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by PBNB
Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Suggestions for BMW
Topic: Why is the roof black?
Replies: 31
Views: 9952

Re: Why is the roof black?

Some interesting articles have been produced referring to Heat Island effect. There is a point where the black is more advantageous if you look at the entire year and heating and cooling costs. There are white roofing materials that can help reduce operating costs in hotter climates. I would think t...
by PBNB
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: E-Drive Badge Touch Up Paint:
Replies: 10
Views: 914

Re: E-Drive Badge Touch Up Paint:

I am experiencing the same flaking! The black paint has come off about 50% of my e-badge.
by PBNB
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Service threat from BMW Canada
Replies: 11
Views: 1278

Re: Service threat from BMW Canada

I got one of those emails but I am overdue for my scheduled check up so I figured it was a reminder email. I didn't feel threatened by it at all. Our 2015 is under extended warranty so I need to get in and do this to maintain the warranty otherwise, I would probably just ignore the service all toget...
by PBNB
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Towing a trailer
Replies: 0
Views: 931

Towing a trailer

Here is an interesting way to get more range and tow a trailer at the same time :)

https://www.dethleffs.de/reiseziel-zukunft/caravan/

Scroll down until you see the i3 towing a trailer :)
by PBNB
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Beating a dead horse... single vendor TIRES!
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

Re: Beating a dead horse... single vendor TIRES!

Trying to fit an 18" inch tire/wheel would be a better option than a 19". The taller tire might give you more choices as far as widths. Wheels from the Audi or Mercedes cars should fit and match up with the hub centers and bolt pattern. This would be a good project to improve the handling. The 20" s...
by PBNB
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Most... expensive... flat... ever!
Replies: 11
Views: 2313

Re: Most... expensive... flat... ever!

I recently had a low tire warning pop up and I was able to turn around and take the car back without damaging the tire. It turned out to be a screw in the tread. After work, I took the wheel off and went to the tire shop and had it patched. it was 30 minutes and $25 bucks to fix. If I had gone a lit...
by PBNB
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Paint Back of i3 Black?
Replies: 10
Views: 2211

Re: Paint Back of i3 Black?

This was done a while ago but a quite google search will reveal a lot:

https://insideevs.com/photo/3953481/bmw ... -two-tone/

Mine is darker grey so the rear doesn't look so contrasty!
by PBNB
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: How'd My i3 Know The Tire Was Flat?
Replies: 5
Views: 1497

Re: How'd My i3 Know The Tire Was Flat?

Oh that makes sense. I guess it would need a on/off mechanism to save the battery. I could not find anything concrete on the interweb explaining the start stop process of the sensors. Perhaps the car sends out a wake up call to the sensors and when parked after your trip they just go to sleep after ...
by PBNB
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: How'd My i3 Know The Tire Was Flat?
Replies: 5
Views: 1497

Re: How'd My i3 Know The Tire Was Flat?

I had a drivers side rear flat the other day. I got in the car and drove about 2 blocks before the car warned me or maybe it just took me 2 blocks to notice it. The tire was very low but not completely flat. TPMS is done with internal tire pressure sensors so when the car starts it does a quick diag...
by PBNB
Wed May 13, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Rex problems
Replies: 15
Views: 6977

Re: Rex problems

After nearly 2 years of ownership of our 2015 Rex. We finally had the power steering drop off on the way to work. It was a very strange feeling. I just turned off the car and restarted it, and the problem went away. No lights or other issues after that. It is due for service so I will get the servic...

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