Avoid BMW i8 at all cost (if you value your life!)
Here is my near-death experience.
My car, BMW i8 got serviced at BMW Southbank on 22-11-2019 due to the "engine overheating issue, which signifies major issues.
After waiting around 3 months, the car was finally got fixed and the engine was replaced and there was like 4 pages of service report.
On a faithful day, 1-3-20 (just around 2 weeks after the car engine was replaced) around 10.30 PM when i was driving on Western Ring Road on the way home, i smelt something burnt and i pull...ed off the car immediately to ensure everything was ok and to my shock, i saw the rear part of car was full of smoke and i ran for my life without looking back to save my life. Seconds later, i hear the explosion sound and shortly after the car was engulfed in fire! Yes, you read this right. There were few witnesses on the scene and police was called in including fire brigade. There were few explosions after the car was on fire for quite some time. I was lucky that i got out the car alive, but it does not change the fact that this was a near-death experience and shocked me to the core.
Purchased in October 2016.
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A Stylish Grand Tourer
The i8 is an expensive Prius or a cut-price Porsche 918, depending on how you view it. There's an electric motor at the front pushing out 96kW and a petrol motor pushing out 170kW and, between the two, a third electric motor operating between the two which pushes out a few kilowatts and balancing the drivetrain.
I bought mine as a dealer demo, trading in my M3, and it's a very different car. More sports GT with swooping lines rather than track car per se. I love the looks and the doors. Those butterfly-opening doors make getting into and out o...f the car an event since they look great going up and anyone getting out looks amusing. Inside, however, the layout is more conventional. There's an LCD screen in the instrument cluster while the rest of the interior is standard BMW. The iDrive, climate controls and entertainment work well. It will Bluetooth to my Android and you can store up to 20GB of songs on its internal hard drive. The seats are electric and comfortable. But there are things missing. The i8 has collision warning, but not lane change warning. It has electric seats but no memory buttons; cruise control but not adaptive cruise control; and the steering wheel is reach and height-adjustable, but manual instead of being electric. Stange oversights for what was once a flagship car. There are back seats, but they are simply places you can secure your carry luggage on the trip to the airport. The i8 has several driving modes. Sport mode is the performance version. The dynamic suspension hardens and both the electric and petrol engine work in an AWD configuration to give you the best driving experience, but least economy. In this mode, the car can accelerate from 80 to 120km/h in 2.6sec, which is faster than a Ferrari 458.
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