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by CharonPDX
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: 2015 i3 REX in Tucson
Replies: 7
Views: 471

Re: 2015 i3 REX in Tucson

If your commute is only 20 miles and you have other cars, it might be a good idea to get an i3 that is a BEV (electric only). They are slightly more reliable, less costly, noticeably quicker off the line, and they weigh less. There is no need for a Rex for such short trips. I have had both, but req...
by CharonPDX
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Switching Charging Current
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: Switching Charging Current

If it's charging, it's using the voltage you're supplying. Note that at least in the US, there are two different ways to wire up 240V. One way is to have a full 240V over a single wire (with a return wire coming back.) The other major method is where there are two separate 120V feeds on two separate...
by CharonPDX
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Any mods
Replies: 10
Views: 1365

Re: Any mods

Quidzel is the 'default' traffic jam assist retrofit: https://quidzel.com You'll need to remove one screw to gain access to the back of the right-side steering wheel buttons, unplug one cable to plug the module in between the cable and the receptacle, then run coding on the car using E-sys and an OD...
by CharonPDX
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Better in snow? I3 with winter tires vs wrx with all seasons
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Re: Better in snow? I3 with winter tires vs wrx with all seasons

Depends on the snow, I'd say. Around here, we tend to get icy roads more than "light fluffy snow that gets packed down" - and i3 with studless traction (aka "Winter") tires is way better than our AWD Forester with "good all-season" tires. But when driving to places that...
by CharonPDX
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Connected Drive
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: Connected Drive

Connected Drive has nothing to do with warranty period.

As others said, the earliest i3s have a 10 year ConnectedDrive subscription, later ones have 4 year (mine has already expired.) You can renew for $50/year (although last December, they did offer a $40 renewal.)
by CharonPDX
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: i3 EDrive External Sound
Replies: 14
Views: 2908

Re: i3 EDrive External Sound

Personally, I'd love it if it were possible to add your own sounds.
by CharonPDX
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Touchscreen
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Touchscreen

No. BMW uses a non-touch display, and the "iDrive" wheel down in the center console in front of the arm rest. I find it's less distracting than a touchscreen.
by CharonPDX
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Turn on Rex early on freeway?
Replies: 9
Views: 798

Re: Turn on Rex early on freeway?

REx solely generates electricity to feed to the battery. REx is no more or less efficient on any given driving conditions - it's just sending power to the battery pack, and your efficiency driving on the battery pack is what matters. Note that if you know you're going to be digging in to REx on your...
by CharonPDX
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Bmw charges about $170 to mount and balance winter tires
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: Bmw charges about $170 to mount and balance winter tires

Meanwhile, at a West Coast tire shop chain, Les Schwab, I just paid $26 for all four wheels/tires to get swapped, including balancing and resetting the TPS. ($6.50 per wheel.)

I was planning on just swapping them out myself, but for that price, I'll let them.
by CharonPDX
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: New i3s (with pics) now what winter wheels/tires?
Replies: 34
Views: 5199

Re: New i3s (with pics) now what winter wheels/tires?

Tires that sit outside of the fender well may be illegal in many places...they can create a hazard for those behind you if they pick up and throw debris, not counting what it might do to your own paint job. That doesn't mean that it's enforced, though. It's illegal where I am, but essentially never...

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