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by brorob
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Plugless wireless charging system?
Replies: 14
Views: 9157

Re: Plugless wireless charging system?

So what happens if my cat walks on the charging pad while the car is charging? :D :shock:
by brorob
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Advice before purchase
Replies: 6
Views: 3377

Re: Advice before purchase

When using a level 1 charger (the one that comes with the car, 110V) my range increases 5 miles per hour. With a level 2 charger, the range increases 13 miles per hour. As Jim says, YMMV With the DC fast charger that I use, my battery will be 80% charged in 30 minutes but it takes another 30 minute...
by brorob
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: looking for winter tires help please
Replies: 12
Views: 6671

Re: looking for winter tires help please

In the USA, there are only two choices for winter tires that will fit and were designed for the i3: the OEM Bridgestone, and the R2 from Nokian (which may actually be a better tire). Nokians are not as easy to find but can be about the same cost. Jim, have you found any US resellers that carry the ...
by brorob
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: looking for winter tires help please
Replies: 12
Views: 6671

Re: looking for winter tires help please

The winter tire setup for the i3 uses a square setup, all wheels are the same size as the fronts in the staggered setup. You'll notice when you search for tires on tirerack or other sites that they'll display 4 of the 155 tires. So even if you could use your existing rims, you'd only be able to use ...
by brorob
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Do you use gas with ethanol ?
Replies: 5
Views: 5852

Re: Do you use gas with ethanol ?

I burn premium in the i3, and all my small engines like my mower, power washer, and chainsaw. I've heard it's better for small engines. Someone posted something a while back about having issues using premium fuel in the i3 in Colorado, I think the REx was backfiring if I remember correctly. I always...
by brorob
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: help me Some noise of rear side. (from Suth-Korea user)
Replies: 4
Views: 3932

Re: help me Some noise of rear side. (from Suth-Korea user)

Not sure of the sound your describing but I recently noticed a noise in the rear end that is difficult to describe, almost like a subtle ratcheting sound. It only happens when I accelerate with some torque or when the regen kicks in. I put the car in neutral a few times and couldn't reproduce the so...
by brorob
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Changing tyre- Jacking up the i3 ?
Replies: 15
Views: 16379

Re: Changing tyre- Jacking up the i3 ?

On the i3, I think that if you used a long and wide enough board to distribute the weight, you could probably jack on that then insert a jack stand under the designated support point. Not suggesting you try it, but it would probably work. I'm curious if anyone has lifted their i3 like this or using...
by brorob
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: BMW i3 - Why did you get one, OR Why do you want one?
Replies: 41
Views: 14232

Re: BMW i3 - Why did you get one, OR Why do you want one?

The key advantages of BMW i3 are:It is the first zero emissions mass produced vehicle due to its electric powertrain; It is the most fuel efficient vehicle; Its official range is 130 to 160 km for the 60 Ah battery option and upto 200km in the most efficient driving mode. The Hyundai Ioniq recently...
by brorob
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Level 2 chargers
Replies: 4
Views: 4437

Re: Level 2 chargers

Make sure both L1 and L2 charge levels are set to maximum as Jim detailed, as long as all of the charging sources you use can handle the energy load. For example, if you're using the L1 occasional use cable (OUC) and you plug it into a 15 amp home circuit, you should set the L1 level to "reduced" or...
by brorob
Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Power in Cold Weather
Replies: 11
Views: 7152

Re: Power in Cold Weather

I noticed only a few bars available on the power band this morning on my drive in. The car had been sitting outside for over a day and was connected to the EVSE prior to that. The batteries definitely don't like the cold weather, especially when they haven't been charged in over a day.

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