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2014 BMW i3 repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (13%)

Other (10%)

Chart based on 127 repairs.
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2014 BMW i3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (4%)

< $100 (94%)

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Chart based on 50 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 BMW i3

Engine not specified

BMW i3 in California, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
May 2015

5000 mi
KLE (charging module) replacement. 

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2014 BMW i3 4dr Hatch

168-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic RWD

BMW i3 in Texas, United States
Jul 2015 - Apr 2018
Jul 2015

8000 mi
Recall of KLE charging module 
Jun 2016

16000 mi
There was a loose screw holding the string for the trunk lid. Screw was lost and needed replacing. Done under warranty. 
Apr 2018

27000 mi
Windshield wiper fluid wasn’t dispensing. They took the system apart and cleared up a clog. Covered under warranty. 
BMW i3 in Virginia, United States
Sep 2014 - Mar 2017
Jun 2015

4000 mi
Radio head unit dead. No display, no radio, NAV, Bluetooth. Bad head unit control module. 
BMW i3 in South Carolina, United States
Mar 2017 - Mar 2018
Aug 2017

25600 mi
Passenger front and rear tire went flat due to road hazard. Flat tires in the i3 are a common failure and significant because there is no spare. Such an event requires a tow to the dealer. I learned from the tow driver that there are a lot of similar failures on not just the i3, but other BMWs as well since they don't have a spare either.  
BMW i3 in Arizona, United States
Jun 2015 - Mar 2018
Oct 2015

6300 mi
Occasional use charger defective, this was the first time we had tried to use it since we have a leve 2 at home. 
BMW i3 in Georgia, United States
Mar 2015 - Apr 2017
Aug 2016

9000 mi
AC started blowing warm air. A software update was performed but was unsuccessful. Technician determined AC compressor is not building pressure internally. A new compressor has been ordered but will not be in until September 10! 
Sep 2016

9000 mi
New AC compressor was installed on Sept. 9. No metal was found in the lines. AC is now working again. 
BMW i3 in California, United States
May 2014 - May 2017
Jul 2014

905 mi
ECU software update. 
May 2015

5259 mi
Driver's side interior door reflector cover broken. Replaced with P/N 51-41-7-322-094. Rattling coming from steering column. Performed SIB 51 20 14 to add felt tape to interior trim. This did not fix steering column rattle. Performed SIB 61 31 14 KLE Update. Replaced KLE P/N 61-44-8-647-315 and reprogrammed ECU. 
Jun 2015

5624 mi
Steering column rattle. Steering column replaced per SIB 32 06 14. Replaced P/N 32-30-6-865-576 Manually Adjustable Steering Columng and P/N 32-30-6-778-609 Torx Bolt. This resolved the steering column rattle. 
Jul 2015

6039 mi
Drivetrain malfunction light and car shut down. Cause: Faulty Safety Box. Replaced Safety Box P/N 61-21-8-645-849 and reprogram ECU. Also replaced several gaskets, seals, screws, bolts, and warning labels required for removal to complete repair. Technician broke steering column interior trim surround while replacing steering column for previous fix. Part not available. Special Ordered. 
Aug 2015

6316 mi
Replaced steering column trim broken by technician on previous visit. P/N 51-45-9-288-432 Car failing to charge using L2 EVSE. Cause: Faulty Cell Supervision Circuit (CSC) module. Replaced CSC P/N 61-27-7-648-785 Cell Monitor and several seals, gaskets, screws, bolts, and warning labels required for removal to replace part. 
Feb 2016

8526 mi
Clicking noise while charging vehicle. Performed EME reprogram per SIB 61 02 15. Passenger side mirror rattling. Bolts and screws re-torqued. 
Apr 2016

9307 mi
Passenger door panel loose. Replaced clips. Passenger side rear view mirror still rattling. Felt added to mirror housing. Charging port lock not releasing charging cable. Replaced port lock actuator P/N 61-13-6-805-424 Replaced engine motor mount screw per service action B22 04 15. 
May 2016

9504 mi
Front passenger interior door panel loose again. Replaced clips and washers. Added felt tape. 
Mar 2017

13901 mi
Front passenger interior door panel loose and making clunking noise. Removed and reinstalled. Finally fixed. Passenger side mirror rattling still. Felt tape added everywhere. Did not fix. 
BMW i3 in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2015 - May 2017
Apr 2016

