Originally Posted by chmura
Hybrids do not have a traditional starter like non-hybrids. The electric dc motor just spins the engine over to start it. Not a regular starter. Thus that is why we have not heard of starter failures in the Prius.
M3 on the other hand most likely does use a traditional starter since its a non-hybrid.
Having thought about this you are correct. However, that does not mean that the M3 and other "Auto-start-stop" BMWs don't have some sort of heavy duty starter motor in them. Does anyone know for sure?