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BMW i3 I01 (2014 - Current)
The BMW i3 and BMW i8 are the first two cars launch under BMW's new sub brand BMW i. The i3 is an all carbon fiber, all electric vehicle meant for urban mobility.

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Old 03-05-2017, 08:49 PM
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BMW i3 - Why did you get one, OR Why do you want one?

Hey guys,
I'm considering an EV and have obviously seen and heard all the pros and cons from multiple different sources that involve this type of vehicle - but I want to hear from regular i3 owners.

which leads me to asking the BMW i3 community.
Why did you get (or want) an i3?
and why not just a regular fuel powered vehicle?
and do you still have a fuel powered car (ICEV) at home?

I'm very interested in what you guys think, because I am yet to own a car that runs with or purely on electricity.
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Old 03-06-2017, 06:18 AM
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BMW i3 - Why did you get one, OR Why do you want one?

We leased ours because of the following reasons (in no particular order). Wife and I carpool to work and round trip is only 10 miles; like the convenience of not going to a gas station to get gas; loads of torque; amazingly large cargo area (we've brought home 2x4s, water heaters, bags of rocks); handles well, especially comparatively to other EVs in the price range.

Admittedly we got a great lease deal and if it weren't for that, I don't know that I necessarily would have taken the plunge into EVs. We love it now though.

Yes, we do have an ICE in the garage. 328i for longer trips and on days where we need separate cars.
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Old 03-06-2017, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by morabimmer View Post
Hey guys,
I'm considering an EV and have obviously seen and heard all the pros and cons from multiple different sources that involve this type of vehicle - but I want to hear from regular i3 owners.

which leads me to asking the BMW i3 community.
Why did you get (or want) an i3?
and why not just a regular fuel powered vehicle?
and do you still have a fuel powered car (ICEV) at home?

I'm very interested in what you guys think, because I am yet to own a car that runs with or purely on electricity.
I decided to get an i3 after a factory-sponsored test-drive. I fell in love with the i3 because it is very fast off the line. Simply a blast to drive.

I used it to commute to work for two years and my conclusion is that an EV is the best commuter car solution. One-pedal driving and instant torque makes it effortless to stay with the flow of traffic. Also, no need to let the engine warm up - just get in and take off. No need to worry about wearing out your ICE with two-mile trips to the grocery store.

I did consider other ICE vehicles instead of the i3 (e.g., 228i) but the i3 was fast, quirky, cool and clean so I chose it instead.

Yes, I had another ICE vehicle at home for use on long trips. My round-trip commute is 25 miles so range was not an issue anyway. I installed a 220V charger at home and didn't stop at a gas station for two years.

I only leased the i3 for two years because I had other vehicles that I wanted to own (e.g., M2). Now that it's gone, I do miss it. Don't get me wrong, the M2 is fun to drive but not so much in traffic. The i3 is a commuting beast.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:50 AM
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Why I want one;

I've driven a Fiat 500 and was amazed at how ridiculously easy it is to park in pretty much whatever space you want. Going to LA, or really anywhere parking is tight/parallel parking, a compact like the i3 or 500e would be good to have.

Sometimes a short trip to the store can be annoying in a full size car. I have to park out in the boonies to prevent door dings/scratches, as well as calm my fear of being hit because my car's long ass sticks out a bit like some long-wheelbase trucks. Also being aware of planters, to avoid curbing one's wheels. It sounds like these aren't really issues, but care-free driving where I can just drive to the store, park in the closest spot, and not have to worry about any of this would be nice.

Electric start up. I've test driven a Tesla Model S and really liked how it just turns on like your phone. With a ICE engine, when its completely cold and hasn't been driven, I turn on the ignition and let the revs settle before changing gears, or setting off. This usually takes like 8-10 seconds, needless to say sometimes I'm in a hurry.
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