16300 mi
Charging port door would not unlock Steering wheel squeaks when outside temperature is low. 
BMW i3 in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2015 - Mar 2018
Mar 2015

1000 mi
Suspension made noise when turning steering wheel in cold weather. BMW had a service bulletin to correct the problem (lubrication) 
BMW i3 in Georgia, United States
Sep 2015 - Oct 2016
Jun 2016

25000 mi
AC compressor was noisy and was replaced. 
BMW i3 in Indiana, United States
Sep 2014 - Apr 2017
Apr 2016

15500 mi
AC was not working. Dealer recharged and checked for leaks, non detected. System Repaired. 
BMW i3 in Washington, United States
Mar 2016 - Dec 2017
Dec 2016

11000 mi
It was just a firmware update 
BMW i3 in Georgia, United States
Oct 2014 - Nov 2016
Jan 2015

10000 mi
The charging port would not let go of the charging cable once the car was unlocked and charge was complete 
Aug 2015

8100 mi
Charging port, again would not unlock once fully charged 
BMW i3 in Florida, United States
Nov 2017 - Mar 2018
Jan 2018

8000 mi

US $250
12V battery failed. Not covered under new vehicle warranty. 

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2014 BMW i3 4dr Hatch

168-horsepower Electric + Gas 1-speed automatic RWD

BMW i3 in Spain
Dec 2015 - Mar 2018
Jan 2016 Problem on 12V auxiliary battery, need to be replaced. 
Nov 2016

54000 mi
Replace of lambda sensor on the Range extender 
BMW i3 in Great Britain
Dec 2015 - Mar 2018
Dec 2015

7000 mi
faulty lambda sensor faulty high voltage charging cable Faulty electronics control board on electric motor Replacement electric motor mounting bolts 
Aug 2016

18000 mi
Petrol refuel flap would not open. Software update to correct. No parts. 
Oct 2016

22000 mi
Incorrect oil change procedure led to engine bay being covered in half of the engines oil content, causing white smoke and smell. Car had to be returned to servicing dealer on tow truck for steam clean and new oil filter. 
Apr 2017

30000 mi
Fuel filler flap will not open-software error. 
Dec 2017

42000 mi

£302
Fuel pump solenoid faulty 
Mar 2018

45000 mi

£60
fuel filler flap would not open after faulty tank depressurisation. emergency release cable had to be used top open the flap. diagnostics check could not find error. however failure of flap repeated on next use. fault remains unfixed. car accelerated when foot lifted off accelerator. Two occurences. Unable to replicate or detect after diagnostic check. Very worrying. 
BMW i3 in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2017 - Jan 2018
Mar 2017

15500 mi
Rear (back up) camera had moisture inside of it (it's supposed to be sealed). It was replaced free of charge under warranty. 
May 2017

19220 mi

C $400
Exterior window rubber trim was falling apart and was replaced under warranty. Plastic ISOFix child seat lock cover was broken and replaced under warranty. Rubber strap holding filler cap to the body of the car was broken and replaced under warranty. 
Aug 2017

21700 mi
Replaced the instrument cluster under warranty. The old one had a display screen that was getting delaminated. 
BMW i3 in California, United States
Jan 2016 - Mar 2018
Sep 2017

42000 mi
Got a drivetrain malfunction warning. They narrowed it down to a faulty cable with bad resistance going to thte battery. 
BMW i3 in Missouri, United States
Jul 2017 - Mar 2018
Oct 2017

15000 mi
The LED lights on the radio and climate control panel would flicker or fail to work at all. The entire panel was replaced. Fuel pressure sensor would fail to depressurize the tank, so fuel door would not open. Part was replaced. 
BMW i3 in Vermont, United States
Oct 2017 - Jan 2018
Jan 2018

9500 mi
oil change, addressed trim rattle 
BMW i3 in Florida, United States
Feb 2018 - Mar 2018
Feb 2018

25000 mi
The REX engine would not turn on during the first use of ownership. Dealer replaced a module to make it turn on properly when the HV battery was depleted. and they replaced a HV battery module. 
BMW i3 in Great Britain
Sep 2017 - Mar 2018
Dec 2017

21000 mi
Kidney grille trim Replaced reversing camera 
Mar 2018

23000 mi
Heated seat mat replaced 
BMW i3 in Texas, United States
Aug 2017 - Mar 2018
Nov 2017

