2018 Outbacks, Grey Premium & Silver Limited
Frankly I am not convinced that any automaker cares about the likelihood of an auto start/stop system contributing to lower reliability in the future. I am of the opinion that the industry and consumers are treating newer vehicles more and more like objects to simply dispose of when it becomes convenient. If your vehicle does not last as long and/or there is something that has aggravated you about it during your possession of said vehicle, you are more likely to replace it sooner.Possibly being clever to save the cost of a push button. Engineers aren’t always practical. When we first started using color type touch screen HMIs (Human Machine Interface), some engineers felt “obligated” to use every color available on a simple screen. It’s still a standing joke amongst us old timers that grew up with analog meters, rheostats, relays, switches, etc.😆
And don’t get me started on bearings and oil. I have seen too many real life and extremely costly examples of premature bearing failures on electric motors because of frequent motor start stops. I am talking about motors with 6” or greater diameter bearing journals riding babbitt bearings. But the same can be inferred to nearly any bearing where the lubricant is “squeezed out” in the stopped mode.
There are many variable factors that add up which contribute to the likelihood of vehicle replacement more frequently for many consumers. Think me a wacky conspiracy theorist (that is fine by me) but I see things like this as a devil's bargain for the consumer.