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by alohart
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Tire Questions for 2016 i3
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: Tire Questions for 2016 i3

No run-flat tires are available for the i3. Many different cars have been delivered with no spare tires for many years. It can be unnerving to consider. I then realized that I could not recall when I last had a flat tire (and my memory isn't failing). So I quit worrying and bought a tire repair kit ...
by alohart
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?
Replies: 26
Views: 2321

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

No AC in 110 degree heat is not good, but dont' want to pay more to "fix" my AC (and possibly have it happen again) than I paid for the entire car! You might have significantly reduced power on very hot days because the A/C compressor also cools the battery pack. With no battery pack cooling, the b...
by alohart
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Converter Plug
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: Converter Plug

Any i3 can charge from any 120V to 240V AC outlet, using a simple 'dumb' cable with suitable connectors. This is borne out by a public charger I use in Didcot (Oxfordshire) Although on the Pod-Point network, it simply supplies 230V at up to 32A single-phase, with no app, card, or 'handshake' intera...
by alohart
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Converter Plug
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: Converter Plug

JohnWasser wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:54 pm
It would certainly be safer to get a British charger or use a step-down transformer that can handle at least 1.2 kW.
A British EVSE would have a European charging plug that's not compatible with a U.S. J1772 charging port.
by alohart
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Converter Plug
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: Converter Plug

There is an active electric vehicle rental market on Bermuda and there are a lot of charging stations available that have 220v (maybe it is 240v) outlets shaped like the standard British plug. Can I use a UK to US adapter (just plug shape - not a transformer) to plug my i3 into these outlets and wo...
by alohart
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Bought an i3, thoughts after a few months
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Bought an i3, thoughts after a few months

*Speed is capped at 95mph. I never saw this mentioned here and didn't think to look it up. Honestly, this is probably for my own good and I appreciate it but I'm at the limit for 90% of my freeway driving. That explains your poor 50-mile range. With a drag coefficient of 0.29 and a fairly large fro...
by alohart
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How is your battery holding up?
Replies: 34
Views: 2300

Re: How is your battery holding up?

My car has 50,500 miles on the odometer, and is a July 2014 build. I've done DC Fast Charge not too much, maybe 10 or so times, and never to 100%. My car is subject to both cold (below freezing) and hot (90-95 degree days) in the course of the year, but my AC compressor is strong still, so the heat...
by alohart
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How is your battery holding up?
Replies: 34
Views: 2300

Re: How is your battery holding up?

A generic answer. I should’ve asked the service advisor more questions. I guess I can call him back tomorrow. I had to have a family member pick my car up so that made it hard to talk to someone about it. Do you think I should call them back? I would want to know as much as possible. For example, i...
by alohart
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Warranty Showdown - CPO vs. Carvana vs. Carbiz
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Warranty Showdown - CPO vs. Carvana vs. Carbiz

Without aircon cooling the battery, your i3 is at risk of exploding. Um, no! As the battery cell temperature increases, the output power of the cell is reduced by the battery management system to prevent a further temperature increase. i3 drivers in very hot climates have noticed that full output p...
by alohart
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How is your battery holding up?
Replies: 34
Views: 2300

Re: How is your battery holding up?

Okay, so I was charged $150 + tax for the battery capacity test. There was also a recall on the fuel pressure sensor that was done at the same time. I can not tell that anything has changed. My batt kappa max is still 13.8kWh. I'm going to try to do a full charge again tonight and see what happens....

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