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Re: 12 volt battery depleted

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:11 pm
by MKH
Has anyone found non-dealer mechanic/service options for the i3 in their area? We have several BMW/European specialist mechanics locally
I found a good well reviewed independent BMW service garage near me, run by two former dealer/factory BMW mechanics (they only service BMWs). They are not i3 trained, but more than willing to do the normal oil/brake fluid/brake pads, etc. service - at rates lower than the BMW dealership. I think if something goes wrong with the i3 specific 'bits'' it might be dealer-only, though.

Re: 12 volt battery depleted

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:23 pm
by jadnashuanh
THere are various scan tools that can read the BMW specific error/status codes, so, with some knowledge, you do not need to be a BMW dealer's shop to at least be able to get an idea what may need fixing. Things like brakes are pretty straight forward as are the suspension bits. If you have the REx, an oil change isn't rocket science, nor is the muffler. There are some strange bits in the fuel system, and they may not be competent to deal with charging or battery issues, but that's not a given, either. Consider, though, that in a dealership, they may only have had a few of their techs trained on the i3, so as a system, not every tech can deal with them. When it might come to body work, especially when it might involve the CFRP chassis, probably best to not deal with other than the factory trained people (and I'm not sure they can get all of the frame parts, either).

Re: 12 volt battery depleted

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:27 pm
by stohje
Thanks for the reply Mark. I was surprised the top independent BMW mechanic in the area wouldn't do the simple things you mentioned. Too bad since the rex seems to need an oil change every week or so! :D Haven't checked with all locals so I'll keep trying.

Battery update:
Ran many errands today and got the battery warning once early on but didn't get it again. So weird. Maybe it was slowly recharging throughout the week. If it stays good, at least I'll have a spare when this one does finally quit completely.

Re: 12 volt battery depleted

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:15 am
by MKH
Too bad since the rex seems to need an oil change every week or so! :D
Once a year doesn't' seem too bad to me. My previous ICE vehicle needed one about every four to six months. :cry: