fr0sty
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How important is Drive/Park Assist?

Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:16 am

I've been hunting for a used i3 Rex ('14-15) to use as my commuter car and am trying to decide how much I care about certain options. Are the Driving/Parking-Assist packages worth the extra $$? Am I taking on significant repair bill liability by getting these extras?

My general inclination would be to just get a base-model (fewer fancy gadgets = less that can go wrong) and save the $1-2k, but am I really missing out?

nickp
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Re: How important is Drive/Park Assist?

Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:16 am

When I was in the CPO market I couldn't find a i3 with everything on it. I went with a Giga World package with the park assist which I thought I'd never use but have used it a lot and I absolutely love the HK Sound system.
I am glad I didn't go for the Auto everything cruise control without the HK System. I can live without that cruise feature but cannot tolerate crappy sound. Also I didn't care about the 10" Nav unit either because they are all crappy anyway when compared to Google or Garmin maps.
YMMV!

gt1
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Re: How important is Drive/Park Assist?

Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:38 am

IIRC you can't get the back up camera without the park assistant on the older years. I had the park assistant on a 2015 I leased and never used it because it was known to curb the rims. i3 is incredibly easy to park thanks to the tight turn radius and short overhangs.
I doubt the system will present any additional reliability issues. It only adds a couple of sensors. All i3s have electric power steering anyway.

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Re: How important is Drive/Park Assist?

Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:58 am

For me, the backup camera is mandatory since it is hard for me to twist around and mirrors only do so much. The park assist that's part of that package, I haven't really used. The newest models all have the camera per federal regs.
Jim DeBruycker
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RostHaus
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Re: How important is Drive/Park Assist?

Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:02 pm

I think the Driver tech package and HK sound are a necessity. I could live without the park assist, but I found it extremely hard to find one with the options I wanted and no park assist. Park assist seems to be the most common option on 14-16's.

Adaptive Cruise Control is what standard cruise control should be. In my opinion It lessens driver fatigue on road trips. I also plan on retrofitting the traffic assist feature, which can only be done if you have ACC.

As for the HK sound, its an option that needs to be ticked because the stock system is so bad. And TBH is one of the worst sound systems I've heard in a fairly modern car. Definitely not what I was used out of a stock system in a German car. The HK also completely hides any REX noise on road trips.

Park assist, I have still yet to use the self parking, the camera is very nice. That's useful I guess. If I had to parallel park more, I might have more to say about it.

Also if you are looking at a 14' make sure it has DC fast charging. Some don't

I'd recommend renting one on Turo or something; and seeing what options you could live without.
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fr0sty
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Re: How important is Drive/Park Assist?

Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:16 am

RostHaus wrote:I'd recommend renting one on Turo or something; and seeing what options you could live without.


That is a great idea. There is a '14 Tera world located nearby on Turo which might just do the trick.

Thanks for mentioning the fast-charge options, that isn't standard on '14s but is common from what I've seen. When I can get the VIN on a classified listing I always use a decoder site to find out all the installed options. Many are easy to see from the pictures, but the AC fast-charge is invisible and DC fast charge is only apparent with a good photo of the charge port.

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