Picked up our BEV after its final free service visit. My observation of deteriorating service provided by our BMW dealer continued. During my 3 previous annual service visits, a complementary car wash and vacuum was included, but not this time.
On at least one and maybe all of my previous service visits, our i3 was fully charged before I picked it up, but not this time. It wasn't charged at all, but then the fuel tank on ICE BMW's isn't filled as part of their service visit, so I'm not complaining.
Although my service advisor told me that she would ask her supervisor to authorize cabin filter replacement, it wasn't done. Not a big deal because I've driven only ~3k miles since it was last changed.
On the positive side, the required state inspection was performed at no cost (~$19 standard state fee). I was pleasantly surprised by this because I had paid my dealer for this inspection 2 years ago.
All wipers were replaced. However, for this to happen, my service advisor had to write that I had complained that the wipers were streaking which they weren't.
I could pay for a car wash and full charge with what I saved on the inspection fee and wiper cost, so I came out OK.
I had postponed for ~10 months having the driver airbag recall reprogramming performed until my scheduled service visit. I assumed that the system software would have been old enough by now that BimmerCode would have been updated to work with this software version. However, BMW must be continuing to issue new i3 software updates because the version on our i3 is now I001-18-11-520. This November, 2018, version must be a very recent release. I wish we were told what changes these software updates implement.
On my 10-mile drive home yesterday, including urban, highway, and suburban driving, I noticed no change in regenerative braking strength which makes me happy. In fact, I noticed no change in driving at all, but maybe I will notice things after driving more.
I did notice the change in the battery icon on the instrument panel from a segmented cylindrical battery cell to a stack of rectangular prismatic battery cells like used in the BMW Connected smartphone app. This better represents what a real i3 battery pack is like, but I hope BMW didn't spend too much time making this minor change while more serious problems exist.
I forgot to take my USB flash drive containing my driver profile backup, so my merely entering our i3 did not adjust the mirrors, set the preselects, etc. I had to do all of this manually before beginning my drive home (oh, the horror!). I restored my driver profile after arriving home. I also restored a few coding changes that I had made, but restoring most of them won't be possible until BimmerCode is updated to work with system software version I001-18-11-520.
Due to complaints I have read in this and other i3 forums, I was most concerned that this system software update would reduce regenerative braking strength, so I am quite happy that this did not occur.
2014 BMW i3 Arravani Grey, Giga World, Tech + Driving Assist, Parking Assist, DC Fast Charging, JuiceBox EVSE