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Re: Some random thoughts about our i3

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:11 am
by trumpetdoug
frictioncircle wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:43 pm
vger105 & JohnWasser –


The i3 is a carbon-fiber, RWD, emission-free Zen pod – an oasis of calm during the madding commute.

I've driven a good number of other EVs, including Teslas, and nothing comes close.
Oasis of calm for sure. I've had mine (2017 REX) for a month and really hate that I'm not able to get out and drive it much right now. (Covid 19)

I only hope that the car holds together well. I have heard horror stories about repair bills in the BMW line. The good news is many of those stories revolve around a gasoline engine. Well we don't have much of that going on even with a REX. :D :D

Doug - out

Re: Some random thoughts about our i3

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:25 am
by eNate
trumpetdoug wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:11 am


... really hate that I'm not able to get out and drive it much right now. (Covid 19)

Hey man, me and my i3 can be socially distant (off the line), can self isolate (sunroof closed), and help maintain good hand hygiene (drive past the gas station).

It's an ideal sanitarium!

Re: Some random thoughts about our i3

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:55 am
by trumpetdoug
Never thought of all that!! Love the part of traveling past the gas stations!!


Doug - out

Re: Some random thoughts about our i3

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:47 pm
by JohnWasser
trumpetdoug wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:55 am
Never thought of all that!! Love the part of traveling past the gas stations!!
Filthy places, covered in germs. :)

Re: Some random thoughts about our i3

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:12 pm
by robthebold
eNate wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:28 am

Probably THE primary reason I didn't consider an i3 for so long was because it looks so small from the outside (and weird, but...).

I was convinced, without any thought, it wss too tiny to replace my allroad wagon.

Granted, the cargo volume isn't there, but the passenger space is excellent and measures up to many mid-sized sedans, and has generous headroom. That was a revelation the first time I sat in one. Crazy they cram that much into that little.

It's great you're enjoying your "exclusive" i3. My kids and I have identified 9 i3's in the neighborhood that are writhin about a ½ mile radius of the house. Never even noticed them until we brought ours home.
It sure looks small, but no complaints from the kids in back. In fact, I get thanks for the car being warmed up ready to go on cold winter mornings thanks to programmable departure time :).

Not so bad, cargo-wise, really. Granted I come from an Infiniti G35 coupe.

Here's a full bale of straw:

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=16638&p=62944#p62944

No impingement on the passenger area, and the privacy flap lays flat as well.

Re: Some random thoughts about our i3

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:47 am
by richs
vger105 wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:08 am

*I love the exclusive nature of the i3. In the month that we've owned it I've only seen 2 others here on Long Island, NY
LOL. Try driving one around Austin, TX, darting around all the Teslas. Not a single other i3 in sight for the two weeks I've had my black 2017 REx. I know a Tesla owner, and he'd never even heard of an i3 before, much less seen one.

So, yeah, 'exclusive' is a good way to put it. :-)

Re: Some random thoughts about our i3

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:40 pm
by Pahaska
Another Austin, TX owner of 6 days. I traded in a Genesis that was just too big for the driving I do these days. I'm still discovering hidden bells and whistles. The Genesis controls were more intuitive and it takes an occasional look into the on-board owner's manual to decipher something. I virtually never drive over 60 miles in a day, so the I3 is perfect, even with the slow charger.

Re: Some random thoughts about our i3

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:11 pm
by jadnashuanh
When used as designed, the i3 is a great car! I've had mine now for over 5-years pretty trouble-free.

I'm getting tired of shuffling cars in the winter to make room for the plow (only have a single car garage!), so I have ordered the new X5 hybrid...it should do for my normal daily operations in EV mode, and just run normally, but more efficiently when gasoline is needed. I'll miss the tight turning circle and ease of sneaking into spaces, but at my age, the X5 seems like a better solution for a one-car user. I can pull a travel trailer with it, too, if all works out...something the i3 could never really do.

I'll miss the i3 when the new X5 comes in...

Re: Some random thoughts about our i3

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:11 am
by Timjohn
Well I have had my i3S REX for 5 months now and haven't been to a gas station yet. It is the first car that I thoroughly look forward to driving every time I get into it. I am an avid motorcyclist and the i3 gives me that same feeling.

Its a joy to drive and I belong to a local EV group where there are a ton of Leaf, Tesla, Kona and some other not so common EV members but only a handful of i3 owners of the 100 or so members. I rarely see other BMW i3 vehicles and haven't seen another i3S yet so its nice to have something unusual. Telsas are everywhere. I chose the i3 because I wanted a hatchback and a good city car. When I tested the other EV's (Leaf, Tesla S85, Niro and Kona) they were nice but frankly I wanted something less sedan like and more compact but useful. Surprisely, the Tesla's acceleration did nothing to inspire me to want one. It felt ponderous and large. Kona would be my second choice.

Anyway, to each his own right.