alansdaman wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:15 pm
sipabit wrote:I don't think we can answer your question for you. It's really based on your need. There will be a lot less maintenance without the REX. I don't know the weight difference between the higher battery capacity vs the lower one with a REX, but I have a feeling the larger battery would still be heavier. Performance will drop a bit, but I don't know if that would matter to you at all.
You should have a pretty good reason to buy new. The EV scene is situated now where buying used is really the way to go or lease. Buying new just makes you the guy that the rest of us will buy from when we're ready for an upgrade and you'll take a big hit on it. The resale value on the i3 is horrible, possibly the worst which is what makes it such a great opportunity for those buying them used. That's a different topic, but I would feel bad for you if I didn't at least note it in my response. Each to his own.
Man... I would almost say the opposite. Theres a 7500$ tax credit in the states, and lots and lots of dealer incentives, you'll get the full warranty, the newest tech and batteries, it can be what you choose, it looks like a well loved i3 stripper can be had for 14000 here, and a new fully loaded might be 42k if you use USAA and shop around on dealers, after another 7500, 120 ah vs 60 ah, matured safety tech. Used is a good value too, just saying new isn't "the sucker choice" by any means.
I see what you're saying, but remember the i3 is priced too high for the market. Apart from people being scared of EV's in the early days, the pricing is also why over 90% of people leased them when the i3 was introduced. In 2018 when all the leases ended in the USA, people started snatching them up, but there's still plenty of inventory as others are looking at pricier high range vehicles thinking that's what they need. Some 2016's and certainly 2017's are still under warranty.
The $7,500 tax credit or even at a $10,000 discount like Socal was offering through Edison Electric was still priced high when that discount is off of an MSRP car of $47,000. There's just too many other options to really strongly consider a new i3 in its price range.
The 2016's are still the better value, with 2017's coming up. A lot of people are attracted to the 2017 larger battery size but few will really use them. At what expense? The 2017's aren't typically loaded. The screens are typically the standard size. Each to their own, but that's my take.