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by frictioncircle
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: 2014 Yes or No...
Replies: 20
Views: 4444

Re: 2014 Yes or No...

Away2Maine – Congratulations on your 2014 i3 purchase! BMW did such a good job at making an EV that is fun to drive – I hope you enjoy the miles ahead. Some thoughts and an anecdote – anecdote first... My insurance took a big jump this year, way more than one might expect for a six-year-old car with...
by frictioncircle
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Welcome to the BMW i3 Forum
Replies: 249
Views: 195397

Re: Welcome to the BMW i3 Forum

Bertone & richs – As others have said, welcome to the forum! There is a lot of smart advice here posted by knowledgeable members. You both now own a carbon-fiber RWD vehicle that was years ahead of its time when it came out in 2013 – many of its design features have yet to be matched in the marketpl...
by frictioncircle
Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Clunking noise when going over bumps
Replies: 20
Views: 11288

Re: Clunking noise when going over bumps

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Placing hands at nine and three (or twelve and six when on a lift) and trying to shear the wheel back and forth
To be clear, I'm referring to getting your hands on the wheel & tire combo, not the steering wheel.
by frictioncircle
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Clunking noise when going over bumps
Replies: 20
Views: 11288

Re: Clunking noise when going over bumps

If you do this motion slowly, can you feel a disturbance?

Placing hands at nine and three (or twelve and six when on a lift) and trying to shear the wheel back and forth is how to determine that the hub has a failed bearing.
by frictioncircle
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Some random thoughts about our i3
Replies: 15
Views: 2909

Re: Some random thoughts about our i3

vger105 & JohnWasser – Welcome to the forum and enjoy your new i3s! Tesla has been crushing every other EV maker in terms of sales, but the work that BMW's engineers did (nearly a decade ago) to realize the i3 is remarkable. The i3 is a carbon-fiber, RWD, emission-free Zen pod – an oasis of calm dur...
by frictioncircle
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Review: Wokeby Trunk Extension for the i3 BEV
Replies: 12
Views: 2587

Re: Review: Wokeby Trunk Extension for the i3 BEV

eNate –

Great writeup, thank you for the extensive pictures! (and hoping they're hosted somewhere that won't go offline in a year or two)

Love the design, but a piano black finish? An odd choice for a vehicle's storage compartment.
by frictioncircle
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: 2014 Yes or No...
Replies: 20
Views: 4444

Re: 2014 Yes or No...

Away2Maine – I have an early-production (04/2014) BEV which I've owned since new and am still thrilled with 52K miles later. Yes, I've had plenty of visits to the dealer over the years but never for something trip-ending (knocking on wood here). However, a friend purchased their 2014 REx at the same...
by frictioncircle
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Parachute effect, underside of vehicle, undesirable
Replies: 13
Views: 2692

Re: Parachute effect, underside of vehicle, undesirable

I've similarly read that the engineers were trying to shed weight wherever they could with efficiency as the target. For example, they added the weight and complexity of a heat pump to the BEV because they realized that those pounds were a worthwhile sacrifice to achieve a range increase. While I ag...
by frictioncircle
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Unlock DVD in motion
Replies: 0
Views: 1694

Re: Unlock DVD in motion

Operating a motor vehicle should occupy 100% of a driver's mental capacity. Of course many will look at their iDrive for navigation or media access, attend to a little one in the back seat, or sneak a peek at their phone. It's not smart, but it happens. Respectfully, Mr. satnavninja, why contribute ...
by frictioncircle
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: frunk mobility tray - what goes in it?
Replies: 8
Views: 6161

Re: frunk mobility tray - what goes in it?

That might be the spot for one of these: https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/OjQAAOSw-TFd8IIe/s-l1600.jpg BMWs tend to use lug bolts to attach a wheel to a hub instead of the more common lug-nuts-and-studs method. Mounting a wheel without having studs is not easy and BMW used to include in every on-board...

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