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Ford’s Better Idea; Stop-Start Technology?

It is rumored that in 2112 Ford will equip many of its U.S. cars and SUVs with stop-start technology. What this will do is automatically shut down the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop. This is all done to cut down on fuel consumption and emissions.

Thistechnology,Start-Stop, will be available with either manual or automatic transmissions.

Ford’s new generation of direct-injection four-cylinder engines will be the first to get the stop-start technology but plans plans to spread it among its four-, six- and eight-cylinder engine families. However, the technology can’t be used on all models, such as the F-series Super Duty pickups, the spokesman said.

Now doesn’t that just make you want to run out a get in line for a new Ford? Hell, I had a car like that in High School forty years ago. Every time I pulled up to a stop the engine did too. Of course it was “old school” technology and I had to manually restart it and it was a pain in the rear!

I have driven one of those hybrids that does the samething. Every time I pulled up to a stop light in that thing it quit running and I would reach down for the key to restart it! Not a good idea.

Ford, leave us old farts alone! Now, that is a better idea, what do you think?

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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