Just going by default responses, not intending to be rude or sarcastic.
It almost never starts on the first attempt. Espcecially embarrassing when I am giving a ride to someone in my new hybrid and we sit there while I turn the key back and forth 7 times.
If my experience with doing this means anything, you will inevitably and permanently stop your key from starting the car by turning it so frequently to no avail in a short period of time. This happened to me once.
It is in the instruction manual that if it doesnt start first time, return key to position 0 and try again.
I have tried in the last few days:
1. turn key to on and wait 3 audible dings (max wait time because at 4 dings the "stop safely now" message comes up.
2. attempt to start.
repeat process until it starts.
It seems to start on the 2nd or 3rd attempt using this method.
What happens when you just fire it up without waiting? I mean, it's a hybrid, so you're obviously not going to get engine roar.
Dash lights all flash, clicking noises from battery bank, stereo turns on hvac starts to run. If the start is successful, the green "good to go" Ill call it, lights up, meaning the car is ready to drive. the ICE starts immediately after that. Without the ICE engine starting, you cannot drive the car. It will shut off the ICE if conditions are appropriate.
It does not seem to matter if my foot is on the brake or not. Nor can I use dash lights, radio or hvac starting as a cue to determine if the engine is ready.
Universally, you need to have your foot on the brake to start a car... so you trying to do so without a foot on the brake seems futile. No dash lights suggests a bad battery but you say your car is brand new... or just new? Does anything work in accessory mode?
No foot on brake required to start this one.
I assume that the computer is checking systems and battery, and that process takes longer than the vehicle itself allows the ignition to be on without the car activated, before it forces you to "stop safely now". I can't start the car while that message is up.
The second half would suggest that something is wrong... but it seems similar to if I hold my key in the '3' position (if 1 is key out, 2 is accessory, 3 is run and 4 is ignition) before starting the car, the car bongs and the check engine light, theft light, and low oil light all come on.
I think in both the case of your car and mine, with key left in 3 position, the computer thinks the car should be running, and because it is not, sends error messages to the driver.
Hopefully another hybrid owner has had this issue. I dont want to be the only one who cant start my car.
BTW my roommate moved it out of his way one cold morning and he says it started first try. :doh:
It happens, I guess.