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I Bought The Holy Grail Of BMW i3s Even Though It Was Probably A Terrible Financial Decision

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Sometimes you have one shot at the grail, and you have to decide whether or not to take it. That opportunity came last month when I saw the ultimate BMW i3 go up for sale as a lease turn-in; I knew I had to act immediately or it would be gone, and I would never find it again. Should I pick up the phone and spend an exorbitant sum on the Holy Grail BMW i3 or should I let it pass? I picked up the phone. Here’s why.

You may recall a few months back that I was deliberating whether or not to buy a 2019 BMW i3S — a vehicle that, at the time, I considered The Holy Grail of i3s. I passed on that car and regretted it for months. Why? Because the BMW i3 — especially the range-extended model in the right trim — is more than just a car to me. As someone who has engineered cars and driven pretty much every EV on the U.S. market and some from China, I still find myself enamored by this carbon fiber wonder from Leipzig even 10 years after it launched.

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The i3’s story is a car-geek’s dream. About 15 years ago, the Bavarian automaker handed over $2.5 billion to its engineers and designers and gave them the chance at a moonshot. What they delivered was a concept car called the “Mega City Vehicle,” which BMW introduced in February of 2010, writing in a press release:

The BMW Group is once again breaking new ground with the Megacity Vehicle (MCV), due to come onto the market in 2013: “The Megacity Vehicle is a revolutionary automobile. It will be the world’s first volume-produced vehicle with a passenger cell made from carbon. … Indeed, this concept allows us to practically offset the extra 250 to 350 kilograms of weight typically found in electrically powered vehicles.” says Klaus Draeger, Member of the Board of Management for Development.

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The LifeDrive concept consists of two horizontally separated, independent modules. The Drive module integrates the battery, drive system and structural and crash functions into a single construction within the chassis. Its partner, the Life module, consists primarily of a high-strength and extremely lightweight passenger cell made from CFRP. Furthermore, the new vehicle architecture opens the door to totally new production processes which are both simpler and more flexible, and use less energy.

The BMW Group is also aiming to be the force behind the best drive systems over the years ahead – systems boasting outstanding efficiency, performance and smoothness, even if it is electricity rather than fossil fuels that are converted into propulsion. To this end, the BMW Group is vigorously driving forward the technical development of electric powertrains. The BMW Group’s centre of expertise for electric drive systems brings together development, manufacturing and procurement specialists under one roof. All their efforts are focused on the implementation and typically BMW interpretation of the new generation of drive systems. Ultimately, electric vehicles not only provide a zero-local-emission and low-noise form of propulsion; their ability to deliver a totally new and extremely agile driving experience is also impressive.

The new architecture of the MCV also gives the vehicle designers additional freedom when it comes to creating a new aesthetic for sustainable urban mobility solutions.

Here’s what the concept looked like in 2010:

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Within a year and a half, BMW had a physical concept car:

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And then within two years BMW blew everyone’s mind, showing off a machine that looked very much like a concept car — a weirdly-designed carbon-fiber bubble with a crazy interior featuring all sorts of sustainable materials including a eucalyptus dashboard. Except it was a production car.

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It was a moonshot in every way. The way it was built, the exterior styling, the cabin design, the powertrain with an integrated range extender. It was, according to engineering expert Sandy Munro, the Model T of our time:

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Anyway, enough about the i3’s story. Many of you have heard it before. The real question is: Why buy another i3 if I already have one?

Well, after having owned my 2014 for a year, I realized that the i3 is going to be my forever car. You see, the i3 blends my long-held love for gasoline with a new inevitable electric reality, especially here in California. I’ve driven EV after EV — R1T, Taycan, Model S, Lightning, Ioniq 5, Cybertruck, EV6 — and while they’re fantastic machines that I’d recommend to many, none of them truly stir my soul. Only one electric car has done it for me, and that’s the BMW i3. It’s the carbon fiber chassis, it’s the insanely gorgeous interior, it’s the fascinating history, it’s the compact size and range-extender system that doesn’t rely on a giant battery to be practical.

