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by frictioncircle
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: We're alive / we're dead
Replies: 7
Views: 603

We're alive / we're dead

I've been a long-time BMW owner and have never seen a prior model's lifespan whipsawed like what's happened with the i3. It seems every six months the i3 has either its end in sight or is getting further development. Add in the i5, the i4, the Vision iNext... electrification of the rest of the produ...
by frictioncircle
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: My i3 is Dead
Replies: 39
Views: 2695

Re: My i3 is Dead

Turns out that this is the original battery that came in this 2014 i3/REX. I just checked it with my meter and it shows 5.7v, so hopefully replacing that battery will get me going again! Fisher99 – When you tested your aux battery, was there a load on it when you got that 5.7V reading? Thanks!
by frictioncircle
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: windshield sun shades
Replies: 3
Views: 571

Re: windshield sun shades

A thread from May 2019 (for future thread-readers):

"Sunshades for the windshield that work"
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16232

I like my Heatshieldstore.com shade and haven't found it difficult to manage.
by frictioncircle
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: My i3 is Dead
Replies: 39
Views: 2695

Re: My i3 is Dead

alohart –

Thanks for providing the detail that the 40Ah battery is lead-acid.

No way I want that heavy junk in my CF EV machine!
by frictioncircle
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: My i3 is Dead
Replies: 39
Views: 2695

Re: My i3 is Dead

MKH – Thank you for the great info regarding East Penn! Coming up on five years with my 2014 BEV I'm thinking I need to have an AUX 18L on hand. Check this out from realoem.com... 61 21 9 321 815 Original BMW AGM-battery 20 Ah 61 21 7 635 788 Original BMW battery (Warranty only) 40Ah (NLA) A 40 Ah O...
by frictioncircle
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: metal to metal sound
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: metal to metal sound

Hello Zwerius – The problem you describe is almost exactly what I had with my 2014 i3 BEV. I'm the original owner. MKH mentions motor mount bolts replacement. This is addressed by BMW SI B22 04 15, "Replace the engine mount screw connection", which I had done after about two years of ownership. A fe...
by frictioncircle
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Sunshades for the windshield that work
Replies: 16
Views: 1316

Re: Sunshades for the windshield that work

I drive in the Western US and have had a good experience with my Heatshield for the windshield. It rolls up and has a Velcro closure – I toss it in the back seat when not using it. I bought mine in 2014 – Heatshield hadn't yet worked out an exact fit but looking at pics on their website today it app...
by frictioncircle
Sat May 18, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner Charging Questions
Replies: 26
Views: 1971

Re: New Owner Charging Questions

Fisher99... is this your first EV? If so, there's a bit to learn compared to a gas car. EVs have plenty of terminology and if you have general knowledge about electricity that will serve you well. When you park your i3 and plug in, the box on the wall is NOT a charger, it's an EVSE (Electric Vehicle...
by frictioncircle
Fri May 17, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Windshield glass replacement - safelite ?
Replies: 6
Views: 776

Re: Windshield glass replacement - safelite ?

Other considerations for using your BMW Dealer are these, as published by BMW: MKH – Would you be able to share a link to that information? I'm looking at a potential windshield replacement and having detailed information that dealer replacement is recommended over a third-party would be very helpf...
by frictioncircle
Fri May 17, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner Charging Questions
Replies: 26
Views: 1971

Re: New Owner Charging Questions

Hello Fisher99 – Congratulations on your purchase! My daily is a 2014 BEV – the early cars are probably the lightest cars that BMW of the 21st century will ever make and they are brilliant little machines. Assuming you live in North America and have residential 120V service: Level 1 (120V) charging ...

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