eNate wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:29 pm
How many other cars do you know that have a glass tailgate as an aesthetic element? Or put another way, you could have chosen any other car and you'd have a non-glass tailgate.
I figure, we've got a slab of glass on the rear of just about every car on the road -- what's the harm in adding a second? I can't be down on it; I like the look.
I like the look, too. However, I didn't buy the i3 for its looks! I kind of like it, but it is an odd looking car with some strange visual attributes. The tailgate is one of the nicest looking tailgates on the market. However, hatchbacks are all that aesthetic to begin with! But this was not my point at all.
BMW made some tradeoffs in designing the rear hatch for the i3. On the one hand, it looks great, and that is a big plus. On the other hand, this is a non-serviceable unit of very significant cost (thousands), AND with very high vulnerability. Beautiful, but very easy to break, impossible to fix, and very expensive to replace. This was a poor choice of tradeoffs that is disrespectful of owner's maintenance liabilities.
A broken piece of glass should be replaceable at reasonable cost. Any failed tail light, brake light, or back-up light should be repairable at a reasonable cost. This is not the case for the i3. At least the spring struts which necessarily have a limited life can be replaced at a reasonable cost, like every other (non-Mercedes) hatchback.