Hi! I'm hoping to tap the insight of the forum after researching for 6+ months on various sites, from Consumer Reports to Edmunds, KBB, etc. -- I'm torn on whether to spend the extra $$$ on a 94ah 2017 i3, as by all reports I see, looks like reliability is better, and I'm quite concerned about battery degradation for a 2014-16 years (after reading a lot on this forum).
What do folks advise? Spend the extra bucks on a 2017 because I'd likely get a car with 20-30k mileage, or less, and lose the Rex with the 94ah battery?
Or, save a bunch to get the 2014-16 Rex model that's more decked out with more options, and use some of the savings to get snow tires, a garage charger, etc.?
Sounds like ensuring I get one with a DC fast charger is a must (there are plenty, it seems, in Chicago and its suburbs). My commute for work varies, and could be up to 50 miles/day (most often 25-30) and I worry about the old models without a a Rex, especially when in Chicago winters I read BEV range is really only 40-45 miles.
I'd love your thoughts -- my biggest goals are to have most peace of mind and sense of reliability for the money!
Thanks so much!