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by frictioncircle
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Unlocking with the key
Replies: 7
Views: 2832

Re: Unlocking with the key

Today I needed to use the physical key in my i3's door handle. I found the iDrive Owner's Manual ambiguous about how to pop off the plastic cap that covers the lock cylinder. This six-year old thread was one of the top search hits but sadly, no one gave Bunter a proper answer to their question. A 45...
by frictioncircle
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: 12 Volt Auxiliary Battery East Penn Deka AUX18L
Replies: 33
Views: 7500

Re: 12 Volt Auxiliary Battery East Penn Deka AUX18L

A question for the forum – While I'm waiting for my AUX18L to arrive, what's the best way to prop up my existing 12V battery for the next few days? I have a Noco GB40 Li-Ion jump pack. Should I attach its output to the 12V battery terminals? Use its cigarette plug adaptor to back-feed the 12v batter...
by frictioncircle
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: 12 Volt Auxiliary Battery East Penn Deka AUX18L
Replies: 33
Views: 7500

Re: 12 Volt Auxiliary Battery East Penn Deka AUX18L

Just bought mine for $140 + shipping from Remy’s website. I just did the same, though they are backordered for a few days. Used a 10% off discount code online that worked: RBDC BL5 and WalterH, thank you both for your posts! About a week ago my 2014 BEV (53,000 mi) started to exhibit the symptoms o...
by frictioncircle
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Can I upgrade my 2017 battery to 2020?
Replies: 16
Views: 4240

Re: Can I upgrade my 2017 battery to 2020?

Thanks for reporting! I have thought about paying a truck scale to weigh our i3 after learning that my annual registration fee is partially based on weight which the state claims is ~2,900 lb. I've wondered whether they are using the REx weight instead. Apparently not :( A friend and I corner-weigh...
by frictioncircle
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: i3 Noob Questions (brake and AC performance?)
Replies: 9
Views: 392

Re: i3 Noob Questions (brake and AC performance?)

Hello sandi – Congratulations on your new ride and welcome to the forum! Most of my driving experience is with BMWs and the amount of pressure / pedal travel to reach ABS engagement on my 2014 i3 feels about the same as the other BMWs I've owned. A properly-serviced i3 should have a brake fluid chan...
by frictioncircle
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Can I upgrade my 2017 battery to 2020?
Replies: 16
Views: 4240

Re: Can I upgrade my 2017 battery to 2020?

i3 curb weights are all over the place. When we bought our 2014 BEV, its curb weight was listed as 2,634 lb. on the BMW USA Website. Shortly after I purchased my 2014 i3 BEV I took it to a truck scale. With minimal user-added detritus (and NO driver), my i3 weighed 2,880 lbs. I was more than a litt...
by frictioncircle
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Auto-dimming Wing Mirrors Useful??
Replies: 5
Views: 843

Re: Auto-dimming Wing Mirrors Useful??

How useful/necessary are the i3's auto-dimming side/wing mirrors? Hello MKH! A bit late, but... After a prang in 2016 I needed to replace the passenger's side-view mirror. The correct replacement mirror glass (photochromic) was US$350 while the non-photochromic glass was US$90. I went with non-phot...
by frictioncircle
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: intermittent (soft) knock & intermittent (one time so far) labored steering
Replies: 5
Views: 577

Re: intermittent (soft) knock & intermittent (one time so far) labored steering

fbt12 –

Please share the results of your service visit.

Knowing the cause of the intermittent knocking issue would be particularly interesting.

Good luck with the dealer!
by frictioncircle
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Scratched Hood...
Replies: 7
Views: 593

Re: Scratched Hood...

Dear Angela86 – You're not going to need a new hood! The exterior panels of the i3 are thermoplastic. They will never rust so you have plenty of time to sort things out. Sorry to hear that your Mr. is giving you stress about the hood scratch... considering the state of the world, a hood scratch shou...
by frictioncircle
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: New battery for the i3 and higher charging speed update
Replies: 6
Views: 1229

Re: New battery for the i3 and higher charging speed update

Dear Berlindriver –
I believe that The Netherlands has the highest density of DC chargers in the world (see www..com)

Could you double-check the "www..com" link, please?

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