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BMW i3 is still my new bestie
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By S Chavis
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2014 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)


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What can I say, I've had Heidi3 (that's her name) a 2014 BMW i3 Tera World for a year now. I live where there's been single digit temperatures and heat waves and everything in between. I had to have her windshield replaced already (rock from a truck) and I still feel nothing but love for my ride. I love tooling around the county and city in her and if I need a top off charge I can stop at pretty much any hotel I come across for FREE charging. I don't feel anxious or afraid I'll be stranded somewhere. I would love for the gas stations to get with the program and put up charging stations for BMW. I charge her in a standard 120v at home in my carport every other day before I go to bed and wake up fully charged. I love the attention she gets with people taking her picture and I love showing off how fast she is on the green light (I surprised a guy driving a Dodge Charger who had lots of questions). Heidi3 is my favorite car and I have had an Eddie Bauer Expedition to Lexus GS350, Land Rover Discovery, Volvo XC90, Mercedes R350, BMW Z4, and a Fiat 500. But my i3 hands down is my bestie to the end. I love this car and I will keep her forever. I will upgrade her battery when the time comes but for now I wouldn't change a thing.


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BMW needs Elon Musk
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Bren Mercer
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2014 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)


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Low range average without using other sources such as A/C, heat that kills mileage, and acceleration average about 35-50 per charge. Car states 80 average range but never gets that. In winter the mileage is extremely low due to using the heat. Not able to warm up car on cold days. Acceleration is fun but kills mileage.


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Dr Tasso Pappas says ONLY buy it UNDER WARRANTY
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Dr Tasso Pappas
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2014 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD)


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This is a great urban car for 1 or 2 persons to commute in the urban area. In the cold Minnesota days and nights going down the interstate the car only has a range of about 40 miles. Although these are really not meant for high speed ( 70 mph) continuous driving in cold weather, I would not buy this in a cold weather state without the Range Extender. On the interstate it is twitchy to say the least. And the wind moves it around. The adaptive cruise control frequently disengages for about any reason. Stiff ride and sensitive steering. But in the city streets the small size, great visibility and then stop and go traffic it is a very usable car. The suicide doors are unpleasant by the opinion of everyone. But for two persons it is fine Don't understand the lack of a heated steering wheel. The good is the unique and attention getting style. All the technology and the electric mileage with the anxiety relieving Range extender. The bad reliability. Over $5k in warranty work in the first 25k miles. Careful once these are out of warranty. Warranty Service her at BMW Motowerks is exceptional however.


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Don't buy this POS
4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By A ortiz
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2014 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD)


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I'm currently in the worst battle waiting for BMW to buy this car back. It was in the shop for over six months. BMW North America is a nightmare they will do nothing to help you they are worthless. Do not buy this car it's terrible


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I am an i3 believer!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Kurt
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2014 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD)


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I was looking for a stylish EV that was fun to drive, reliable, and had looks I appreciated. I had read numerous reviews on the i3, had seem them on the streets, and had more than once concluded it was not the car for me. However, when we had arrived at the BMW dealership to test-drive a 2014 3-series diesel wagon (I was getting desperate), there was my car for sale, beckoning my wife and I. Now, my wife knew my checklist, and after asking our questions and taking it for a test drive, she was convinced this was my car. I had my reservations, as I commute around 30 miles to work, and am usually driving an additional 30-50 miles for business meetings each day. Given that this car is rear-wheel drive with no AWD, I had concerns about the snow. Additionally, the list price of the car was a lot higher than Edmunds' TMV and Cars.com's average recent sold price for these vehicles. Lastly, the i Remote app for this car had just horrible reviews. On the positive side, my car had just over 19k miles, includes the Giga and technology packages, was certified pre-owned, and in fantastic condition with no visible wear and tear.

After 2 months with it, having driven over 3k miles in snow, rain, freezing cold and 90+ degree heat, I was loving the car. I drive very conservatively, making full use of the one-pedal driving (which had a quick learning curve) and never going above 68 mph on the highway. I typically do a mix of highway with twisty backroads. However, with all the mileage I drive, I hardly use the range extender. Most of my meetings are in Boston, and I can usually find a garage with an available charging station. When I have to fill up on gas (that sounds so odd to type), it was always a 2-second fill, staying under $3 per fill. This car feels incredibly solid to drive - like you're in a tank, it just feels so heavy - yet it is very nimble. The steering is precise and tight. Handling on the curves is fun, but the car feels unstable if you really push it. Surprisingly, without the snow tires, it handles pretty well on snow-covered roads - it even got me out of my uphill driveway without any slippage. You just feel more connected to the road with the i3. Being bottom-heavy and somewhat tall, it can easily be affected by strong winds on the highway. Yes, this is an odd looking car. In my opinion, it looks best from any profile view, and just plain odd from a direct front or back view. The inside is beautifully designed, spacious, and posh. For utility, the overall storage space is not much, but I am able to make my transfer station trips with a full-size plastic garbage can and several square container bins of recycling. As for the i Remote app, it has had its share of bugs, but otherwise works like a charm (I even gave it a glowing review in the App Store).

After driving 14k+ miles on this car, and now having owned it for going on 10 months through all New England seasons, do I still believe in the i3? Yes, yes I do. Since my first review of the vehicle here on Edmunds, I have had new revelations about it. First and foremost, the car's battery does not like cold temperatures, and thus I am suffering from the obligatory 'range anxiety.' I have seen a significant drop in mile range on a full battery charge. Where I was averaging between 80 to 90 miles per full charge during the summer, I am now getting between 60 to 70 miles, if that. My maximum distance driven on a full charge is exactly 100 miles, which I achieved during the summer with a mix of highway and city driving using A/C sporadically. Currently, with these cold temperatures in the teens and 20s, it is difficult to get even 60 miles on a full charge. I recently drove a 2017 BMW i3 with range extender in 25 to 35 degree temperatures (Fahrenheit), and observed that its battery is impervious to the cold, on top of its larger mile range. Of course, now I desire a 2017 i3. Secondly, my i3 handles fantastically in the snow with its Blizzak snow tires. I have complete confidence in taking my car out into a snowstorm, having already tested it driving through snowy road conditions on the windy, hilly backroads of southern New Hampshire. Thirdly, my i3's factory speaker system sounds loud and crisp using the radio, but when utilizing its USB or bluetooth capabilities with my iPhone, the auditory volume drops dramatically, thus forcing me to crank up the car's volume control. Lastly, the sun visors are simply too small and are terrible at blocking out the sun through the windshield and door window. In conclusion, I am quite happy with my car, despite its low range in the winter, and happy to have the range extender as a backup. I have had no issues with it otherwise (i.e. nothing has needed repair). My only other concern about it is its depreciation, and hope that the vehicle is not obsolete when it is time to trade it in.


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