RIT, I agree with you: it shines in those situations you listed. However, my concern is as Colt Hero states--the wear-and-tear on the starter and associated components, the additional load on the battery (not to mention in stop-and-go traffic, the battery may never get full recharged after all the additional starting cycles), and my greatest personal frustration (when it is not seamless) of coming to a stop with no cross traffic, coming to a red light and turning right, pulling into to garage, all those very "brief" stops when the engine stops for less than five seconds and then restarts; can't count the times I have pulled into my drive way, waiting for the garage door to finish open and the engine stops, or the times I have pulled directly into the garage and stopped--and the engine shuts off only to restart when I shift to Park--and then I turn the engine OFF. I have begun to drive with the trans in L and the range pushed to 9, thus defeating the start/stop feature completely in order to avoid the frustrations. Just my approach! :smile:There are times when you have to stop, such as picking up or dropping off a passenger, waiting at a train crossing, traffic light, etc. no matter how good a driver you are. It is these times that the stop-engine technology shines. And since it is seemless to the driver, and saves natural resources, how can one not like it ? Sure, waiting for a left hand turn at a traffic light the first time with this technology may be a little upsetting for the 1st 1/4 second, but you can easily anticipate this and get used to it.