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by ronbot
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Adaptive Cruise Control not working in cold weather
Replies: 15
Views: 8723

Re: Adaptive Cruise Control not working in cold weather

Lidar sensors are not expensive, it's always baffled me why they are missing. Garmin sells them on their website for $130, so OEM cost would be about 30% of that... or less.
https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/557294
by ronbot
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Converting BMW 2002 to electric using i3 parts
Replies: 17
Views: 4221

Re: Converting BMW 2002 to electric using i3 parts

Did any more ever happen with this project?
by ronbot
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: DIY HV Battery upgrade
Replies: 23
Views: 2934

Re: DIY HV Battery upgrade

While in most consumer-scale applications, this may be viable, but EV-scale BMS could very well have original capacity stored in memory... even if for no other reason than to set a hard limit on charging capacity... over-charging cells this size results in very bad events...
by ronbot
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 97
Views: 7558

Re: Air conditioning failed

Any updates? All this is new to me... and making me glad I got my 2015 BEV Tera as CPO, and was able to get them to swing an additional year... so I'm covered for 6 years unlimited miles. Was this AC issue just on the early ones... has is been found in the 2015 models? Metal contamination from a com...
by ronbot
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: NON OEM wheels & tires (wider)
Replies: 50
Views: 23326

Re: NON OEM wheels & tires (wider)

The upcoming Mini Electric is reported to use the complete i3 drivetrain, except it's to be FWD, rather than RWD. It'll be interesting to see if it's wheels will bolt up to the i3 hubs. I suspect that they will if it's the same drivetrain, but offsets may be a problem. Looking forward to what the w...
by ronbot
Wed May 08, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: The pains of finding wiper blades for the i3.
Replies: 10
Views: 3533

Re: The pains of finding wiper blades for the i3.

Well, my new wiper blades are good! It's odd that the Bosch package calls them 700mm & 530mm, but the actual rubber insert was indeed a full 750mm (29.5"). Maybe Bosch decided their original "Aerotwin A 103 S" wasn't what was needed, and just lengthened the drivers' side blade without making new pac...
by ronbot
Mon May 06, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: The pains of finding wiper blades for the i3.
Replies: 10
Views: 3533

Re: The pains of finding wiper blades for the i3.

Regarding the windshield rain sensor... it's optical, based on the IR light reflective properties of the windshield - which change when water is on the exterior surface of the glass. Just got a wrong set of wiper blades for my Tera World with the Technology Package... they shipped the Bosch A103S wi...
by ronbot
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Defect USB
Replies: 12
Views: 4110

Re: Defect USB

I had the same issue, same bad fuse #66 as others mentioned. I sometimes leave the cigar/cigarette lighter out of the 12v socket, because I sometimes use it for my Garmin. However, I also keep some keys in the center console... and I'm guessing one of my keys got "plugged in" to the 12v outlet and b...
by ronbot
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Battery swap
Replies: 10
Views: 4536

Re: Battery swap

Yes... old thread, but a more realistic question would (now) be if the 33.2 kWh battery from a salvage 2017 would retrofit into an earlier model... or heck... even the latest 42.2 kWh from the 2019 model. I just got a job at a distance that my 2015 BEV will only get me there or back, but not both......
by ronbot
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: steering Wheel became Hard to turn
Replies: 67
Views: 19815

Re: steering Wheel became Hard to turn

While my i3 is still in the possession of its current owner (I haven't bought mine yet) I have a suggestion.... You all seem in agreement that it is resolved by turning the car OFF, then back ON... how about NOT doing this, and heading over to a BMW dealership while it's still doing it... and be sur...

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