nickp
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How long do you plan to keep your I3?

Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:55 am

Now that we know BMW will not be making these anymore, what do you guys intend to do with yours?
Although the car is low maintenance, there still are a lot of moving parts. Wheels, bushings, discs, pads, suspension, steering, etc.

If there are no independent manufacturers of these parts, then we will be at the mercy of the dealerships. I have a 2006 ML Benz and it is easy to maintain that car because I can buy OEM parts at fcpeuro or Amazon.
Does the I3 share any parts with other BMWs? Minis?

I'd like to know your thoughts on this topic.
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vreihen
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Re: How long do you pan to keep your I3?

Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:19 pm

I have already stated that my i3 will be the last car that I ever buy. The carbon fiber tub and aluminum chassis should out-last me, and battery tech will have 60 Ah batteries down to the size of a loaf of bread by the time that the battery pack needs replacing. In terms of other parts, the salvage market should have most of them when the time comes.

The one thing that does concern me is the availability of tires in the i3's odd sizes. Storing rubber for a long time isn't a good idea, so keeping fresh tires on an aging i3 may be the biggest challenge.

For benchmarking purposes, next January will be the 20th anniversary of me picking up my race car at the dealer, and my pickup turned 13 years old last week. If I live until 2040, I fully intend to put NY State historic plates on my i3.....
2015 BMW i3 BEV, Giga World, Tech and Driving Assistant packages, 15K miles

jadnashuanh
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Re: How long do you pan to keep your I3?

Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:25 pm

I may sell mine next year. Not because it no longer works, but for some other reasons:
- I have two cars, an ICE and the i3, one-car garage, living in a condo, so one sits outside. During the winter when it snows, I have to move it so the plow can get through which is annoying.
- I am gradually getting stiffer and stiffer, and bending to get into the i3 is getting harder some days. Similar to getting out...sometimes, it just hurts so a slightly different seat height to door and roof that offers a better entry/exit may be nearly required sooner rather than later. FWIW, once I'm in, have plenty of room, though...it's just getting there and back.

What seems like it may be my next car is the X5 hybrid available in the USA sometime next year. Enough battery capacity to handle 95% of my needs, but plenty of range and quick refill to fill in for my current ICE. And, it seems the ergonomics seem to be a bit better. Only having to insure and register one vehicle has its advantages, too. While NH doesn't have a sales tax, you do pay property tax on vehicles every year.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

alohart
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Re: How long do you pan to keep your I3?

Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:19 pm

vreihen wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:19 pm
The one thing that does concern me is the availability of tires in the i3's odd sizes.
Up until we sold our 2000 U.S. Honda Insight in 2017, its special Bridgestone low rolling resistance tires were still available even though fewer the 20k Insights were sold. So because so many more i3's have been sold, I am confident that Bridgestone will continue making i3 tires for many more years.
Aloha,
Art

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

vreihen
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Re: How long do you pan to keep your I3?

Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:45 am

I'm sure that the Insight used a tire/rim size that had plenty of +1 / -1 options if the original size was no longer available. The only alternatives available for the i3 are donut spares right now.

Tirerack.com is still selling 2015 stock Blizzaks for the i3. While tires will be available well after the i3's end-of-production, how fresh they are is a risk.

FYI, I just noticed that Tirerack apparently has a new/fresh batch of Blizzaks arriving later this week. Their web site lists two different Blizzaks in i3 size now, with slightly different compound specs. Interesting thing is that the new stock is a bit cheaper than the 2015 stock.....
2015 BMW i3 BEV, Giga World, Tech and Driving Assistant packages, 15K miles

Obioban
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Re: How long do you pan to keep your I3?

Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:28 am

In a perfect world, I'd cycle out my battery by 100,000 miles, get it replaced by BMW, remove the battery and use it as house storage, and sell the i3 chassis to someone that crashed theirs :P

I'm averaging over 1 full battery cycle per day (and probably more like 1.5 cycles per day, come winter), so thinking it might be possible... and I'll certainly hit the battery mileage cap before the battery year cap, which I believe makes it more likely.

That said, brakes and bushings are stupidly cheap on this car compared to my other cars, so... seems like a very cheap car to run, long term.

n1o2c3a4c5h6e7t
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Re: How long do you pan to keep your I3?

Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:17 am

My wife and I share one car, the BMW i3, and I used to think that I'd keep this car forever as a second car at least. But I'll probably trade it in for a used Tesla Model 3 LR when those cars depreciate below $20K. (We currently rent cars for long-distance road trips.) I can't justify two cars for a two-person household--it's $2-3K in insurance and maintenance each year--when taking Ubers everywhere would be cheaper.

gt1
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Re: How long do you pan to keep your I3?

Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:55 am

I'd like to keep the car for a long time. My wife is the primary driver, and after 3 years in i3 she still thinks it is the best car in the world. We have a Pacifica Hybrid for the family and out of town trips.
My main concern is that many random failures turn out prohibitively expensive. Like a bad AC compressor effectively totaling the car.

i3Alan
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Re: How long do you pan to keep your I3?

Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:34 am

My 2014 i3 BEV turned 5 in August. I expected to keep it perhaps another 5 years. On the one hand, I typically keep cars I love 9-11 years, but on the other hand I was not confident that the battery degradation over the next 5 years would be acceptable, so maybe only 3 or 4 more years. Then the AC went out. Then the repair quote to replace the entire AC system with both heat pumps due to the compressor destroying it all came in at $23K. No more i3 in my garage.

BMW felt bad for my loss, and believed their goodwill gift of $2K would be adequate. I figure my loss at pre-AC failure market-value minus trade-in (as salvage) value to be almost $8K. I'm getting ready to go to court to get my remaining $6K.

KrisM
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Re: How long do you plan to keep your I3?

Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:39 am

I will keep mine until its falling apart :) ,

I have no interest anymore in cars, since almost 25 years I bought every 2 year a new BMW and had always two or three BMW's at the same time. It was an addiction for me but since I sold my business in 2016. I did not need a car anymore to go to customers so I sold all my cars and bought some more motorcycles witch is another passion of mine, I'm now at number 7 in the garage :). Recently swapped the wife's Fiat 500 for the I3 and that's the story.

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