Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Kara asks: About ASS. My Volkswagen Jetta has it and push-start ignition. One of the thing I dislike about it is that I frequently find myself re-starting the engine when I am trying to shut off the car. I’ll park, gather my things, prepare to exit the vehicle. The engine has of course stopped because of ASS. But to shut the car off, I have to push the ignition button and the engine re-starts!
My reply: Thoughts? Yes, several.
I have experienced the same with several brand-new cars that are similarly equipped. The engine kills itself, but the ignition switch is still in the “run” or “on” position… if there were a switch. But there isn’t such a position with pushbutton ignition, at least not in the physical sense of keyed positions you can see and feel (e.g., “on” and “accessory” and “off”).
So you (and I) push the button to shut the car down prior to exiting it – and the engine restarts, courtesy of ASS.
You can avoid this by defeating ASS (push the “off”) button prior to every drive. And by pushing the ignition button just the right way – see owner’s manual.
But either way, it is an annoyance. Several, actually. And for what?
ASS is a “feature” I doubt 1 out of 500 people would order and pay extra for as optional equipment. But we’re being force-fed ASS because of CAFE.
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