The i3 is everything I believe in, all wrapped in a singular package: Cars should be small and light; commuters should probably be electric; you don’t need a huge battery pack for your daily driver, and a small gas engine as a backup will solve your range anxiety; great build quality is paramount; cabins are where you spend your time and should therefore feel special; great crash performance is important. And I could go on.

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To have found a car that one connects with on this level is a rarity, so, after driving my 2014 (see above) for a year and falling head over heels, and realizing in the past year that I have to get rid of a number of my vehicles since my life has changed from the Michigan days (I no longer have as much time to wrench due to me running this website and maintaining a relationship with Elise, my wonderful girlfriend), I figured: “If I’m going to get rid of many of my cars, and I plan to keep an i3 forever, it should be the very best one.”

And the ultimate i3, to me, is a Galvanic Gold 2021 BMW i3S Rex with Giga World interior and max options (sans moonroof, which adds weight and gets rid of the carbon fiber top; some also complain about heat getting in through the closed sunroof). It’s a car that many didn’t think actually existed. Comb the i3 forums, and you’ll see that, due to COVID, 2021 i3s with the Harman Kardon sound system (a must in these cars) are extremely difficult to find due to parts shortages.

BMW only ever sold 1,476 i3s in the U.S. in 2021 according to Goodcarbadcar. Yes, under 1,500. Of those, maybe 200 were Galvanic Gold (only available in ’21), maybe 50 of those had Giga World interiors, maybe 30 of those had the range extender (which you want in my opinion; the i3 is an only-OK EV but a world-beating range-extended EV), maybe 10 of those were the “S” sport model, maybe five of those were fully decked out with the Harman Kardon sound system and big screen and other nice interior tech.

And since BMW stopped selling the Range Extended i3 in 2019 outside of the U.S., it’s possible that this fully-loaded Galvanic Gold 2021 i3S Rex with Giga Interior is a one of five in the world. It honestly could be a one-of-one.

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So how did I land it if it’s so rare? Well, first, the i3 is an acquired taste, beloved by only the nerdiest of car nerds. To many, it’s a pug-nosed compact car not worth a second glance. But to enthusiasts, it’s sensational. Those enthusiasts would snap this car up in a moment if it hit the open market. The only reasons why I was able to nab it were: 1. It was a lease turn-in, so it wasn’t a private seller putting the car on the market, it was a BMW dealer. 2. The BMW online used-car portal had listed this car with no photos. I saw the listing, ran the VIN, and was surprised to see what this car was. 3. As soon as I ran that VIN, I contacted the dealer and put a deposit down, figuring the car was in decent shape since it was a lease turn-in. 4. The car was expensive, and not everyone wants to drop $30 large on an i3 given that you can buy some 2021s for only $20 grand these days and 2018s for $15 grand (heck, you can buy an Ioniq 5 or a Tesla Model 3 for less than this i3).

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It was luck that brought me to the grail, which was one of the final cars built (manufactured in June; the i3 left production after July) and cost $57,500 when it was new three years ago (see above). If this vehicle had been sold by an individual who knew what it was and who posted it with photos, the car would have sold in a heartbeat. A year ago, a Gold i3S just like mine, but with a moonroof instead of the Harman Kardon sound system and the dark brown interior instead of the Giga World sold for $39,000 pretty much instantly.

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That’s not to say that this was a sound financial decision, because it was not. BMW i3 values are tanking, and the vehicle is a niche one. Even if it’s worth $30 large today, it’s possible it will be worth only half that in five years. But I didn’t buy this as an investment; I bought this because I think it’s the best car in the world for an enthusiast who lives in a city and can charge at home. And if you have a chance to drive what you legitimately think is the best car in the world, you take that chance.

