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Thread: BMW i8: experiences, thoughts, etc as cure to mid-life crisis?

  1. #101
    There seems to be a lot of hate for the BMW i8 which is good for me as it keeps bringing the prices down and almost within reach! In the last year the i8 has overtaken the Alfa 4C to be at the top of my wishlist for my next car.

    Good few threads on pistonheads on the BMW i8 but this one comment from a current owner "erics" that has had his car since new in 2015 nicely sums up the car:

    "so much misinformation on forums, it's unreal. Never ceases to amaze me what keyboard warriors come up with.

    This is a car you appreciate over a period of time.

    I have been running one since brand new in 2015, so nearly 5 years.

    NO car has stayed this long in my garage: 911 turbo s, aston v12v, gt3's of all sorts, 964rs etc.. these are long gone.

    The i8 is still there and for a good reason: it make all others feel like dinosaurs.

    It is amazingly soothing, calming even when you want to. It punches way above its weight when you want to drive fast. The torque and instantaneous acceleration never get old.

    16-18 miles electric range on gen 1 cars is more than enough to go around where i live. I regularly see 60mpg+ (Aston was sub 15mpg over a long ownership period). I go at least 400 miles on a tank of petrol (40 litres). More if i charge often and regularly drive short distances.

    It is extremely well damped and does flow with the road rather than try to hurt your back and your teeth like most other modern 'Nurburgring Enhanced' sportscars.

    It costs near nothing to run.

    It does understeer a little when you drive it like a complete idiot on the road. It's more than made up by the super smooth damping and rigid chassis.

    Contrary to a lot of people here, i love the big diameter wheels with narrow tires, it gives it a new age look. Everyone was recently complaining about cars having too big tires and too much grip. BMW gives people what they want... people complain!

    The added bonus is that you get very little rolling noise inside the cabin which ALL modern sportscars suffer from (Porsche are you reading this?).

    Just my 2 pence.."

  2. #102
    I'm coming around to the i8 idea having wrongly and impetuously despised it from the start on account of a fixed mindset towards a strict binary view of cars and white goods. However, having recently decided that it makes no sense at all to have a V8 14 mpg €1800 per annum road tax car as my daily $hitter (when I have the weekend fun car as well) the i8 is something I really should have on my radar. Hence my M3 has been chopped in for a diesel (details to follow). But perhaps an i8 may be next when they depreciate down to nothing. In fairness the i8 is one of the heaviest depreciating cars out there but in two years' time one for €25k or so makes a lot of sense.

  3. #103
    I think the i8s problem is perception - looks like a mad supercar, but is probably more a successor to the 850i

  4. #104
    It could also be the looks, the scooter engine, and the bicycle tyres
    I'm with the resistance

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    The i8 is a nicer place inside than lets say a Tesla.

    Outside .. dunno ...

    But why oh why didn't they make it a pure electric or at least give it the range of one on electric ... well ... I know why: weight of the batteries. And since it has an engine .. why that sh*** 3pot ?

    /M

  6. #106
    People complain about the Cayman getting a 4 pot but were happy to spend big bucks on a 3 pot hybrid.... the issue with any hybrid is how much will it cost when the battery decides its had enough....
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  7. #107
    Quote Originally Posted by DMZ View Post
    It could also be the looks, the scooter engine, and the bicycle tyres
    I like the looks, but people associate mid engineer with V8 Ferraris or the original NSX. Stuff that's more about attacking apexs, but my impression is that this is more a techofest GT car that's not quite so edgy.

    Speaking of NSXs, I'd much prefer the new NSX which has kinda grown on me, one you accept it's a different thing to the old NSX. Sadly not really a thing here and not as cheap yet either.

  8. #108
    Quote Originally Posted by Bazg2 View Post
    People complain about the Cayman getting a 4 pot but were happy to spend big bucks on a 3 pot hybrid.... the issue with any hybrid is how much will it cost when the battery decides its had enough....
    Probably less than sorting a sorting a Porsche IMS failure.

    This might have been a valid point 10 years ago, but hybrids are more a known quantity now, a recon battery packs are a thing.

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    Actually, with optimized battery packs, the life time of these has gone way up.

    Take a Jag I-Pace for example. Jaguar expects the battery pack to last 13 years.

    Take the Renault Zoe ... you don't have to worry about it, as you pay battery rental. So they have to take care of it.

    So, yes, buying a 10 year old i8, the cost of a new battery may have to be factored in, but the battery is tiny in the darn thing. It won't break the bank.

    /M

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  10. #110
    Quote Originally Posted by crank_case View Post
    Probably less than sorting a sorting a Porsche IMS failure.

    This might have been a valid point 10 years ago, but hybrids are more a known quantity now, a recon battery packs are a thing.
    I don't see reconditioning of lithium battery packs being a thing, it spells disaster, lethal stuff if it goes wrong.
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