Jkel
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Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:05 pm

i am seriously considering of purchasing a BMW I3, used. I have been doing a quite bit of reading on the vehicle and feel that is doable for me. My wife has a car so we do have transportation other than the I3. I luv driving fun cars and the I3 certainly fits in this category. I usually spend 90% of my driving going to/from work, running errands and other short distances putting about 7000 miles of driving a year.

question, would you purchase an 2017 I3 with a range extender or a 2017 Bev model that has up the range to 114 miles?

Here are some points I am pondering. 2017 with a range extender offers a longer driving time if needed. And, You can buy a used one cheap! $22500 plus/minus. However, a 2017 BeV is even cheaper and have seen them listed as low as $20,000 . An I3 without the motor makes it lighter and more nimble , I don’t have to worry about engine service.

please let me know your thoughts as I would be very interested in your input. After all you are in the know, the consumers. Thanks and look forward to your response

JK

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:27 am

We bought a 2014 BEV because we rarely need the additional range the REx version offers, and we really wanted to leave internal combustion engines and their maintenance behind. Our i3 is our only car, but we never travel long distance by car. We have been happy with our decision. However, everyone's needs and desires are different, so because a BEV is ideal for us doesn't mean that it would be for you.

If a BEV would work for you, I think it's worth avoiding the REx which has been more troublesome than the BEV.
Aloha,
Art

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

MississippiEV
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:20 pm

I am thinking about buying the same car... I am going to get the rex though...

Having that extra cushion of miles that you can get with the REX will help alleviate range anxiety even if you never need it...

Have you tough about which trim level you will get? I believe the 2017 offers 2 battery sizes and possibly larger than the 2016 model.. I want to go for the larger size battery..

Have you looked at the different trim levels to see which options you would like?
Giga, Tera, ect...

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:42 pm

MississippiEV wrote:I believe the 2017 offers 2 battery sizes and possibly larger than the 2016 model.. I want to go for the larger size battery.
There were very few, if any, 2017 i3's sold in the U.S. with the smaller 60 Ah battery pack, so almost all have the larger 94 Ah battery pack. The few 2017 i3's with the 60 Ah battery pack might have been only the BEV model.
MississippiEV wrote:Have you looked at the different trim levels to see which options you would like?
Giga, Tera, ect...
Different upholstery materials is one obvious difference. The Tera World trim level has full dark brown leather upholstery. Giga World offers an airy mix of tan leather and beige wool. Mega World offers a mix of gray synthetic leather and fabric. I believe that Deka World offers only fabric, but I'm not certain. Giga and Tera trim levels have light or dark wood trim on the top of the dashboard. The lower trim levels Deka and Mega might be missing some interior LED lighting that Giga and Tera have.

All options are available with any trim level (e.g., the Tech and Driving Assist package, the Parking Assist package, 20" wheels, the Harman Kardon entertainment system).
Aloha,
Art

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MississippiEV
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:31 pm

Great Information! Thank You ! :D

Jkel
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:31 pm

MississippiEV wrote:I am thinking about buying the same car... I am going to get the rex though...

Having that extra cushion of miles that you can get with the REX will help alleviate range anxiety even if you never need it...

Have you tough about which trim level you will get? I believe the 2017 offers 2 battery sizes and possibly larger than the 2016 model.. I want to go for the larger size battery..

Have you looked at the different trim levels to see which options you would like?
Giga, Tera, ect...

There seems to be a-lot more rex models available than the standard BEV. Since I live in the Northwest, the extra weight in the back may help quite of bit since we have many days of wet pavement. It doesn't get really cold here compared to the midwest or Canada so the Rex heating element should suffice.

I may be ready to buy within a month. Hopefully more 17’s will become more available. It will also give me time to decide on what I want.

Good luck on your search.

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:14 am

Jkel wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:05 pm
I usually spend 90% of my driving going to/from work, running errands and other short distances putting about 7000 miles of driving a year.

question, would you purchase an 2017 I3 with a range extender or a 2017 Bev model that has up the range to 114 miles?


JK
For your usage, I'd get a BEV hands down. The battery only i3 costs less, is faster and there is less to go wrong. You also get slightly more battery range on the BEV vs. REx because it is lighter. If the BEV has the heat pump, the car will get 5-10 miles more winter range too.




Price matters. I've got a REx only because there was a very good lease deal on leftovers. When a REx is less expensive than a BEV it is hard to justify the BEV. I'll probably never use the REx but it is nice to know it is there.

I luv driving fun cars and the I3 certainly fits in this category.
Yes, it does. Have you looked at an i3s? There isn't a huge difference but the 's' is more fun.
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Lude219
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:48 am

Just an anecdote, bought my 2017 Bev a few weeks ago and am getting 150mi consistently on a full charge driving 65mph with HVAC off and ACC engaged in Eco pro mode. I'm in SoCal.

olbedhead
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:59 am

@Lude
Just an anecdote, bought my 2017 Bev a few weeks ago and am getting 150mi consistently on a full charge driving 65mph with HVAC off and ACC engaged in Eco pro mode. I'm in SoCal.
Do you drive many hills? Just curious how this affects it. Many thanks!

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:51 pm

Hills will affect it, but maybe not as much as you might think IF they're up and down along your path...while not even close to being even, the car will put some of that energy required to climb the hill back into the battery. Top speed is maybe the bigger range killer. Charging up a long grade at high speed can suck a lot of power out of the vehicle. Even with the REx, which can often match the battery use, is no winner if you're exceeding it's 34Hp or so output...think an original VW bug...they couldn't charge up a hill, either...when your battery is down, and you have a REx, that's about the maximum you can go...slow. It can recover if you back off, and that is its primary grace. Other than that, it's an expensive add-on. While depending almost entirely on the REx, you're only going to get around 35-mpg equivalent. Lots of other hybrids can do better. Using it entirely like a BEV, it takes a hit over the pure BEV version, and a bigger one if you need cabin heating.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

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