 

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Because it’s a 2019+, this i3 has a 42kWh battery instead of the 22 kWh one in my 2014 (so 130 miles of range instead of 75, and it should last my lifetime). It’s got a new iDrive system with Apple Carplay built in, it has adaptive LED headlights, LED cornering lights, a slightly different seat fabric, 14 extra horsepower over the standard on-sport i3, and the sport suspension (which actually rides better than my non-sport suspension on my ’14, though that car has 145,000 miles). I’m excited to compare the final model-year i3S with my first model-year i3. Expect that article soon.

I haven’t driven my new i3 much, but I’m already head over heels. It looks amazing (I’m planning on having it XPEL PPF‘d), it rides well, it’s quick, it’s roomy and comfortable in the cabin, it’s nimble and easy to park, and it solves my other BMW i3’s biggest Achilles Heel — tires. I’ll explain more on that in a later article. But for now, I’m in love. Bankrupt, but in love.

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Shop-Teacher
Shop-Teacher
1 month ago

I can see why you bought it. Damn the depreciation! Depreciation only matters if you’re going to sell it. PPF that thing and drive it all the time my friend!

Frankencamry
Frankencamry
1 month ago
Reply to  Shop-Teacher

Cars are an item you own but don’t always control the decision to sell.

Shop-Teacher
Shop-Teacher
1 month ago
Reply to  Frankencamry

Eh, in my experience people are too flippant about getting rid of cars unnecessarily.

Danster
Danster
1 month ago

Sweet and yes to PPF, top that off with a high quality ceramic including the wheels and barrels of. In water restricted Cali you probably can get by with no rinse wash products, the clean up is so much easier when coated.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 month ago

This represents what I enjoy most about this place – it celebrates the automotive experience generally while simultaneously distilling it to something very specific for each specific person. And that even means that the specific can change as people change, and they’ll still be included as part of that celebration without missing a beat.

There are very few places on the net that can pull that off as successfully as does the autopian.

Now…where’s that Aztek?

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Mobile meth lab. You know you want to.

Nycbjr
Nycbjr
1 month ago

That other site had a slideshow this morning on what readers thought were worst car quality and the i3 made the list, curious what david felt about that comment lol

Good for you man, she’s a beauty!

Janeane Garafolo
Janeane Garafolo
1 month ago
Reply to  Nycbjr

You gave them clicks? haha. Sucker.

Stryker_T
Stryker_T
1 month ago
Reply to  Nycbjr

lol, you looked at a slideshow there?

Nycbjr
Nycbjr
1 month ago
Reply to  Stryker_T

I know whats wrong with me?

Stryker_T
Stryker_T
1 month ago
Reply to  Nycbjr

just thinking about it for a minute, I would imagine it’s like with AI now, where the people responding on stuff there now is just giving bad info on purpose.

Nycbjr
Nycbjr
1 month ago
Reply to  Stryker_T

ugh, never even thought about that, lol
was complaints about body twist causing door sensors to go off

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
1 month ago
Reply to  Nycbjr

Do you want us to send the goons round, because this will make us send the goons round. Matt likes baseball. A lot. Is all I’m sayin’

Lizardman in a human suit
Lizardman in a human suit
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Damn. A fixer, goons, dresses all in black, and is a little deranged. I guess Autopian has a super villain on staff.

Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
1 month ago

“A little”

[citation needed]

[not the Chevy]

Nycbjr
Nycbjr
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

yes lets do it!

Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
1 month ago
Reply to  Nycbjr

I’m waiting for Sunday’s slideshow that will link to today’s slideshow.

Vicente Perez
Vicente Perez
1 month ago

Congratulations! Great piece and great choice. Looking forward to all the future i3 content!

Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge
Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge
1 month ago

I always take the long and relative view with my fleet. Each bargain bought is an offset for “overpaying” once in a while. I’d wager David is still way ahead on this ledger.

Also, if a journalist buys a car to write about: tax write-off?

Eggsalad
Eggsalad
1 month ago

If you decide to sell the old one, LMK.

Amberturnsignalsarebetter
Amberturnsignalsarebetter
1 month ago
Reply to  Eggsalad

I don’t want to start a bidding war, but have been seriously shopping for a while – I don’t have the fever strong enough to spend $30k, but if I can find a decent Rex for a fair price I am joining the i3 club soon.

