alohart
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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:03 pm

rockyhora wrote:Is there an easy way to figure out packages from the VIN number?

First, their are trim levels called "Worlds". In 2014, there were Mega, Giga, and Tera Worlds. By 2016, I believe that Deka World had been added below Mega World.

Then there are Packages assembled from a number of options.

Unfortunately, VIN decoder sites don't list Worlds or Packages explicitly. The World can be figured out from the upholstery description, but which options are included in available packages isn't clear and can vary from year to year.

rockyhora wrote:I am positive the white 2016 is mega as its CPO and dealer was able to tell me but not sure on the orange 2014 as it is Carmax.

Yes, the standard Mega wheels show that the 2016 is a Mega World. However, the 2014 has the 20" wheel option that's available with any World.

The 2014 steering wheel appears to be a light color which rules out the top Tera trim level.

Both have parking sensors in the front bumper, so the Parking Package is included which also features a backup camera.

The large nav screen is included with the Technology + Driving Assistant Package along with adaptive cruise control and some other nice features.
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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:09 pm

I recommend the 2016. The warranty has value.
Technically though, the warranty is only transferable to the new owner by paying a fee. $700 possibly, but check b/c it may vary by location. Your dealer may still be cool with covering any issues w/o it. You'll just have to try it and see.

One of the earlier responses incorrect. The Deka World was only released officially in 2017. Only the Value Package models produced from April - June of 2016 had the Deka World offerings but those are pretty rare.
A fanatic of all things electric. Ridables like electric ice chests and stand up scooters I adore. Drones like DJI, I root for. I'm a fan of both, but nothing beats my love for my 2016 i3 Rex with Deka World. Shhh, don't tell my wife.

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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:30 pm

Thank you all for the help! The decision was made for me as the dealer stopped holding the 2016 white CPO i3 and sold it :roll:

I picked up the 2014 Orange i3 and it really is a nice car! Glad to be part of this i3 club :)

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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:09 pm

Looks like I am in the same boat as you. I am trying to decide between 2014 BEV (23k miles, Giga and Tech pkg) for $15k and 2016 BEV (11k miles, Tera, Tech pkg, and HK stereo) CPO for $19k. We are leaning towards 2016 as it is practically brand new (has some scratches on the passenger side but the dealer is fixing it right now). Was not offered an extra year of CPO warranty, but not sure if that is even worthwhile as the list of what's not covered is quite long.

I feel like the upgraded stereo is a pretty big deal as the base stereo may be the worst sounding car stereo I have heard in a very long time, though I do like the wood trim on Giga.

Is there anything else I should be checking on the car?

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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:42 pm

though I do like the wood trim on Giga.


If there isn't wood trim in the 2016, it's not a Tera. The Tera World trim level has wood dash, and leather seats. $19K is a very good price for a 2016 Tera with those options, with that low mileage.
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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:39 pm

gameboy wrote:Is there anything else I should be checking on the car?

I think the 2016 is worth $5k more than the 2014 model. However, if you decide to save $5k, check that the 2014 has the fast DC charging option which is standard on the 2016.
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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:42 pm

MKH wrote:If there isn't wood trim in the 2016, it's not a Tera. The Tera World trim level has wood dash, and leather seats. $19K is a very good price for a 2016 Tera with those options, with that low mileage.

Maybe gameboy prefers the light Giga World wood trim to the dark Tera World wood trim (assuming that dark wood trim was included in a 2016 Tera).
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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:32 am

The dark oak dash was introduced in the 2017 94 Ah, Giga or Tera World trim levels, though have heard of a few owners with previous year models who liked the dark wood, so did a retro-fit.
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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:01 pm

Don't know if you purchased. But I would go with the 2016 Rex. My Rex has come in handy during winter months. Mine has the Tech Package which has the larger screen and for me the larger screen was a must when purchased. Just wish I had the Harmon Kardon Stereo.

That 2014 has NO WARRANTY. That would be a quick out for me. The CPO has 1 year left and because it's a CPO you get an additional 1 year warranty past the manufacture. And not to mention that you get 8 years 100k warranty on the battery pack on both. So you will get 2 more years out of the 2016 model. You can always add the larger screen later. I have seen people do it.

So given only those 2 options I would go with the 2016 Rex. This is my personal opinion.

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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:04 pm

I wish I had gotten every option they made for mine. The tech package (and rex) was a deal breaker for me, also. The screen is way better. I also like the adaptive cruise. HK audio system would be nice, as would a rear camera (even though it's a small car, the belt line is pretty high). My advice would be to get one as loaded as you can, even if it means going with a higher mileage vehicle.

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