|My ActiveE is back where it belongs - charging in my garage, after being in for service for six days|
I've written this before but it still surprises me how much I miss the car while it's in for service. In the past when I've had my gas cars being serviced I always kinda liked driving the loaner car for a few days. It gave me an opportunity to drive a car that I never had before and perhaps consider buying one in the future. I remember one time I had my Mercedes ML430 in for service and was given an E430 Sport to drive and almost bought afterwards one because I liked is so much. However when you're driving an electric car and you get a gas loaner, you really don't care what they give you, you just want your electric car back!
|Range Anxiety - Gasoline Style!|
I hope BMW is listening to their customers and figures out a way to offer their i3 customers loaner i3's while their car is being serviced. That would definitely be part of the "premium electric driving experience" that I expect from BMW. I know it's not easy because they have to get their dealerships on board and here in the US, the dealerships are independently owned and the manufacturer has limited power over them with matters like what kind of loaner cars they provide. I'm not even sure BMW can force their dealers to offer any loaner if the dealer doesn't want to, but that would be a very bad decision and would certainly hurt any dealership if they decided they wouldn't provide loaner cars to their clients. However I'm sure some savvy dealerships will certainly realize this is a great perk and offer i3's as loaner cars and they will end up selling more i3's then their competitors I can guarantee it. In fact I will certainly have this conversation with my current dealer, JMK BMW before I buy my i3 and hopefully I can convince them that it is a smart business decision to do so.
|My car charging up at JMK BMW|