V10omous
V10omous
1 month ago

And if you have a chance to drive what you legitimately think is the best car in the world

The i3 may have its appeals (I’ve never driven one) but this is an incredibly bold statement.

If you like it, that’s really all that matters, but I can’t imagine making that claim about *any* car, let alone one with so many downsides.

V10omous
V10omous
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

I’d add someone who has no kids to your list.

I guess like I implied in my first comment, I’d personally struggle to call anything the best car in the world unless perhaps I had driven every car in the world.

But in case it wasn’t clear enough from my first post (as others seem to be confused), I am unambiguously happy that you found something you love to drive; after all, that is the dream for all of us here.

AlterId
AlterId
1 month ago
Reply to  V10omous

I’d personally struggle to call anything the best car in the world unless perhaps I had driven every car in the world.

Well, I have – except, ironically, an i3, so I really couldn’t say that either.

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 month ago
Reply to  V10omous

Depends on how many kids. You could fit two kids in the back just fine.

Albeit, if they are small enough to require a car seat, it could be inconvenient, even if doable.

Lizardman in a human suit
Lizardman in a human suit
1 month ago
Reply to  V10omous

No kids… yet. I think Elise has Plans for him. Health foods, exercise, things like that. I used to due the same for my stud horse

Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
1 month ago

Omg

Janeane Garafolo
Janeane Garafolo
1 month ago
Reply to  V10omous

So, some internet dude, without any valid experience on the specific topic, shits on another dude’s happiness? Get real.

“No one needs to have an opinion on everything” -Marcus Aurelius (sorta)

Let the guy live.

Last edited 1 month ago by Janeane Garafolo
V10omous
V10omous
1 month ago

The purpose of a comment section is to share opinions.

If someone’s happiness can be significantly impacted by someone else quibbling with an objectively strong opinion they post in the article, that would seem to me to be a shame.

I don’t get bent out of shape when someone doesn’t agree with my takes either.

Janeane Garafolo
Janeane Garafolo
1 month ago
Reply to  V10omous

Totally fair. Just think about what your take implies. Often times, one’s “take” is unnecessary and glib. No matter your opinion of others, it’s the opinion of yourself (looking back after several years) that makes your thoughts valid.

There is a saying I read the other day: All opinions and morals feel the same, until one reflects back and sees the truth. Being right feels great. Being wrong feels terrible.

Don’t feel terrible on purpose.

Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge
Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge
1 month ago
Reply to  V10omous

David’s statement feels like an empirical argument. EVERY car has compromises and downsides. But you can measure that against its fit for purpose and its ambition. And in that context, he may be right.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 month ago

But then there is that elusive, non-quantifiable x-factor when it comes to cars that probably carries way more weight for all of us here than for the regular buyer – how it makes us feel.

It’s completely emotional, or at least perceived by us as such, and can be the reason why something otherwise empirically perfect isn’t so in our actual lives.

In that vein, I can see both David and V10omous being correct.

Curtis Loew
Curtis Loew
1 month ago

It seems like a good choice as long as you sell the other one.

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
1 month ago

I totally get it, you’ve identified that car you want and stumbled upon a fantastic find that was “hidden”. It’s your Holy Grail, so hats off for finding a sweet one.
Also, you bought a car from the most successful used car salesman of all time. Good luck with that part.

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Yup, that’s who I’m talking about.

Ford Magnet
Ford Magnet
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

I bought a 2009 E63 from Hendrick MB a few years ago that was in fantastic shape, overall a great experience. Good dealer network from my experience.

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Just one of those occupations where you want someone who’s bad at it. And Rick Hendrick sure ain’t bad at selling cars.

Janeane Garafolo
Janeane Garafolo
1 month ago

So, is that good or bad?

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
1 month ago

Well, ok, so if you need a lawyer, you want a good lawyer. If you need a doctor, you want a good doctor (definitely).
But when you need a car salesman, wouldn’t you rather have one that maybe isn’t so good at his job?

Lizardman in a human suit
Lizardman in a human suit
1 month ago

Pretty good at racing them, too.

AlterId
AlterId
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

I think I saw that one when I was leafing through certified i3 REX inventory a week or so ago, and it was the closest I e to my home. Did it have 27,000-ish miles?

Joke #119!
Joke #119!
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

What? You didn’t drive it across the country? Missed story opportunity!
I bet there are plenty of readers here who would let you stay over and charge up your car.

Eric Gonzalez
Eric Gonzalez
1 month ago

Beautiful little car! The black wheels are definitely not my cup of tea, but that’s the only (minor) downside. I’m also falling in love with the i3, but all around here are barebones and too expensive for what they are.

Janeane Garafolo
Janeane Garafolo
1 month ago

Great write-up, Larry David!

A. Barth
A. Barth
1 month ago

Why buy another i3 if I already have one?

Because if one is good, two would be better. 🙂

Hondaimpbmw 12
Hondaimpbmw 12
1 month ago
Reply to  A. Barth

So, now he needs to buy 2 more; ‘cause as my late buddy used to say “if X is good, 2X is better and 4X is just right”.

AlterId
AlterId
1 month ago
Reply to  Hondaimpbmw 12

My ex said the same thing.

Amberturnsignalsarebetter
Amberturnsignalsarebetter
1 month ago
Reply to  AlterId

was that the first ex, the second ex, or the fourth ex?

AlterId
AlterId
1 month ago

It was Ex XIII.

DEcarTrouble
DEcarTrouble
1 month ago

DT staring off over a lake after taking delivery: I wish I knew how to quit you!

Autopian readers: …

(Hopefully someone gets the movie reference)

Seriously though probably worth every penny for your happiness, so enjoy it.

Outofstep
Outofstep
1 month ago
Reply to  DEcarTrouble

He is wearing a blue shirt in the lead image…

MikeF
MikeF
1 month ago

When the i3 came out, I recall being really disappointed that they invested in all that advanced technology to … produce the same compliance car range as everyone else.

Manwich Sandwich
Manwich Sandwich
1 month ago
Reply to  MikeF

And also have it (and the i8) exist in the shadow of the Tesla Model S and be outsold by it by a wide margin.

I’m sure more than a few BMW execs were really pissed off at Tesla over this.

Scoutdude
Scoutdude
1 month ago

Why should they be pissed off at Tesla, they should be pissed off at themselves and/or engineers that put out such a vehicle.

Manwich Sandwich
Manwich Sandwich
1 month ago
Reply to  Scoutdude

they should be pissed off at themselves and/or engineers that put out such a vehicle.”

Yeah but that’s not how it works. In reality, OEMs in the 2010s spent their time laughing at and dissing Tesla.

With the i3 and i8 (which I personally think is a very cool car from a design and style perspective), BMW was going for getting the ‘green vehicle’ crown that Toyota had with the Prius.

And I’m pretty sure from BMW’s perspective, this new two-bit company named Tesla stole that crown from them.

Thus, I’m reasonably sure that at least a few BMW execs were pissed they lost the green crown to a new upstart.

I know that’s how I would feel if I was the exec behind the i3 and especially the i8.

Scoutdude
Scoutdude
1 month ago

I’m sure they were pissed but again they should be pissed about the piss poor job they did not that someone else, with far fewer resources, did a better job.

Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
1 month ago

Eh, the Model S looks like a car and sits a family of 4 comfortably, while the i8 looks like a race car. The Venn diagram of the market for each of those is two distinct circles.

Manwich Sandwich
Manwich Sandwich
1 month ago

The Venn diagram of the market for each of those is two distinct circles.”

Not exactly. There is also the “green image car” factor. Essentially in the 2000s, many bought the Prius because it was the most ‘green’.

That crown went to the Tesla Model S when it came out. And BMW was gunning for that crown and Tesla stole it from them.

Scoutdude
Scoutdude
1 month ago

Nah the Model S never had the green image car factor that the Prius had, it was far to expensive and always had the rich person car image.

Widgetsltd
Widgetsltd
1 month ago
Reply to  MikeF

Like the Fiat 500, the i3 makes a lot of sense as a City car in Europe. For that role, it doesn’t need 250 miles of range!

MikeF
MikeF
1 month ago
Reply to  Widgetsltd

Sure, but the first version had EIGHTY miles of range, barely more than a Leaf and less than an e-golf. They made a very efficient car that could have had a real differentiator (say, 100+ miles when everyone else was 80) but instead chose to save money on the battery.

Goof
Goof
1 month ago

Is now the time we get DT on the Mirai bandwagon? Where he starts collecting first generation Mirais, before eventually also acquiring second-gen Mirais?

Also, David, have you considered a DT/DT article, where you have David Twohig join a discussion about the i3? Twohig worked on the Renault Zoe and there was a lot of benchmarking against the i3, and he certainly has a lot to talk about both vehicles.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 month ago
Reply to  Goof

The Mirai actually does seem way more autopian, but maybe as something Torch would own, end up having a friend at UNC who works at a lab produce hydrogen for him?

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Producing hydrogen is one thing, that is doable if impractical and expensive.

Compressing it to 10,000 PSI is another matter altogether.

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
1 month ago
Reply to  Goof

“Is now the time we get DT on the Mirai bandwagon?”

Why, so he can be stranded with a hydrogenless boat anchor?

Last edited 1 month ago by Cheap Bastard
Spikersaurusrex
Spikersaurusrex
1 month ago

I wish you many years of happiness with your new ride. It looks like a nice city car.

MrLM002
MrLM002
1 month ago

Considering it has a rang extender I think it’s a great investment car wise.

Too many people hear the word investment and only think monetarily, to me this is an investment in having a reliable, future proofed, luxury and sporty automobile.

Good on you man, enjoy it.

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

I’d expect the battery to last 15-20 years after the manufacture date before it is only at 75% capacity, if you take proper care of it. We shall see.

When the battery does go out, fixing it with OEM components may not be possible, or if it is, it will probably be cost prohibitive. It’s possible but extremely unlikely that BMW could have an upgrade package available in the future to replace that battery when the time comes.

When the battery does die, you also have an excellent chassis with which to gut all the BMW battery/drive system/electronics from and rebuild it into something more crude and repairable with off-the-shelf open-source hobbyist components, if you want.

I like how it’s rear wheel drive. It may not be the fastest thing on the road, but it will still hoon.

I look forward to reading of your adventures with it.

Last edited 1 month ago by Toecutter
Stig's Cousin
Stig's Cousin
1 month ago

Nice looking car. I really like the color combination, particularly with the black wheels.

Also, this is not a terrible financial decision. A $30k gently used BMW is at worst a suboptimal financial decision (assuming it wasn’t purchased using a 96-month loan at 15% interest… then it would be a terrible financial decision).

Eddie Wuncler
Eddie Wuncler
1 month ago
Reply to  Stig's Cousin

For a car he knows he’ll absolutely love I think it’s reasonable.

Stig's Cousin
Stig's Cousin
1 month ago
Reply to  Eddie Wuncler

Honestly, even if he didn’t love the car I think it would be a decent purchase. It is somewhat expensive, but it is reasonable to expect this car to be reliable transportation for 15 years. Plus, EVs are dirt cheap to drive and require minimal maintenance.

I think people spend far too much money on cars, but I actually think this car makes financial sense at $30k, assuming he didn’t have to take out a long-term or high interest loan.

I wish my dream cars were as practical as an i3. It is far harder to come up with a scenario where a Lamborghini Huracan is a good financial decision.

BoneBrothOutback
BoneBrothOutback
1 month ago

If you’re happy we’re happy. Good for you David, not many of us will ever be in the position to pull the trigger on the one car that we want, so enjoy it!

Will you be able to park it under the Aztec tent?

