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Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 05-17-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 356
Posted By richschneid
Sound in sport mode audible outside of the i8

I'm supposed to get my i8 in October, pending my dealer's allocation for that quarter. I have driven one for about 10 minutes. The sound in sport mode is great.

Can someone tell me how much of...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 04-30-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,098
Posted By richschneid
But to add what I am disappointed about in the i8...

But to add what I am disappointed about in the i8 is the absence of some of the things that I have in my 550i that are not available in the i8. These are, in no particular order:

Active Cruise...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 04-30-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By richschneid
The guy I know who got my dealer's first i8 last...

The guy I know who got my dealer's first i8 last October told me he is selling his car because it was too hard for him to get out of. He is around 60 yo, 5'9", and told me he weighs 250#. I told...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 04-24-2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,098
Posted By richschneid
No, neither blow out reached the rims. There was...

No, neither blow out reached the rims. There was a hole in the sidewall. I was able to drive home after one and drive to a gas station after the other. I carry a winter tire in the trunk as a...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 04-24-2015, 02:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,098
Posted By richschneid
I had five V-8 BMWs since 1992 (the i8 will be my...

I had five V-8 BMWs since 1992 (the i8 will be my sixth high performance BMW in a row). My feelings have been that each car seemed to be the last one I would ever need. Then the BMW engineers...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 04-24-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,098
Posted By richschneid
The other advantage of smaller tires that I...

The other advantage of smaller tires that I omitted was the lower weight of smaller tires. So, while I agree that wider tires are more esthetically pleasing, there are certain engineering advantages...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 04-24-2015, 04:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,098
Posted By richschneid
I think you should sue.

I think you should sue.
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 04-23-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,098
Posted By richschneid
If that is the case then why did the engineers at...

If that is the case then why did the engineers at BMW put such small tires on the front of the i8?

How do you know what the mileage differences are with these tires? Besides maybe it also has to...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 04-23-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By richschneid
i8 in the snow

This week in the weekly BMW email magazine was a video of the i8 in the snow. One of the captions written was that it was doubted that anyone who owned an i8 would be using it as their sole daily...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 04-23-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,098
Posted By richschneid
I read that the i8 with the stock tires has a...

I read that the i8 with the stock tires has a maximum lateral acceleration of 0.93g. This is similar to, or the same as, the lateral acceleration of my E39 M5 and my 06' 650i. Both of these were...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-18-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,752
Posted By richschneid
Common guys! Just because no engine can do more...

Common guys! Just because no engine can do more work than the amount of energy put into it, does not mean that recovering some of the heat generated by the rolling tires and turning it into...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-17-2015, 04:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By richschneid
That's consistent with the concept that the i8...

That's consistent with the concept that the i8 can be driven in AWD in reverse. Thanks.
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-16-2015, 04:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By richschneid
Thanks. That makes perfect sense. It still...

Thanks. That makes perfect sense. It still doesn't explain why some other people on this thread have not had the same experience. But it is comforting to know that we now have some excellent...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-15-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By richschneid
Maybe you should confirm these results with your...

Maybe you should confirm these results with your dealership. But I think that turning off the DSC just requires pushing a button. Also, if you are backing up a hill into your garage the downhill...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-12-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,535
Posted By richschneid
I know that in my 550i I can put the transmission...

I know that in my 550i I can put the transmission into sport mode and shift it manually by moving the shift lever to the left. This puts the transmission into sport mode. If I then shift gears...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-12-2015, 07:35 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,535
Posted By richschneid
Yeah, AWD on a flat surface is great for...

Yeah, AWD on a flat surface is great for accelerating on ice or snow. That's true whether or not the car is a Tesla or a BMW. My 550i xDrive with winter tires accelerates well on the ice or snow...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-12-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,535
Posted By richschneid
It's really not much of a "secret", it's exactly...

It's really not much of a "secret", it's exactly the same as in all the other BMWs I have had equipped with DSC, in that when the car stops moving in the snow in reverse because the DSC turns off all...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-11-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By richschneid
Here's a copy and paste from another thread on...

Here's a copy and paste from another thread on this blog that clearly indicates that the reverse gear in the rear transmission of the i8 can be used. It seems that all that is required is to switch ...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-11-2015, 04:50 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,535
Posted By richschneid
Thanks. It didn't make any sense to me that BMW...

Thanks. It didn't make any sense to me that BMW would have a reverse gear in the rear transmission of the i8 unless it could be used. So, I guess I should turn off the DSC when backing out of my...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-08-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By richschneid
My 550i xDrive usually only directs torque to the...

My 550i xDrive usually only directs torque to the rear wheels when I start to back out of my garage onto my uphill driveway. However, it almost always cannot reach the top of the driveway in the...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-07-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By richschneid
Thanks. Others have posted that the engine in...

Thanks. Others have posted that the engine in their i8's have never started when driving the car in reverse. I will have to back my i8 up the incline of my driveway in the snow. The fact that your...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-07-2015, 04:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By richschneid
Supposedly only the front wheels power the car in...

Supposedly only the front wheels power the car in reverse. Please see some of the previous posts about this from other people. I don't know how to find them, however. That's why I started a new...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-07-2015, 12:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By richschneid
Reverse gear in rear i8 transmission

Does anyone know why the rear automatic transmission of the i8 has a reverse gear?
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-03-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,730
Posted By richschneid
In #61 above I wrote: "There are some people...

In #61 above I wrote:

"There are some people here in Pittsburgh who drive Teslas. But I just drove back from Manhattan today and didn't see a single Tesla charging station anywhere on I78 or on...
Forum: BMW i3 / i8 / ActiveE 03-03-2015, 11:52 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,730
Posted By richschneid
Thank you for saying that the "Tesla is a bad...

Thank you for saying that the "Tesla is a bad choice for you." Those who think that it would be a good choice for someone who lives in Pittsburgh and drives often to Manhattan to own a Tesla are...
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