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Going through the brochures deciding which boxes to tick I've 'inserted' several question marks.
Yesterday afternoon I sent the salesman a list of 12 questions, but also went looking on the BMW website, with very little joy.

I'm not (yet) convinced that an i3 BEV is a vehicle high on the list of 'vehicles likely to be stolen', by joyriders, for use in committing another crime,or by professionals as a crime in itself.
The only justification I can think of is to break for parts, specifically the battery, but surely the market for these is too small and too specialised to make theft likely?

Any thoughts or advice from the more experienced please?

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I don't really understand why you would need it. vehicle has limited range, very distinctive, hard to break for parts, many parts coded. I would think it's quite tricky to start without the remote and you can use the BMW app to find out where the vehicle is....

I wouldn't worry too much.
 

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Connected App states maximum of 1.5km for vehicle location due to privacy protection. Have you tested the service? Mine won't locate over this distance. BMW state the reason as it is a location aid and not a tracking device. Happy to be wrong about this
 

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Ok, after some research it appears the restriction may only apply to vehicle's that are 2015 or older.
Nope, my 2014 i3 rex could also be seen from 12 to 220 miles away. I could still see it from Surrey after I PXed it in Bradford...until I removed the car from the app. There appears to be no restriction (well at least up to 220 miles). I did have the Pronav package, don't know if that made any difference. I used to use it to see what was happening to my car when it was having warranty work.
 

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Nope, my 2014 i3 rex could also be seen from 12 to 220 miles away. I could still see it from Surrey after I PXed it in Bradford...until I removed the car from the app. There appears to be no restriction (well at least up to 220 miles). I did have the Pronav package, don't know if that made any difference. I used to use it to see what was happening to my car when it was having warranty work.
Agree. Seen my from 1000 miles away. Was tempted to make it flash the lights but didn't.
(dogging court order still active).
 

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People might have gathered from my first post that I thought Trackstar was something I could live without.
People would have been correct, at that time!!

However, some of the responses made me wonder that it might be useful if friends and family could use the phone app to get a better idea of your ETA if you were on a '6 hour' trip to visit them, which might be extended if the recharge stops didn't go exactly to plan.
Similarly, if the significant other took the car on a longish trip, and was nervous about charging stops, the 'stay at home' could monitor progress.
Both purposes could be achieved without irritating phone calls.

Has anyone used Trackstar in this sort of way?

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Going through the brochures deciding which boxes to tick I've 'inserted' several question marks.
Yesterday afternoon I sent the salesman a list of 12 questions, but also went looking on the BMW website, with very little joy.

I'm not (yet) convinced that an i3 BEV is a vehicle high on the list of 'vehicles likely to be stolen', by joyriders, for use in committing another crime,or by professionals as a crime in itself.
The only justification I can think of is to break for parts, specifically the battery, but surely the market for these is too small and too specialised to make theft likely?

Any thoughts or advice from the more experienced please?

Regards.
I didn't bother with it for my i8.... I wouldn't even consider it for the i3!
 

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I've located my i3 from the USA quite a few times.
 

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Looked again at Trackstar in the price list, which reminded me (in the very small print) that there is a subscription charge as well as the installation fee.
In my lifestyle, past, present, and foreseen future, there has not been and will not be many opportunities when any 'personal tracking' would be useful, so I will forgo the Trackstar service.

Thanks for all your input.
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