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by spinball
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Any one here ordered a Tesla Model 3?
Replies: 50
Views: 14671

Re: Any one here ordered a Tesla Model 3?

I have a AWD Model 3 and a 2017 i3. I prefer the Model 3 by leaps and bounds. The two aren't even in the same ballpark. If you are a "software person" like me, it's obvious that Tesla runs circles around BMW in all aspects of software: UI design, reliability, updates (or complete lack thereof!), map...
by spinball
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: ConnectedDrive
Replies: 19
Views: 844

Re: ConnectedDrive

The climatize option of my Connected app on my 2017 i3 has failed 100% of the time for over a month now. :x I called BMW Connected Services and they were just like "yeah there's been some server problem and we have no ETA." I asked if there was a way they were going to inform their customers and the...
by spinball
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: I3s first drive
Replies: 5
Views: 2918

Re: I3s first drive

Head lights were like candles now excellent Seats were not great now excellent. Er, the seats haven't been changed in the i3... Same exact seats it's had the whole time. The LED headlights were there from the start as well. In some countries (such as the US) they've always been standard and some th...
by spinball
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Updated maps to 2018-1, no FSC code needed
Replies: 9
Views: 5400

Re: Updated maps to 2018-1, no FSC code needed

I don't have a link for 2018-1 anymore, but the current maps are 2018-2 anyway. I've been looking and have not found a working torrent for that yet, just various places you can buy a download link.
by spinball
Tue May 15, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Bloomberg article about leasing a Rex for $54/month
Replies: 2
Views: 2180

Re: Bloomberg article about leasing a Rex for $54/month

The biggest factor is NJ doesn't charge any tax on EVs! Unfortunately that trick only works in NJ. That said, it's rather easy to get a lease on a $53k i3 that's less than say a Bolt or a Leaf even though the MSRP is much higher. I managed to get into a 2017 REx in February for $200/mo with only $60...
by spinball
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner
Replies: 3
Views: 2283

Re: New Owner

Second Bimmercode app. After the REx unlock, the next is to remove the crazy annoying navigation nag screen! :D
by spinball
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: 115 miles commute.
Replies: 10
Views: 4449

Re: 115 miles commute.

I think it could work, but IMO as someone that's owned two i3 REx's, this is completely the wrong car for your application. Driving 200 miles weekdays at highway speeds should have you choosing a comfortable highway cruiser, not a "city" car with narrow tires and darty steering characteristics. If y...
by spinball
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: REX little mistery
Replies: 23
Views: 9706

Re: REX little mistery

I don't think the 12V battery goes dead more frequently than in any other car, but the way the symptoms appear in the i3 can be very different. If it's dead you may not even be able to get the car out of park. I guess that's no different than a gas car not being able to start the engine if the 12V b...
by spinball
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Youtube listing BMW i3 coding options
Replies: 2
Views: 2515

Re: Youtube listing BMW i3 coding options

E-Sys is way overboard for this task and IMO no longer necessary in 2018. The Bimmercode app is exponentially simpler/easier/faster, but it does cost $26. It's so easy it doesn't even need a video explainer. I've used both and the level of difficulty between them is like going from building a car fr...
by spinball
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: REX little mistery
Replies: 23
Views: 9706

Re: REX little mistery

OK. A dead/dying 12V battery causes all sorts of weird issues in this car and unfortunately some of them are severe.

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