swingkat420
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My '15 Stormtrooper

Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:01 am

Been looking for an EV and finally settled for an i3. I went back and forth from REX to BEV, was all set for BEV, it was silver, but was leaning towards a capparis white. Dealer had a white sitting there and ended up making a deal for that a REX. All fine, but kept getting a weird error everytime I pulled in my driveway about frontal collision not working. It has been at the dealer since going on a week. I had it for 4 days. I won't get the car back till next week. Waiting for a part to come in from Germany. They said they'll reprogram the frontal stuff.

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merkurmaniac
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Joined: Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:11 am

Re: My '15 Stormtrooper

Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:56 am

Pretty car, looks like its in nice shape. The white ones do look like stormtrooper helmets.
2015 I3 Rex SIlver
Giga, tech, parking, harmon Kardon
Sugar Land, TX
about 19,000 miles.
Driven 4,000 miles and have used less than 4 gals.

Blacky
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Joined: Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:33 am

Re: My '15 Stormtrooper

Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:39 am

Wow, pretty nice looking car you got there

OzRob
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Location: Sydney Australia

Re: My '15 Stormtrooper

Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:25 pm

I really wanted white: it makes so much sense here in Australia where, until recent years, nearly every car was white to reflect the sun’s heat. And it’s such a tiny car, you need a light colour to increase your visibility to other road users.
But the dealer quoted me $3500 to respray the bonnet and I just couldn’t live with the black/white contrast. It’s even worse on 2018’s where there’s even more black.
I was quoted $800 to vinyl wrap the bonnet, but the wrap doesn’t have the same gloss as well polished paint.

alohart
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Location: Honolulu, HI

Re: My '15 Stormtrooper

Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:54 pm

OzRob wrote:I really wanted white: it makes so much sense here in Australia where, until recent years, nearly every car was white to reflect the sun’s heat.
With the average high sun angle here in Hawaii, I feel more heat radiating down from the black roof than through the windows. No matter the color of the paint, the roof is always black. I don't park enough in the sun to make this serious enough to install exterior IR-reflecting film that's used on windows. I think that would really help.
Aloha,
Art

2014 BMW i3 Arravani Grey, Giga World, Tech + Driving Assist, Parking Assist, DC Fast Charging, JuiceBox EVSE

jadnashuanh
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Location: Nashua, NH USA

Re: My '15 Stormtrooper

Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:57 pm

TO work best, a radiant barrier needs an air gap beneath it, otherwise, conduction heating negates a lot of the benefits.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV
Soon (hopefully!) A 2021 X5 45e will replace the above

OzRob
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Joined: Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:41 pm
Location: Sydney Australia

Re: My '15 Stormtrooper

Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:09 pm

Totally agree - the real problem is the roof and white would be so much better. It’s also true that as far as the interior temperatures after standing in the sun are concerned, colour is largely irrelevant. However, touching a black panel (door, frunk etc.) will feel much hotter than touching a white panel. Caparis White all over would look awesome, but cost too much to achieve...
It’s all about the looks! That’s why I’m getting an “s” - to get the biggest wheels!
Robbo

Tacfoto
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Joined: Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:48 pm

Re: My '15 Stormtrooper

Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:02 pm

I love the car in white, looks great.

I have to say if you want the roof wrapped in white, buy some vinyl on ebay and wrap the roof. Or spray it with platidip. Either way you can always peel it off. It's a big flat panel that most people don't examine close up. Don't treat your car like it's the Mona Lisa.

BTW, the good venal is 3M 1080.

I was thinking of doing a Union Jack in German color on the roof of my car.

EVBob
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Joined: Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:06 am

Re: My '15 Stormtrooper

Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:56 am

jadnashuanh wrote:TO work best, a radiant barrier needs an air gap beneath it, otherwise, conduction heating negates a lot of the benefits.
There are air space/gaps between the CF top to the bottom of the headliner?

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