wlsmith12 wrote:I live in Chicago and I am thinking of buying a used 2014-15 I3 rex. How is the cabin heater (weak or very good) and how much does the real cold days affect you -15 below. I do not have a garage but have a 220 outlet. Also the dealer is trying to tell me the rex engine has changed from 2014-2015? He is saying the 2015 has a higher output?
i've had my i3 in chicago since may... during the summer i consistently get 70 miles on a single charge (my commute from downtown to schaumburg and back is about 70 miles) I'd have enough to make it home w/o the rex kicking in. unfortunately in the winter not so much... right now my Guess-O-Meter starts off at 49 miles but i think i'm really only getting low 40s on a full charge with the heater all the way. I had to install a charger @ my office to allow me to make the commute both ways.
the heater is actually nice and strong, it doesn't have to wait for the car to warm up like an ICE so its on as soon as you ask it to turn on, with the pre-conditioning while plugged in, it makes a huge difference walking into a nice and warm car too.
the 2015 rex has not changed and your dealer is wrong.... most dealers that i worked with had very limited knowledge of the i3... from what i could figure out, they took their worse sales guy / least busy and sent them to the training to check the quota set by bmw. do not believe anything they say and do your research.
with the 220 plug you have, which plug style is it? is it 6-20 6-50 or 14-50? the plug style will let you know how much current you have access to in order to charge.