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BMW ceases production of the i8

 
 By: cazalea : March 16th, 2020-06:59




The i8 was BMW’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle.
BMW is ending production of the i8 sports car, six years after its introduction.

The production version of the i8 was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show and it went on sale in 2014. BMW freshened the i8 coupe and introduced a roadster version in 2018.


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Yay....discontinued but price is very soft :(

 
 By: Clueless_Collector : March 16th, 2020-07:44
Hopefully it can be like discontinued SS Rolex and Patek, Lol 

However, I think for used prices in the $50-60k range, it looks really good.

The car still looks great and got praises everywhere it goes.

It’s futuristic design will stood the test of time.

Any idea of how many were made? [nt]

 
 By: amanico : March 16th, 2020-07:45
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About 20000 units...

 
 By: Clueless_Collector : March 16th, 2020-07:52
The roadsters will be rare as it only produced for 2 years

If I may say it, this is the “new NSX”

 
 By: cazalea : March 16th, 2020-07:56
It’s a car I would really like to drive but probably not want to own. I looked at maybe leasing, but it was 10x as much/month as my Fiat 500e, which was plenty of fun.

The BMW though is dramatic in such a futuristic way!

Sadly they only sold about 100/month in Europe last year.

Mike


Forgive me but I have to disagree.

 
 By: Gelato Monster : March 18th, 2020-03:01
IMHO NSX is much more special than i8. better in many ways. Even the new NSX could not replace the charisma of original NSX.

Thanks, Clueless. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : March 16th, 2020-08:03
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Do you like yours? Has it been reliable? How many miles do you have?

 
 By: patrick_y : March 31st, 2020-22:31
I'm not sure I'd want to own a super complex BMW like this out of warranty, but it is SUPER COOL.

I’ve own my i8 since Sep 2015, now 13.5k miles.

 
 By: Clueless_Collector : March 31st, 2020-23:09
Yes, very low because my work is only few miles from home.

It’s been reliable except for the annoying “Check Engine” light which in my case was gas getting into the engine oil. It has happened 5-6 times already, like every 6 months.

Dealer has no permanent solution and only suggest I drive more, longer distances so engine gets warm 😂 but I cannot just keep making unnecessary trips right? I’ve asked to escalate this to BMW engineering but no solution as well.

They do offer free oil changes to me as long as I own this car so that’s good. My car will have new oil often, lol.

I also purchased a 7-year platinum extended warranty before manufacturers warranty expired for only $4k so I’m keeping this car for good.

Another complaint is the tire life is too short imo, only 5-6k miles so I’m only my 3 set even though I don’t drive much. The OEM Michelin tire is very soft so I just switch to Pireillis.

The permanent engineering solution has been offered

 
 By: cazalea : April 1st, 2020-07:01
Run the engine longer so it gets warm enough to evaporate unburned fuel that washes down the cylinder walls. BMW knows this issue well, having suffered great expense in their V8s forcing them to replace many engines.

Those are not unnecessary trips - they are necessary to the life of the car, like exercise is for a person. Nothing so damages a typical car as lack of use. While many cars (especially yours) are art objects, they are primarily machines. If it could speak, it would thank you for spending an hour or two a month on a nice drive.

True story - one of the sales reps for my previous employer had to go into New York City once or twice a month. He disliked the congestion and cost of parking, but he was carrying inventory and couldn’t avoid driving. He ended up leaving his truck at a Quickie Lube place, having the oil changed, while he visited customers nearby.

After 6 months of this, the shop manager said “Hey buddy, we’ve changed your oil 20 times so far this year! That’s crazy!”

Our rep said, “Yeah I know, but with your ‘preferred customer’ coupon it’s cheaper to get the oil change than it is to pay for parking my truck!”

Cazalea

That’s very good to know...

 
 By: Clueless_Collector : April 1st, 2020-07:34
I thought I did by driving to downtown Portland which is about 20-30 miles each way for dining or shopping every 2 weeks,
Ok, I’ll go further next time since there’s nothing to shop or dine for the time being.
Thanks Mike!

Drive that windy road to Multnomah Falls and Horse Tail waterfall and those other waterfalls. There's no annoying tourists now! And it's a nice road for a mid-Engined sports car! [nt]

 
 By: patrick_y : April 1st, 2020-11:21
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That sounds like a good plan. Now I have lots of empty roads to roam! [nt]

 
 By: Clueless_Collector : April 1st, 2020-14:27
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Have fun! Take some pics! [nt]

 
 By: patrick_y : April 2nd, 2020-11:16
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Good to know! So yours is a 2016 model.

 
 By: patrick_y : April 1st, 2020-11:19
You must have a lot of stop and go trips for such frequent tire replacement. Furthermore, Michelin's PS4 and AS3+ have mileage warranties, I don't know about Pirellis. I hope you're not changing the tires at the dealership. Go to Americas Tire, have them teach you how to measure the tread depth. Ask them to give you the little tool and show you how to read it. Once tread depth hits 3/32 of an inch, change immediately; at 4/32 of an inch start looking for tire deals; in USA 2/32 of an inch is legally required; in a wet region like yours, I'd change around 3/32 of an inch. Dealership advises change way too often for their own profits.

Good to know! So yours is a 2016 model.

 
 By: patrick_y : April 1st, 2020-11:19
You must have a lot of stop and go trips for such frequent tire replacement. Furthermore, Michelin's PS4 and AS3+ have mileage warranties, I don't know about Pirellis. I hope you're not changing the tires at the dealership. Go to Americas Tire, have them teach you how to measure the tread depth. Ask them to give you the little tool and show you how to read it. Once tread depth hits 3/32 of an inch, change immediately; at 4/32 of an inch start looking for tire deals; in USA 2/32 of an inch is legally required; in a wet region like yours, I'd change around 3/32 of an inch. Dealership advises change way too often for their own profits.

These are summer tires on 21” rims

 
 By: Clueless_Collector : April 1st, 2020-13:35
You’re right I drive short distances and tires are soft, didn’t get time to warm up and cool again smile

The rear goes quick because of all the torque and weight.

The Michelin’s are stock and I’m changing to Pirelli on this 3rd set so I’ll see how it works as compared to OEM.

Thanks Patrick

It's the Lange of autos

 
 By: Tim_M : March 16th, 2020-18:16
German made, impressively sophisticated, curiously underrated, and a slammin' pre-owned buy. It was already a buyer's market for these, and I suspect even better opportunities will emerge shortly. I might even buy one down the road.

This car deserves its special place in history as one of the early "green" cars that appealed to traditional driving enthusiasts. Like the original Tesla Model S, the i8 was a good-faith effort to show that alternative propulsion (I offer no opinion on its "sustainability") could be engaging, exciting, and desirable. It should be remembered well.

Best,
Tim

Found these photos today of 2CV, i8 and Gerber P10

 
 By: cazalea : March 23rd, 2020-13:48






It’s never been successful

 
 By: Jurry : March 30th, 2020-04:10

Although I personally like the futuristic styling, and it’s hybrid technology, it’s never been a success, out here if you bought a house form certain developer, you would even get one for free with the house