Date registered: Sep 2006
Vehicle: 2004 CLK 240 Coupe
Location: Norfolk. UK
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When I wrote 'waste of time' I was being sloppy with my words. I should have said that I thought that it was an unneccesary addition to the car's performance.
At the time, I had not been able to find out how the feature worked. Since then I have read the 2012 CLS Owner's Manual pages 136 and 137 on this topic, and they are shown below. MB call the system ECO start/stop, which can be switched on/off by the driver.
What I found was quite astonishing. When ECO is switched on, the engine is started automatically under a number of conditions, two of which are:
unfasten seat belt
open the driver's door
Unless I have totally misunderstood the manual, this seems quite dangerous to me. Can a current ECO user put me right here?