Tonight I have the All-New GLK as a loaner car and all around it is a nice car and I would not mind owning one.
I have a few questions about the ECO start/stop feature. Don’t get me wrong it is a nice feature to have when saving gas. But I wonder how much damage it would cause in the long run when you are in start stop traffic every day going to and from work or just traveling in general. I know that they give these features tests everyday but there are times they don’t get them right.
I dropped my daily driver off for a NYS inspection and the dealer gave me a 2013 GLK. Like the GLK and many other cars in the Mercedes line up has the ECO start/stop feature and on my way home the cars ECO feature was in full use. When my foot was on the break the engine shut down but my AC was running. As soon as I let my foot off the break the engine started up. So my question with this feature on and people doing daily driving; will this cause damage to the engine?
I know you can turn this feature off during the duration of your commute if this bothers you. But once you turn the car off and start-up again the ECO system come right on and people might forget to turn it off.
I sometimes wish that the engineers or the big wigs at Mercedes would leave well enough alone and make the cars more customizable.