PipPip
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Re: How many have had the drive train malfunction error?

Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:27 am

Having had the message a couple of times now I took mine into BMW yesterday. Like others they say it needs a new HV cable, which they can't source until Monday. They said there is also a software upgrade required. I am also getting them to strip down and rebuild properly my entire dashboard as it has a couple of loud and constant squeeks and rattles, which drive me crazy. Estimate is all will e complete by middle of next week. I already had the KLE replaced previously due to woeful range. I've told them to take their time as the brand new (75 miles on the clock) Mini Cooper loan car with every conceivable extra is a nice change. In fact I adore the Mini, which let's just say is not an emotion I feel for the i3!!

alohart
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Location: Honolulu, HI, US and Uppsala, SE

Re: How many have had the drive train malfunction error?

Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:40 pm

PipPip wrote:I already had the KLE replaced previously due to woeful range.

A defective KLE would not affect range but would affect how fast the battery pack could be charged. My i3 BEV still has a defective KLE but my average consumption rate is 5.6 mi/kWh, or over 100 miles range. When I have my KLE replaced, software will be updated which others are reporting increases the useable battery pack capacity which should improve my range as it might have done yours.

I hope that your other problems will be repaired well!
Aloha,
Art

Honolulu, HI, US: 2014 BMW i3 Arravani Grey, Giga World, Tech + Driving Assist, Parking Assist, DC Fast Charging, JuiceBox EVSE
Uppsala, SE: CONDITIONALLY SOLD: 2000 Honda Insight hybrid

PipPip
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Re: How many have had the drive train malfunction error?

Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:38 pm

Perhaps it wasn't the KLE then. All I can tell you is that with a 100% efficient driving score the maximum range we were getting was 60 miles, or around 48-50 miles for normal driving. BMW replaced something and had it in for over a week. They described it as a recall. My range has now increased to around 80 miles absolute maximum with a 100% efficient driving score, or 60 to 65 for normal driving. Less than others get from theirs but adequate for my needs.
I do look forwards to giving the i3 back though (its a company car). The Mini has reminded me what a well built car feels like.

janner
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Location: Bath, UK

Re: How many have had the drive train malfunction error?

Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:23 am

PipPip - 100% efficient driving - Wao! How about posting a picture of your screen showing that - it will be an inspiration to us all to know that such a thing is possible.
2015 i3 ReX Solar Orange, Loft interior world. BMW professional, 19" turbine-spoke 429 wheels, DC rapid charging, driving assistant plus.

psquare
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Location: i3 REx, 225xe Hybrid UK
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Re: How many have had the drive train malfunction error?

Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:28 am

My wife told me that she saw the message a few days ago when she started our i3 REx on a very damp morning. We live in a rural spot where 95-98% humidity at night is usual this time of year. It happened while she was still on the drive, after overnight charging and precon. She turned the vehicle off, then back on - the message disappeared. We will keep an eye on it.

PipPip
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Re: How many have had the drive train malfunction error?

Sat Oct 10, 2015 5:37 am

janner wrote:PipPip - 100% efficient driving - Wao! How about posting a picture of your screen showing that - it will be an inspiration to us all to know that such a thing is possible.


Really? It's not that hard to achieve. Switch off aircon, turn your fan down to 1 bar, put it in Ecopro+, drive a quiet route accelerating gently and only using regen braking. I have an 18 mile country B road option to work which is a mix of 30mph and 50 mph limits where 100% efficiency on the app is easy enough. I only did it in the beginning partly as a challenge as my wife gets 100% a lot and partly to test the range. Since it didn't make a huge difference the range, these days I just bomb about in comfort and don't think about it. I can charge up at work for free so electricity usage is not a concern.
I couldn't post a pic right now though as the car is in bits at a BMW garage!

i3StormTrooper
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Re: How many have had the drive train malfunction error?

Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:22 pm

Add me - USA

2015 i3 Rex - March 2015 Build - November SW update 11/25/15 w/ 170 miles on ODO.

Delivery 10/30/2015

1st real drive with the car Nov 28th 2015

Running REx and about 58 miles into trip I received the error code.

Dropping off at dealer 11/30 for service on 12/1

Drove approx 600 miles with error running REx without charges in between.

Decent touring car - 2 gallons at a time.

VERY discouraged that after a year+ of production this error is still an issue for owners.

:cry:

alohart
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Location: Honolulu, HI, US and Uppsala, SE

Re: How many have had the drive train malfunction error?

Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:44 pm

i3StormTrooper wrote:VERY discouraged that after a year+ of production this error is still an issue for owners.

Especially since many of us thought that the November software update would fix spurious check engine light warnings (not a problem for our i3 which has no engine :) But maybe you have a real problem that needs fixing. If so, the check engine light would be warranted. Keep us informed.
Aloha,
Art

Honolulu, HI, US: 2014 BMW i3 Arravani Grey, Giga World, Tech + Driving Assist, Parking Assist, DC Fast Charging, JuiceBox EVSE
Uppsala, SE: CONDITIONALLY SOLD: 2000 Honda Insight hybrid

i3StormTrooper
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Re: How many have had the drive train malfunction error?

Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:55 pm

Decided to call another BMW dealer and they got me in today. Received a voice mail a few minutes ago that stated ' moisture in some electronics' - Car will be ready tomorrow.

I have a '16 328 loaner with 1300 miles. Nice for sure, but miss my i3 already.... especially the ACC, NAV screen size, although it has the 8.3 screen. I think we should receive an i3 as a loaner...or a 650GC (:))

Keep you posted.

i3StormTrooper
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Re: How many have had the drive train malfunction error?

Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:35 pm

Picked up my car tonight drove about 25 miles without issue.

Per the work order:

Error code 886.

Moisture in the range extender electrical machine. Performed vehicle test. Found fault stord for isolation resistance. Followed the test plan. Test plan checked isolation resistance and found OK. test plan indicated problem caused by moisture in the range extender electrical machine. Performed drying procedure by removing temperature sensor 6mm and running the engine for 3 hours. Before engine run, discharged vehicle battery with electrical consumers. Perform drying procedure. Reinstall temperature sensor. Torque bolts to 5NM and TECH 3 verifed this. Cleared fault memory and drove the vehicle. No faults or indicators returned. Charged the vehicle battery to full capacity.
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