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2015 BMW i3 Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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Great Car when it is not in the shop
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Scott
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2015 BMW i3 Hatchback 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
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Oz
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2015 BMW i3 Hatchback 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 25 people found this review helpful
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By jose
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2015 BMW i3 Hatchback 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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Awesome ride!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By djackson@ USNA.edu
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2015 BMW i3 Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)


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BMW i3 is a great ride ... Feels and looks like an iPhone on wheels. It handles superbly and has the fit and finish found in a BMW. The acceleration is spectacular. 80 mile range is achievable in the Eco+ mode. Love the high tech and sustainable construction.


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Better than expected!
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By Dave
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2015 BMW i3 Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)


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We test-drove an i3 during BMW's launch in April 2014. We're impressed but there was no urgency in getting one(yet). Meanwhile, we continued to monitor its progress and other brands' offerings.

Last year(2015), as my two kids started multiple after-school activities which averaged 45 miles round-trips per day, the carbon footprint (and gasoline bills) started climbing. We decided to look at EV again. With attractive year-end incentives and government rebates, we went out and bought one.

The whole family(especially the kids) is enjoying the new ride. We feel less guilty about our carbon footprint with this vehicle. For our use cases, it was the best option. The rear seats are a bit small(compared to our sedan) but for local travel, it was not an issue. The acceleration is good and we like the newer technology that came pretty much standard in this car.


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