OLDBMWGUY wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:26 pm
Very sorry to hear of you A/C problem, it is uppermost on the minds of many of us I3 owners. I think many of us thought that the later models would not experience this problem. Here in Hawaii, I use the A/C non-stop all the time.
Could I please ask some questions?
Are you the original owner ?
How many miles on the car?
What area of the country?
Has it always been serviced by BMW?
REX or BEV?
Thanks very much
I am not the original owner. I bought the car from OffLeaseOnly in September of 2020. I don't know what the service record of the car was before that. The only clue I have as to where the car was previously to me was Colorado, as I found old insurance information in the glovebox that wasn't removed. Since I've had it, it's resided in South FL (Palm Beach County area). Current miles are just over 40,000, and it doesn't have the range extender.
I do have an update though that others might find helpful, and I believe a similar situation presented itself to another owner on this forum.
I found a European auto repair shop that looked at my i3. I gave them all of the information that BMW gave me, and they did their own through investigation. Their findings were that while the air compressor was completely the culprit, the shrapnel only made it as far as the beginning of the condensor. There was no evidence of shrapnel at the exit, only the entry. So they're going to replace the air compressor and condensor both (OEM parts), and flush the rest thoroughly.
Their total cost? Just under $5000. And their repairs come with a 3 year warranty. I can have my car as early as this Friday.
And BMW charged me over $1000 for their lazy diagnostics, and had my car for a month while I appealed to BMW USA to fix their clearly faulty engineering, but shrugged their shoulders and told me its past warranty.
I hope others can find similar repair shops that can assist them with this issue should it arise. I wouldn't want them to go through this ridiculousness.