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by i3Alan
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 137
Views: 47529

Re: Air conditioning failed

The new leaf looks to me, I prefer it over i3 but couple years ago it dealership quote was closer to 40G so that brought me to i3. Thanks for sharing your thought on Leaf! Compressor on my i3 was replaced few months ago and so far cars been holding well but if something goes south then I would look...
by i3Alan
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 137
Views: 47529

Re: Air conditioning failed

Any updates on what the OP ended up doing ? I traded in my salvage i3 on a new Leaf SL plus. The Nissan dealer gave me about $1K more in trade than my BMW dealer offered me. The difference between the pre-AC catastrophe book value and the after salvage trade value was about $9K. BMW sent me a "good...
by i3Alan
Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Maintenance cost on used BMW I3
Replies: 11
Views: 7438

Re: Maintenance cost on used BMW I3

My AC went out on mine. Repair quote was $23K, as the compressor spewed metal filings through both cabin and battery heat pumps taking both out. I was one year past the 4 year warranty, and the only other maintenance costs for me were tires. No I would not touch a 2014 i3 for anything, given that $2...
by i3Alan
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Windows slightly opening when opening/closing door...
Replies: 12
Views: 5074

Re: Windows slightly opening when opening/closing door...

So literally no way to turn it off?. I’m asking specifically b/c I want to get my windows tinted and can’t roll down windows for 24h. Could tint and leave doors open until set but seems ridiculous to not be able to disable it. When I had my i3 tinted, I asked my tint guy the same question. He said ...
by i3Alan
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How long do you plan to keep your I3?
Replies: 16
Views: 4735

Re: How long do you pan to keep your I3?

My 2014 i3 BEV turned 5 in August. I expected to keep it perhaps another 5 years. On the one hand, I typically keep cars I love 9-11 years, but on the other hand I was not confident that the battery degradation over the next 5 years would be acceptable, so maybe only 3 or 4 more years. Then the AC w...
by i3Alan
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 137
Views: 47529

Re: Air conditioning failed

Some important things to know: ... 3) BMW dealerships don't seem to know crap about the i3. Due to the relatively low number of i3 BEVs sold and the relative rarity of the compressor failing, it's likely that the service department any particular dealership has never seen the failure you are experi...
by i3Alan
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: AC Condenser Damage - 2015 BMW i3 REX
Replies: 29
Views: 15383

Re: AC Condenser Damage - 2015 BMW i3 REX

I had similar damage to my 2016 i3 Rex caused by road debris, and the AC repair was covered under my auto comprehensive/collision policy. totally forgot about that! what was the estimate cost of repair. My AC damage was caused by faulty design. The compressor self destructed and spewed metal filing...
by i3Alan
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 137
Views: 47529

Re: Air conditioning failed

I called the general manager at the dealer last Friday (June 28), Chandler BMW. It was a most cordial call on both ends with Shane expressing disbelief, but a promise to throughly research my car history and whether other i3s have had this issue. I know his shop saw the same issue the week (or two) ...
by i3Alan
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 137
Views: 47529

Re: Air conditioning failed

Because the car was not in an accident, stating that it was "totaled" doesn't mean that auto insurance is going to pay for a purely mechanical failure. The owner is on the hook for the loan if it is still financed. Also, there would surely be a personal credit score hit involved if the car was iron...
by i3Alan
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Air conditioning failed
Replies: 137
Views: 47529

Re: Air conditioning failed

Why not sell it to a Canadian or someone else who doesn't need a/c for most of the year? Our a/c rarely runs, even during L3 charging. We are in Toronto Canada. The AC system is also the heating system for the car. The one compressor drives dual heat pumps. One heats and cools the cabin, and the ot...

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