I like the ESS system if it saves me a gallon of fuel a years and saves the planet for the next few Generations I'm all good with it.
Same. I was giving it an honest try, but the jerkiness and unpredictability drive me nuts and I’m turning it off.Ya know, initially I kinda liked it. Saving fuel is always a good thing, and I like how quiet it is at traffic lights. But having lived with it for a while now, I find it more and more grating. First, it jerks every time the engine starts, and it feels like when I was first learning to drive a manual (minus the idiotic stalling). I beat it to the gas pedal every time, and need to consciously think about the restart to avoid dropping it.
Further, in stop and go traffic, I never know whether it'll kick on or not. Often I'll be stopped for 1 second or less, and have it kick on. Or I'll be stopped for 2 minutes with the engine running nonstop. This is separate from the lack of predictability related to heating/cooling.
Moreover, everybody who gets in comments on how obtrusive it is. I'm not expecting a luxury car, but for $50k I feel like I shouldn't have to apologize for the jerkiness of my vehicle.
Finally, are we REALLY saving gas? I don't see it. I get the same fuel economy with or without ESS on. It's a drop in the bucket [literally] for both my wallet and the environment, and I have a hard time justifying it for the irritations above.
I'm over it, really. Maybe OP's right and its the 3.6, but I find myself turning it off more and more often...