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by skeptic
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Suggestions for BMW
Topic: Lumbar support option?
Replies: 5
Views: 8471

Re: Lumbar support option?

Why stop at lumbar? I'm sure a lot of us would have preferred and paid more for power heated and cooled seats. Little more weight, an inch or two lost legroom for the rear passengers.. Worth it!
by skeptic
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Suggestions for BMW
Topic: 3 rear seats option
Replies: 6
Views: 288

Re: 3 rear seats option

Do you hate front wheel drive cars like I do? If not, go buy a Chevy Bolt. No REX option, but much better range, seating for 5, real rear doors, and it's still a small hatchback. I wouldn't try to chase anyone away from an i3, but with 3 kids something like a Bolt (or maybe Leaf???) is just a better...
by skeptic
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Help with understanding Range Loss over time
Replies: 22
Views: 934

Re: Help with understanding Range Loss over time

Then again, the entire study seems a bit pointless to me. The stated point is to provide battery pack health information for purchasers of used EV's, kind of like a CarFax report but for the battery pack. Therefore, the age of a used EV wouldn't matter. That's part of the stated purpose, it's the n...
by skeptic
Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Need to upgrade sound
Replies: 14
Views: 815

Re: Need to upgrade sound

Honestly, the best option is probably to hit up a local custom stereo store and have them upgrade you. They can wire in an amp and rear speakers no problem. While you are at it, there are aftermarket options to add Android Auto/Apple Carplay (something I added to my old Grand Cherokee that I miss in...
by skeptic
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Help with understanding Range Loss over time
Replies: 22
Views: 934

Re: Help with understanding Range Loss over time

While I will not be participating, I do have a guess as to why they want 2017 and newer. If they want to track degradation over time they probably want to know when battery degradation happens. If the car is 4 years old and it's 20% degraded, did that happen in the first year or two or accelerate it...
by skeptic
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: i3 REX (2015) locking and unlocking by itself while driving
Replies: 15
Views: 3052

Re: i3 REX (2015) locking and unlocking by itself while driving

It's the machines man. They are getting smarter and smarter, now they are testing to check boundries to prepare....

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by skeptic
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Performance Mods? i3 M anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 2506

Re: Performance Mods? i3 M anyone?

The stock BEV 0-60mph is around 7-seconds, so 0-100kmph isn't much of any different unless that was on a REx. He specifically states it's on a REX and he talks about HSOC issues.. However, without a baseline using the same methods and same conditions we have no idea if there is an improvement or ev...
by skeptic
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Advice on used i3 purchase
Replies: 5
Views: 576

Re: Advice on used i3 purchase

Thanks. I had thought the i3 used hub wheels and not a separate motor and transmission. I could be wrong but I don't think any company has hub centric electric motors in production yet. The new Lordstown truck coming out soon will have hub motors. <offtopic> Not sure if it's just a decision or a li...
by skeptic
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: BMW i3 Reliability
Replies: 11
Views: 1224

Re: BMW i3 Reliability

Generally speaking, EVs should be much more reliable than ICE vehicles. That's not to say there will not be growing pains, recalls, issues and such but less moving parts and less to go wrong. Downside is there are a few things that when they go bad they are catastrophic. I've heard some horror stori...
by skeptic
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: i3 being seen as Ugly
Replies: 27
Views: 9327

Re: i3 being seen as Ugly

Wow, old thread...


The i3 is ugly. Period. We call ours the Turd because it looks so bad. It's also fun to drive and great for anything short of a long trip or Home Depot run. None of that changes the fact that it's a fugly car.

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