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by jadnashuanh
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Brake fluid change
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: Brake fluid change

Unless you have the ability to verify the boiling point of brake fluid, it's hard to tell if it is past it's best service life! The stuff has such an affinity for moisture, it can suck some in through the rubber hoses and connections. Once it absorbs moisture, the boiling point drops, and at the ext...
by jadnashuanh
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Getting unhappy with fuel cover
Replies: 11
Views: 2532

Re: Getting unhappy with fuel cover

First, I don't have a REx. Someone earlier indicated that to release the door, you must HOLD the release button until it says the pressure is released on the display. Out of curiosity, do you just hit it once, or do you hold it until it says it will open?
by jadnashuanh
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Maintenance schedule
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: Maintenance schedule

The oil should probably be changed at one year, but because the engine didn't run much (or the condition based service would have flagged it needing a change), there's probably nothing that needs to be done at this time. Now, if it were a typical ICE, it would need some service.
by jadnashuanh
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Brake fluid change
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: Brake fluid change

Only the very first i3's sold in the USA wouldn't be still in warranty... Essentially, yes, that's the procedure if you don't have special tools to do it. You need to ensure you don't suck air in when the pedal is released, so you need either someone to close the valve before you let it back up, or ...
by jadnashuanh
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Keeping gas fresh
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: Keeping gas fresh

Personally, I think it's a decent idea. But, one thing BMW did was to pressurize the tank. That helps to minimize any of the more volatile components in the gasoline from evaporating, which probably makes a difference4. So, it probably wouldn't matter, but still, to be cautious, can't hurt. An exten...
by jadnashuanh
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: If it never snows are the 20"s better than the 19"s?
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: If it never snows are the 20"s better than the 19"s?

Summer, performance tires generally have a lower tread life sometimes for up to two reasons...it tends to be softer for better grip, and to help prevent squirming of the tread blocks, many actually start out new with less actual usable tread depth. While not perfect, check the tread life number on t...
by jadnashuanh
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Factory charger BMW i3
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: Factory charger BMW i3

The EVSE that comes with a US spec car is a 120vac device. The car can be charged on a 240vac device (or via DC). This is so that it is compatible with the common receptacles used in the USA. As a result, it's fairly slow. Depending on the model year, it's either a 12A or maybe 10A device, so not al...
by jadnashuanh
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: depreciation of the i3
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

Re: depreciation of the i3

BMW delivered some i3's in other markets late 2013 as 2014 MY, but the first ones sold in the USA started to show up here as 2014 MY in April of 2014. Some of the perceived depreciation is the fact many people in the USA were able to take a $7500 tax credit, lowering the effective price of the car.....
by jadnashuanh
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Plugging a slow leak
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: Plugging a slow leak

A patch by itself if fine...depends on how you do it! Assuming, of course, where it is.
by jadnashuanh
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Plugging a slow leak
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: Plugging a slow leak

For maximum safety, you really need to dismount the tire and patch from the inside. That's also the only way you can tell for sure if there's not significant damage inside of the tire that is not visible from the outside. Patching from the inside also helps insure minimal moisture intrusion that can...

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