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Fact is, BMW make money on warranties. All car companies do. The odds are always in their favour.
Not sure just how much that is true now as the BMW warranty is with a completely separate company (Allianz if I remember correctl) who also cover Volvo and some other manufacturer, I know because when I rang up to buy a warranty with the BMW number on their site I got a chap who answered “Volvo warranty services, can I help” oops, :D

Although I agree they do make money from the warranties, all depends upon your perception of risk, I like the nice warm feeling it gives.....
 

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The more I read posts like this, the more I feel that an i3 is a false economy.

  • You will pay a lot more to buy it
  • then almost forced to buy extended warranty
  • expensive servicing
  • expensive consumables.
Add it all up.

To the extent that the potential fuel saving is not offset even the slightest by these heavy costs.
The i3 was never a budget option. You don't buy custom build one off concept car designs and expect them to be cheap, you expect them to be expensive, difficult and wonderful, in equal measure. It is still the coolest small "zero emissions" car around, even getting towards ten years after launch.

Your threads are many and verbose about how little time you have for the compromise you encountered when you tried something different. Others don't share your goals and requirements.
 

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tyreleader lists the ecopia and s001 bridgestones in this size. btw tyreleader price is £165 for the eco and £73 each for S001.

I believe the potenzas are from the i8. They are only available in a size that matches the rear tyres on an i3s, there's not an equivalent for the front tyres on an i3s or for any of the tyres on an i3. The only tyre available all around for i3 and i3s is the ecopia as far as I'm aware.
 

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Just getting an i3 so I'll have 3 year warranty and service package before I truly encounter the dangerous world of the BMW dealer.

Might be a daft question but are (yet) there any independent specialists that are actually set up to service / repair i3 BEV's as they come out of warranty.

You can obviously sort things like tyres / brakes / 12v battery through independents but are there any specialist EV independent service companies capable of diagnosing HV issues etc.
 
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