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by TheMK
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Battery capacity issue
Replies: 35
Views: 9520

Re: Battery capacity issue

I wonder what they will do in 2023 when the 2014's are out of warranty and need new batteries. I'm sure many of the cars will still be functioning perfectly but needing new batteries. Will they allow owners to buy battery replacements? Hopefully they'll let you do a swap for a nice price, though I'...
by TheMK
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: New to me 15' REX Certified Pre Owned no start REX?
Replies: 38
Views: 8949

Re: New to me 15' REX Certified Pre Owned no start REX?

Sounds like we may be neighbors. I am at 7000ft in Kamas, Utah. Are you in Park City? My wife works at St. Regis and after working a night shift and leaving it cold soaking in the employee parking lot on the Jordanelle side, the REX will not start sometimes. Also going to the movies and then trying...
by TheMK
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: REX Acoustic sound dampening
Replies: 9
Views: 5631

Re: REX Acoustic sound dampening

The original REx was rated at 34Hp, someone said the new one is 38, so, yes, it might very well run a bit faster on the newer ones. Note, the REx rpm is not a fixed thing, it does change with load and how far 'behind' it is in keeping the set SOC. But, it doesn't rev very high until it gets over it...
by TheMK
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Running the REx over 75% SOC.
Replies: 1
Views: 2555

Running the REx over 75% SOC.

The Range Extender is an interesting piece of technology. One of the design trade offs is that it can not be enabled over 75% SOC, presumably as a way of preventing overcharging of the batteries, much like how DC fast charge tapers off as you reach the upper part of the battery capacity. Anyway I fo...
by TheMK
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: New to me 15' REX Certified Pre Owned no start REX?
Replies: 38
Views: 8949

Re: New to me 15' REX Certified Pre Owned no start REX?

because we are high in the mountains and far from everything. For me, cold soaking seems to be the smoking gun. I have issues with starting in sub-freezing temperatures. What are the temperatures like around where you are, also what's your elevation? I'm at around 6000 feet (in Utah). I use ethanol...
by TheMK
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Touchscreen
Replies: 10
Views: 3681

Re: Touchscreen

websterize wrote:.

I think you'll really like the iDrive 6.0 UI/UX in your 2019.
I wish their was an easy way to upgrade my 2014. I know someone could probably do a control unit swap, but that would get expensive in a hurry.
by TheMK
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Connected Drive
Replies: 5
Views: 2701

Re: Connected Drive

The exception to this is 2014 models, and some early 2015 models (Produced before June 2015), which have 10 years of basic Connected Drive, including assist eCall.
by TheMK
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Battery range when using AC in the desert (2017 i3 Rex, 94 Ah)
Replies: 3
Views: 2165

Re: Battery range when using AC in the desert (2017 i3 Rex, 94 Ah)

Air conditioning can certainly kill range, however the A/C uses less power than the cabin heater does. As the A/C may have to run anyways for battery cooling (which extends range), using it for cabin cooling won't use much more power. You can probably expect to loose 5mi range for heavy A/C usage.
by TheMK
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Seat Covers
Replies: 8
Views: 2020

Re: Seat Covers

The i3 has lots of airbags, especially for a car its size:
  1. 1. Front driver and passenger airbags
    2. Front driver and passenger knee airbags
    3. Front driver and passenger torso airbags (in the seat)
    4. Side curtain airbags
by TheMK
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Replacing Steering Wheel
Replies: 12
Views: 4484

Re: Replacing Steering Wheel

Thanks. I'd like to eventually replace my i3's steering wheel. Either one from another BMW model, or the Tera black leather wheel. I guess I should start looking at parts diagrams and see what's available to swap in. I really liked the M-sport steering wheel that I used when I got to drive an M760Li.

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