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by frictioncircle
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: BMW i3 Reliability
Replies: 11
Views: 3069

Re: BMW i3 Reliability

Geodude, congratulations on your 2017 REx! I'm the original owner of an early-2014-build BEV that has had the following fixed under warranty: – steering column loose – A/C not cold – driver's airbag recall – climate-control panel flickering LEDs – left motor mount cracked – lower control arm cracked...
by frictioncircle
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: BEV No Heat, Again...
Replies: 23
Views: 3612

Re: BEV No Heat, Again...

Shoot... I need to check whether my battery is being warmed up properly on those occasions when my cabin heat doesn't kick on. I can't imagine they're related, but worth investigating. I've found that bottoms of the rear cupholders get warm as the battery is used. And on the few times I've precondi...
by frictioncircle
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Front Turn Signals
Replies: 10
Views: 1936

Re: Front Turn Signals

A (An) LED's instant-on-&-off performance precisely transmits the owner's intent. That said, the lingering decay of an incandescent bulb is a benefit to the following driver as they may have missed the front car's abrupt LED duty cycle. I often wish that manufacturers would emulate the "off" decay o...
by frictioncircle
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: 2015 i3 Rex rear camera failure
Replies: 15
Views: 2627

Re: 2015 i3 Rex rear camera failure

Something to consider... a broken wire in the harness where it enters the hatch? A broken hatch switch? When the hatch is open, the iDrive display shows a diagonally hashed image with a traffic cone – the camera isn't obstructed in this situation (as it's in the bumper) but the driver is shown a bla...
by frictioncircle
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: E-Drive Badge Touch Up Paint:
Replies: 10
Views: 2232

Re: E-Drive Badge Touch Up Paint:

I have a 2014 and my badge is also peeling. I called the dealer to see how much a replacement was and it's not cheap, more than $100 if I remember correctly. Doing a touch-up with model paint is my eventual plan, too. I like the badge and it's a bit disappointing to hear that they stopped putting th...
by frictioncircle
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Street names in Map are too small
Replies: 5
Views: 1556

Re: Street names in Map are too small

PTT –

Another way to go could be to ding BMW NA on Twitter:

@BMWUSA
https://twitter.com/bmwusa

edit: grammar
by frictioncircle
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: New joiner / on the verge of closing - a few ??
Replies: 6
Views: 1262

Re: New joiner / on the verge of closing - a few ??

MrMoneyPenny – Welcome to the forum! If there's no damage to the CF frame then there's not much to worry about. Having gone through a similar fender-bender, just make sure that the folks that do the repair also calibrate your new rear-view camera and PDC sensors. Wishing you well in HK – what a wond...
by frictioncircle
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Street names in Map are too small
Replies: 5
Views: 1556

Re: Street names in Map are too small

Welcome to the forum, PTT! alohart, PTT does say that he's had two i3s before so glasses are probably not what's at work here. PTT, when the i3 got the 42kWh battery in 2019 it also got a revision in the iDrive software, trading the vertical list of menu items for a horizontally scrolling line of ti...
by frictioncircle
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Unlocking with the key
Replies: 7
Views: 4731

Re: Unlocking with the key

Today I needed to use the physical key in my i3's door handle. I found the iDrive Owner's Manual ambiguous about how to pop off the plastic cap that covers the lock cylinder. This six-year old thread was one of the top search hits but sadly, no one gave Bunter a proper answer to their question. A 45...
by frictioncircle
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: 12 Volt Auxiliary Battery East Penn Deka AUX18L
Replies: 43
Views: 15818

Re: 12 Volt Auxiliary Battery East Penn Deka AUX18L

A question for the forum – While I'm waiting for my AUX18L to arrive, what's the best way to prop up my existing 12V battery for the next few days? I have a Noco GB40 Li-Ion jump pack. Should I attach its output to the 12V battery terminals? Use its cigarette plug adaptor to back-feed the 12v batter...

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