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by i3Alan
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?
Replies: 51
Views: 12139

Re: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?

I'm also in Phoenix, my AC never was really good when I bought it from the Dealer in Chandler, but now it was only blowing hot air. Took it to the dealer. Long story short, quote to fix air conditioner, brake service and two new tires was $23K. Compressor supposedly shredded apart causing metal sha...
by i3Alan
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?
Replies: 51
Views: 12139

Re: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?

DavidSPumpkins wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:14 pm
Was shocked at the initial quote - we are in negotiations
Please post back with the initial quote amount, and the final negotiated cost for repair of the compressor. My quote did not separate the labor for the compressor, so I have little idea what the compressor job alone costs.
by i3Alan
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?
Replies: 51
Views: 12139

Re: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?

I'd be suing the Dealership for failure to honor their own warranty for their (botched) repair, which in turn totaled the car. And chapter and verse of this would be on the desk of any local TV Station or Newspaper consumer advocate/reporter. Good suggestion, but the local lawyers (plural) I talked...
by i3Alan
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?
Replies: 51
Views: 12139

Re: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?

I do wonder about one thing. Who did the AC recharge? It's suspicious to me that this catastrophic failure happened only 2 weeks after you had the AC recharged. My BMW sales dealer's service department did the original topping off of the refrigerant and claimed there was no problem found other than...
by i3Alan
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?
Replies: 51
Views: 12139

Re: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?

I think once your warranty is over their obligation to you is complete, so $2000 was a nice gesture. I can see why you wouldn't want to buy another, but they weren't in the wrong. I don't think I'd do any different in their shoes-- is losing your worth more or less than $20,000? I'd guess significa...
by i3Alan
Fri May 29, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?
Replies: 51
Views: 12139

Re: Which versions of the AC compressor have people had failures with?

Well, the only useful takeaway I see from this thread is that the only member on here who has had AC failure is i3Alan. I guess that's more reassuring than a distribution of AC failures by version.... :lol: Could be that I am the only one to have joined this board and had the $22,000 AC catastrophi...
by i3Alan
Tue May 12, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Can't decide on buying the i3
Replies: 28
Views: 9023

Re: Can't decide on buying the i3

There is a refrigerant dryer assembly for the i3 feeding the battery pack. I am not a mechanic, but have talked to a number of them about this issue. Most auto AC systems include particulate traps in the dryer assembly. Dryers are very important to AC function, but the traps are optional, and only ...
by i3Alan
Mon May 11, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Can't decide on buying the i3
Replies: 28
Views: 9023

Re: Can't decide on buying the i3

Catastrophic (ie $$$$) issues seem to be pretty rare, although reading forums or facebook groups make it seem otherwise (same is true for any car). I think this is a false equivalence. Catastrophic repair bills for BMWs, like Mercedes and exotics, is defined in tens of thousands of dollars, while c...
by i3Alan
Sun May 10, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Can't decide on buying the i3
Replies: 28
Views: 9023

Re: Can't decide on buying the i3

Worst-worst case scenario is if you get stuck with an unaffordable repair bill, you have a collection of parts to sell. it's not a complete loss. Hopefully (and more than likely) it'll never come to that. That is exactly right. My i3 BEV had a book value around 16K before the AC catastrophe. No san...
by i3Alan
Sat May 09, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Can't decide on buying the i3
Replies: 28
Views: 9023

Re: Can't decide on buying the i3

I trust the i3 battery dependability. However, my 5 year old i3 with about 35K miles had an AC failure that came with a greater than $22K repair quote. Perhaps rare, but neither BMW or my dealer would take any responsibility for such an outrageous and catastrophic failure for a car less than one yea...

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