2014 BMW i3: First Service Needs a Full Day
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 9,746 miles on November 20, 2015
The 2014 BMW i3 has been in our fleet for nearly a year and it's finally due for its first service. With just less than 10,000 miles on the odometer, this maintenance schedule is pretty much in line with our most recent long-term BMWs.
Unlike our current M235i and previous 328i GT, the i3 has its own app that, among other things, informs the user of impending required service. Nifty.
I called a local BMW dealership on a Thursday afternoon to see if they could service the i3 that day. They could take in the car and start working, they said, but were out of loaner vehicles to lend until the service was completed. No problem, I said, thinking about the many dealership lobbies I waited in when I was the Vehicle Testing Assistant. I'll just break out my laptop and chill in the customer lounge until the service is finished.
Then the advisor told me the estimated time for the i3 service is a full day, as there is a drain-and-recharge cycle involved to make sure the battery is working correctly. It also has to be carried out by a BMW tech that specializes in i3 and i8 service.
The advisor said loaner vehicles would start trickling back in on Saturday, but they wouldn't start maintenance until Monday. I hung up and made an appointment on Monday morning at BMW Santa Monica, which is within walking distance of the office — handy if there's nobody to pick me up at my 7:30 AM drop-off time.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 9,746 miles