2014 BMW i3 Long-Term Road Test - Maintenance

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2014 BMW i3: First Service Completed

by Cameron Rogers on December 3, 2015

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A maintenance light on the instrument panel and alerts on the BMW i Remote app led us to schedule the first service for our 2014 BMW i3. I drove to Santa Monica BMW at 7:45 on a Monday morning to meet with the service advisor. In addition to cycling the battery to make sure charging was kosher, our EV would undergo a series of inspections and an oil change for the scooter engine that serves as a range extender.

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2014 BMW i3: First Service Needs a Full Day

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 9,746 miles on November 20, 2015

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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. 

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2014 BMW i3: Passenger Door Is Loose

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on November 17, 2015

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The above image shows the driver door (left) and the passenger door (right) looking towards the front tires of our 2014 BMW i3. What's up with that gap on the passenger door? I wondered the same thing when I unplugged the charger last night.

Dan Edmunds and I took a look this morning. As it turns out, something broke.

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2014 BMW i3: Audible A/C Compressor

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on October 29, 2015

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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.

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2014 BMW i3: Passenger Airbag Recall

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on October 26, 2015

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BMW has issued a recall for front-passenger side airbags on 2014-'15 BMW i3s and 2014-'16 Mini Cooper and Cooper S models. Our luck: Our long-term 2014 BMW i3 is among the affected.

I made a call to BMW Customer Service and was immediately put on the line with a representative. After providing our car's VIN, the rep initially told me that nothing about a recall for our car showed in their system. She wanted to verify that however, and put me on hold while she contacted an i3 specialist.

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2014 BMW i3: What You'll Pay for a New 120-Volt Charger

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on September 21, 2015

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It was hot, and I needed a cool blast of A/C, so instead of calling the BMW parts department at my local Long Beach dealer, I stopped in.

"Is there any way to fix a broken plug on my BMW i3's 120-volt home charger?" I asked hopefully. "The third prong, the ground, snapped off."

"Sorry, no," replied Sergio from behind the parts counter. "You'll need a whole new cord unit. Let me see if I have one in stock."

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2014 BMW i3: Minimal Maintenance

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 10, 2015

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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.

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2014 BMW i3: Battery Discharges While Stopped?

August 20, 2015

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Hopping into our long-term 2014 BMW i3 after someone else has been driving it is always a bit of an adventure. Did they plug it in? When? Did they remember to tap the card so the charging actually works? Am I going to be able to make it home without that silly gas engine?

So while I was expecting something to happen, this wasn't even on my radar.

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2014 BMW i3: Flat Tire and No Spare

May 14, 2015

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"If only I had just gone my normal route. I shouldn't have tried to outsmart traffic." These are the thoughts that entered my mind as I stared at a flat tire on our 2014 BMW i3 on a freeway off-ramp in Inglewood.

I was commuting to our offices in Santa Monica and decided to forgo my normal route to take advantage of the HOV lane on Interstates 105 and 405. Traveling happily in the sparsely-populated lane, I whizzed by vehicles caught in the slog of post-dawn LA traffic.

Then I heard the chime of the tire pressure monitoring system. The i3's TPMS system displays air pressure in each tire, and the recommended cold pressure the front tires is 33 psi. The driver's side tire was reading 20 psi. A few seconds later, it dropped to 16. Time to get off the freeway. Now.

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2014 BMW i3: Misaligned Door Panel

May 4, 2015

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I walked out to our 2014 BMW i3 yesterday and found this. The base of the passenger door was sticking out. At first I thought the door wasn't closed all of the way but there was more to it...

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2014 BMW i3: Spam Bot

March 5, 2015

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I received the following email from our long-term 2014 BMW i3 recently:

Dear BMW ConnectedDrive Customer,

The state of charge of your V275231 is low!

We recommend recharging the battery.

Kind regards,

BMW ConnectedDrive

It seemed like a helpful note at first. But then I received at least 25 of these emails in the two months that we've had the car.

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