BMW's first venture into the mass-produced electric-car market seems to be a resounding success. The BMW i3 electric car for 2015 stands apart from other EVs, such as the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus, by offering an advanced carbon-fiber-reinforced body, a plethora of advanced technologies and a sporty driving attitude.
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BMW's i3 electric car for 2015 offers an eco-friendly platform with the added status of the coveted BMW badge. More fun to drive than a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt, the i3's unique styling and feature-rich interior make it nearly as cool to own as a $70,000 Tesla S.
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From a purely statistical point of view, you'll get more cruising range and a much smaller monthly payment by going with the Chevrolet Volt. The Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius and Ford C-Max are also less costly alternatives. Also, the i3's rear-hinged back doors are an inconvenience for rear passengers.
I have had issues with the check engine light coming on. I have only owned it 6 months, and I had to have it towed to BMW for a faulty charging switch that made it so I was unable to decouple the Charger from the vehicle. The check engine light is back on again and I have to take it back to BMW. Otherwise, this car is a dream. That being said, I do not want a maintenance nightmare on my hands.
Comfortable and tons of room. I appreciate that I do not have to put gas.
Comfortable, durable, no gas expenses, reliable. I like the driving options available. So happy I do not have to fill up my gas tank on a daily basis. Drive is comfortable and there is room for my family when travelling. Seats are comfy and roomy. Heated seats help during cold weather.
While it is an electric car there is a gas tank that holds 2 gallons of gas. This will help prolong trips that are longer than the electric charge will take you.
I love that it is quiet. There is more room inside then you expect and I can stretch my legs out. I also love that it is electric so we very rarely have to put any gas into it. I wish that it would charger faster and it was easier to find charging stations.
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Safety Recalls (3)
Air Bags > Frontal
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2014-2018 BMW i3 electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Unbelted, small adult, drivers may be at a higher risk of neck injury in the event of a frontal crash. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
During a frontal impact, unbelted, small adult, drivers could be at a higher risk of neck injury.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will update the Driver air bag control unit software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 8, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at the dedicated i3 recall number 1-855-269-3361.
Fuel System, Gasoline > Delivery > Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2014-2017 i3 REx hybrid electric vehicles. The fuel tank vent line may rub against the ribbed wire protection sleeve of the battery positive (B+) cable, creating a hole in the vent line and causing a fuel vapor leak.
A fuel vapor leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel vent line, replacing it as necessary, and install a clip to prevent it from chafing, free of charge. The recall beganApril 3, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Air Bags > Passenger Side Frontal
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper two-door vehicles, 2015-2016 MINI John Cooper Works and MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper four-door vehicles and 2014-2015 BMW i3 vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the passenger frontal air bag may not deploy properly in a low speed crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
In the event of a vehicle crash, an air bag that does not deploy properly increases the risk of injury to the front seat passenger.
MINI and BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall began on November 25, 2015. Owners may contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525 and BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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