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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: 140

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: 643

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: 1280

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: 517

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: 1280

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 ...
by frictioncircle
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now
Replies: 12
Views: 5666

Re: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now

61-13-6-842-870 (High Voltage Charging Socket, Central Locking Drive) had failed. With a new one installed by the dealer, I'm now 2 for 3 in high-speed charging (versus 0 for ∞ before the repair). Today I ran into an issue with an EVPump EVSE. The i3 locked the DCFC cable to the car (as expected) bu...
by frictioncircle
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Any mods
Replies: 10
Views: 2938

Re: Any mods

If you're driving an i3 in a warm environment and your legislative environment allows, step one would be to tint as many windows as you can, as darkly as you can. Aircon is a major power draw for any EV and the i3 has high IR gain from its huge windshield. In terms of driving, I haven't had the oppo...
by frictioncircle
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: The AAA Cold and Hot Weather report
Replies: 3
Views: 1898

Re: The AAA Cold and Hot Weather report

Excellent post, bwilson4web, thank you for sharing!

At 60+ pages it's going to take a bit to get through this but it looks like the Auto Club did a very good job here.
by frictioncircle
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now
Replies: 12
Views: 5666

Re: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now

TheMK – Thanks for those newTIS links! Drilling down to the i3, there are a LOT of subheadings that seem to make no sense whatsoever. "28 Twin-clutch gearbox (DKG)"? :lol: I think my problem is with the plug locking mechanism, but I decided to take it to the dealer before tackling bumper removal. A ...
by frictioncircle
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Suggestions for BMW
Topic: Compete or Else...
Replies: 11
Views: 3984

Re: Compete or Else...

Five years into BEV ownership I remain highly impressed with what BMW achieved with the i3. The i3 was ahead of the market in 2014 (and in many ways it is, still). Understandable that BMW would take a breather and regroup. As a very happy owner I want the model to continue. BMW AG's "on-again-off-ag...

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