BMW i3 MAIN DEALER SERVICE COSTS IN SUSSEX
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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.
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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.
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