I had my i3 inspected at the dealer today, prior to lease expiring in 3 months. SHOCK! I too feel betrayed. I too have purchased/leased my last BMW after 40 plus years of ownership. I have been looking for a excuse to get a divorce for several years; the "pre-inspection" is the reason I have been looking for.
Here's a fixit list: 1.) I previously had a rock chip (star) repaired - must now replace windshield $600. 2.) Tread depths 6/32, 4/32 and 3/32 - replace front tires $300 (already replaced rears). 3.) Indentation in front bumper the size of a quarter - must replace bumper $600. 4.) Scratches on rear bumper inside - replace $300. 5.) Small "bump" in outside rear bumper (not the result of an impact, but rather a defect in materials) - replace rear bumper $650. 6.) Disposition charge ???? - $350. Grand total $2800, which is more that one year's lease payments. When I told the inspector the charges seemed exorbitant he said I should have purchased damage insurance when I leased the car.
My experience started out by me asking a sales rep if I could extend my lease for another year, or until the i3 range increases to 240 miles. The only way to extend my lease would be to place an order for a new BMW. However the dealer would be happy to sell me my i3 for about $4000 over market value. At least it would save me the $2800 I will have to pay when I relinquish the car.
Anyone have any body work done prior to turning in their i3? How much does it cost to replace the windshield? Thanks