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by JASmith
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 16
Views: 2030

Re: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?

i3Alan wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:25 pm
How many $23,000 repair bills at 5 years old (e.g., my i3) does it take to bring the average up to this level?
Was yours one of those ones where the AC failed and contaminated the battery with metal shards and what not? :(
by JASmith
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 16
Views: 2030

Re: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?

Edmunds really needs to have a section where they explain how they got their numbers. They don't list sources for their data-farming anywhere, just this: https://www.edmunds.com/tco.html Car depreciation : how much value the car loses each year Interest on financing: the amount of interest paid ove...
by JASmith
Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 16
Views: 2030

Re: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?

Look at the fuel costs listed - $2,959. That calculates out at almost 6,000 miles a year running on the REx? That would work out to running on the REx 50% of the time for an 'average' mileage car. The number is the same for the non-rex pure EV model, and is almost the same for the EV Leaf. I think ...
by JASmith
Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 16
Views: 2030

Edmunds TCO - Fact or Fiction?

Long story short is I have my own excel spreadsheet where I was comparing specs and math of a few vehicles including the i3, and another forum member recommended I just use Edmunds "True Cost to Own" calculator rather than reinvent the wheel. For a used 2018 i3 rex, it estimates a purchase price of ...
by JASmith
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Maintenance cost on used BMW I3
Replies: 11
Views: 7378

Re: Maintenance cost on used BMW I3

My maintenance experience with my CPO 2015 BMW i3 has been disappointing. I've spent $5,200 (that's $2600/year) in repairs after 2 years. Despite having CPO, all the major costs charged by the dealer have been labeled as 'wear and tear' which is excluded from CPO coverage (don't miss this). Compare...
by JASmith
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Narrowing down best choice by VIN #
Replies: 0
Views: 410

Narrowing down best choice by VIN #

I've done some reading on unlocking features with the Bimmercode app, but it doesn't offer any advice on what VIN would have the most available features to unlock and what those are: https://www.bimmercode.app/cars/i3/ Anyone have a FAQ or basic advice? I believe they all can do the basic folding mi...
by JASmith
Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Wider tires w/ spacers on i3 ReX?
Replies: 4
Views: 1156

Re: Wider tires w/ spacers on i3 ReX?

Cool thanks, unfortunately I see no 195/50 or 55 19" tires available, but 175 all around might be better anyway so you can rotate.
by JASmith
Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Wider tires w/ spacers on i3 ReX?
Replies: 4
Views: 1156

Wider tires w/ spacers on i3 ReX?

Word is that the i3s's wider tires help with stability/dartiness on the highway compared to the i3. Unfortunately, i3s are not only more expensive and less common, but they are also stiffer and have lower profile tires so there's less road comfort. The fender flares aren't that large on the S-model,...
by JASmith
Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Fuel Door Release Error
Replies: 2
Views: 994

Re: Fuel Door Release Error

TFL ran into the same problem in California, and they were not covered under warranty for 10 years, but luckily were able to transfer the CPO warranty from the previous owner to get it fixed as the stealership wanted $1600+diagnostic fee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HXtZBHu-W0
by JASmith
Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Pictures, Videos of the BMW i3
Topic: CNET - 2018 i3s REx review
Replies: 5
Views: 3500

Re: CNET - 2018 i3s REx review

The headline with the i3 Sport is how much better it handles on the highway than a non-Sport i3. Its revised suspension and wider tires yield a less flighty feel at higher speeds or in windy conditions. This is a significant improvement that many reviewers miss. Thank you for this advice! I wonder ...

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