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by alohart
Fri May 17, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Charge socket solenoid not a warranty item?!?!?
Replies: 8
Views: 132

Re: Charge socket solenoid not a warranty item?!?!?

As you state, it's difficult to understand how an i3 driver could damage this solenoid. Maybe someone forced unplugging a locked plug and damaged the lock pin or maybe the solenoid. The dealer really needs to explain the damage and how they determined that the failure is due to driver negligence.
by alohart
Fri May 17, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Cheapergear wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 2:36 pm
Is there any documentation with the car that would show the EPA range?
The U.S. Department of Energy's fuel economy Website lists the EPA range at 114 miles. This seems to be quite conservative based on the ranges reported by 2017 BEV drivers.
by alohart
Fri May 17, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner Charging Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 253

Re: New Owner Charging Questions

I just downloaded the i3 manual, to get familiar with the car before I make the trip to bring it home. It talks about having to have an electrician check the electrical outlet before I use it and then I have to manually set the charging rate on the iDrive system in the car depending on the "current...
by alohart
Fri May 17, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Question on coolant, TPMS
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: Question on coolant, TPMS

Changing transmission oil seems like a pretty complex process which makes me wonder if it's lifetime. Is the coolant lifetime as well? From the Owner's Manual : "Sensors and special algorithms take into account the driving conditions of your vehicle. Based on this, Condition Based Service recognize...
by alohart
Thu May 16, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Charging time 2016 60AH
Replies: 8
Views: 221

Re: Charging time 2016 60AH

The ChargePoint stations usually indicate about 5.8XX KW when I charge from them . Is 5.8XX one of the charge levels that our i3 will utilize ? With this thought in mind I might try the different settings in the charge level menu and see which power values show on a ChargePoint Station . There aren...
by alohart
Thu May 16, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Custom License Plate - Wife Very Angry - Need Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 248

Re: Custom License Plate - Wife Very Angry - Need Advice

I find it a bit disingenuous that your customized plate is on a car with a gasoline-powered generator even though it uses less gasoline than most ICE cars when the REx isn't running.
by alohart
Thu May 16, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: 'Climatising' triggers car alarm - normal?
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: 'Climatising' triggers car alarm - normal?

My insurance is with RAC and an engineer just installed a blackbox (compulsory for this insurance). Wondering jf he could have done something under the hood to cause this as it had not happened until he installed the blackbox. 😐 Bingo! An i3 views a device connected to the OBD port under the dashbo...
by alohart
Wed May 15, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: The spam here is insane!
Replies: 23
Views: 1250

Re: The spam here is insane!

i3Houston wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 11:35 am
Not sure, if there is a way to do a phone verification....where code is sent to cell phone#.
I'm not going to add my cell phone number to another site. I get too many spam phone calls as it is.
by alohart
Wed May 15, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Bye Bye . . . SPAM wins
Replies: 7
Views: 369

Re: Bye Bye . . . SPAM wins

Just ignore it! Hopefully admin will have sometime one of these days to get rid of them. It can be difficult to find valid threads among hundreds of new spam threads. Today I noticed for the first time spam replies to existing threads which can't be detected until each thread is opened. The adminis...
by alohart
Wed May 15, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Charging time 2016 60AH
Replies: 8
Views: 221

Re: Charging time 2016 60AH

Early in the charge cycle some of the time/energy will be used to either warm or cool the batteries to optimum charging temperature, late in the charge cycle some of the time/energy will be used in cell-balencing, which helps maintain the battery pack's 'health' and max charge it will take. Cell ba...

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