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Old 04-25-2019, 04:02 AM
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Can 2015 i3 rex engine be manually started?

Can 2015 i3 rex engine be manually started?
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:18 AM
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Can 2015 i3 rex engine be manually started?
Kind of. There are a couple ways to get it to turn on, but there is no "switch" to manually turn it on on a whim.

1. Most common activation is through Hold State of Charge(HSOC). This involves coding the car to enable the option through the iDrive screen to hold you current battery state of charge. What this does is moves the arrow on the KOMBI up to your current battery level(75%>) and tries to maintain that state of charge +- 4% by running the REx.

2. Emissions Test mode can also manually start the engine, but can only be done while parked and provides very little battery charging capabilities. It is built into the car for emissions testing, so they can perform an exhaust composition test in states that require it. This process is probably best shown, than typed out(not my video):
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Old 04-27-2019, 09:30 AM
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mucho thx..excellent info GF...your giving details never covered in the manual.
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Once you enable the ability to hold the state of charge, you can assign one of the memory numbers 1-8 to engage/disengage it so you don't have to go through the menu to do it. So that does act like a "switch."
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Once you enable the ability to hold the state of charge, you can assign one of the memory numbers 1-8 to engage/disengage it so you don't have to go through the menu to do it. So that does act like a "switch."
I am not sure I get that. What do you mean?
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The iDrive system's memory buttons can 'remember' many many different operations...they are not just for storing radio stations. It's described in the owner's manual.
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I am not sure I get that. What do you mean?
The buttons normally reserved for radio stations on almost every other car can be programmed to do different things on the BMW. You can even use them to store GPS locations. It's perfect for going to work, coming home, picking up your kid, etc. Rather than using voice or going through the menus or your phone, you can just press the button and voila! That's it.

The other guy is saying that you can use one of these buttons to engage the SOC (state of charge) meaning using the button to go from gas to electricity visa/versa. FYI, it takes a couple minutes to engage once you press the button so don't panic if it doesn't seem like it's working initially.
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:52 PM
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Yup! It's awesome!
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