Should I buy this BMW i3?

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  1. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    I need a car, and soon. The sooner, the better, in fact.

    This 2014 BMW i3 just popped up on my radar and I'll probably go look at it tonight or tomorrow. The owner is asking $13,000 and it has 24,100 miles on it.

    According to the seller, it has the "Mega World" trim level, hasn't been in an accident and has no damage. It doesn't have a range extender (ReX).
    (side note: I was advised to avoid the 2014 model year with ReX)

    Now, I understand these could have suffered some battery degradation if left for long periods on a hot lot with a low state of charge (SoC), so I will try to check the battery health. There's a neat video that shows the trick of finding that info, which I'll post below here, in case it's useful for others.

    I'm told, though, that in order to get a more accurate reading with this method, it's recommended to deplete the pack down to 10%, then fully charged it twice before checking the reading.

    So, what do you think? Is it worth $13K? What if it doesn't have a DC fast charging option?

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  3. marshall

    marshall Active Member

    CarGurus says the trade-in price is $8,034. So it seems overpriced to me.
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  4. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member

    Not good because it won't charger faster than 31A on an L2 charger taking hours. In effect, you could drive to a hotel/motel with J1772, stay over night, and return the next day or hop to the next hotel/motel with J1772. You could use RV parks with 50A service and 'camp out' in the car. Be wary of public L2 chargers as they often are derated to 24A or worse.

    Get the VIN and use a VIN decoder to see what it has. Also, join:

    Bob Wilson
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  5. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member

    With fast DC chargers, it will take about 30 min to achieve ~85-90% SOC, ~65-70 mi range.

    A REx is a much more practical car with long legs for cross country travel.

    Bob Wilson
  6. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks, Bob.
    This will be meant to be a car for commuting within the city. Even if it has CCS, I don't think there's a place I would travel to where there are DCFC facilities along the way. (I prefer to rent if I'm driving long distances)
    Still, it's recommended to me for resale value and flexibility purposes. If it doesn't have it, maybe I can negotiate a lower price.
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  8. Domenick

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  9. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    A little update: I test drove the car. It drove fine, at least on at lower speeds on the local streets. One-pedal dynamic was interesting. It does have a fast-charge DC port.
    The car has been kept outside, so isn't quite pristine, but seller said they would have it detailed. There is a small paint blemish on top of rear bumper by loading area. Also a couple stickers (which I don"t personally like and would try to remove).
    Inside, interior was pretty good, though some light liquid staining on passenger seat.

    I'm supposed to give an answer tomorrow and am leaning "no." Although $13k isn't a bad deal, it's not a super-great one, and it really pushes against the top end of my budget.

    Also, just noticed a bunch of off-lease California cars are starting to appear on the East coast...
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  10. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member

    GOOD; FAST; CHEAP ... pick two.

    FYI, Murphy requires learning of a better deal as soon as you've paid for yours.


    Bob Wilson
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