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Benefits of engine start/stop in Transit

Asked by Bruce Holden

I recently read a comment from one of your readers concerning the start/stop function on her new Mazda6. I have just purchased a Ford Transit Van and it has exactly the same function. When I took the van to the dealer for its first service I asked them to delete the function, but I was told it couldn't be done. I find it dangerous in built-up traffic, especially in my line of work and although they say it is a fuel saving feature I reckon they're wrong because what you might save on fuel you would spend on a $500 starter that was become worn-out before its time. Modern technology isn't always right.

Answered by CarsGuide

16 Jan 2015 Graham Smith

Like you I think the value of some of the technology we're being sold is questionable. The fuel saving and emission reductions that flow from the start/stop function are miniscule.

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