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by i3Alan
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: LED light door handles not working nor blue interior lights.
Replies: 2
Views: 3012

Re: LED light door handles not working nor blue interior lights.

I keep hearing that people's i3's have interior lights that are blue and light up door handles, but I've never seen that on mine. What am I missing? I have a 2016 with Deka World and Parking Assist Package. The door handles physically do have LED lights as I can see them on there underneath but I'v...
by i3Alan
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: i3 12V battery replaced
Replies: 1
Views: 2881

i3 12V battery replaced

I started getting frequent battery discharging notices on the display when starting the car. Figured out it was the 12V AGM battery. I called my BMW Center for a price on the replacement battery for my barely over 4 year old i3. They quoted me $365 parts and labor, and confirmed it was out of warran...
by i3Alan
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Is the maintenance plan worth $600?
Replies: 19
Views: 14028

Re: Is the maintenance plan worth $600?

$600 for 3 dealer oil and filter changes is not a bad deal and if you need brakes, it's a great deal. First of all, $200 for a single oil change is NUTS! "Not bad" would be $50, even at a premium dealer. Keep in mind that the REX uses less oil than most small cars, and access is not at all difficul...
by i3Alan
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Four years with the i3
Replies: 3
Views: 4143

Re: Four years with the i3

I picked up my i3 less than a month after you, in August of 2014. Mine is a BEV. I, too, am pretty much as happy with the car now as when I got it. It is damn near the perfect city car for me, and like you, I live in the suburbs. However, my big city, Phoenix, is a bit smaller, and that is perhaps w...
by i3Alan
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: 2015 i3 Battery Degradation (20% after 30k miles)
Replies: 41
Views: 38894

Re: 2015 i3 Battery Degradation (20% after 30k miles)

The Batt. Kapa Max. on my i3 service menu is 15.9 kWh, or 80% of new spec of 19.8, and even less of actual when new, which was just over 20. My '14 i3 BEV is just shy of 30K miles. I live in the Phoenix desert, but the i3 is rarely parked outside, and the garage rarely gets much above 90 degrees. In...
by i3Alan
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Suggestions for BMW
Topic: Make the sun visor extenable
Replies: 15
Views: 20502

Re: Make the sun visor extenable

Manualrain wrote:I understand that many people love this feature, but I believe BMW has a reason for not including this.
Somehow "BMW has a reason" rings about as insightful as "God works in mysterious ways."
by i3Alan
Fri May 11, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Giga vs. Tera - Dash Material
Replies: 8
Views: 6267

Re: Giga vs. Tera - Dash Material

The Giga world gray steering wheel is also leather. At least mine most definitely is!
by i3Alan
Sat May 05, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Disposing of owners choice
Replies: 16
Views: 15167

Re: Disposing of owners choice

I had the 30 month OC on a '14 BEV that ran out last Feb. My search for fair market value of my i3 for private trade (priced above wholesale, but below retail with extended warranty) put it almost $10K below the OC buyout residual. I called my salesperson and asked if they could negotiate a lower bu...
by i3Alan
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Impact on battery in Desert temp
Replies: 12
Views: 10579

Re: Impact on battery in Desert temp

The Leaf's heat problem was compounded by having both ambient heat and usage current internally generated heat. The i3 worst case only sees the ambient heat because it is actively cooled during use. My understanding of the lithium battery chemistries is most can function perfectly well up to about 1...
by i3Alan
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Brake light on driver indication
Replies: 2
Views: 2387

Re: Brake light on driver indication

One question. Why? In a conventional car, when the brake pedal is pressed much at all, the brake lights are on. In the i3, it is very difficult for the driver to know if the brake lights are on unless they are using strong regen and/or the brake pedal. I know the brake lights come on when the regen...

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