Re: Can't decide on buying the i3
Posted: Thu May 14, 2020 4:27 pm
What benefits? I'm all for driving something that emits less pollution if that's what you're referring to, unless it's something else.
BMW i3 Electric Vehicle Forum
Sure, less pollution can be a benefit, depending on where your electricity comes from but that's not really what I was referring to. I was referring to things like max torque at all speeds, almost zero maintenance (a bit for the REX), silent engine, "refueling" in your garage. Those kinds of things. Disadvantages of course, taking a long trip would suck. Less so in a REX, but even then you're stopping to fuel up every hour or so. Other things like one-pedal driving are purely opinion but it seems like most people quickly get used to it and really like it. I'm still getting used to it and I'm a bit on the fence, but overall I'd give it a thumbs up.
One 'advantage' I found, is just the solid, nimble drive-feel. When I had mine in for replacing the ubiquitous torn front suspension dust covers, they gave me an x3 as a loaner. OMG it was like riding around on an overweight drunken hippo compared to my i3There are probably other advantages that I'm not thinking of.
Adding a 500Hz PIAA horn in parallel to the factory horn is a $55 affair from Amazon, and installation isn't that difficult at all. The end result will be a full "standard BMW horn tone". I see most issues online happen with REx models. So the BEV's are probably a better buy in the long run. My only issue was a trim piece separation and head unit shutting down - both replaced under warranty.i3Alan wrote: ↑Sat May 09, 2020 9:20 amI 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 year out of warranty. I have also heard of a transmission failure (in a car with one fixed ratio reduction gear) that was over $7000. There have been numerous reports of minor rear-end "taps" that shatter the rear all-glass tail gate with over $4000 repair bills.
I will be the first to tell you my i3 was one of the most fun cars I have ever owned, with so many wonderful and unique aspects that it is very easy to praise this car. The few minor quirks (like a pathetic horn and terrible sun visors) are truly easy to ignore. This car well deserves most of the great praise it gets from owners. However, no car should have such insanely high repair costs for so many things. Given that BMW would not stand behind my i3 when I asked for reasonable compensation (about $8000 due to loss in book value after AC failure which was due entirely to bad design), I am afraid I could never bring myself to own another BMW product.