19000 mi
Charger lock was defective, requiring replacement 
Dec 2017

19000 mi
Check engine light would come on after charging sessions (this is an electric car) 
Mar 2018

28000 mi
Fuel system wouldn't depressurize and open the fuel door when commanded. 
BMW i3 in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2017 - Oct 2017
Aug 2017

40000 mi
The gas tank cover would not open. same problem with gas cap not opening, they had parts this time. 
BMW i3 in Rhode Island, United States
Feb 2017 - Apr 2018
Jul 2017

8000 mi
O2 sensor replaced. 
Feb 2018

14000 mi
door handle fell off. 
BMW i3 in California, United States
Oct 2015 - Mar 2018
Oct 2015

4000 mi
Charging cable lock failing intermittently, wouldn't release charging cable. Dealer replaced lock motor. 
Apr 2017

11000 mi
Check engine light. Ignition coil replaced. 
BMW i3 in Oregon, United States
Dec 2016 - Mar 2018
Sep 2017

20000 mi
Door for electric plug area, had to be replace, made a noise when opening. 
BMW i3 in Texas, United States
Sep 2014 - Sep 2014
Aug 2014

3842 mi
Replace KLE (on-board charging) module. 
Sep 2014

4424 mi
Replaced coil spring in SRS (air bag) system. Performed test procedures per fault code 9030BE3. Fault did not repeat during test drive. NOTE: Dealer cautioned off site work with software might be required if returned for same fault. 
BMW i3 in Missouri, United States
May 2015 - Jan 2017
Feb 2016

5100 mi
Bad strut pad that was making noise 
Oct 2016

10700 mi
Electric fuel door release stopped working for a few days. Had to use emergency cord in frunk. Drivetrain error when running REX generator. Cleared itself after a couple days. Seems like a pressure problem of some kind when it uses a lot of gas quickly. 
Jan 2017

14000 mi
fuel door actuator replaced 
BMW i3 in Maryland, United States
Feb 2015 - Mar 2018
Jun 2015

3000 mi
Drivetrain error message. Could not duplicate. Reloaded software. Has not re-occurred. 
BMW i3 in California, United States
Feb 2015 - Jan 2016
Jun 2015

4000 mi
12v battery completely died. 
Nov 2015

8000 mi
Dealership attempted to update the car firmware during the normally scheduled maintenance visit. After 2 failed attempts, the car "blue screened" and became unresponsive. 
Dec 2015

10000 mi
Software update attempted 2x, and failed both times. After second attempt, car "blue screened" and took nearly a week to fix 
BMW i3 in Indiana, United States
Feb 2015 - Feb 2017
Dec 2015

6000 mi
CEL comes on periodically. Replaced Elec A/C compressor and programmed the vehicle (complete encoding) 
BMW i3 in California, United States
Feb 2015 - Jul 2017
Apr 2015

1200 mi
EDME module required replacing 
BMW i3 in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2016
Apr 2015

1300 mi
Vehicle was experiencing intermittent charging errors 
Nov 2015

6000 mi
REX engine would shutdown after running for short period. Dealer determined sealed cooling system was low on coolant. 
Dec 2015

6000 mi
Software update to fix charging system issue 
Jan 2016 Rex engine failed again. Dealer determined water pump was leaking which required a complete removal of the REX engine. Had to order parts from Germany. 
BMW i3 in Iowa, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2017
Jan 2015

16300 mi
On board battery charger replaced, car firmware updated. 
Mar 2015

8000 mi
CEL light intermittently on, dealer replaced several ignition parts. Ignition coil and spark plug replaced on one cylinder. 
Dec 2016

33000 mi
Replaced EME to fix drivetrain malfunction error 
BMW i3 in Colorado, United States
Dec 2014 - Jan 2017
Jun 2015

6000 mi
Check Engine Light active. Resolved by software update. 
Sep 2015

9000 mi
EME failed, caused damage to HV batteries. All batteries replaced and EME replaced 
Dec 2015

12000 mi
CEL showing. Ignition coils and sparkplugs replaced. 
Feb 2016

14300 mi
CEL showing, REx motor too sensitive to type of gas plus altitude. Engine re-set, adjusted. 
Jun 2016

20000 mi
CEL illujinated. O2 sensors replaced Recall performed to fix motor mount bolts 
Nov 2016

25100 mi
CEL for cylinder 1 misfire 
Jan 2017

28000 mi
CEL for Cylinder 1 misfire 
BMW i3 in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Feb 2017
Sep 2015

