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by Busfolder
Mon May 03, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: 2019 range extender - do they make sense for long journeys ?
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: 2019 range extender - do they make sense for long journeys ?

I have a 2016 i3 REX 94Ah, and whilst the range extender has been useful on a few occasions, I'm now finding it a maintenance liability, and would rather have the 120Ah battery plus heat pump option. IMO the UK charging network, although not fully developed, is adequate for long trips, given some ad...
by Busfolder
Fri Mar 26, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Used i3 checklist - what's the first things you recommend doing after receiving the car?
Replies: 11
Views: 1072

Re: Used i3 checklist - what's the first things you recommend doing after receiving the car?

Here's another- my 2016 i3 REX has just been serviced, the dealer has advised that the front damper boots are split. The original items are convoluted rubber, presumably better quality aftermarket parts are available? Unfortunately the struts need disassembly to replace them, for which my local BMW ...
by Busfolder
Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: i3 HV Battery Upgrade
Replies: 20
Views: 2188

Re: i3 HV Battery Upgrade

[quote= We will defiantly have this pack available to European customers along with the old pack trade-in. We have also improved on the original BMW thermal management system. It should now provide a much more consistent driving experience, even in very cold climates. [/quote] This all sounds very p...
by Busfolder
Sat Dec 26, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: E-Drive Badge Touch Up Paint:
Replies: 10
Views: 1834

Re: E-Drive Badge Touch Up Paint:

Mine started flaking a year ago.

I simply scraped off all the remaining black paint, for a more subtle, but longer lasting finish...

Chris
by Busfolder
Sat Dec 26, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Charging speed
Replies: 6
Views: 1256

Re: Charging speed

I believe all i3 models sold in Europe since the 94Ah battery became standard are equipped for 11kW charging (my 2016 REX is thus) However, it's necessary to have the appropriate 3 phase type 2 cable to permit this, a single phase cable will only allow 7kW charging. I prefer to use DC rapid charging...
by Busfolder
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Range and warm weather
Replies: 5
Views: 1838

Re: Range and warm weather

Interesting discussion, re. UK chargers, a significant proportion of the rapid network are unserviceable at any time- I always have a 'plan B' for long trips. But last Saturday 2 of 3 rapids were u/s and the 3rd was busy, so I had to REX for 20 miles. Based on my experience, I'm not currently recomm...
by Busfolder
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Converter Plug
Replies: 11
Views: 3214

Re: Converter Plug

You're right Art, sorry for my mistake!

I now recall reading that Mode 1 charging isn't used by the i3.

Nevertheless, there are still some simple public chargers here in the UK which need no payment. Let's see how long this continues!

Chris
by Busfolder
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Converter Plug
Replies: 11
Views: 3214

Re: Converter Plug

My take on this is: Any i3 can charge from any 120V to 240V AC outlet, using a simple 'dumb' cable with suitable connectors. This is borne out by a public charger I use in Didcot (Oxfordshire) Although on the Pod-Point network, it simply supplies 230V at up to 32A single-phase, with no app, card, or...
by Busfolder
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Converter Plug
Replies: 11
Views: 3214

Re: Converter Plug

According to the BMW University text 'Charging the High-voltage Battery' "The input voltage, which can be processed by the electrical machine electronics, may be in the following range: 100V to 240V, 50Hz or 60Hz" So you can use an adapter plug, and will get faster charging with 240V (for the same c...
by Busfolder
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Audio/nav system re-starts
Replies: 9
Views: 3728

Re: Audio/nav system re-starts

Not sure if this relates to my recent software update, but today the REX started its Maintenance Run with the battery at 78.5%

Previously, it's always waited until the 75% threshold. Possibly started early because I'd set the navigation for a short 25 minute trip...

Chris

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