Originally Posted by imdakine1
I'm new to this technology and so far am pretty impressed with how quick it goes from the stopped position to the start... However, wondering how well it works in hills especially some steep ones in San Francisco? I notice from other forums and posts that this is not new technology as it is quite prevelant outside the US. Has anyone heard of any issues with this technology? Such as transmission or engine issues etc...?
I do a lot of in town driving which consists of a lot of stop signs and stop signals and sometimes get a bit annoyed with the technology since as stop signs we have to stop and go so much etc....
I know I can disable it but just curious on of people use the start / stop function or not and experiences both in town and on steep hills.
I've used this on an manual shift Audi A3 and on Golf DSG . Using a manual , releasing the clutch while the gear is in neutral will activate the STOP and pressing the clutch in will activate the START. It's pretty instant, but at times you can get caught out at traffic lights. I've had this happen a few times, where you are just about to slow down and stop, but then want to start off again, the car STOPS and then you have to press the clutch in again to START. It's just a matter of getting used to not shifting it into neutral.
On the Golf DSG though, the STOP START is terrible, it will only start when you take the foot off the brake pedal and then touch the accelerator. This is so tedious as you're worried the car may launch off if you press on the accelerator too much.
On the Audi S-tronic gearbox, though the START happens the instant you release the foot off the brake , so it's ready for you before you even touch the accelerator. If you have the hill assist / electronic handbrake, then it helps as well.