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by frictioncircle
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Any mods
Replies: 10
Views: 1366

Re: Any mods

If you're driving an i3 in a warm environment and your legislative environment allows, step one would be to tint as many windows as you can, as darkly as you can. Aircon is a major power draw for any EV and the i3 has high IR gain from its huge windshield. In terms of driving, I haven't had the oppo...
by frictioncircle
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: The AAA Cold and Hot Weather report
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: The AAA Cold and Hot Weather report

Excellent post, bwilson4web, thank you for sharing!

At 60+ pages it's going to take a bit to get through this but it looks like the Auto Club did a very good job here.
by frictioncircle
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now
Replies: 10
Views: 4094

Re: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now

TheMK – Thanks for those newTIS links! Drilling down to the i3, there are a LOT of subheadings that seem to make no sense whatsoever. "28 Twin-clutch gearbox (DKG)"? :lol: I think my problem is with the plug locking mechanism, but I decided to take it to the dealer before tackling bumper r...
by frictioncircle
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Suggestions for BMW
Topic: Compete or Else...
Replies: 11
Views: 2282

Re: Compete or Else...

Five years into BEV ownership I remain highly impressed with what BMW achieved with the i3. The i3 was ahead of the market in 2014 (and in many ways it is, still). Understandable that BMW would take a breather and regroup. As a very happy owner I want the model to continue. BMW AG's "on-again-o...
by frictioncircle
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Suggestions for BMW
Topic: Compete or Else...
Replies: 11
Views: 2282

Re: Compete or Else...

Phamile's original message is quite old by now, but, even without coding, the rear-view camera is available at low speeds. Press the Parking Assist button on the center console (marked with a "P", positioned rearwards from the Comfort / Eco Pro / Eco Pro + mode switch). Once the parking me...
by frictioncircle
Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now
Replies: 10
Views: 4094

Re: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now

I think I'm suffering from a similar issue which is preventing me from charging at a DCFC unit with my 2014 i3 BEV. Normally when plugging in with a CCS connector, the operation of a servo is heard. This is the car locking the CCS plug into place. Recently the car hasn't been activating the servo du...
by frictioncircle
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: EVgo CCS woes
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

EVgo CCS woes

Regarding a 2014 BEV with DCFC... I've got about a 50% success rate with L3 EVGo / CCS charging (L2 charging works 100% of the time). When trying to charge from an EVgo CCS station, half the time (having connected the CCS cable) the EVgo station refuses to start charging. I've made a solid mechanica...
by frictioncircle
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Bought a new i3 Sport!
Replies: 6
Views: 3772

Re: Bought a new i3 Sport!

Over the past month or so it's been possible to spot a 2018 or two (NON-s) on the road road here. An i3s is still a rare bird.

Applause to all the i3s-version buyers! So good to see that driving enthusiasts are staking their place at the EV table!
by frictioncircle
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: i3 s regenerative breaking
Replies: 14
Views: 4304

Re: i3 s regenerative breaking

I have a 2014 BEV (April 2014 production) and couldn't believe BMW's curb weight claims were real.

In frustration, I took my i3 to a local truck scale. With zero persons in the car – and perhaps 40 lbs. (max) of detritus in the car, I got an empty weight of 2,880 lbs. (1306 kg).
by frictioncircle
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Unknown symbol pops up in iDrive display
Replies: 10
Views: 3627

Re: Unknown symbol pops up in iDrive display

In the US, the i3's data connection (ConnectedDrive) is 3G. The loss of that data connection is the "globe" icon with a strike-through (as tjburbach noted). The phone's signal strength is shown as an ascending ramp of bars. It's possible to have 100% phone signal strength but no ConnectedD...

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