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by i3Alan
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 43
Views: 2001

Re: Air conditioning failed

I called the general manager at the dealer last Friday (June 28), Chandler BMW. It was a most cordial call on both ends with Shane expressing disbelief, but a promise to throughly research my car history and whether other i3s have had this issue. I know his shop saw the same issue the week (or two) ...
by i3Alan
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 43
Views: 2001

Re: Air conditioning failed

Because the car was not in an accident, stating that it was "totaled" doesn't mean that auto insurance is going to pay for a purely mechanical failure. The owner is on the hook for the loan if it is still financed. Also, there would surely be a personal credit score hit involved if the car was iron...
by i3Alan
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 43
Views: 2001

Re: Air conditioning failed

Why not sell it to a Canadian or someone else who doesn't need a/c for most of the year? Our a/c rarely runs, even during L3 charging. We are in Toronto Canada. The AC system is also the heating system for the car. The one compressor drives dual heat pumps. One heats and cools the cabin, and the ot...
by i3Alan
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 43
Views: 2001

Re: Air conditioning failed

Update. Two weeks later and the AC went out again. This time making clicking noises (in the rear, where the compressor is located). Dealer said the compressor self-destructed, throwing metal fillings throughout the refrigerant lines, requiring all of the AC components to be replaced. Total repair es...
by i3Alan
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Brake fluid replacement
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Brake fluid replacement

Maybe, but is it worth the savings? Cost is less than $100 done at a BMW dealership, and probably less elsewhere. I think you'll find that the cap on the reservoir tends to let air in, but not out easily, so heating up the fluid to drive off moisture, at least in a non-track situation, probably isn...
by i3Alan
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Brake fluid replacement
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Brake fluid replacement

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs water from the air. Estimates are that it absorbs 2-3% water per year. Does it make any difference if the year-round climate has an average humidity well over 50% (most of the eastern US) as compared to the Sonoran desert surrounding Phoenix w...
by i3Alan
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 43
Views: 2001

Air conditioning failed

My 2014 i3 BEV just had to have the AC recharged. No leaks found, and the cause was attributed to normal seasonal losses. I normally drive a car around 10 years, and very rarely have I ever needed AC repairs/recharges. Did I happen to get the odd BMW i3 AC unit that is incapable of holding a charge ...
by i3Alan
Thu May 02, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Cost of a vehicle wrap?
Replies: 8
Views: 1007

Re: Cost of a vehicle wrap?

Frank Naber, BASF’s Account Manager for BMW Europe: “Our laboratory teams joined forces with the BMW Group to develop a coating for the special construction of the i3." Sure sounds like very typical marketing hype to me. The article makes no mention of what is "special" and it could simply be the c...
by i3Alan
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: A Bolt owner has i3 regrets sometimes
Replies: 30
Views: 8573

Re: A Bolt owner has i3 regrets sometimes

I had pre-paid a lot of the lease up front, so some of that was likely pre-payment credit. If you mean multiple security deposits, yes you get that back. MSDs are a little known feature of BMW FS leases that reduce the interest rate in exchange for putting in a larger security deposit. The security...
by i3Alan
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: A Bolt owner has i3 regrets sometimes
Replies: 30
Views: 8573

Re: A Bolt owner has i3 regrets sometimes

Does anyone have an explanation as to why BMW makes it prohibitive for the original lessee to buy the residual, but then puts them out on auction, where they often end up retailing for much less than the residual? jack vines At the end of my 2014 i3's 30 month lease last August, my residual was $29...

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