Idleup
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New 2019 120 Pack Operation

Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:29 am

I was considering a late model 17-18 but thanks to the new pack I'm considering a new 19 model. With the new 120 pack on the 19's I have two questions:

1) Do they finally let you start the RX from the console or do I need the fix?

2) With the bigger pack does the RX kick on with a higher SOC now?

3) Since the pack is much larger are we still limited to using only the smaller 1.9 gal fuel tank capacity.

4) Any other items of interest on the 19s?

Thanks

Deutsch100
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Re: New 2019 120 Pack Operation

Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:36 am

I believe it is stated that the i3 uses the 2.2 gallon tank for worldwide markets now, including the USA.

Sadly, you cannot engage the Range Extender manually in the USA, like several other markets allow :( Such a shame.

Range Extender will engage automatically when your battery is around 6-7%.

The 'S' version on the 2019 i3 is well worth it. Looks great and the Sport mode feels really good (you still have Comfort, Eco and the dreaded Eco+, LOL)
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Fisher99
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Re: New 2019 120 Pack Operation

Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:58 am

I believe that you still need to code the car to allow starting the REX at a higher SOC (around 75%). I have assigned this function to the "8" button on my dash.
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Idleup
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Re: New 2019 120 Pack Operation

Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:16 pm

Thanks for the reply. My old 2014 just used a usb dongle. I just placed a deposit on a new 19 today so I need to get the device. Could someone provide a link to the easiest code I can get I only want to run the RX and use the extra fuel.

Thanks I’m advance

Mike

Fisher99
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Re: New 2019 120 Pack Operation

Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:24 pm

I use the Vgate iCar Pro OBD2 dongle and the BimmerCode app (available in Android and IOS).

And I don't think you need to code to use the full 2.2 gallons on later model i3's.
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Idleup
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Re: New 2019 120 Pack Operation

Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:22 pm

Thanks I would think the fuel tank would not be a problem now since the original reason was to achieve more electric miles than gas.

Is there a review or video link so I can get what I’ll need. Too bad you can’t just use the usb dongle like the old days.

Thanks

alohart
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Re: New 2019 120 Pack Operation

Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:44 pm

Idleup wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:22 pm
Is there a review or video link so I can get what I’ll need.
This Website has information about the BimmerCode app, links to download the app to your iOS or Android device, and several OBD dongle recommendations.
Idleup wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:22 pm
Too bad you can’t just use the usb dongle like the old days.
I think the old method supported only enabling manual starting of the generator and increasing the usable amount of gasoline (not needed for 2017 and later models) whereas BimmerCode supports making all sorts of behavioral changes that make the i3 more convenient to drive.
Last edited by alohart on Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:37 am, edited 2 times in total.
Aloha,
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Idleup
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Re: New 2019 120 Pack Operation

Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:36 pm

Sorry but I’m not following your reply

Mike

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Re: New 2019 120 Pack Operation

Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:43 am

Idleup wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:22 pm
Thanks I would think the fuel tank would not be a problem now since the original reason was to achieve more electric miles than gas.

Is there a review or video link so I can get what I’ll need. Too bad you can’t just use the usb dongle like the old days.

Thanks

Here is a video about the coding options you asked for, happy holidays to all !


BMW i3 REx Coding Hold SOC and Unrestricting Tank

Fisher99
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Re: New 2019 120 Pack Operation

Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:16 am

As ALOHART says, the BimmerCode app allows you to change/enable/disable lots of features on your i3. For example, in addition to coding my gas tank capacity and REX SOC start percentage, I also coded mine to remote climatize with the panic button on the remote and to automatically fold and unfold the mirrors when the doors are locked/unlocked. Lots of other stuff you can do as well. Once you get the app you can browse through the menus and take a look at the options and see if anything grabs your attention. I used the same app to make some nice changes to my wife's 535i xDrive as well.
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