2014 BMW i3: Audible A/C Compressor
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on October 29, 2015
I haven't done the math, but I think I have more miles in our 2014 BMW i3 than anyone else on staff. It fits my life. I don't drive terribly far and for the type of commute I have, an EV is perfect.
So when there was a new noise from the i3, I was surprised.
Within a few feet of hopping into the i3 for my second night in a row, I heard it. Some sort of strained-motor whir not uncommon on EVs when regenerating, but I wasn't decelerating. I was accelerating.
It wasn't loud, but it was there. If I'd had the radio on, I wouldn't have noticed. I figured turning off the climate control would let me hear it better and help isolate the noise. That's when it went away. A few more seconds of tinkering with various HVAC buttons, I'd narrowed it down to the air-con. On: Noise. Off: No noise.
It was hot and a little humid for L.A., so I left it on and just turned on the radio. That fixed it for now.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor