It's a crap shoot. Should one get unlucky, the A/C compressor, one of the electronic modules, a motor mount, etc., could fail. In these cases, a repair could costs thousands of dollars, and a mechanic who's not certified to repair an i3 would likely be unable to complete such a repair.
Hi, thats funny and good points. I actually have two friends from the States who have old 70's and 80's wranglers there. They always seem to have issues, especially the fuel pump, and the body is not great for salt air. I swear they change the fuel pump every year or two. Lots of rotten rusty spots and constant maintenance needed. I on the other hand had a Series 3 Lightweight Landrover and never had issues for many years (let alone rust). Now I drive a 1950 Series 1 Landrover, but I need something contemporary for clients (I run a real estate biz), and moving around the island quickly and comfortably. I will use the Series if I am going to the beach with family, on Sundays, or off the beaten track. Funny for you to mention those jeeps as I know them very well! The i3 striked me due to the fact it is different and electric and I can power it myself through my PV system. It also looks quite nice and I believe there are not many things body parts which could deteriorate due to salt air.Fisher99 wrote: ↑Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:05 amI think if I lived on that small island with less than great pavement I'd be driving a Jeep Wrangler from the 60's-70's era. Back when the engines had carburetors, distributors, points, and condensers. If the car quit running you could look into the carburetor while moving the accelerator pump and see if it was squirting fuel into the carb. If not you had a fuel flow problem (probably out of gas). If you had gas, then you popped the top off the distributor and checked the points. If you carried a spare set of points and condenser you could swap them out and be back on the road in 15 minutes. Ah, the simpler life...
Having said that, i am really loving my i3. Just don't know if I'd own one with no dealer within a reasonable distance. My dealer is an hour away and even that makes me a tiny bit nervous.
Unless you never need to transport more than 1 client, an i3 would not be ideal with its narrow suicide rear doors that cannot be opened unless the front door on its side is open. Anyone sitting in the front seat must remove his/her seatbelt before the rear door is opened. There are no A/C vents in the rear and the rear windows cannot be opened, so the rear can become uncomfortably warm in warm weather.