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by brastic
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Brake Pad and Tyre Wear
Replies: 16
Views: 13795

Re: Brake Pad and Tyre Wear

I mean, my minivan can out handle the i3 in any corner. It may feel so, but you will need a heavily modified van to out-corner the i3. Given the i3 is not a top performer, the g-loads feel very different in small and a large car. Thank you for asking more about this. I had to go look it up. With ou...
by brastic
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Cargo box?
Replies: 12
Views: 8137

Re: Cargo box?

jadnashuanh wrote:The hitch may attach to metal, but that metal piece attaches to the CFRP frame at some point, as does everything else that is load carrying.
The hitch is attached to the metal part. You could fully remove the CFRP part of the car and the hitch would still function.
by brastic
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Cargo box?
Replies: 12
Views: 8137

Re: Cargo box?

Thanks for chiming in! Did you install it yourself or have it done at a shop? If you did it yourself, how long did it take you? What would you say was the harder parts of the install? It look like removing the bumper and unplugging the parking sensors may be the hard part, requiring two people? If ...
by brastic
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Cargo box?
Replies: 12
Views: 8137

Re: Cargo box?

I have the hitch and yes is does bolt to the metal bumper mounts like in the video. I cannot say how much force it can take. That would be for TorkLift to supply. I can say that they built a good product, it is thick metal and someone heavy duty. I am also happy how easy it was to install. What you ...
by brastic
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Test drove a BMW i3 REx, but...
Replies: 14
Views: 7819

Re: Test drove a BMW i3 REx, but...

We did both. I bought a 2014 BEV for $17k. For my 40 mile commute to work and back, I still have 50% of the battery when I get home. There are a lot of 2014 and soon 2015 i3s coming off of lease right now. Since the 2014/5 i3s have 80 mile range and the 2017 have 120, my guess is that the prices on ...
by brastic
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Brake Pad and Tyre Wear
Replies: 16
Views: 13795

Re: Brake Pad and Tyre Wear

The tires on these cars wear fast. It is just nature of the beast. At least the tires are cheap. Well compared to my M3. My guess on the brakes is that they were not read correctly. Some BMW dealers are still learning how to work on the i3. As others have stated, the wear is measured by the car and ...
by brastic
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Plugless wireless charging system?
Replies: 14
Views: 10206

Re: Plugless wireless charging system?

However, wireless charging is hugely inefficient and therefore costly! That is my first question for plugless charging! Could be very inefficient and waste of power! Looked at all the 'technical specs' on their website, and no efficiency details. I also went to the specs of the web page looking for...
by brastic
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: loss of range
Replies: 4
Views: 2305

Re: loss of range

My 2014 BEV states between 50-90 miles when fully charged every morning. For me, I find that if I drive the car harder the estimate mileage will drop hard. Since this is an estimate that uses the driving style, last trips and the battery, I do not put much thought into using it.
by brastic
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Can a Nissan dealer service an i3? (no BMW EV service shops on my island)
Replies: 6
Views: 4910

Re: Can a Nissan dealer service an i3? (no BMW EV service shops on my island)

Do not import an i3 without BMW dealer support. You've been warned! ;) The mechanical parts of the i3 (suspension, brakes, etc) can be serviced at most mechanics. The electronics are a different story. You "should" be fine as the i3 without the range extender as there is not much to go wrong. The b...
by brastic
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Before you buy or lease an i3 Be Aware of the Tire Problem
Replies: 37
Views: 56058

Re: Before you buy or lease an i3 Be Aware of the Tire Problem

If I can get 10-15k out of these tires, I will be happy. My M3 would eat $1,300 in tires every 5-6k miles. That got old.

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