Originally Posted by rriggs
I like the stop start. Had it on this and my last few cars. I like the silence when sitting at the lights and knowing it's saving a bit of fuel and some emissions. Wouldn't even think of turning it off.
I've had autostop on other cars but it was done properly, unlike this setup. Sure, sitting in silence at the lights is fine but the starter on this one is LOUD and unpleasant, and poor electrical design causes your exterior lights to dim and pulse with the cranking of the starter... it looks and sounds dumb and unintentional. The Honda I had with this feature was so subtle, a guy on his bicycle waiting next to you at a stoplight would not even be able to tell when the car restarted, it was so smooth and quiet.
Based on my rough math, you have to be sitting still for more than 10 seconds in order to be "saving" any fuel. For any stop shorter than that (which is 99% of stops for me out in the rural areas) you are better off for it to stay running. Holding still for more than 10 seconds is really rare in northern MN. Only happens if you hit a train crossing at the wrong time.
I've been working on a couple different designs for modules that would "fix" the ESS system for me, but mostly too busy working on other projects. One of these days though, I'll get around to it. My first choice would be what I believe is the approach used in commercially available modules for other FCA vehicles, via CANBUS integration. My fallback plan is to make a wiring harness to straddle the two legs of the switch in the console with a relay and emulate the pressing of the switch on startup. Crude but it would work.
Originally Posted by cannoncino
( my compass is grey, boring )
Grey is not boring, grey is a magical color that conveys style and refinement without being to boisterous or drawing too much attention. Grey/Silver slides right by the police's eyes when going a little too fast on the highway