I've had my i3 just over two weeks now, and things are very upsetting.
First was its 130 mile journey home from the dealer. It wouldn't charge at Ecotricity and then things got a bit worse when the engine management light came on. So it was taken off on the flatbed and a BMW 330 M sport arrived as a loaner. It turned out that it needed a new high voltage cable and a new lambda sensor. Then on the way back to the collect the repaired i3, the loaned BMW picked up a flat in the back tyre, a runflat. The tyre could not be repaired, so Enterprise charged me the full £250 excess for a new tyre, even though it only had 4mm left on it. It also will not charge correctly, still not using the preset off peak option, so a two day software update was planned for week three until...
........... we nearly got to the end of week two , before the another flatbed experience. This time it looks a lot more trouble. The check drive train light came on, and also the handbrake self disengaged whilst stationary on a hill, several times.
Now I'm back in another Enterprise BMW 320D, and the i3 is up on the lift. A high voltage isolation fault is shown, but there isn't really one. BMW say it needs a new electronics unit that is mounted on the engine, and also they want to fit new engine bolts as part of a quality enhancement. Unfortunately the bolts are on back order and might take a week to arrive. The handbrake issue is as yet undiagnosed, but hopefully is something to do with either the software or electronics problems.
This car has been creating faults faster than plate tectonics, and I'm wondering where it is all going to.
I've only owned the car 18 days, and if it will all be ok in the end I would like to keep it, but is this beginning to be a lemon? Should I get my money back?