. If the starter design works better, fine, put it on every vehicle without stop/start, instead. Let the aftermarket starter market dry up
I remember in the good old days when starters went out regularly. There were starter motor service shops too.
I have never had a starter go bad.
It's it odd for you to claim that just because it's fine for 8 years, that you're going to have problems after 8 years? You basically have no data to back that up and I just offer 8 years worth of data to say that it doesn't appear to be a problem 8 years later. Plus a car is made up of thousands of parts, why stress out over a couple of parts here and there? Gotta break eggs if you want to make omelets or in this case, save gas. And while everyone claims that the starters fail early on cars with start/stop, I've yet to actually hear of a particular make where that's true.^ It always strikes me as odd when someone tries to claim if it lasts, say 8 years (you mentioned 2014) or 100K mi, then that's all we care about? What about the other remaining half+ of the vehicle's lifespan?
The average vehicle on the roads today in the US is at 12 years and rising, and only that low because of how easily vehicles are totaled these days. You improve the odds with careful, defensive driving.
No, I don't think engineers adequately factored for it, considering they didn't factor for it even before stop start existed - hence replacement starters are made, sold, installed, rather that it's done out of desperation to meet CAFE #s and outlast the warranty.
If one of my vehicles had a starter fail, I wouldn't raise a stink about it in a forum anyway, unless it was a big tear-down project in order to swap it out.
I forget, why is one side electrochromic on the side mirrors but the other one is not?
I have not seen electrochromic side mirrors.
Now that rear view mirrors are going digital, that will be another thread we can look forward to.
Actually all mirrors are going digital.
I dislike this feature too but it is untrue that the auto makers are shoving a worthless feature down our throats because if it was negatively impacting their bottom line they would not do it. Stop/start improves fuel economy and emissions a bit so I will continue to abide by it with my VW. These days with high gas prices and other issues I think it’s a small price to pay.Seems I am not alone in hating this feature. IMO, it's just another worthless function the auto makers are going to keep shoving down our throats no matter how many people don't like it...