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  1. How long should you expect to wait to get your car looked at?

    BMW i3
    Hi, I have an i3 Rex that's fuel filler flap has failed to open on numerous occasions. The reasons have been varied ranging from a software fault to a hole in the fuel vent pipe. Well it has started all over again. Barely 6 months pass by before the fault reappears. Needless to say many more...
  2. Acceleration surge.

    BMW i3
    Hi. The i3 has been OK for nearly 3 months so it didn't come as much of a surprise when the next incidents occurred. All three of them. The first incident was a week ago. Driving into a public car park at 10mph and lifting the foot off the accelerator pedal the car suddenly lunged forward with...
  3. REX petrol engine fails to start

    BMW i3
    Well after 3 days the fault has been found. A faulty fuel pump relay costing £12 plus 2 hours of investigative work to track down the intermittent fault.
  4. REX petrol engine fails to start

    BMW i3
    Hmm. The rex failed to start again at a time critical point, on the way to the airport. I tried to start it at 75% battery power, but it wouldn't run. A switch off and restart got it running again. Then I used all the petrol up and went back to battery, dropping it to 25% before being able to...
  5. REX petrol engine fails to start

    BMW i3
    Well I got an orange warning, not a red one, but if I had ignored it then after the last remaining 1.5% was gone then what? I have tried the Rex engine a couple of times since, and it is running stopping and restarting just as it should.
  6. REX petrol engine fails to start

    BMW i3
    The fault occurred the first time the engine was run after the tank was filled with petrol, and the fault message has vanished from the vehicle status/warnings menu. I shall try running the engine again when the charge falls to 75%. Getting the message to drive to the nearest BMW iCentre with 2...
  7. REX petrol engine fails to start

    BMW i3
    On the way home at the end of a long journey my battery power dropped to 7%, the petrol level gauge illuminated indicating that it switched over to petrol. Then a few miles later the battery gauge dropped to 3.5% and I got an orange message warning saying something about drive train...
  8. Zappi charger uses surplus solar power. I got one installed.

    General Charging Discussion
    I used the word “export” in its correct way to describe my meter. I also have a “generation” meter. Anyone with a Smart meter probably has also the capability to record exported electricity, and a lot of homes have Smart meters. The target date for all homes in England set by the Govt is 2020...
  9. Zappi charger uses surplus solar power. I got one installed.

    General Charging Discussion
    I must be missing the point. Every kWh of electric I divert to the car will cost me about 5p as it will not register on the export meter. So if I buy E7 electric it will cost me 6p. So I save 1p per kWh? And the Zappi costs 49000 pence, so I will need to divert 49000 kWh of sunshine to break...
  10. REX fuel flap will not open

    BMW i3
    My dealer tells me that the recall is necessary to prevent the power cable and the fuel tank vent pipe from rubbing and rupturing the fuel tank vent pipe. My car has a hole in the fuel vent pipe caused by the rubbing. Due to the hole, my tank pressure is not maintained and has affected the tank...
  11. REX fuel flap will not open

    BMW i3
    But it could also be due to a hole in the tank vent pipe due to rubbing on the battery cable. There is a recall on this problem now.
  12. i3 REx Fuel Vent Recall

    BMW i3
    Thanks but they have not got any parts, and they will not give me my car back until they make it safe. They said it couldn't be repaired and it had to have the new parts that are in short supply. Well I do have their new Copper D Countryman in the meantime, so I shouldn't complain, except they...
  13. Now a Vent pipe shortage too....

    BMW i3
    They wont give me the car back as they say it is a safety issue now that they have found a hole. They have given me the Managers new Countryman Cooper D in the meantime. There is no date mentioned yet for the parts though.
  14. i3 REx Fuel Vent Recall

    BMW i3
    Don't speak too soon. Mine HAS a hole in the vent pipe. Parts are on back order. It has been diagnosed as the potential cause of the fuel filler flap fault that had failed for the second time.
  15. Now a Vent pipe shortage too....

    BMW i3
    My car went in to have the filler flap fixed because it would not open, and it has already been fixed for this problem six months ago with a recalibration. Now they say it has a hole in the fuel tank vent pipe and unfortunately parts are on back order from Germany. The part is in short supply...
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