What is your opinion of the new Electronic Start-Stop function? A lot of new cars are incorporating this feature.
At best I think its a nuisance, and at worst its a safety concern. As with RonD above, it feels like hesitation. It restarts quickly, but it can't possibly start immediately, so in reality it feels like a stumble when you leave a traffic light. Really stupid if all I'm doing is honoring a stop sign. I suppose its done to save fuel, but we're saving a spoonful (or less) at a time. Someone will argue that adds up to a million spoonfuls a day, but in the eternal scheme of things, its only the proverbial drop in the bucket.
The biggest problem with it is the hesitation could mean the difference between crossing a street safely or not quite making it. Accidents can happen by inches and by seconds, and the start/stop device is costing a few inches and a few seconds.
On my first test-drive I was leaving the dealership lot and pulling onto a busy street. As I pulled up to look for traffic the thing shut off. "Crap, I've managed to stall an automatic!" I thought. I rammed it back into Park only to have it start up all on its own. Definitely distracted this driver.
My Compass has a switch to disable this failure, I mean feature, so when I buckle my seat belt my hand is right there and I switch it off.
I'd be furious about the oil consumption. In my 04 4.7 Tundra I use 0w-20 and it add a 1/2 quart over 10k and that's considering it's got 190k on the motor.
Yeah, as I said my 300,000 mile Patriot was using less oil. I'm sure I've added more to my Compass than I did to my Patriot in all those years. Apparently this is the way they are designing new engines. What I'm hearing is that people are going to arbitration and losing because as long as its better than 1000 miles/quart, the manufactures say its a normal function of the design. If nothing else there should be a low oil indicator which there is not. I've been told if its down two quarts it will just shut down -- obviously a nuisance. My '01 Grand Prix had a low oil light, so I should think FCA could put one in engines that use this much oil. We have fuel gauges; we should have oil gauges. Not just a pressure gauge like we have, but an actual oil level indicator.