i3whodat
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how many with zero i3 problems?

Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:39 pm

I'm just trying to learn all I can before I take the plunge.

I've read threads about REX and BEV i3 issues ranging from check engine light to charging issues and having to return the car to the dealer for several days/weeks. The KEL chargers that have new firmware that reduce the charge rate and even the situation where the locking charger connector has to be manually disconnected by removing the trunk inner siding and pulling a manual release cord.

Are there any problem free i3 cars that are out there? Please tell us whether its a REX or BEV. Has it been trouble free ownership? How many miles are on it, and what is the charging frequency and typical miles used.

Any other anecdotal information good, bad, ugly would also be appreciated to help make an informed buying decision.

Thanks!

DAZ
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Location: Chester, Virginia

Re: how many with zero i3 problems?

Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:06 pm

:) I'm a ten day leaser of a i3 BEV with three hundred miles. Not going to be much help, but so far no issues. Based on my reading, it seems most issues are REx related (CEL & drive train issues), along with charging issues on both models. So far, everything is good and I've read reports that many aren't having problems.
2014 BMW i3 BEV
09/19/14
2012 Prius Plug In
01/22/13
Leviton 40a 9.6kWh EVSE
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LivingBetterThurEV
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Joined: Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:59 am

Re: how many with zero i3 problems?

Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:54 pm

When I received my i3 in August, dealer had already turned down the KLE charge rate. No problems yet (knock on plastic carbon fiber). Happy with it and we have not been back to the dealer yet.

Usage: 1300 miles, one trip was over 210 miles round trip requiring a single use of the Rex (consumed only 0.502 gallons of gas). Rex motor has not been used since. We get 2, up 3 days now between re-charging. Great if you find charging stations close to work or home. We installed a 240vac home level 2 charger.

Other than receiving the vehicle with KLE turned down (BMW NA knows we are waiting) - vehicle has been good.
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BMW i3 Rex
BMW X5 clean diesel
Prius 2006 - 2014
Honda Hybrid 2003 - 2010

stormsaw
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Re: how many with zero i3 problems?

Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:49 pm

4 weeks old and 2000 miles on a fully loaded REx. Not a single problem, except prying it away from my wife!

mrsmith
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Location: South West U.K.

Re: how many with zero i3 problems?

Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:08 pm

Delivered in July, just over 1500 miles, no problems.
Ordered ZI3A: BEV i3, 8th Jan - Collected 24th July 14 - United Kingdom

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agj
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Location: Mons (Belgium)

Re: how many with zero i3 problems?

Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:12 pm

BEV delivered 27th January. More than 11.000 km (6,800 mi).
Zero issues.
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Boatguy
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Location: San Francisco Bay Area

Re: how many with zero i3 problems?

Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:26 am

All answers have to be in the context of the fact that at least all U.S. owners have a defective KLE and a charge rate lower than advertised.

I've driven 1,000 miles so far and other than a day lost to getting a s/w update to fix the AC, everything has been good.
2014 i3 BEV | 2016 Tesla S90D | No ICE!

amateurish
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Location: MK, UK

Re: how many with zero i3 problems?

Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:29 am

6 months, 7000 miles, Rex, no problems.

DAZ
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Joined: Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:55 pm
Location: Chester, Virginia

Re: how many with zero i3 problems?

Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:27 am

:D Encouraging replies.
2014 BMW i3 BEV
09/19/14
2012 Prius Plug In
01/22/13
Leviton 40a 9.6kWh EVSE
REVOLTN

noakey
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Joined: Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:11 am
Location: Swindon UK

Re: how many with zero i3 problems?

Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:32 am

Since my problems fixed.. no problems. ..
Neil

BEV at 21,000 miles in first 16 months.
Average 86 miles per charge.
Best on full charge 112miles, worst on full charge 55miles
Loving every mile :)

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