Originally Posted by loveracing1988
The needs of one do not trump the needs of many. If you don't want it don't use it, some people actually want better fuel economy.
I agree, even if this was at extra cost I'd get it. I once test drove an Audi with a 5 cylinder engine, it vibrated so much when stopped at traffic lights it was giving me a headache. If that car had stop/start I wouldn't have noticed it and would probably have bought the car.
When I test drove the MB I wasn't told it had this feature. When I first stopped at traffic lights I commented to my wife how quiet and smooth the car was at idle, then I noticed the rev counter was at zero, I thought the car had stalled! Of course as soon as I took my foot off the brake it started immediately. Nice!
I wondered how it affected the air conditioning since the engine wasn't running. During standard stops at traffic lights there is no issue, however, at long stops i.e. at construction stops, the engine cuts back in after a period of time, even with your foot on the brake, bringing the a/c back on line. Of course, if you know you're going to be stopped for a while, putting the car in park or neutral starts the engine immediately or simply turning the feature off does the trick. It really is quite seamless, after a while you don't even notice it.