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by agzand
Wed May 26, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: BMW i3 was ahead of its time AGAIN!
Replies: 7
Views: 1355

Re: BMW i3 was ahead of its time AGAIN!

They've indicated they'll disable certain autonomous features with this change. Who knows how much it cost cutting, versus feature differentiation from the X and S, versus hardware and software advancements they've made. I'll tell you this: radar plus the single camera on my ID.4 is butter compared...
by agzand
Wed May 26, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: BMW i3 was ahead of its time AGAIN!
Replies: 7
Views: 1355

Re: BMW i3 was ahead of its time AGAIN!

Well yes, obviously BMW has systems that are much more competitive with Tesla autopilot, but they don't offer them on the i3. It is easier to invest in a car that sells 300k a year vs. a car that sells 30k a year. Their problem was that i3 was introduced in the wrong market segment. It should have b...
by agzand
Wed May 26, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: BMW i3 was ahead of its time AGAIN!
Replies: 7
Views: 1355

BMW i3 was ahead of its time AGAIN!

Tesla recently disclosed that they will use a vision only system for their Autopilot (basically dropping the radar). New Honda models will also rely on a vision only system for adaptive cruise control. Looks like most manufacturers are shifting toward a camera based adaptive cruise control which is ...
by agzand
Tue May 11, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Used BMW i3 Inventory - Good or Bad news?
Replies: 6
Views: 1409

Re: Used BMW i3 Inventory - Good or Bad news?

Based on yearly sale figures for i3 in US currently we are probably getting the last big wave of lease returns. 2019s sold in decent numbers, but starting with 2020 model sales in US crashed while European sales started to hit higher levels.
by agzand
Mon May 10, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: windshield sun shades
Replies: 6
Views: 3801

Re: windshield sun shades

It is the moment when you realize how massive the i3 windshield is!
by agzand
Mon May 03, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Anybody have an brake-related accident in an i3?
Replies: 47
Views: 25170

Re: Anybody have an brake-related accident in an i3?

I think it is a good idea to implement a brake clean up cycle for EVs with strong regeneration (somehow similar to REX maintenance cycle). The car should detect brakes have not been used for a few weeks and disables regeneration for a few braking cycles to clean up the rotors. I had a relatively har...
by agzand
Sat May 01, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: 2019 range extender - do they make sense for long journeys ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1362

Re: 2019 range extender - do they make sense for long journeys ?

The coding is for US cars only. European cars are already “coded” by BMW. It is the option to hold state of charge which is disabled in US cars. The 550 mile trip is definitely doable, but it takes an hour or two longer than an ICE car.
by agzand
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Ran the REX for the first time....
Replies: 20
Views: 7855

Re: Ran the REX for the first time....

I believe if you drive in cold/warm weather or anything other than flat ground the coding is necessary as a safety measure. It helps with engine longevity as well.
by agzand
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Replaced Deka Silver trim with Dark Oak Wood Trim
Replies: 8
Views: 2011

Re: Replaced Deka Silver trim with Dark Oak Wood Trim

Looks great. My first i3 had Deka silver trim. I liked it, but never loved it. My current has the dark oak wood and I LOVE it. Great job! Congrats! Thanks! I know the light wood is more popular, but I think the dark oak fits the Deka World better and probably is more durable as well. Also for some ...
by agzand
Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Replaced Deka Silver trim with Dark Oak Wood Trim
Replies: 8
Views: 2011

Re: Replaced Deka Silver trim with Dark Oak Wood Trim

agzand, From which company did you order the wood trim pieces? I am thinking about ordering the same oak trim pieces for my 2017 i3 Rex. I tried ordering thru a BMW dealer, but they said BMW NA does not provide this part anymore. I found a seller in Europe on ebay. I have the link in my youtube vid...

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