False equivalence? Not even. $22k for AC is absurd, unheard of (outside exotics), and BMW not standing behind it as a design flaw is inexcusable. In no way am I trying to say that's the same as something like a complete transmission failure in some other vehicle. My point is things like this are rare, but if you go to any car forum you will hear horror stories and the rare problems start to seem common.i3Alan wrote: ↑Mon May 11, 2020 12:25 pmI think this is a false equivalence. Catastrophic repair bills for BMWs, like Mercedes and exotics, is defined in tens of thousands of dollars, while catastrophic repair bills for the same issues in Japanese, Korean, US, and other cars is typically 10%-30% as much. A Cadillac or Lexus owner would be screaming at a $7000 bill to replace an AC compressor. That is not the same as the $22,000 bill for my i3 AC repair. It also is not fair to say the i3 repair was for the entire AC system, when both the Cadillac or Lexus AC systems include dryer traps that specifically prevent the kind of cascading downstream failures that my i3 had, which is why every component in the refrigerant loops were also destroyed. Kia's and Fords have dryer traps!
To put it another way there are people that will join a vehicle specific forum to learn and share knowledge and there are other people that join a forum when they need help or otherwise experience a major problem. People don't join message forums for the sole purpose to report no issues then go away.