How ECO Start/Stop Benefits You, Your Mercedes-Benz, and the Environment

By Product Expert | Posted in Technology on Monday, June 10th, 2019 at 7:20 am
Closeup of ignition in Mercedes-Benz vehicle

Is ECO Start/Stop Bad for My Mercedes-Benz?

At Star Motor Cars we often get asked a lot of questions about the ECO Start/Stop features. “Is ECO Start/Stop bad for my Mercedes-Benz?” “Will ECO Start/Stop ruin my engine?” “How do I turn off ECO Start/Stop?” We’re here to debunk all the myths about the ECO Start/Stop system, explain to you how it works, and tell you how to turn it off if you don’t want it on. Continue reading below to learn all you need to know about the Mercedes-Benz ECO Start/Stop system. 

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How ECO Start/Stop Works

The ECO Start/Stop system is designed to help save fuel and reduce emissions from your Mercedes-Benz. When you come to a complete stop and the engine is not needed, like when at a stop light or waiting at a train, your Mercedes-Benz will automatically shut off the engine. Once you start to let off the brake pedal and are ready to get moving again the engine will instantly restart and you’ll be back to driving like normal. Because this system has been created for your vehicle model and works alongside the vehicle’s engine system, it is not bad for your Mercedes-Benz and it will not cause any premature wear and tear on the vehicle systems.

ECO Start/Stop is typically defaulted to being on, meaning each time you get into your vehicle the system is set to turn your engine off at complete stops. However, there are times when the system will not turn off the engine, like when the engine has not reached optimal temperature, the climate control is needed, your vehicle’s battery is too low, or you are stopped on a hill.



How to Turn Off Mercedes-Benz ECO Start/Stop

If you prefer to have the ECO Start/Stop system turned off, there is a quick and easy way to disable the feature. Depending on your vehicle model there will be an ECO button on the center console or a button under the ignition button that is labeled with an “A” surrounded by a clockwise arrow. Click that button and your vehicle won’t use the ECO Start/Stop system for the duration of your drive.

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Head over to our online inventory to view our lineup of in-stock Mercedes-Benz models. Contact a member of the Star Motor Cars sales team to learn more about our vehicles equipped with the ECO Start/Stop feature.