Ask a Question

Can you permanently turn off start/stop on a car?

I am considering buying a Vauxhall Insignia 1.4T but it has start/stop which puts me off. Is there a way to permanently turn off the function?

Asked on by

Probably not legally because the car depends on it for its emissions rating. But there will be a button to switch it off at the start of every journey. Actually, in this hot weather with a turbo engine it's better to leave the stop/start switched on and if the engine does not automatically shut off when you stop the car, leave it idling for a couple of minutes because the stop/start will have been signalled by a sensor that the turbo is too hot to switch off directly and needs the oil flow to continue.
Tags: stop-start
Similar questions
I bought a new Ford Focus 1.6 Titanium Ecoboost in Sept 2011. The engine stop-start feature has not functioned since purchase. The supplying dealer is struggling to isolate the problem. I need to return...
I bought a new Qashqai 1.6 diesel here in Cyprus in May 2014. I have taken it back to the dealer three times now due to 'System failure' message appearing in regards to the Start/stop' system. The dealer...
I have a 2012 Ford Zetec 1.0 litre 125 EcoBoost with Stop/Start. However, it only occasionally seems to work. I asked my garage to check it at the recent service and they said it was OK. They mentioned...
Related models
Represents very good value for money. Big boot and generous amount of rear legroom. Diesels are very economical while the 1.5 Turbo petrol is very good.

Ask Honest John

Value my car