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by jfran2
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3
Replies: 25
Views: 6213

Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

I'd be more inclined to go with the newer one, too. Both of them look like good buys, though. Welcome to the club!
by jfran2
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Turn on Rex early on freeway?
Replies: 9
Views: 2773

Re: Turn on Rex early on freeway?

I'm sure you're correct as usual. We're coming at this from two different angles. From my point of view, I don't really care if the Rex is heavy, noisy, and inefficient. Thanks to its existence (and the ingenuity of BMW engineers), I can drive 160 miles of variable-length trips in a week and burn on...
by jfran2
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Looking to buy a BMW I3 REX
Replies: 7
Views: 2278

Re: Looking to buy a BMW I3 REX

Well said!
by jfran2
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Turn on Rex early on freeway?
Replies: 9
Views: 2773

Re: Turn on Rex early on freeway?

If you can use the entire 2.4g, and figure out how far that adds to your EV only range, those numbers reveil it's not super efficient. You're absolutely right; the Rex on its own is not super efficient. But taken as a whole with the rest of the battery range, it's excellent! I use my Rex at least a...
by jfran2
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: I3 eventually
Replies: 7
Views: 1632

Re: I3 eventually

I love my 2014 i3 Rex! I, too, live in the Midwest, and on a full charge and a 50 degree day, I'll have a range of 72 miles. Today, when it was in the teens all day, I had only 45. As someone who drives typically 30 to 60 miles per day, I couldn't do without the Rex. My car has 50,000 miles on it, a...
by jfran2
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Answering BMW i3 skeptics
Replies: 2
Views: 1941

Re: Answering BMW i3 skeptics

I think most people these days just won't understand. A lot of us like the experience of driving as much or more than getting there. It's the reason my ICE is a Saab turbo. "Life is too short to drive a boring car!"
by jfran2
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Soon to be 2015 i3 REX owner low miles, purchase, BIMMER CODER?
Replies: 10
Views: 2324

Re: Soon to be 2015 i3 REX owner low miles, purchase, BIMMER CODER?

Check YouTube for coding instructions; there are some good posts. Also, once you get the coding done, you'll be able to program the "Hold State Of Charge" function to one of the 8 buttons on your dash to make turning on the Rex really easy. Like TheMK, I usually like to use the Rex on the highway an...
by jfran2
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Just got a CPO 2015 Giga REx
Replies: 6
Views: 4421

Re: Just got a CPO 2015 Giga REx

I wasn't able to find a volume adjustment either, so turned off the lock sound. The marker lights still blink, so I know when I lock or unlock it.
by jfran2
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Tire issue is frustrating. Need help with spare options...
Replies: 18
Views: 5209

Re: Tire issue is frustrating. Need help with spare options...

You have my sympathy, especially if the i3 is your only car! If that's the case, a spare set of tires may be a good investment. I had a similar situation, but fortunately still had my ICE I could drive.
by jfran2
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Help! mY 2016 rex gas range never goes over 50
Replies: 10
Views: 4170

Re: Help! mY 2016 rex gas range never goes over 50

I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to use the Rex for 20 miles each day. It's a scooter motor, after all. Aren't scooters made to be ridden every day? If you haven't already coded your car for the Hold State Of Charge, I'd recommend that so you can turn on the Rex while you're still on the highway, an...

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