Just joined this forum.
Tried to purchase a 2018 i3 February 2, 2018 and have been waiting ever since. I spoke with my local (SW Florida) dealer yesterday. BMW has no i3s models in the entire Southeast region right now. It seems that the only models now available are all REX models. Draw your own assumptions as to why.
Florida (the Sunshine State) and its electric vendors in my area offer absolutely no incentives. Sorry, there is one, a sticker to allow a BEV onto a restricted commuter lane. We have none here.
BMW CCA had an i3 incentive when I started to shop. That disappeared last year. I've been paying BMW car club dues since 1984 and was looking forward to their purchase incentives. I don't recall the car club pulling back on its purchase incentives before. Bummer.
Then there is the residual value. I lucked out when I couldn't buy a 2018 i3 model with a smaller battery than the 2019. The 2018 and older resale value will likely nose-dive. I really don't care since my plan is to keep the i3s
I worked at two BMW retail outlets for 11 years, sending hundreds of F&I deals to BMW Financial Services. NO LOVE from them because I've had no debt since early retirement 2007. I'm penalized for being financially conservative in my retirement! I only paid off slightly more than $900,000 in mortgages, etc. So, no lease means no $7,500 cap cost reduction and no existing BMW owners financial benefit. I'll skip federal taxes the year of delivery.
So, unlike many of you, I'm going to have to pay more than you to get a BEV urban car.
You probably get the drift of my situation and wonder why I'm so focused on a new i3s? I know my son wonders why not a Tesla Model 3, at least until Consumer Reports sunk that ship. He still does not comprehend what an urban car is. I live in a large Florida city so drive a tank and a half of premium gas a month, about 550 miles per month. Electricity is cheap here.
My daily commuter is a 1991 BMW M5 with 229,300 miles. I've owned it since 2006 when it had 165,000 miles. Its never been financed. Next to housing, auto expense ( fuel, registration, repairs, maintenance but not insurance) is my second highest expense category. My average monthly auto expense for that M5 has been $795 for the last nine years. I'd rather put that towards a i3s payment and avoid my mechanic.
I have not owned a new car since post-grad school. Delivered hundreds working for BMW dealers so looking forward to that experience.
Finally, I'm a techie (older techie as in I had an IBM AT right out of grad school). I buy into all the technology, environmental considerations touted by BMW.
Looking forward to this experience.