2014 BMW i3: Minimal Maintenance
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 10, 2015
When the wiper fluid light went on in our 2014 BMW i3, I wasn't even sure where to look for the tank. The gas engine is in the back, so its dipstick is located under the cargo floor. Seems more logical that the windshield washer tank would be somewhere near the windshield under hood. Then I thought for a second, "Does this thing even have a hood to look under?"
Yes, yes it does. It's a very, very small hood, but underneath there's space to store the 110-volt charger cord and maybe a small bag. That's what happens in a tiny car that maximizes the passenger compartment over everything else.
It didn't take long to find the windshield washer fluid reservoir.
There's not much going under the hood of the i3, so the filler neck is about the only thing under there. Popped it open and added the recommended liter of fluid (everything is small on this car) and that was it. There's a rear window washer but it draws from the same tank.
Given that the gas engine rarely runs on this car, adding wiper fluid and checking the air in the tires is about the only regular maintenance you'll ever have to worry about. Not a bad selling point.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 7,766 miles