Boomer23 wrote:I picked up a fully loaded 2014 i3 with the REx range extender on a 3 yr lease as a replacement for my 2013 LEAF SL that's coming off lease in mid-June. The car looks identical to the white one that cwerdna posted a picture of in his thread above, complete with the 20 inch sport wheels. I thought I'd post a bit about my decision here for those who are interested.
Thanks for your info. Heh. My '13 Leaf SV lease period is ending end of July 2015. Still contemplating whether I want to extend or not (12 month extension w/2 months payment waived), given that I won't be eligible for CVRP as the CVRP/CARB folks reneged.
The i3 is not on my list of possible vehicles to switch to.
I realize that the i3 is widely considered on this forum to be ugly and overpriced for what it has to offer. I've been reading everything I can get my hands on about the car for the past two years, so trust me, my eyes are open about the reliability and software issues. I'm expecting reliability to be at least something of an issue, so I waited for a very late 2014 build car with some of the early issues taken care of.
Yep. I find it ugly and it was CRAZY overpriced at the beginning. Yep on reliability. I found it both troubling and somewhat comical.
There seem to be some folks who buy BMWs who seem to expect good reliability or something. They've never been particularly good at that on consistent basis (compared to say Honda or Toyota) when looking at Consumer Reports reliability ratings. Seems like those folks either ignore CR, think CR's ratings are bogus or aren't even aware of CR's reliability ratings.
BMW is really trying to move the 2014s, and the deals are pretty good right now. I'm paying about $450 a month with zero down for a fully loaded car using BMW's optional refundable security deposit program to reduce the interest rate, and I'll get the Calif $2500 rebate.
That is a LOT better than at the beginning but it still kinda spendy, in my book.
And here's the reliability issue raising its head already. I'm going to be really up front about reporting any issues with the car here, if folks are interested. After a week of driving, an error popped up regarding air bags or seat belt tensioning. I took the car to a dealer and it looks like a problem in a main wiring harness...
Color me shocked, not. Since you have the REx version, I wouldn't be surprised if you hit at least a couple of these: intermittent CELs, drivetrain malfunction messages, some critical failure (not a flat or blown tire) that leaves you stranded (e.g. drivetrain failure or broken motor mount), serious REx engine issues (I've seen a few reports of those).
I appreciate you being up front. I find it somewhat annoying that some of the folks on i3 Facebook group are BMW fanboys are willing to be WAY too forgiving and some seem to engage in Leaf bashing. After having experienced Japanese cars from at least decent to pretty good reliability (and fairly crappy GM cars before), my tolerance level is fairly low. I have no time for a new hobby of taking my car into the "spa" frequently.