5000 mi
Android phone app car status unreliable/ wrong. 
Apr 2016

9500 mi
drivetrain error/ software upgrade 
BMW i3 in Oregon, United States
Mar 2015 - Dec 2016
Aug 2015

2500 mi
Software issue caused failure of 12V battery and failure of all car systems. The 12V battery was charged and the software was updated. The seatbelt was improperly installed. This required removal and replacement of the driver's seatbelt and roller system. 
Mar 2016

7000 mi
Trunk latch malfunctioned. Check engine light on. 
Nov 2016

10000 mi

US $1075
Fuel intake flap failed and would not open. 
BMW i3 in California, United States
Mar 2015 - Apr 2018
May 2015

1000 mi
Airbag/restraint system error light appeared on dash one week after delivery. Dealer diagnosis fault in engine or motor (I can't recall which) wiring harness, part needed from Germany, ETA 10 days. Part arrived in 7 days. 
Oct 2015

4200 mi
Complete drive train failure. Car dead in garage in AM. Would not display Ready, come out of Park nor move. Tripped home breaker, stopped charge. Flat bed to dealer. Dlr repl whole battery pack, 12v battery, contactor, EME module Airbag sensor failure light came on in September for the second time since I got the car. Was previously repaired in May by replacing main wiring harness. This time it was repaired during repair of drive train also reported in October. 
May 2016

8100 mi
Warning message showed on iDrive and instrument displays saying Fault in Airbag or Seatbelt systems. 
Jul 2017

14600 mi
The charging rate on Level 2 (240 Volts) on my home charger dropped to half speed during an overnight charge. My electrical monitor documented drop of charging rate from 6.8 kW to 3.4 kW. Check Engine light came on. All subsequent charging efforts showed the same reduced charging rate. The check engine light came on, associated with the charging rate failure documented in another report for this date. Intermittent operation of gas fuel tank door when refueling button is pressed. Error code is generated, fuel door will not open without extensive jiggling of the emergency release cable and prying fuel door open with fingers. 
BMW i3 in Colorado, United States
Oct 2014 - Jan 2017
Dec 2015

4000 mi
Check engine light was on. Replaced ignition coil under warranty. 
Jun 2016

6000 mi
Check engine light was on. Replaced ignition coil. 
Jan 2017

7000 mi
Check engine light on. Fuel injectors leaking. Crankcase vent hoses failed. Replaced fuel injectors and vent hoses. 
BMW i3 in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2015 - Apr 2018
Dec 2016

34000 mi
Wiring harness on engine needed to be replaced 
BMW i3 in Ohio, United States
Jun 2015 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

6000 mi
Steering noise 
BMW i3 in Illinois, United States
May 2015 - May 2017
Jan 2016

9200 mi
Winter tires that BMW indicated were allowable caused an error in the regenerative braking. Error partially to fully disables regenerative braking after engaging it. 
Apr 2017

18000 mi
Housing for Adaptive LED lights leaked and let water in. Dealer rebuilt unit per the request of BMW NA 
BMW i3 in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2015 - Jun 2016
May 2016

16820 mi
creaking noise from steering wheel 
BMW i3 in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2015 - Dec 2017
Nov 2016

26620 mi
Emergency latch cable for the AC charging cable 
Aug 2017

35340 mi
Back up camera was dirty inside the shell 
BMW i3 in Michigan, United States
Apr 2015 - Mar 2018
Apr 2015

7000 mi

US $70
On-board charger recall and software update. 
Sep 2015

9000 mi
EV drive software. Recall for software update solved problem. 
Mar 2016

12000 mi
Fuel door locking mechanism broken as car went through car wash. 
Apr 2016

12200 mi
During motor mount bolt exchange (recall), rear trunk floor was damaged (holes, scrape marks). Damage was inspected by BMW dealership but repair work is still on hold (since April 2016) due to unavailable service part. 
Sep 2016

15000 mi
Trunk floor plate, which was damaged by dealer during recall work in April 2016, has now been exchanged against a new one, under warranty. 

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2014 BMW i3 2-door

2-cylinder hybrid CVT 2WD

BMW i3 in Alabama, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2017
Oct 2016

15500 mi
Backup camera 
Dec 2016

18000 mi
Motor mount bolt broke: new mount attachments; new bolts; broken wires and; crushed A/C hose 

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