MisterEko
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So, how's your i3 holding up, or should I buy a used i3

Mon May 21, 2018 12:33 pm

Hey guys,

So, I leased a 2014 i3 when they just came out, and I loved it for the 2 years we had it. No issues.

Today, I'm looking at buying a 2015 ReX model with around 20k miles.

How are your i3s holding up? Any common issues?

I wanted to ask what you'd recommend I check when purchasing? I know how to check the battery capacity, obviously the cosmetics of the car, but other than that, what else would you look for to make sure you're not getting a lemon? Carfax will be available as well.

Your advice is greatly appreciated!

benjanos
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Re: So, how's your i3 holding up, or should I buy a used i3

Tue May 22, 2018 5:12 am

Hi MisterEko

I have 2014 BEV which I bought second hand in Sept 2017. It has now done 45,500 km (28,500 miles). Nothing has gone wrong, broken, or fallen off.

Not exactly a list of problems :D but at least it shows these cars can be trouble free as they age. I'm also interested to see what other responses you get.

Regards
2014 BEV

bwilson4web
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Re: So, how's your i3 holding up, or should I buy a used i3

Tue May 22, 2018 6:18 am

  • broken motor mount bolt - replacement bolts and mounts are much stronger. But it took two weeks for the repairs.
  • fuel pressure sensor - inhibited release of fuel flap.
It has been a while but I think the KLE was replaced on my first shop visit. I didn't know it was broken. I took the car to the local BMW dealer as I wanted them to check everything out. I did not trust the seller's BMW dealer did a through job.

Bob Wilson
20k/27k mi 2014 BMW i3-REx
10k/10k mi 2017 Prius Prime

CanisLupus
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Re: So, how's your i3 holding up, or should I buy a used i3

Tue May 22, 2018 7:23 am

I think that special attention can be given to the tires . Checking their wear areas across the tread may give an idea as to how the vehicle was driven . The i3 is agile but hard cornering will show in treadwear , perhaps more so than other cars .

When you test drive , make sure all of the tires have the spec. tire pressure . 33 psi fronts 41 psi rears . It should track straight with proper inflation .

These are what come to mind so far .

engineear
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Re: So, how's your i3 holding up, or should I buy a used i3

Wed May 23, 2018 9:53 am

A number of items repaired/replaced under warranty. 2 years in a 30 month lease. If the price was right to purchase I'd be tempted but waiting to see more info on all the new electrics coming this year.

SSi3
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Re: So, how's your i3 holding up, or should I buy a used i3

Wed May 23, 2018 10:33 am

The REx engine itself will likely be your biggest risk item. Many of the 2014/15's had various problems with timing, spark plugs, fuel system and endless CELs.

Mine was crap right from the factory and left us stranded a few times. After numerous repairs its been solid (knock on wood), so hopefully whatever 2015 you get has had its teething problems fixed.
2015 i3 REx - born electric 4/25/15

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