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by vreihen
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Unable to Shift to Park...
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Re: Unable to Shift to Park...

I have never put my car into Park. It automatically engages Park by itself when I turn it off. I think you're on the right track by looking for loose/chafed wires by the trunk extender.....
by vreihen
Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Things I Dislike About My i3
Replies: 19
Views: 552

Re: Things I Dislike About My i3

You should never use windex are car windows. They have coatings on them that the windex will destroy. I've never heard that. Do you have some documentation? Is there a warning printed on a Windex bottle? Given the litigious society that we live in today where even coffee cups have warnings on them,...
by vreihen
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Things I Dislike About My i3
Replies: 19
Views: 552

Re: Things I Dislike About My i3

One of my pet peeves with the i3 is the confusing labels on the two defrost buttons. It is not obvious which is the front defrost and which is the rear defrost from just looking at the similar icons. Another pet peeve is that I have not figured out what turns the outside heated mirrors on yet. They ...
by vreihen
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:50 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 would *never* purchase a used car without performing a sniff test in person, while sitting in the driver's seat with the doors/windows closed.....
by vreihen
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Wide Body i3
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: Wide Body i3

rtanov wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:59 am
Yes, I already bought my tires for that :D
https://photos.app.goo.gl/pJAUDSs4MLAMdLop9
Please tell me that isn't an old Kumho V700.....
by vreihen
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: My i3 is Dead
Replies: 48
Views: 6000

Re: My i3 is Dead

If the cable is stuck to the car, use the blue emergency release cable located in the rear door jam of the driver's side (UK). There is a YouTube video of the procedure. Be gentle, because the cable is prone to snapping. Ask me how I know..... :(
by vreihen
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:12 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"

My $0.02 is that the solenoid in the charge socket is not releasing, which was a common problem on 2014-15 North American models. Make BMW good-will the repair, since it is a known problem.

There are also videos on YouTube for how to "pick" the solenoid when it is stuck.....
by vreihen
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Auxilliary Heater
Replies: 13
Views: 387

Re: Auxilliary Heater

The heat pump is used for cabin heat while driving, and is more energy efficient than resistance heating.....
by vreihen
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: 100% charge but under 50 miles range - 2015 REx
Replies: 9
Views: 447

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

Funny story. We've had a constant 62+ F temperature here for two days now, a nice break from the more normal near-freezing temperature that we had on Friday when I plugged my car in after my evening commute home. I drove 0.2 miles to the end of our street and back this afternoon, to turn my car arou...

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