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by 3pete
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Considering a 2014 i3 for delivery
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Considering a 2014 i3 for delivery

I have bought a car sight-unseen before. Actually, I've bought 4 that way. The second one was a major mistake but I learned a lot from that ordeal and while it didn't turn me off of the concept entirely, it did drive home how much more risk you're taking on as well as highlighted that buying 'locall...
by 3pete
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Dealer trying to charge me $900+ for "DAMAGED CHARGER CABLE HOOK"
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Dealer trying to charge me $900+ for "DAMAGED CHARGER CABLE HOOK"

Scared of BMW dealer pricing if they didn't do it as part of warranty goodwill, I replaced my solenoid lock myself because it stopped working about a month ago. Depending on your charge cable, some make it harder to 'pick' than others. The 'gun' on the Juicebox EVSE doesn't block the pin at all, so ...
by 3pete
Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: 100% charge but under 50 miles range - 2015 REx
Replies: 9
Views: 450

Re: 100% charge but under 50 miles range - 2015 REx

Yep, short trips in the cold are the worst for overall efficiency. Short trips tend to have a larger percentage of the trip doing acceleration rather than 'coasting' and this hurts your efficiency. If you are using the climate control, it's similarly working hard to hit a certain temp, but there's l...
by 3pete
Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: 2017 i3 REx battery readings versus Juice Box Pro 40
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: 2017 i3 REx battery readings versus Juice Box Pro 40

I don't believe the Juicebox can access the battery state of charge information from the car. The Juicebox website / app only shows how much energy the charger has provided to the car during the most recent charging session. I can corroborate this. The juicebox doesn't collect any info from the car...
by 3pete
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: ConnectedDrive
Replies: 86
Views: 5394

Re: ConnectedDrive

But if you're aware it's reliable for me and many others, maybe that'll shape your (and others) expectations and you'll hold the company accountable to address your specific situation. To be honest, this is the first time I've seen someone say that it works reliably for them on a consistent basis s...
by 3pete
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Regen and creep operation?!
Replies: 28
Views: 832

Re: Regen and creep operation?!

I think this is additional evidence that anti-rolling is implemented by applying power to the motor. I have no technical expertise on the subject but this seems plausible. One other thing I've noticed is: if you are stopped and holding still due to the 'anti-roll', and put your foot on the brake, s...
by 3pete
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: The longer look down the road
Replies: 17
Views: 878

Re: The longer look down the road

Having lots of them starting to fail now would put a big shadow on the EV push for everyone. "Fail" is the interesting word there because it could mean a lot of different things depending on who's judging it. All EVs are already failures according to one of my coworkers, because even Teslas can "on...
by 3pete
Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Regen and creep operation?!
Replies: 28
Views: 832

Re: Regen and creep operation?!

Ah, that makes sense. The only time I've been blinded by anyone's brake lights was when the plastic was broken off and it was the bare, white bulb shining directly into my eyes. When driving a manual, I try to make a point of pressing the brake if no one is stopped behind me just as an added indicat...
by 3pete
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Regen and creep operation?!
Replies: 28
Views: 832

Re: Regen and creep operation?!

In some places in the world, it's considered bad (and rude) practice, to sit at a stop or light with your brake applied. They use their parking brake. I'm curious about this: Where are these places? Why do people care what method you use to be "stopped at a red light"? / Why is the brake "rude"? Wh...
by 3pete
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Question on chargers including wireless
Replies: 22
Views: 638

Re: Question on chargers including wireless

Sounds like I need to tell my electrician to install wiring capable of 50 Amp. Good point, even though the i3 may draw less, more EV cars will probably be in that garage. Just wanted to chime in that 50amps seems like a good choice. It seems (to me) to be the sweet spot for 'new installations' comb...

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