Originally Posted by sekitori
It interferes with my regular driving because my car has stalled twice in traffic the first three weeks I've had the car. I now always shut it off when I start my car. To me, getting slightly better gas mileage does not equate with the possibility of not knowing when I'll have to manually restart the engine but knowing for sure that sooner or later, I will. That possibility occurs not because of anything I've done but because the manufacturer has provided a feature that defaults to a system that occasionally fails to work.
I know that pushing a button to override this feature when I start the car is no big deal. But I do know that I shouldn't even have to do that. For that reason, I definitely want the update to the last user mode.
Originally Posted by Frogman
I found that I was dreading coming to a stop to see how much the engine would shake the car when ASS stops the engine. Sometimes it's as smooth as silk and I think hey, this is great, and then other times it's so violent that I think the engine is going to rip itself out of the mounts. Plus, as was said before, the car lurches when this happens and everyone it the cars feels it.
Same on restart; sometimes it's really smooth, and other times it's really rough. No real pattern.
Then, once, I was in a intersection ASS stalled the engine on restart.
I was stopped in the intersection, ASS kicked in, I let my foot off the brake, and the engine stalled. The iDrive bings with a fault saying that ASS failed, I had to scramble to re-press the brake, push the start button, then press the throttle to go and end up just reving the engine. Looked at the shifter and realized that the car put itself in NEUTRAL! My adrenaline is pumping like crazy while I selected drive while getting honked at by people behind me. This is not something I want to repeat and definitely not something I want my wife to deal with!
So, I coded my car to remember the last ASS setting and I leave the dang thing off; I couldn't be happier. I don't worry about my engine stalling or shaking, or lurching any more.
If BMW can address these issues, I'd be the first to re-enable ASS, but not the way it works now.
I'm glad (not sure that's the right word) that I'm not the only one. Or rather, I'm glad it's not just our X3 that has some kind of strange problem. I'm pretty good when things go wrong, but being in traffic and having your car die unexpectedly is unnerving. Like, you, the restart process wasn't entirely intuitive, and it took me longer than I'd like to restart the car. I was *really* displeased in that moment.