Originally Posted by jmatero
It's unfortunate that BMW is using the starter to re-start the motor with auto start/stop. The Mercedes-Benz approach for their non-hybrids is non-intrusive and you'd never care about turning it "off" as a feature. When the motor shuts down in the Benz, the stroke on one cylinder intentionally stops full compression. To restart, they just fire the plug and it smoothly spins back up. None of the CRANK-CRANK-SHUDDER in the BMWs.
Wow that seems to make more sense. I'm not a fan of BMWs auto start/stop either.