Originally Posted by goldminer
I drove my Canadian spec M3 in Europe 6 weeks ago and it had this feature. The default position was disabled on vehicle startup. You have to engage it if you want the feature.
One thing I did find interesting happened on a busy street in heavy traffic. I was backing out of a parking space and a bike went by behind me. I slammed on the brakes fast enough to stall it and when I pushed the clutch in and shifted to first the car autostarted. This allowed me to get out of the way faster without having to reach for the starter.
Yeah, I've noticed that. I like to think of that as BMW's ego preservation function -- it will show Auto Stop on the dashboard when you actually stalled.
But "true" Auto Stop only kicks in when in Neutral and the clutch is out.