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by alohart
Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Rear camera guide lines missing
Replies: 1
Views: 52

Re: Rear camera guide lines missing

In the iDrive version used in early i3's, whether the guidelines are displayed is a setting in iDrive. Have you checked all iDrive settings?
by alohart
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: To buy or not to buy 2015 i3 REx - battery concerns
Replies: 13
Views: 207

Re: To buy or not to buy 2015 i3 REx - battery concerns

Is it likely that the capacity will increase as I complete a few charging cycles, given it likely sat on a lot for some time? I doubt it. Is low to mid 40s cold enough to bring my capacity down this low? I don't think that battery pack temperature affects capacity very much. However, low temperatur...
by alohart
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: 12 volt Battery Warning
Replies: 7
Views: 318

Re: 12 volt Battery Warning

During the pandemic, our i3 has been driven only ~100 miles/month. Last week when I started our i3, the dreaded "Excessive battery discharge while stopped. Start the engine" message (paraphrased) was displayed. This must occur when the 12 V system voltage drops too low which could be due to a failin...
by alohart
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: GOM range from 66 to 71 mi
Replies: 7
Views: 245

Re: GOM range from 66 to 71 mi

Speculation but it looks like the Electrify America 'over charge' may have broken an earlier barrier to full charge. I doubt that any overcharge occurred because an EV tells a DC fast charger its battery pack's charge level which is displayed on the charger's screen. Also, as shown below, with a 60...
by alohart
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: 12 volt Battery Warning
Replies: 7
Views: 318

Re: 12 volt Battery Warning

My 120Ah i3 has got very little use in the past 9 months during lockdown. I leave the car plugged in to a 7kW charging point. Yesterday, I got the 12 volt battery off auxiliaries message. Further evidence that leaving an EVSE plugged in won't keep the 12 V battery charged. About 30 minutes after th...
by alohart
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: 12 volt Battery Warning
Replies: 7
Views: 318

Re: 12 volt Battery Warning

I read from other post that every time you press the Start/Stop button to start up the car, it will charge the 12v battery by the inverter. So you may try that without taking it out for a drive. Even easier would be to unlock then lock the doors, even with the BMW Connected app. That would also sta...
by alohart
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Door reflectors falling out; airco fails
Replies: 8
Views: 5627

Re: Door reflectors falling out; airco fails

One of the tabs is broken and it won't stay in place. Anyone find an alternative or workaround to the OEM piece? I feel like I can get some double sided tape and stick it on. Several months ago, I preemptively removed both reflectors and used silicone cement to glue them on. They haven't fallen off...
by alohart
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Question on Installing Level 2 Charger @Home
Replies: 34
Views: 922

Re: Question on Installing Level 2 Charger @Home

The relay will fail after 5-10.000 cycles or if you unplug without letting the charger on the car stop before you pull the plug. That will burn the contacts. The J1772 charging standard that North American i3's implement prevents the charging plug from being unplugged while charging is occurring. A...
by alohart
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Question on Brake Pads & Brake Fluid Change
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: Question on Brake Pads & Brake Fluid Change

I tired looking for the brake pad indicator to see if I can spot the padding left but for some reason couldn't find it easier with i3 wheels. My mechanic should be able t tell me that. On our 2014, the pad wear indicators are on only the left front and right rear brakes. It's easy to see the wear i...
by alohart
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Question on Installing Level 2 Charger @Home
Replies: 34
Views: 922

Re: Question on Installing Level 2 Charger @Home

Clipper Creek units are fairly "bare bones" so two watts isn't the absolute lowest, but isn't awful. I don't know why more EVSE manufacturers don't include on-off switches on their EVSE's. These could be low power switches because they'd turn off power to the circuit board and relay primary winding...

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