- '16.5 Mazda CX-5 Touring
How does it cause the starter to fail? Mazda's i-STOP does not use the starter...BTW, iStop causes many failures on Mazda6.
It makes the starter fail prematurely. The money you save from fuel probably won't be enough to pay for a new starter 3-4 years down the road.
Not to mention that it is annoying to some people.
I have seen many people posted pics of their iStop failure warnings on the dash.
I am happy that Mazda did not bring iStop to USA.
Mazda USA knew better.
Here is a description of how it works from Mazda, an excerpt is below, the link follows...
"While conventional idling stop systems rely on a starter motor to restart the engine, Mazda's i-stop restarts the engine through combustion; fuel is directly injected into a cylinder while the engine is stopped and ignited to generate downward piston force. The result is a quick and quiet engine re-start compared to other systems and a significant saving in fuel.