I recently flew out to Los Angeles to take delivery of a nice used 2015 i3 REx, and now I start the adventure of driving it back nearly 2000 miles to Iowa.
First, buying from Center BMW in Sherman Oaks was a very pleasant experience. I dealt with Anita Lee and she did a great job of having the car ready and making sure it was up to my expectations when I arrived. She always responded to texts even off hours. The finance guy was great, not being at all pushy when I declined extra coverage. I would buy from them again.
I digress, back to the car. Before hitting the road I stopped at Walmart and picked up 2 cases of water and a 5 Gallon gas tank to keep in the rear. I also picked up some other emergency items in case the car broke down in the desert when it was hot. After that I hit the road.
The first mountain pass to Barstow went without a hitch. I had to follow the trucks in the slow lane, speeds dropped to 40 mph or so. I was expecting this so no issue. Besides going up the pass.
The car had no issue holding 70 mph on relatively level ground, and the range extender is much quieter than I imagined. It is barely audible in lights loads, and makes a continuous, but not overwhelming drone climbing the pass. I didn’t even realize it had started until several miles after.
I stayed overnight in Barstow as it was getting late. It had been a long day beginning with a flight from Iowa and ending with a new (to me) car in Barstow. I spent the evening looking over the owners manual to make sure I wasn’t missing any features.