Just called them, they have apparently been advised that HV is now covered and will confirm via mail, revised warranty documents not yet produced so they cannot send a copy out yet
I am not sure that I would accept what could be a fundamental change to the terms of a contract based on someone in CS - who may be on sales commission - saying that they will confirm the change by e-mail. But then again, I am just naturally cautious.Just called them, they have apparently been advised that HV is now covered and will confirm via mail, revised warranty documents not yet produced so they cannot send a copy out yet
The first part of the response is re-assuring as it appears to accord with the warranty ts and cs in that HV internal cables are not excluded items. They have though failed to mention that the 12 volt battery is also excluded from the insured warranty. It will be interesting to see if the warranty document is actually updated.Yup I share your concerns, here's the reply:
In response to your questions, I can confirm that if you decided you would like to renew the warranty you would be covered by two warranties.
The BMW Extended warranty sold by Allianz would not cover high voltage batteries and external cables under the extended warranty. Internal high voltage cables will be covered under the warranty .
In regards to the other questions outlined in this email I will need to refer you to our customer services team who are well informed on the BMW I-Battery warranty and the original battery warranty on this vehicle.
Customer services :0800 325 600
Yes, that’s exactly the way we looked at it......BMW one year warranty for the cost of third party three year warranty, and TBH I am not sure we will keep it for more than another year, I am hoping (most likely in vain) that being a BMW “named” warranty it might be a better experience if needed, and we get the BMW recovery service.I agree, I'm going to pay up and spend the next year looking for a new car
The old adage for cost effective motoring with minimum contact with garages for money draining repairs was 'buy at two and sell at five'. That way you avoided the worst of the deprection and the likely worst of the bigger later repairs. For an i3 I think it might have to be 'buy at two and sell at four' because of cost and probability of repair. Also switching so as to delete the need for a REx by going from a 94Ah REx to a 120Ah makes the decision even more finely balanced since the replacement car ought to be more reliable and you have a battery that is two years younger in respect of decay. I am working on a target of running an i3 and keeping the cost per mile below 50p.It is worth factoring in to your thinking the cost of the BMW Insured Warranty versus the depreciation on a new EV. I traded up after 4 years because I wanted the increased EV range.
It doesn't, but that is not what is being said. The BMW Insured Warranty (Comprehensive) does not exclude the HV cables but it does exclude the HV battery. The latter is covered by the 8 year battery warranty which does not include HV cables. After 3 years, replacement of the 12volt battery is one for the owner.I am reading the policy document for the comprehensive warranty and I cannot find where it says internal HV cables are covered, is this covered under the battery warranty?
My advice would be to look for a REx from 2015 onwards. The 2014 REx had a number of issues. That said, it comes down to your attitude to risk; the car’s repair history and the asking price. It is also worth pointing out that the battery warranty on a 2014 i3 kicks in once the battery state of charge falls below 70% of the usable SOC (18.8 X 70%). If this was to happen (unlikely imho), then the actual loss of battery charge would be closer to 40%.so, after reading all 12 pages, i'm still not sure if an i3 is a good buy? Just looking for experienced owners opinions. i'm looking at 2014 rex has all the packages i want with 34k miles on it. BMW battery warranty is only 8 years leaving 2 years pretty much left. So are third party warranties worth it for the i3(ev's) these days? hv cables covered or not, batteries covered after normal 8 year warranty runs out? Is an i3 worth it at this year and price, or should be avoided?
100% agree. If by some miracle you avoid the hugely expensive faults, you'll have a car that's impossible to shift unless you make it incredibly cheap. There are several very well-known and very £££ weaknesses with first-production-run 2014 REX cars that make them lemony compared to other choices. More mileage and later for the same money is a much better strategy.My suggestion is to avoid one that old at any price.