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by i3Alan
Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?
Replies: 53
Views: 15602

Re: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?

joantucker wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:04 am
i3Alan wrote:
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:37 am
I took possession of my i3 in August, 2014. The only other AC work ever done was a recharge 2 weeks before the catastrophic failure.
I have almost the same thing as you took it off my tongue.
Where do you live, what was your repair estimate, and how did that i3 journey end up?
by i3Alan
Sat Jul 10, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Battery Replacement Under Warranty
Replies: 106
Views: 59084

Re: Battery Replacement Under Warranty

eye3guy wrote:
Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:41 pm
Would you mind telling me what your experience with range was like in AZ?
I got 75-90 miles of range year round in Phoenix for the 5 years I owned my i3. It was always in the garage when not in use, and seldom parked outside for more than a few hours.
by i3Alan
Fri Jul 09, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Battery Replacement Under Warranty
Replies: 106
Views: 59084

Re: Battery Replacement Under Warranty

MKH, any chance your VIN ends in 4404? I sold my '14 BEV as salvage (as in totaled) when my AC failed in '19 with a $23K repair quote from Chapman BMW. If you have my i3, the fraud has seriously escalated.
by i3Alan
Fri Jun 18, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Odd Pump Noise
Replies: 11
Views: 1504

Re: Odd Pump Noise

bocabimmer wrote:
Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:24 pm
Well, I'm officially on the list of unfortunate souls too. My repair costs will be a significant portion of my initial cost of purchase, so it's time to move on from this one.
My AC repair quote for my 5 year old 2014 BEV was nearly $23K, while the book value was $16K. What was your repair quote?
by i3Alan
Mon May 17, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 16
Views: 2720

Re: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?

I would think the lesson learned with your A/C disaster wouldn't be "don't ever buy a BMW" but rather "don't ever buy a car in its first year of production... particularly if the design is a significant departure from what the brand has done before." The lesson I learned is that BMW will not stand ...
by i3Alan
Tue May 04, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 137
Views: 52895

Re: Air conditioning failed

I came here to put my name into the ring, in case this ever becomes a class action. 2015 BEV with 35,000 kilometers. I've owned the car for a little over 2 years. It was bought used from a BMW dealership just out of its 4 year warranty, CPO not offered. The AC failed in winter 2021, and the car thr...
by i3Alan
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 16
Views: 2720

Re: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?

Since battery was damaged you could have pushed for battery warranty. But unless it is not a common failure the manufacturer doesn't have an obligation to cover every single occurrence. There is some risk with purchasing any car (including Mach e), the only way to completely mitigate it is to purch...
by i3Alan
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 16
Views: 2720

Re: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?

How many $23,000 repair bills at 5 years old (e.g., my i3) does it take to bring the average up to this level? Was yours one of those ones where the AC failed and contaminated the battery with metal shards and what not? :( (Answering eXodus, too.) My then 5 year old 2014 i3 BEV had the AC go out an...
by i3Alan
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?
Replies: 53
Views: 15602

Re: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?

So , do all new cars come with variable speed compressors, or is this a EV thing ? Most EVs and hybrids use variable speed all electric compressors, because they already have the high voltage battery. With a high voltage power source, this is the most efficient way to provide AC to a vehicle. It al...
by i3Alan
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 16
Views: 2720

Re: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?

If you don't have a catastrophic failure you will never spend $13k for an i3 in maintenance and repairs for 5 years. That must be for a regular ICE BMW - there I see no issue in loosing that much money since it's a BMW (Bring My Wallet) How many $23,000 repair bills at 5 years old (e.g., my i3) doe...

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