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BMW i3

trils0n

2013 P85
Feb 12, 2013
1,527
1,947
SF Bay Area
Just had my first i3 sighting somewhere near Menlo Park on Hwy 101; it was going in the opposite direction at speed with no headlights on :cursing: despite the rain here today.

The front's unmistakable and the car's raised profile made it very visible even over the concrete hwy divider. Was definitely distinctive. As I glanced at the back in my side mirror, for some reason, it immediately reminded me of Walter White's Pontiac Aztek in Breaking Bad :D

Think I saw the same i3 at the Woodside Rd exit this morning. Lights off. Was larger/boxier than I expected. The photos definitely show the most flattering angles.
 

gg_got_a_tesla

Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913
Jan 29, 2010
6,533
769
Redwood Shores, CA
I wonder how many potential Leaf and i3 buyers ask "can it charge at Tesla Superchargers?"

A fair number of them, I'm sure. Not that many Tesla SCs - that are in between towns along highways - are even reachable given these cars' range.

There was that unfortunate incident when a lady was trying to plug her Leaf (?) in at the Hawthorne SC. Charging site apps may lead some people to such SC locations.
 

stopcrazypp

Well-Known Member
Dec 8, 2007
10,025
4,956
Well, that seals the deal. I am booking one now.

<looks around. No SAE charger as far as the eye can see and nothing planned either. Cancels reservation>
If the buyer is in California (likely the main market for the i3), there's 200 planned, so it definitely helps kick start some demand for those chargers.
 

Nin ja

Member
Feb 18, 2013
23
0
Chantilly Virginia
i have to admit, that the Telsa is probably the best EV out there. My comparison would be to Tennis. The Model S is steffi graf, the BMW I8 is chris evert and the karma is anna, the performance and looks i think match very well ;-)
Steffi-Graf.jpg
chris-Evert-backhand.jpg
anna-kournikova-2422.jpg
 

efusco

Moderator - Model S & X forums
Mar 29, 2009
5,421
666
Nixa, Missouri, United States
Went to an i3 test drive event locally today. I'm completely underwhelmed. The media center on the high end model is very nice, but for $12k more than a Nissan leaf, that's some expensive badging for less room and similar performance.
 

DuncanWatson

Member
Apr 3, 2012
284
0
Seattle, WA
Think I saw the same i3 at the Woodside Rd exit this morning. Lights off. Was larger/boxier than I expected. The photos definitely show the most flattering angles.
I think a lot of drivers of new cars get told that there is the nice auto light feature and then find out that you have to set the option in menus to turn on lights when the wipers run. I don't know why manufacturers make the default for that off but it seems to be the trend. I do get annoyed at lack of lights or turn signals in a lot of drivers but in the rain with a car with temp plates I give them a qualified pass.
 

gregincal

Active Member
Oct 26, 2012
3,764
2,294
Santa Cruz, CA
I think a lot of drivers of new cars get told that there is the nice auto light feature and then find out that you have to set the option in menus to turn on lights when the wipers run. I don't know why manufacturers make the default for that off but it seems to be the trend. I do get annoyed at lack of lights or turn signals in a lot of drivers but in the rain with a car with temp plates I give them a qualified pass.

I wonder if it's different in California, since it's the law that you have to have your lights on when the windshield wipers are on. I bet manufacturers added the feature for that reason, but only turn it on for cars sold in California.
 

VintageMark

Member
Jan 27, 2014
20
0
Bristol, UK
My wife's i3 is due to arrive a month or two before my Model S here in the UK.

It is not fair to compare the cars, they are designed for very different purposes. I think the average commute here in the UK is something like 25 miles a day, my wife does 32 miles a day (16 each way) M-F and that's about it...

It is a very 'nippy' (7.1 to 62mph BEV) little commute car, the interior is nice enough and it looks a lot better in person than in pictures in my opinion...

Both great cars for different purposes...

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And I should have said... we were hours away from signing the paperwork on a Leaf for my wife's commute car when we decided to do a double check and discovered the newly available i3...

In our opinion... not even close... the Leaf 'feels' like an ICE with electric added... the i3 feels and looks electric from the ground up...

And for us the financials were only slightly different... so it was a no brainer...
 

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