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hoopitup2000

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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 7:13:15 AM

No, the extra wear & tear on the starter not worth it to me. Still average around 40 MPG in stop & go DC traffic, so no real benefit to me.
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rrtruck
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 1:39:01 PM

No, not recommended.
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 10:13:59 AM

no
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jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 9:19:31 AM

NO
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 9:02:26 AM

Never
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BCNU
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 3:45:48 AM

no
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 2:38:27 PM

No
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 1:37:07 PM

No, but I may have to try that, and watch My odometer for the mileage benefit. Three lights maybe for a "charm".
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BCNU
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 3:15:20 AM

no
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 10:19:52 PM

no
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 5:26:20 PM

no
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 11:22:13 AM

automaticly 2015 chevy Malibu
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nickless
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 4:24:41 AM

No
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 1:52:39 PM

NO.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 11:29:39 AM

No
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 10:45:01 AM

Never
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BCNU
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 5:20:05 AM

no
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 3:37:09 PM

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Mininana
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 12:55:21 PM

almost never, although for long stoppages which I can predict, I do
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 8:59:15 AM

NO.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 8:41:20 AM

no
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boybad12
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:42:12 PM

never to hard on started
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ray44512
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 9:34:32 PM

No. Traffic is too light and red lights too short around here for such silliness. I'll shut it off when I get home.
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roadrunner7669
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 4:20:03 PM

no
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 12:59:15 PM

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JMHolbrook
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:48:21 AM

No. I do however sometimes turn the engine off if I have a significant delay for a slow moving train.
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 9:44:57 AM

yes stop Malibu car feature.
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:58:13 AM

No
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:35:33 AM

no
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:54:01 PM

nope
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 12:15:46 PM

no
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 11:27:26 AM

malibu turns off at stop sign engine
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 10:06:18 AM

no
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 8:20:28 AM

never
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 7:30:04 AM

no
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Floridaman2013
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 7:04:51 AM

No, that's stupid as extra wear and tear on starter system. If at a long stop, ie: train crossing, simply put the vehicle in park or neutral until it's time to go again. Your transmission will stay cooler and save gas also.
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8_Ball2014
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 3:56:32 AM

lol
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 8:20:23 PM

No, why would I ?
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 5:02:04 PM

No
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 1:26:01 PM

NO
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 6:07:48 AM

At super long fresh red lights, maybe.
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46chief
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3:48:22 PM

no
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gooddriver_87
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 12:02:16 PM

I never turn off my engine when I'm at a traffic light. Not only is it too big of a hassle to turn the ignition on and off, but drivers behind you can get upset that you're not going quick enough.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 7:59:53 AM

Like Parking, maybe? No!
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twt
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 5:32:48 AM

When I'm in traffic, I never turn off my engine.
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 12:03:18 AM

never
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Tanner_1
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 4:09:02 PM

Yes. I have a BMW328i and it turns itself off at traffic lights or other stops automatically.
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Nuzan
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 4:04:10 PM

No
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PhilnTX
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 11:50:15 AM

Not at stoplights, but I do for some trains.
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englanddh2
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 11:40:42 AM

Definitely Not!! As most everyone has post, the wear and tear on the component of your engine is one reason. But there are several other reasons not mentioned.

You actually consume more fuel at start up than you would sitting at a light for a minute or two. Another reason is all of the electronics in today's cars, especially anything that has memory. Most electronics that have memory incorporated into them use a type of solid state memory device. These solid state memory devices only have so many read/write sessions on them and every time you turn off and restart your vehicle is a read/write session. So if you use up your read/write sessions, that would mean replacement of a device such as a PCM and at around $800 a pop it definitely doesn't make sense!!

For these reasons alone, even if I go into a store to just pick up one item quickly, I leave my engine running. I have a keypad on the door, so I can leave my keys in the vehicle and lock the doors. But I also live in a small town that just about everyone knows everyone, so I can get away with leaving my vehicle running without worrying about someone stealing it.
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buddyjaet
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 11:09:05 AM

Traffic signals, don't turn off the engine, but if there is a train or other delay over 2 minutes, it is better to turn off the motor, unless it is high summer and too hot out side.
I have seen better fuel economy to put the transmission in neutral, (automatics) when stopped for anything over 30 seconds.
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 9:57:36 AM

no
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