BMW i3 MAIN DEALER SERVICE COSTS IN SUSSEX

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SERVICE YOUR BMW i3 BATTERY ELECTRIC CAR AT A SUSSEX MAIN DEALER

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At the moment this vehicle is for the motoring elite. But could a methanol or ammonia fuel cell conversion change all that? COF Ltd is looking for OEMs to help bring down the cost of electric motoring via their JVH2 competition. The most economical hydrogen powered electric vehicle would win.

 

 

 

 

UNAFFORDABLE = UNSUSTAINABLE

 

Anyone who has operated a BMW i3 for any length of time will have come up against the high cost of servicing, compared to fossil fuel vehicles, as main dealers mop up cash-wise, while the independent service industry catches up with EV technology. Though many people prefer to pay the extra, for the comfort of dealing with an official supplier of vehicles.

 

This year (2022) a charity were charged 320 to replace an intake cam sensor. With a quote of 150 just to fit (not supply & fit) a new 12 volt ancillary battery. These were main dealer charges, from a local franchise in Sussex. There are now other independents who can undertake EV servicing, at roughly one half to one third of this price. COF may try an independent next year, and undertake to report on that experience.

 

To cap it all, the BMW dealership would not take a cheque or cash for payment. Apparently, they did not know that charities don't/cannot have debit cards or internet banking under present banking rules. And no signs were displayed as to payment policy, nor were the charity verbally informed as to such conditions, to allow them to make alternative arrangements, or take their business elsewhere. You may think that this is anti money laundering policy gone crazy. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TYRES

 

Check NSF Tyre 186.42 

Bridgestone 155/ 70 R 19 84Q : Tyre Tread Reading (Inner) (4.2) : Tyre Tread Reading (Middle) (4.2) : Tyre Tread Reading (Outer) (3.3) - Required: --/--/---- - Bridgestone 4.2/4.2/3.3 155/ 70 R 19 84Q

Check OSF Tyre 186.42 

Bridgestone 155/ 70 R 19 84Q : Tyre Tread Reading (Inner) (4.3) : Tyre Tread Reading (Middle) (4.3) : Tyre Tread Reading (Outer) (3.4) - Required: --/--/---- - Bridgestone 4.3/4.3/3.4 155/ 70 R 19 84Q

Check OSR Tyre 184.39 
Bridgestone 175/60 R 19 86Q : Tyre Tread Reading (Inner) (3.7) : Tyre Tread Reading (Middle) (3.7) : Tyre Tread Reading (Outer) (3) - Required: --/--/---- - Bridgestone 3.7/3.7/3.0 175/60 R 19 86Q

Check NSR Tyre 184.39 

Bridgestone 175/60 R 19 86Q : Tyre Tread Reading (Inner) (3.5) : Tyre Tread Reading (Middle) (3.5) : Tyre Tread Reading (Outer) (2.5) - Required: --/--/---- - Bridgestone 3.5/3.5/2.5 175/60 R 19 86Q

BRAKES

Check Front Brake Pads 272.27 

Brake Pads (4) - Required: --/--/---- - Front inner Pads 4mm. Approximately 75% worn.

Check Front Brake Discs 238.09 

Required: --/--/---- - Brake Discs lipped and pitted.

Check Rear Brake Pads - -

Brake Pads (8) - Rear Pads 8mm. Approximately 30% worn.

WASHERS & WIPERS

Check Wipers 64.38 

Front wiper blades smearing, require replacing.

SUSPENSION

Check NSF Suspension 261.07 

Required: --/--/---- - NSF Shock absorber dust cover split recommend replacing

Check OSF Suspension 261.07 

Required: --/--/---- - OSF Shock absorber dust cover split recommend replacing

Additional Items Add Notes (1) 

Emission warning light on, Intake camshaft sensor fault stored, Investigation required. 329.30

 

 

The video recording and explanation as the tester proceeds, is useful to the customer, to better understand the condition of their vehicle. There was no similar explanation for the recall.

 

 

 

 

C650 GT Maxi-Scooter, from which the BMW i3's onboard generator is derived.

 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCE LINKS

 

https://video.citnow.com/vtz7q407phg
 

 

 

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