2015 Ford Mustang GT: The Engine Just Shut Off
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on December 7, 2015
I am sitting here at the test track in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT. It's early still and there is time to kill before the rest of the crew arrives. The Mustang is idling so I can listen to music while eating my breakfast.
A chime from the car catches me by surprise. It is accompanied by this warning on the IP. The countdown starts at 30 seconds but I can't get a decent photo until it reaches 1 second. And then it makes good on its threat.
The engine shuts off.
I haven't experienced this feature before. It's managed in the vehicle settings menu and can be set for either 10 or 15 minutes, with one extension allowed if "ok" is clicked during the countdown. That makes for a total of 20 or 30 minutes depending upon the setting.
I imagine this function is more important to somebody using remote start to warm up their car than to a guy trying to eat his egg sandwich. But it's there anyway.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager