22 VW Taos SE FWD, Cornflower Blue
Dude, start stop has been around since the early 2010s and there is not a pandemic of starter failures, and no more than usual battery failures. The amount of energy it takes to start a warm engine isn't that much. Your seat heaters and defroster are more of a load on the alternator.If you're just leasing it, it won't matter for the long term. Heavy duty, means more $$$ than a normal starter. Extra battery or HD battery must also be considered. You know that is taking a toll. Alternator has to keep up. So when the stop starting system starts stopping, you'll start paying tons of money to stop the stop starting issue, so prevent it by stopping the use of the start stopping feature.