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by Srivenkat
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 8002

Re: Air conditioning failed

I was told to give him a dollar figure FWIW, I would give him a dollar figure for what the current value of a similarly optioned i3 and model year (say $15k for a bare 2014) and see what happens with a possible additional condition that you would keep the car. You might also want to update your FB ...
by Srivenkat
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 8002

Re: Air conditioning failed

From this assembly video, looks like the cooling channels are in the bottom of the battery tray, and look fairly large. They look fairly large to me as well. If there's a way to monitor the temperatures of the individual modules, that would provide additional assurance that a channel isn't plugged....
by Srivenkat
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 8002

Re: Air conditioning failed

... Maybe adding an in-line debris screen like this would do the job. https://www.airsept.com/Products/Details/32 Great to know; the comparison chart on the page alludes to traditional filters as well; didn't know that metal shavings are a common issue, not specific to the i3. Although there is a s...
by Srivenkat
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 8002

Re: Air conditioning failed

Realoem shows BMW has gone thru several updates to the compressor, so it looks like this is (or was) a weak point:

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/partxref?q=64526830620
by Srivenkat
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: My i3 is Dead
Replies: 51
Views: 7363

Re: My i3 is Dead

FWIW, You may have to turn in the old battery core.
by Srivenkat
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 8002

Re: Air conditioning failed

Another aspect to consider is that BMW would necessarily have to replace the whole system for: 1. liability reasons such as if a metal shaving eventually punctures the battery and causes a fire, or 2. having to repeatedly replace the compressor as and when it fails in the future, since their first l...
by Srivenkat
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 8002

Re: Air conditioning failed

Also, I am going to give BMW USA another chance to make this right. Since you are an informed owner, I think there's a great chance BMW will own up the failure, if you mention your concerns as you detailed above to BMW iCOncierge directly (i.e., NOT thru the dealer). I say this because in the FB gr...
by Srivenkat
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 8002

Re: Air conditioning failed

try calling BMW directly and requesting that BMW cover the costs for the repair, citing the fact that this has shaken the confidence of the BMW i3 community Doubt that BMW would do that (though they should). Even if the car had been covered by BMW's Platinum extended warranty - the fine print on it...
by Srivenkat
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 8002

Re: Air conditioning failed

In a good will gesture, BMW will contribute $2000 towards the purchase of a new BMW, with the dealer kicking in $4000 as a trade-in (for a totaled car!). Not sure if you got the $2000 figure in *your* discussions directly with BMW Customer Service or if that's what BMW told the dealer. If the latte...
by Srivenkat
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 8002

Re: Air conditioning failed

So sorry about what has happened to you. This is my biggest fear for our 2014 BEV. Regardless of its wonderful construction that should last much longer than a conventional steel vehicle and its drive train's much fewer moving parts, failure of expensive components will likely kill many older i3's....

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