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BMW i3 Rocks!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Mike p
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2015 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD)


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After reading and watching numerous reviews, I decided to take a test drive...sold! This car is very advanced and represents great concepts in engineering. Build quality is high and design is cutting edge. Fun to drive and practical to a point; long road trips (100+ miles) need some pre-planning for charging stops. We bought with the Rex option. Sitting height is higher than most cars and some small SUVs.


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Lovin the i3
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Steve
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2015 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD)


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We bought a BMW certified pre-owned 2015 i3 Rex Terra Package with 8,000 miles and have been driving it for about three weeks now. It is my wife's commuter and driving around town car and she absolutely loves it! It fits her needs perfectly and she loves driving it. We have solar panels, so we have not seen any effect on our electric bill. I installed a 240V 6 gauge 4 wire electric line to the garage that is tied to the breaker box with a double-poled 50 amp breaker. I then installed a Juicebox 40 Amp 240V Level 2 charger (car charges maximum capacity at 32 Amp so the oversize doesn't hurt as the car will only charge to its maximum capacity) and it can take the charge from depleted to full in about 3.5 hours. If you install a 240 V charger, be sure to go into the car computer charging settings and change the 240 V charge level from "minimum" (which is the default) to "maximum" to fully utilize the capacity of your Level 2 charger. If you are thinking of purchasing an electric car, buy a used one as they depreciate very quickly because of a weak resale market. For our situation and intended use of this car, it fits us perfectly. Hopefully it will be a reliable car for years to come.

Update: We have owned the i3 for 7 months now and still loving this vehicle. It fits our needs perfectly for a short-distance "around the town and commuter car" and it is a blast to drive.


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Great Car when it is not in the shop
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Scott
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2015 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD)


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It seems that the first few years of a new car there are some bugs. I have owned this car for 2 year and driven it 45,000 miles. It is roomy and drives great. It has also been in the shop 15 times for electronic issues, and recalls. If the electronic bugs are worked out it would be great. BMW does not seem to want to stand by this car. It has a 50,000 warranty and the cost for an extended warranty is over $4,000 for up to 70,000 miles. They do not go above this mileage.


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BMW i3 Rex First Month Impressions
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By Oz
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2015 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD)


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After driving the car for a full month I have to say it is a great car. I drive it around 90 miles a few times a week. The range extender has kicked in a couple of times and has taken away the range anxiety. Not having to go to the gas station once a week (sometimes more) is a great feeling. At first I was charging the car using the 110v charger and that was a frustrating experience. It would take anywhere from 17-19 hours. The BMW wall charging station is now installed and this has dramatically improved charging time to 3-3.5 hrs. I went from a X5 3.5i to this car and the car drives and brakes like a BMW with very slim tires. If the tire pressure is too low or too high the driving dynamics change quite a bit. Best to keep an eye on your tire pressure. It leans a bit more when making sharp turns, but nothing like a 80s Cadillac. I enjoy driving twisty back roads and love the instant power. It is addictive... Getting to speed is not a problem, cruising at 75 miles or higher you need to correct the steering a bit more than normal. It took a couple of days to adjust to driving with just the gas pedal. Regenerative brakes are quite aggressive and do assist with slowing the car down quite a bit and only rarely do I need to use the brake pedal. This is something I adjusted to with no issues. The front seats are very comfortable and have good support. Driving position is upright more like an SUV. The back seats are comfortable for passengers under 6 ft. Cargo space with backseats in their position is kind of small, but significantly improves when the rear seats are flattened. Overall I am very satisfied with the experience.


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not worth the premium
1 of 28 people found this review helpful
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By jose
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2015 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)


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Bmw dosent stand behind their brand, no promise regular bmw when u need for a long trip.
And poor customer backing easy way out each dealer is independently own they can set their polecies.

When unlock at what up get is a middle of the road even poor range and u could get the same on the leaf etc.

Save 15k to 20k get something else glad is a lease will look at another brand.

Bmw is not premium at all is over price garbage


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