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by richs
Tue May 26, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Distance since last charge is always the last trip
Replies: 1
Views: 102

Re: Distance since last charge is always the last trip

I just took a look on my Android phone, and the BMW Connected app is showing me 46.1 electric miles driven since last charge, which is about right for the current 65% SOC on my 2017 REx. My last two trips were about 3 miles each today. I have version 6.3.1.6157 of the app and a OnePlus 7T phone. I l...
by richs
Sun May 24, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: BMW Connected drive 3G to 4G?
Replies: 3
Views: 827

Re: BMW Connected drive 3G to 4G?

What was the first i3 model year that included LTE/4G? Wondering if my car will lose access to BMW Connected in Feb. 2022. I'm about 90% sure that my 2017 i3 has 3G cellular, so I'll just ask. What hardware (at a minimum) will need to be changed out in a 2017 model to enable LTE connectivity? I've g...
by richs
Sun May 24, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How is your battery holding up?
Replies: 11
Views: 628

Re: How is your battery holding up?

I think that we shouldn't discount the fact that BMW (and every EV maker) has gotten a lot more experience with battery management over the past half decade. The sudden increase in user-available capacity for 60 Ah batteries after servicing may reflect some of the experience that has been gained. Pe...
by richs
Wed May 20, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How is your battery holding up?
Replies: 11
Views: 628

Re: How is your battery holding up?

I took a look at my own 2017 i3. It has about 17k miles on it. According to several web articles from 2016, the 33 kWh battery in the 2017 model has "27.2 kWh available". That's interesting, because my car reports a Batt. Kapa. max of 29.5 KWh! :lol: If the service menu is to be believed, my car wil...
by richs
Tue May 19, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Set of 20" OEM wheels for sale (and three tires)
Replies: 0
Views: 161

Set of 20" OEM wheels for sale (and three tires)

The rims are sold. I still have three 20" summer tires for sale. I have a set of OEM 20" wheels for sale which are, as far as I can tell, undamaged and look almost like new. They came with the 2017 i3 I purchased a couple months ago. (I replaced them with 19" Rial wheels so I could have all-season ...
by richs
Sun May 17, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How is your battery holding up?
Replies: 11
Views: 628

Re: How is your battery holding up?

22.6 kWh is the full capacity of the 2014 model battery, including a buffer on the top end that is not used to protect the battery, even when the battery is brand new. The stated user-available capacity of the battery is 18.8 kWh, so your reading of 16.1, or 85%, is actually pretty good for the mile...
by richs
Fri May 08, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: New transmission required
Replies: 6
Views: 710

Re: New transmission required

I just got a 2017 REx myself, and, reading posts like this, I'm very glad that I bought it CPO and got another year extended warranty so I'm covered until late in 2023. I hope I don't need to use it the warranty, but puts my mind at ease knowing I have it. It's really weird that the single-speed tra...
by richs
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Fed up with my 94ah REX - 6 weeks!!
Replies: 26
Views: 5861

Re: Fed up with my 94ah REX - 6 weeks!!

FWIW, the REx IS slower than the BEV since it has to carry around an extra 300+ pounds. Oh, definitely it is! It's like driving around the BEV version with a rather portly passenger at all times. I knew that before I bought an i3 and I got a REx anyway. In fact, it was an essential feature for me. ...
by richs
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Fed up with my 94ah REX - 6 weeks!!
Replies: 26
Views: 5861

Re: Fed up with my 94ah REX - 6 weeks!!

You can pick up a 2nd hand Fiat 500e with low miles on the clock for around $6,500. I know that Fiats are considered some of the least reliable cars on the road, but if you remove the Fiat powertrain and replace it with a Bosch powertrain, it might actually make a semi-reliable car, I guess. A quic...
by richs
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Fed up with my 94ah REX - 6 weeks!!
Replies: 26
Views: 5861

Re: Fed up with my 94ah REX - 6 weeks!!

I'll go even further to debunk another myth. I live in an apartment and have no way to charge at home, yet owning a 2017 REx works for me. I can Level-2 charge at work (for free). I can Level-2 charge a block away from my apartment, at a public charger (for $50/year, flat-rate!). I lucked out by liv...

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