JeremyW wrote: The amount of issues that these cars are having is pretty comical, especially considering there were two pilot programs beforehand with the mini-e and active-e.
JeremyW wrote: The car was a really good drive when it does work, so the fanboys have some justification for glossing over the bad parts.
The car is quite fast. I've never had a huge amount of time to test out its handling thoroughly, but it definitely wasn't bad, despite the skinny tires. Maybe I'll have to eventually take advantage of their multi-day test drive program...
What sealed the deal for me not getting an i3 was knowing that there is a flaw in the generator housing for the rex (not the ice, the generator/motor it drives) which causes moisture to stay within it, causing DC isolation issues, and possible corrosion to parts in the housing.
Oh... I either forgot about that or missed it.
I could forgive a few things, but this car seems to have a ton of these kind of design flaws all over it, only some of which we've seen (discovered?) in the field. KLE and motor mounts are the big ones (besides the rex generator housing), but there's also the seriously flawed "self parking" that slams into curbs, airbag issues (a few besides Boomer have reported it), and adaptive cruise control that disengages in bright oncoming sunlight (because it only uses cameras)...
Re: KLE, indeed. It was crazy that it was discovered KLEs were being fried here in the US and thus BMW put on a "band aid" of turning down the L2 charge rate until a redesigned part was available (months later). Really?
Yeah, very buggy self-parking that hits curbs and sometimes damages wheels is odd. I don't think I ever heard of complaints like that w/the self-parking that was available on the 2010-2011 Prius.
As for adaptive cruise control disengagement issues, yeah, how could they ship a feature like that coupled w/the strong regen? There have been numerous complaints on the i3 FB group about that. And, there are been numerous reports about they almost got rear-ended or really pissed off someone behind them because the ACC decided suddenly disengage, causing the VERY strong regen kick in. If BMW knew this could happen, they should've yanked the feature or at least give some audible and visual warnings and NOT engage the crazy strong regen when ACC unexpectedly disengages.
I don't monitor the mybmwi3.com forum much anymore, but someone else who I know is semi-interested (he's had a few Priuses and now a Volt) is on both that fourm and the FB group and has msg'ed me privately that the reliability problems seen on the forum are similar to that of the FB group.