Amberturnsignalsarebetter
Amberturnsignalsarebetter
1 month ago

If not, he’ll just have to get a Case-IH sprayer.

PaysOutAllNight
PaysOutAllNight
1 month ago

IF you’ve truly solved the i3 tire problem, I’m in the market. I’ll be trolling the ads all day tomorrow in anticipation, looking for a 2019 Panda i3s REX, but I’m not too picky about exterior colors.

Last edited 1 month ago by PaysOutAllNight
Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Three sets of i3 tires could tuck into the space in between the tool chest and the garage wall.
‘Cuz they’re so skinny.

CubSmurf
CubSmurf
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

I’ve been considering an i3, but the tire issue might have completely turned me off. Can you give any more details? Do the i3s’ come with different, more compatible tire sizes? Or did you find alternate wheels that fit?

Amberturnsignalsarebetter
Amberturnsignalsarebetter
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

How easy would it be to fit i3S tires on a regular i3? As far as I can tell the arch flares are just little plastic bolt-ons, is there anything that would stop you from just swapping out the wheels to get the same benefit?

Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

You mean in the bank of 12 spots in Elise’s apartment building’s underground garage that you’re subleasing from cosmopolitan executives who own the whole top floor but never even visit and use Uber Black anyway when they do?

Greg
Greg
1 month ago

I am all about buying a car to drive it, but 1 in about 5! I’d be nervous. Good on you for putting miles on it! Did you keep the old one, or trade it? Might be nice to have a beater version.

Library of Context
Library of Context
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

You should give your old i3 to Torch. Be bi-coastal electro beemer buddies.

Park
Park
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

She sounds like a winner!

Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

And by “Elise” you mean “David”

B P
B P
1 month ago
Reply to  Greg

time to sell the Leaf!

Greg
Greg
1 month ago
Reply to  B P

That’s the right choice!!

Mercedes Streeter
Mercedes Streeter
1 month ago
Reply to  B P

At this point, I think he’d have to give it away. It’s funny how that car divides the staff. Thomas and I think his Leaf is appalling. It’s every late 2000s rental Nissan’s interior combined with range that could be beaten by a kid on a bicycle. 🙂

Scone Muncher
Scone Muncher
1 month ago

That Galvanic Gold is really something. My 2018 i3s (moonroof, HK sound, brown interior) came murdered-out and I just can’t bring myself to shell out the money for a wrap.

DT’s right – it’s a heck of a car. I wish him many kilometres of fun and practicality!

Data
Data
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

The last of the 33.2 kWh interceptors. Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but I’ll accept it.

Ross Ewing
Ross Ewing
1 month ago

We are very happy for you, David…but where is the Aztec?!

Matt Hardigree
Matt Hardigree
1 month ago
Reply to  Ross Ewing

WHERE IS THE AZTEC DAVID?!?

Taargus Taargus
Taargus Taargus
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Mostly because GM misspelt Aztec as Aztek for… reasons unknown to me.

And yeah where is the Aztek???

Pisco Sour
Pisco Sour
1 month ago

Why do people want to see an ass-tick so bad?

Taargus Taargus
Taargus Taargus
1 month ago
Reply to  Pisco Sour

Mostly for the lulz.

Frankencamry
Frankencamry
1 month ago

GM was fully aware of the number of people they’d offend if they didn’t change the spelling.

Taargus Taargus
Taargus Taargus
1 month ago
Reply to  Frankencamry

I can’t imagine anyone sees that ‘k’ and says “Phew! I was about to be offended, good thing they spelt it wrong!”

That being said I’d be willing to believe that GM went with the ‘k’ for that very reason. Not that it’s a good one, but that’s GM marketing for ya.

Data
Data
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Infiniti has entered the chat…

Ross Ewing
Ross Ewing
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Don’t be pedantic to try and change the subject ????

Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
Paint-Drinking Thundercock Harvey Park
1 month ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Since when do Autopian editors care about spelling?

Jk that was a low blow

However–where is the Aztek??

Hamish48
Hamish48
1 month ago

buy with your heart

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