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by jfran2
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Heater?
Replies: 23
Views: 2919

Re: Heater?

I also have a 2014 Rex model, and live in the Midwest where it was in the teens and 20s for most of last winter. I always preconditioned the car in the morning, kept the heat at 66 and used the seat heaters a lot. I stayed reasonably comfortable, if not exactly toasty, and usually had only a small e...
by jfran2
Fri May 17, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: New i3 REX owner!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 995

Re: New i3 REX owner!!!

Back to your original question on inspection, Missouri surprised me with an $87 alternative fuel tax. Apparently, that's to cover the gas tax I'm not paying by using electricity. Do other states do this?
by jfran2
Fri May 17, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev
Replies: 22
Views: 4454

Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

One more thing to add to your calculus would be winter. If it gets into the teens where you live, you should count on a 15~20% drop in range. My 2014 Rex goes from 70 miles on a charge to around 52 on cold days in Missouri. I don't drive a consistent daily mileage, so a Rex was the only choice for me.
by jfran2
Mon May 13, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Drive an i3 with REX for 700+ Miles?
Replies: 40
Views: 4881

Re: Drive an i3 with REX for 700+ Miles?

BTW, coding means changing the car`s programming. In America, they are programmed to use up the battery first, then kick on the gas motor. In Europe, you can start the Rex anytime below 75% charge. Coding just means changing the programming to allow that. Google it and you'll find lots of info. It's...
by jfran2
Mon May 13, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Drive an i3 with REX for 700+ Miles?
Replies: 40
Views: 4881

Re: Drive an i3 with REX for 700+ Miles?

FWIW, I just drove my I3 Rex for about 50 miles with no extra juice in the moderately hilly Ozarks. (My planned charging stop was non-functional). Somewhat to my surprise, I was able to maintain 70 mph with no problem! I suspect you'll be fine as well.
by jfran2
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Trunk Open Faulty Sensor?
Replies: 5
Views: 3268

Re: Trunk Open Faulty Sensor?

I adjusted the rubber stops on my trunk, and was able to make the sensor happy for the last few months. This morning, however, I got the dreaded "trunk not closed" message again. I adjusted the stops in one turn increments from all the way in to all the way out, to no avail. Does anyone know where t...
by jfran2
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: NEWBIE REX ACTIVATION QUESTION
Replies: 8
Views: 2744

Re: NEWBIE REX ACTIVATION QUESTION

Congratulations! You're going to love the i3! As soon as you feel up to it, I'd recommend getting the Bimmercode app and an OBD unit, and coding it so you can use the REX whenever you want below 75% charge. It makes it a much more useful car. I take mine on the highway often, and usually use the REX...
by jfran2
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: steering Wheel became Hard to turn
Replies: 74
Views: 25492

Re: steering Wheel became Hard to turn

This happened to me briefly this week, too. To answer PBNB's question, my car does NOT have the park assist feature. It was an odd feeling - for me it started with a slight pull to the right which, like others, made me think I had a flat. But then it was just stiff, and wouldn't return to center in ...
by jfran2
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: REX Acoustic sound dampening
Replies: 9
Views: 5857

Re: REX Acoustic sound dampening

FWIW, my 2014 i3 Rex didn't come with a parcel shelf. I ordered one from a salvage yard, and it helped considerably with the sound. At freeway speeds, I don't hear it at all on low speed, only when it kicks into medium or high.
by jfran2
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: AC smell when first turned on
Replies: 5
Views: 1696

Re: AC smell when first turned on

Often a smell for the first few minutes of air conditioning is caused by a clogged drain in the evaporator pan. I don't know about the i3 specifically, but sometimes they get clogged up with leaves or dirt. That sometimes means you have a little water in there that didn't drain out with some moldy c...

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