First post, and I have yet to buy an i3, so my questions will be about that for now ...
I have seen a 2018 i3s REX with 57,000 on the clock, with one previous owner
The positive side of me says this is a good sign ... not low miles and multiple owners suggesting issues, garage time, and standing time.
However, having picked up a little about ev's in general I'd be interested to know if anyone on here thinks I'm being overly cautious about this particular vehicle.
It's being sold by a large-ish independent franchise that works in volume to keep their prices at the low end of the usual range for trade sales.
What I'm guessing has happened with this car is that they took it in at the end of a lease, at "x" miles near the end of July, listed it with those miles, then did the MOT which passed at "x"+4miles and it has sat for two months, showing "x"+5 miles on the clock.
I will try to post a photo of the screen, but in case that fails, I THINK it is showing:
1) the state of charge as being very low with the range left on the battery as 1 mile.
2) the fuel icon has a triangle exclamation mark warning light above it, with 1.5 of the 4 bars showing the fuel level.
I read this as the dealership having had it sat for two months, using petrol to make any small moves ... and therefore the battery has been left at the low end of it's capacity for all that time.
I thought that ev batteries should ideally be left standing for long periods at 50 to 80%.
They haven't yet answered my request for an image of the battery capacity (via the "secret menu") and I suspect they either don't really know how to do that, or are too busy to want to!
The middle ground between avoiding an earlier i3 and our budget means "120"ah batteries are out of reach, and the REX becomes a necessary factor on top of a "94"ah battery.
I appreciate that a 94ah battery will only show about 88ah at the start of it's ownership.
Also this car is not local, so I'm not sure I want to make a 260+ round trip only to find that the capacity has dropped too far.
Thanks for reading this far!
I look forward to boring you with posts from an actual owner before too long