rockyhora
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Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:30 pm

Hello all, been lurking on these forums trying to get smarter on the i3s. I had a Fiat 500e for a few years and enjoyed the zippyness of it. The i3 looks awesome and thinking a used one will suite me well. I only put about 4000 miles on the car per year but a big problem on 500e was the lack of range. I make the drive from OC to LA about once a week and need to be able to go there and get back without range anxiety. Its about 120 miles round trip and I don't mind filling up once if needed.

That being said, I found a couple that work well and qualify for the HOV sticker. One is a 2016 white i3 that is CPO at a BMW dealership and the other is a 2014 carmax car.

Appreciate any insight or recommendations you can provide.

Are the 2014 model years bad? Do the battery warranty transfer for even a 3rd owner? Do i3's have a lot of warranty issues?

I am trying to decide between a 2014 and 2016 i3 REX and having a tough time. Both cars are available today and hoping to make a decision quickly.

Pros of 2014: Bigger nav screen, preferred color, $2K cheaper

Pros of 2016: Newer, CPO, warranty good till June 2021 with the 1 addition from CPO

How would you decide between the two?

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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:41 pm

The battery warranty should transfer, but check, on either one. For the 2K, I'd probably get the newer one with the warranty. There doesn't seem to be much difference in issues with either model year. The 2016 probably came from the factory with a modified motor mount that some had issues (fixed under warranty, so probably not an issue). The professional nav screen and options is nicer, but the smaller one still works.
Jim DeBruycker
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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:51 pm

I'd be more inclined to go with the newer one, too. Both of them look like good buys, though. Welcome to the club!

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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:57 am

The battery warranty transfers with the car. My personal opinion, the additional options, including the Professional Nav screen make the 2014 more attractive to me. What "world" is the 2016? From the wheels, looks like it could be a Tera World, which has $2,700 in options, or at least a Giga World with $1,700 in options - and those wheels on the 2016 are an additional $1,300.. https://insideevs.com/understanding-wor ... es-bmw-i3/

Be aware that the CPO is really talked up by BMW, but in reality it is not worth much. The CPO extended warranty is limited coverage - a lot of what is covered by the 4 year factory warranty is not covered by the CPO extended warranty. Example - the small 12 volt battery that powers the i3 accessories - free replacement under the 4 year warranty, under the CPO warranty, a poster here was charged over $600 when his 12 v battery failed, as it was not covered under his CPO extended warranty.
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2015 i3 Rex, Capparis White, Tera World, Technology & Driving Assistant, Parking Assistant, Harman Kardon Audio System, 19 inch 427 wheels, EVoInnovate EVSE

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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:45 am

MKH wrote:The battery warranty transfers with the car. My personal opinion, the additional options, including the Professional Nav screen make the 2014 more attractive to me. What "world" is the 2016? From the wheels, looks like it could be a Tera World, which has $2,700 in options, or at least a Giga World with $1,700 in options - and those wheels on the 2016 are an additional $1,300.. https://insideevs.com/understanding-wor ... es-bmw-i3/
Based on what I see, the 2016 has the base wheels, I.E. Mega or Deka world (Probably a Mega world in a 2016). Both of these have all cloth seats, plastic instead of wooden dashboard trim, a rubber-like material instead of leather on other parts of the dashboard and steering wheel. A couple of the interior trim pieces are also missing, but the big thing with the upgrade worlds- Giga and Tera, is that they have leather.

The 2014 has the 20-inch wheels. This is a standalone option and not tied to any particular world package. These wheels come with summer performance tires, which I really like. They are not very good at snow, or low temperatures. As you live in SoCal, that's probably not a big issue. Based on looking at the picture you posed, it looks like both might be Mega worlds.

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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:45 am

Based on what I see, the 2016 has the base wheels,
Yeah, I miss-typed that, should have been 2014 in my post, which have the optional 20 inch wheels.
Mark H.
2015 i3 Rex, Capparis White, Tera World, Technology & Driving Assistant, Parking Assistant, Harman Kardon Audio System, 19 inch 427 wheels, EVoInnovate EVSE

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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:07 pm

One thing to keep in mind, the only tires available for the 20" wheels are summer tread. They can be downright dangerous in snow. Now, Dallas area doesn't get it often, but those tires don't work all that great when it's below 45-degrees, either. To get all-season or winter tires, you'd have to spring for new wheels as well as new tires (and TPMS).
Jim DeBruycker
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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:46 pm

Thank you all for the quick responses and help. Is there an easy way to figure out packages from the VIN number? I am positive the white 2016 is mega as its CPO and dealer was able to tell me but not sure on the orange 2014 as it is Carmax.

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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:29 pm

rockyhora wrote:Thank you all for the quick responses and help. Is there an easy way to figure out packages from the VIN number? I am positive the white 2016 is mega as its CPO and dealer was able to tell me but not sure on the orange 2014 as it is Carmax.

Stick it in here: https://www.mdecoder.com/


It will tell you what the "upholstery" is (the color), and the "edition" (a more direct way of telling you the "world"). It will also tell you about tech packages, parking packages, etc. too

Mine, for example, says "Lodge" on the edition (I have a Giga world, though Lodge is a more fitting name for the theme), and "WOLLST.NATURLED.KOM" for the upholstery.

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Re: Help decide between 2014 vs 2016 Used i3

Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:51 pm

I would go with the 2016 CPO. But ensure that warranty gives you a total of 6 years/unlimited miles. The dealer should be able to tell you about additional CPO plans. See https://cpo.bmwusa.com/warranty.

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