Join Date: 18th December 2007
Location: Portsmouth, UK
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Start Button Design tis' a bit crap really
On my 2.2 EX iCDTi, if you push the start button with the car in gear (accidentally of course) the car lurches. Considering that I had 4.5k's worth
of damage done to my tailgate caused by the crappy handbrake design, I don't trust it anymore so I leave it in gear where ever I go.
You'd have thought with all the clever gadgetry we have in our cars, the designers would have put in some circuitary to not attempt to start the car
when the car is in gear, like automatic's do! A bit pants really!!
After all the car also knows when the car is already started, so doesn't attempt to turn the starter when the enigne is already running. So I don't think it would have taken much to take an extra feed from the gearbox to work out the car is in gear.
Really the button is nothing more than a flash fancy gadget thats a replacement for the final turn of the key.