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by 3pete
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Buying a Private Party 2015 i3 Rex with 68K miles. Good Idea?
Replies: 6
Views: 265

Re: Buying a Private Party 2015 i3 Rex with 68K miles. Good Idea?

As a non-Rex owner, I haven't done a ton of research on it but from what I've seen around here it seems like some of the issues with the REX stem from not using the engine frequently enough, so ironically a car with lots of miles might be better in that regard if a decent amount of those miles were ...
by 3pete
Sat May 23, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How is your battery holding up?
Replies: 34
Views: 2239

Re: How is your battery holding up?

the 2017 model has "27.2 kWh available". That's interesting, because my car reports a Batt. Kapa. max of 29.5 KWh! :lol: One thing that's interesting about this is that depending on what measure you look at, the 2017 vs. the 2014 battery may have: 1) 157% capacity (94ah / 60ah), 2) 150% capacity (3...
by 3pete
Thu May 14, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Voice Commands & Battery Readings
Replies: 2
Views: 3871

Re: Voice Commands & Battery Readings

Not sure what to make of these readings. Starting at the 27.2 kWh that is 'available' to the user on a new 94ah i3 according to BMW, the 13.08 menu item (Batt. Kapa. Max) is the closest thing the car comes to telling you what the state of health of the battery is. It is an estimate and can change b...
by 3pete
Wed May 06, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now
Replies: 14
Views: 8410

Re: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now

I'd like to remove this part and check it, but there's a cosmetic panel that covers the area around the plug ports. Anyone have luck in removing this panel without breaking it? According to BMW, the proper way to access the charging socket plug is to remove: 1. the rear bumper 2. the wheel arch cov...
by 3pete
Wed May 06, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now
Replies: 14
Views: 8410

Re: Charge door no longer locking and unable to CCS charge now

... it seems to wear out and need replaced every 3-4 months. Has anyone had this issue and arrived at a solution which worked long term? Or, for a sanity check, are there other folks who are changing their charge lock more often than their brake fluid? I replaced my charge socket lock (61136842870)...
by 3pete
Sat May 02, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: 80m commute no charger at work; REX or no REX?
Replies: 16
Views: 1803

Re: 80m commute no charger at work; REX or no REX?

I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable relying on a 94ah BEV for that commute year-round but I agree you could probably do the trip *most* of the time. Ultimately it probably depends how much you're willing to accommodate your car's needs/ how much you're willing to risk it on those days when it'll be cl...
by 3pete
Sat May 02, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Possible probleem?
Replies: 12
Views: 1832

Re: Possible probleem?

Should I just go-ahead and have the charger hard-wired in? My two-cents is to go the 14-50 plug route. It allows you--or the future homeowner if you move-- a little more flexibility and convenience to use the outlet for something else (welder, RV etc.). Unless you're unplugging and plugging the EVS...
by 3pete
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Off Road in i3
Replies: 8
Views: 1263

Re: Off Road in i3

I also want to see how she gets power to her hilltop cabin. I think the ad is suggesting she powers her cabin from her i3 based on the lights turning on after she plugs it in, and she plugs it in inside the trunk. There are a few of these commercials that promote the benefit of being able to power ...
by 3pete
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Off Road in i3
Replies: 8
Views: 1263

Re: Off Road in i3

This lady and her chainsaw seem to think the i3 is offroad capable. Or soft-road capable at least.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13neHOQtgC4

It probably only works well if you have the hat and tires she has too, and I can't find the tires anywhere!
by 3pete
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Charging Cycles
Replies: 11
Views: 1849

Re: Charging Cycles

Do any of the current electric vehicle's take care of this automatically? Seems that the onboard charger/BMS should easily be able turn off charging at a preset percentage of charge. Prior to 2019, the Chevy Bolt had a feature called "Hill Top Reserve" where you could limit the charge to (I think) ...

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