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by alohart
Sat May 08, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: OBD port relocation (insurance demand)
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Re: OBD port relocation (insurance demand)

What's wrong with its current location? This is a pretty standard location for many vehicles. Leaving an OBD dongle in the port after shutting an i3 down will sound the burglar alarm eventually by default. This behavior can be changed using something like BimmerCode to change the value of a paramete...
by alohart
Thu May 06, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Trouble charging at Harley Livewire fast charge stations
Replies: 5
Views: 1254

Re: Trouble charging at Harley Livewire fast charge stations

And BMW is not planning to update the software like Tesla does to their car. I have not gotten any software update since 2017. I'm pretty certain that BMW releases i3 system software updates every 4 or so months. However, unlike Tesla, an i3 owner must pay a dealer to install an update unless it so...
by alohart
Thu May 06, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Connected Services Ending - Offical
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Connected Services Ending - Offical

Unfortunately, for your vehicle, there is not a technology upgrade available that would allow you to continue to use ConnectedDrive/BMW Assist services after the expiration of your contract, or February 2022, whichever occurs first. BMW's position seems to be that it is not willing to assist in thi...
by alohart
Thu May 06, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Yet another drivetrain malfunction
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Yet another drivetrain malfunction

I was stewing last night as I tried to sleep, thinking that I'll get the car back from the dealership and find someone to do the job cheaper... Unfortunately, the official BMW motor mount bracket replacement procedure involves dropping the drivetrain which is very labor-intensive (i.e., expensive)....
by alohart
Wed May 05, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Yet another drivetrain malfunction
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Yet another drivetrain malfunction

Update: The dealership found broken motor mount brackets and it's going to cost about $3400 to fix. You're lucky that other expensive damage didn't occur after the bracket broke as has happened with others. I purchased this car used from a BMW dealership in a nearby city and I'm wondering, since th...
by alohart
Mon May 03, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Resonant hum
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: Resonant hum

I was wondering what else is in the front of the vehicle? For example, is there a compressor that runs the active battery cooling? I wonder if there is a leak somewhere? I have heard that compressors can create a similar sound when there is a leak in the system? The A/C compressor is adjacent to th...
by alohart
Sun May 02, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Instrument cluster - questions
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: Instrument cluster - questions

1. Why i don't see selected gear icon below the battery capacity ? Where i can switch option to see this like others have ? North American i3's display the selected "gear" on the instrument panel. However, i3 owners in some other markets have commented that the selected "gear" isn't displayed, so I...
by alohart
Sun May 02, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Resonant hum
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: Resonant hum

Is the friction brake engaged only when the entire pack is full or with each individual full cell in the battery? The battery management system attempts to keep the charge levels of all cells close to equal at the high charge level end, so a full pack would also imply each cell being full. However,...
by alohart
Sun May 02, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Resonant hum
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: Resonant hum

I have a 2017 i3 (no range extender), I just bought it, and I have noticed that when I am coming to a stop without braking, there is a loud resonant humming coming from the front end of the vehicle. However, it doesn't happen every time, and sometimes it is louder (really quite loud) than others. I...
by alohart
Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: New i3s (with pics) now what winter wheels/tires?
Replies: 44
Views: 20981

Re: New i3s (with pics) now what winter wheels/tires?

The different suspension specs call for the different offset of the wheels . The engineering sets the pivot point of the front wheels in the center of the contact tread (described as scrub radius) . Using the correct offset wheels is the only recommended setup . While I agree with this, it seems th...

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