Being among the first BMW i3 owners involves obvious risks as a new concept is launched and teething issues end up in the lap of owners. It also means benefits because BMW will not allow a failure in a project they invested billions in and is so strategically important for the future.
There have been owners that had problems with the drive train and even some that have been standing at the roadside waiting to be towed to BMW. I have not had any such problems. The car has worked flawlessly. However, I have on 2-3 occasions received an error when I just turned off the car:
Obviously not a lot of fun. After a call to BMW I was told that if the car can drive it will not be dangerous and will not damage the car, but such errors should of course not be present in such a lavish car. Therefore, the car has now been upgraded and I urge other owners to do the same even if the error has not yet occurred. The upgrade is called Action 10012780300 Programming and Code Control Unit.
BMW also upgrades fittings for the back seat (rubber cushion dampening when the rear seat is raised) and the roof antenna for radio.
A happy surprise was that the standard charger is replaced as it apparently falls short of the IP44 it claims. If you have a charger marked 7644241-02 it might be a good idea to stop by the BMW dealer and pick up the newer 7644241-03.
In the previous post Standard Charger Enough at Home, I have written that most owner will not need to buy a wallbox or other charging station at home. The only thing I have missed, however, is a charger that is always in the car (ours is always left by the carport). Since I have only used it when parking on in a space requiring the car to be plugged in or at the Arlanda airport, the need has not been enough to justify the 4 465 SEK (490 EUR) BMW is charging for an extra charger. Now I got an extra for free from BMW. Thank you!