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by i3Alan
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 7556

Re: Air conditioning failed

As you said, the AC failure is rare - and with the complexity of the tech in new(er) cars, there will be a small percentage that fail with a high repair-cost, no matter what the car brand. Guy at work had his Nissan Murano transmission fail six months out of warranty. Dealer quoted close to $10 gra...
by i3Alan
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 7556

Re: Air conditioning failed

That is a shame, too bad they aren't finding a way to make this right or at least let folks know how it avoid/fix the issue. Is the noise obvious? Is there a warning before the failure? Symptoms to look for. My advice is before the warranty is up, take it in and just tell them the AC seems to be ma...
by i3Alan
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 7556

Re: Air conditioning failed

Are there any other know cases of this issue occurring? When I drove into my dealer, a service writer (not mine) in the drive asked me if I was having AC problems. I asked how he knew. He said another i3 with the same clicking sound (heard outside the car) that he wrote up last week had the same sy...
by i3Alan
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Things I Dislike About My i3
Replies: 36
Views: 1716

Re: Things I Dislike About My i3

How many other cars do you know that have a glass tailgate as an aesthetic element? Or put another way, you could have chosen any other car and you'd have a non-glass tailgate. I figure, we've got a slab of glass on the rear of just about every car on the road -- what's the harm in adding a second?...
by i3Alan
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Things I Dislike About My i3
Replies: 36
Views: 1716

Re: Things I Dislike About My i3

I agree that the sun visors are terrible and inexcusable. Ditto the pathetic horn, for it's low volume, cheap sound, and horrible delay that virtually prevents any horn taps. The climate control with 2 degree settings and fan setting dependency for comfort is pretty poor, but that is hardly the wors...
by i3Alan
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 7556

Re: Air conditioning failed

Just an FYI for those interested in following the trail of a salvaged vehicle. A $22K AC failure turned my i3 into salvage. I thought got a decent trade value for the car at nearly $8500, figuring the battery, body components, motor, etc. would be worth about twice that. The car went to auction in J...
by i3Alan
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 7556

Re: Air conditioning failed

Maybe BMW is taking notice of the possible AC compressor failure in the early i3's. Took my 2015 in... The good news is that it looks like BMW is starting to take responsibility for their time-bomb AC compressors. The bad news is two-fold. First, this was a 2015, and the previous reports I've seen ...
by i3Alan
Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 7556

Re: Air conditioning failed

Leaf sounds like good alternative to i3, how reliable is the pre-conditioning though. I never use pre-conditioning. I live in Phoenix! Not sure the Leaf even does it. It does, however, appear to have easier setting of delay start charging than the i3, but I haven't used that on either car. It's jus...
by i3Alan
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 7556

Re: Air conditioning failed

The new leaf looks to me, I prefer it over i3 but couple years ago it dealership quote was closer to 40G so that brought me to i3. Thanks for sharing your thought on Leaf! Compressor on my i3 was replaced few months ago and so far cars been holding well but if something goes south then I would look...
by i3Alan
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 7556

Re: Air conditioning failed

Any updates on what the OP ended up doing ? I traded in my salvage i3 on a new Leaf SL plus. The Nissan dealer gave me about $1K more in trade than my BMW dealer offered me. The difference between the pre-AC catastrophe book value and the after salvage trade value was about $9K. BMW sent me a "good...

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