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by AlanfromBigEasy
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Suggestions for BMW
Topic: Why is the roof black?
Replies: 16
Views: 4659

Re: Why is the roof black?

I painted my roof white. Dramatically cooler in summer and looks better too with my white 2015 i3 !
by AlanfromBigEasy
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Paint roof white ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1068

Re: Paint roof white ?

Vinyl wraps cost more and last only 5 or so years on horizontal surfaces.

I will NOT change my mind - I think the black carbon fiber roof is both quite stupid and ugly,
by AlanfromBigEasy
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Paint roof white ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1068

Paint roof white ?

Does anyone have any experience in painting their i3 roof white ? Snow white should reflect about 85% of the heat from sunlight (much better than black). I would chose the white that matches the factory white though. There appears to be a clear coat over the carbon fiber roof. Is this a normal clear...
by AlanfromBigEasy
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Any way to mount a fog light on an i3 ?
Replies: 4
Views: 777

Any way to mount a fog light on an i3 ?

Perhaps using the front bumper opening to screw on an eye for towing - or a front license plate ? Just one fog lamp would help on foggy mornings.

I live in a state that does not require a front license plate.

Thanks
by AlanfromBigEasy
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: What size Torx bits and screwdrivers do I need ?
Replies: 0
Views: 401

What size Torx bits and screwdrivers do I need ?

I bought a used 2015 i3 REx a few months ago (just $19,400 with 17,999 miles with Giga trim). I have a decent set of tools, except Torx. I typically do most of my own work, What size Torx does BMW use ? Any E sockets (Torx shaped male bolt heads) needed ? How many bolts and screws are torqued on too...
by AlanfromBigEasy
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Magnetic oil drain plug for i3 REx ?
Replies: 1
Views: 789

Magnetic oil drain plug for i3 REx ?

Did BMW install a magnetic oil drain plug as OEM ?

If not, does the REx use a 12 mm oil drain plug like every other BMW car since 2002 - or the 16 mm plug that comes with all other 650 cc engines (on BMW motorcycles) (per my understanding).

Recently bought a used 2015 i3 REx Giga with 17,999 miles.
by AlanfromBigEasy
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Expecting delivery of 2015 i3 REx - Preparing ?
Replies: 4
Views: 3773

Expecting delivery of 2015 i3 REx - Preparing ?

I have bought a used 2015 BMW i3 REx Giga in Texas and I am awaiting delivery. I live in New Orleans and I will be driving just a few thousand miles/year (replacing my 1982 MB 240D 4 speed with manual window winders - the rubber is deteriorating). The REx is for hurricane evacuation. I hope to wear ...
by AlanfromBigEasy
Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Suggestions for BMW
Topic: Expanded battery option on BEV
Replies: 3
Views: 7518

Expanded battery option on BEV

Remove heat pump and go with REx resistance heat for cabin. Put in air cooled supplemental batteries (like Leaf and as opposed to water cooled 24 kWh standard batteries) in space where Rex (or heat pump) sits. Air cooling will reduce both weight and cost and is "workable" for supplemental batteries....
by AlanfromBigEasy
Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Colour Schemes
Replies: 2
Views: 4711

Re: Colour Schemes

I would like to see some colors (as opposed to colorless colors like white, black, silver, grey). Given the image of the i3 GREEN should be the next color.
by AlanfromBigEasy
Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: How long are most US leases ? Looking to buy used i3
Replies: 7
Views: 2932

Re: How long are most US leases ? Looking to buy used i3

My best GUESS - I can buy, somewhere in the USA, an i3 REx with less than 14,000 miles for $17,000 (+TTL & transportation) in the 4th Quarter of 2017. Today the lowest price i3 REx's start at $28,000, so I am forecasting a 40% price drop in 18 months. The factors in my judgment are: 1) an extra 18 m...

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