You have to make sure that the green "go" light is lit. Its the green little car icon on the bottom of the dash with the arrows below it. The FFE is very particular about starting up. If you tap the start button without having your feet on the brake pedal long enough, or if you shift out of park too fast it doesn't properly initialize and isn't ready to go in time.
Here is my sequence to usually get the car going:
- Sit down in the seat
Put foot on the brake--keep it there
Press the start button (hold for a 2 count)
Buckle seat belt
Check dash for green "go" light
Shift out of park
Release foot off of the brake
99% of the time by the time I take my foot off the brake the car is up & ready to run. In the rare instances it isn't ready I've just gone too fast through the sequence. In that case you have to put your foot back on the brake and re-press the start button..the green ready to go light will light up then.
The sequence should be a sticky post so people will see it first...
Perhaps even a FFE faq sticky with info like this, the guess-o-meter, etc.