hell out of your battery and starter.

I hope you guys are leasing, because the resale will drop like a rock. Good luck.
The friction is when the engine has been sitting cold and the oil has pretty much settled into the pan. Not really an issue when the engine has only been off for a minute or two. As to the starter and battery, I have read several articles on the subject. Indications are that the starter has been beefed up enough to handle the load. As others have said, this is not really as new as we in the U.S. seem to think it is. Here from one article I found, not to mention that Toyota has sold millions in hybrids.

Stop-start isn’t new – VW introduced it on its ‘Umwelt’ Golf back in 1991.

But, more recently, the BMW Group has popularised such systems, selling over half a million stop-start BMWs and Minis since 2006, and many more makers are now bringing the technology to market.
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