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by spinball
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Would you buy a used, 2016 REX as your first EV? AKA, help me decide!
Replies: 23
Views: 2794

Re: Would you buy a used, 2016 REX as your first EV? AKA, help me decide!

To be fair, ordering parts for an i3 is not always timely either, considering just about everything has to ship special order from Germany. I suspect my i3 will spend more total time in the shop than my Tesla due to wasteful yearly oil change requirements (the engine barely runs!) and the check engi...
by spinball
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Serious problem with new BMW ConnectedDrive Website (USA)
Replies: 60
Views: 11336

Re: Serious problem with new BMW ConnectedDrive Website (USA)

I can also confirm that the Climatize Now in Connected Drive app started working consistently again with my 2017 i3.

BMW has to do better than a 3 month outage with zero communication. That's really pathetic. Even non "premium" brands do better than that.
by spinball
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Would you buy a used, 2016 REX as your first EV? AKA, help me decide!
Replies: 23
Views: 2794

Re: Would you buy a used, 2016 REX as your first EV? AKA, help me decide!

Given there are several EVs that beat the i3 on overall efficiency using typical/common sized tires, it seems the uncommonly narrow tire decision was an objective failure. If I recall correctly, it didn't even last a whole year at the top of the overall efficiency throne, and no other manufacturer (...
by spinball
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: BMW CEO to quit after carmaker loses early lead in electrics
Replies: 9
Views: 2017

Re: BMW CEO to quit after carmaker loses early lead in electrics

GOOD NEWS!!!!! BMW has announced the new CEO will be Oliver Zipse, who believes the future of cars is electric. He supports BMW’s expansions towards e-mobility production capacities, stating: "In the future, every BMW Group plant in Europe will be equipped to produce electrified as well as conventi...
by spinball
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: ConnectedDrive
Replies: 86
Views: 9304

Re: ConnectedDrive

Using Bimmercode, I reprogrammed the "Panic" button on the key fob to enable climatize. I did this because cellular service can be unreliable in some areas. My key fob testing shows about a 30-40 m range which is enough to go through the wall between the house to reach the i3. It also works at shop...
by spinball
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Serious problem with new BMW ConnectedDrive Website (USA)
Replies: 60
Views: 11336

Re: Serious problem with new BMW ConnectedDrive Website (USA)

I've been unable to "climatize now" through the mobile app for over 2 months now. 100% failure rate. The other functions (that I have never ever needed) like lock/unlock work as they should.

Contacted BMW about it 3 different ways and no solution. It's only the hottest part of summer. :x
by spinball
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: ConnectedDrive
Replies: 86
Views: 9304

Re: ConnectedDrive

My ConnectedDrive app is still failing to activate climate control 100% of them. I've not been able to condition it for over 2 months now. It's my wife's car and she's a stay at home mom with highly irregular schedule so the calendar based pre-conditioning schedule is useless. Now that it's July and...
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: 18385

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: 86
Views: 9304

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: 3309

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...

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