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by Busfolder
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: What's bad for our batteries?
Replies: 30
Views: 5574

Re: What's bad for our batteries?

[How do you have a 2016 94aH? :?/quote] I bought it used (at 8300 miles in its first year) in late December 2017, so I guess it was an early UK 94Ah car. Just passed 28000 enjoyable and economical miles (by careful choice of public chargers- UK pricing varies wildly!) Have recently installed the BM...
by Busfolder
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: What's bad for our batteries?
Replies: 30
Views: 5574

Re: What's bad for our batteries?

Most of my charging (2016 94Ah REX) over the 26 months I've had my i3 has been done with 50kW rapids, as I mainly use the car for long trips (rarely under 100 miles...) I've not noticed any significant loss of capacity, but if this happens I want it to do so before the battery's warranty expires (so...
by Busfolder
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Article on High Mileage i3's
Replies: 8
Views: 1715

Re: Article on High Mileage i3's

Yes, my apartment is 1st floor above ground, the domestic charging cable just reaches (if I park correctly...) The new 150kW chargers will be faster (despite the i3's limit) because most UK 50kW units fail to deliver their full output (due to local grid limitations?) Each 150kW unit has its own mini...
by Busfolder
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Article on High Mileage i3's
Replies: 8
Views: 1715

Re: Article on High Mileage i3's

Well my 3 year old 94Ah battery seems to be holding up well (mileage still just 27000) A pair of 150kW public chargers are about to be commissioned near my home, it'll be interesting to see the effect these might have (I rarely charge at home, due to my 1st floor apartment making it awkward...) I'm ...
by Busfolder
Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: UK i3 Breakdown Cover options?
Replies: 1
Views: 804

Re: UK i3 Breakdown Cover options?

Have just received a letter from BMW Insurance Solutions offering their 'Insured Emergency Service Essential' for £69 p.a.

As this covers my needs I'll purchase it, no point in further searching (unless anyone knows a better deal....)

Chris
by Busfolder
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: UK i3 Breakdown Cover options?
Replies: 1
Views: 804

UK i3 Breakdown Cover options?

My 2016 94Ah i3 REX is nearly 3 years old and its BMW warranty (except main battery) will expire. Mileage is just 26000 with no issues (apart from new tyres all round...) I don't intend to extend the warranty, as BMW want around £800 for 1 year, but I would like the reassurance of a breakdown/recove...
by Busfolder
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Mini EV will kill used i3 prices
Replies: 32
Views: 4082

Re: Mini EV will kill used i3 prices

Another attraction of a used i3 as a first car for young people is BMW's design for sustainability. Under 30s here in the UK are much more aware of environmental concerns, and once used prices of the i3 fall to affordable levels for this age group, they should find a ready market. However, high insu...
by Busfolder
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Charging speed for 120h UK i3
Replies: 25
Views: 2403

Re: Charging speed for 120h UK i3

I'm in the same position, I asked for a 3 phase cable when I bought my 2016 94Ah i3, but the dealer supplied a single phase item. I'm not too concerned, as I mainly use local Polar CCS 50kW public chargers, and find 22kW devices aren't very common in the UK... Overnight 3kW home charging is adequate...
by Busfolder
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Recommended Wax?
Replies: 8
Views: 1543

Re: Recommended Wax?

I give it an occasional wash, but really do so much less than my previous steel bodied cars required. Me too - but with reports of the clear-coat de-laminating from the carbon fiber roof - and BMW not covering it under warranty - I use some preventative maintenance on that, ie, UV blocking spray Th...
by Busfolder
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Recommended Wax?
Replies: 8
Views: 1543

Re: Recommended Wax?

For me, one great benefit of the i3's design is that the outer panels are plastic, so can't rust... I give it an occasional wash, but really do so much less than my previous steel bodied cars required. However, I do like to keep its wonderful interior clean, and apply BMW's leather care protection e...

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