After three days the "Drivetrain malfunction but you can still drive the car" notice is back.
I dont know if this car will work the full lease time (doubt it, another year to go) but one thing is sure. Never-ever BMW again, the support of the BMW i3 here in Sweden is non-existant.
Electric cars are so much simpler that startups can make it (Tesla) and cars is fast becoming software-based. If companies like Apple goes ahead with its plans I think oldtimers like BMW is smoked, I am prepared to pay and I have had it with a car industry that mostly reminds me of something out of a Charles Dickens novel.
eamdude wrote:My i3 has now been in service for almost 10 weeks. I had the drive-train warning with "you can continue driving" - and in the end left it at the dealers to have them check everything out. I got the car back after they upgraded some software but I didnt even get home, after only a few km's there was a "thunk" in the back of the car and it halted immediately with some nasty "drive train" error messages on the screen. After this moment the car was alive for about 17 minutes and then it was completely dead, no warning lights and I could not open trunk - not anything.
It was shipped back to the dealer and since then they've had it - BMW Assist here in Sweden gave me a slightly damaged Skoda as a loaner (I'm especially not that keen on not being able to close the inner-roof console that always hangs down, its sharp edges and something hitting the car from the side would not be fun).
They claim to have BMW Germany involved but they seem to replace a single part at a time, before ordering the next, so progress is really-really slow. There is also talk of some software bug.
The i3 is a very-very nice car as long as it works - but the lack of support makes it a bad deal here in Sweden.