BMW i3 Involved In Minor Fender Bender In Los Angeles


BMW i3 Gets Wrecked

BMW i3 Gets Wrecked

Not the most breaking news on the planet, but nonetheless interesting enough to see how a BMW i3 does in a small car crash. We’ve already showed you how to fix a BMW i3 after an incident and judging by the photos below, the process seems to be simpler than in conventional cars.

*Editor’s Note: This post appears on BMWBLOG.  Check it out here.

A writer of spotted a lightly wrecked BMW i3 at the RDBLA Collision Center in Hollywood, California.

The model spotted has the Giga World package with 19-inch wheels and a leather/wool interior.

Here is how he describes the incident:

However, fortunately for those involved, and unfortunately for the curious, the accident wasn’t severe enough for the car to test its real-world crash capability. It appears that it was a big enough to ruin the front bumper and knock out the fog light (seen in the passenger seat), but small enough not that it appears not to have compromised the frame or main construction of the 81-mile-range, 170hp car.

With the full details missing, it is hard to assess how the i3 really does in a more severe crash but nonetheless, the i3 scored 4 out of 5 starts in the NCAP crash test.

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5 responses to "BMW i3 Involved In Minor Fender Bender In Los Angeles"
  1. Aaron says:

    “…and judging by the photos below, the process seems to be simpler than in conventional cars.”

    What other photos? Source, please.

    Regular cars are easy to fix the front clip. I want to see why you think the i3 is easier.

    1. Aaron says:

      Found the source buried in the article, but it still looks like every other car in its repairability of the front plastic piece.

  2. James says:

    Since only BMW dealers are trained to repair i3, not sure why this car is RDBLA Collision Center…The shop’s website and facebook page indicates it’s a facility for very high-end supercars and customization + repair of Bentley’s, Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis and other very very expensive hardware.

    This seems to support my points that repairing an i3 is not for the faint of heart, or average-of-wallet. Since this shop customizes BMWs, they may have a certified BMW CFRP guy there – but I doubt it this early in i3’s run.

    The BMW Blog that was cited by InsideEVs as it’s source as to how to repair an i3’s bodywork blows by some very questionable information. As follows: BMW Blog quotes the MSRP for an i3 as $44,000 for the Rex version, and $41,000 for the BEV. My research shows 16 i3’s in my area ( Seattle )with prices running from $41,500 for the base i3, and $56,000 for a semi-loaded ReX. Quite the discrepancy, BMW Blog!

    BMW Blog’s article says BMW states an i3 costs about the same as a 1 Series to repair ( by a BMW shop, by the way ), this is in no way saying it is a simple nor inexpensive affair. Even simple body repair requires special tools only BMW will have. If the aluminum substructures are damaged, this repair is specialized too.

    To the uninformed or unaware, special tools + BMW-required body-collision repair + specialized parts and training equals a very expensive fender bender. Since BMW is telling the insurance industry, “it’s the same cost to repair as a 1 Series”, it seems today, the insurers are asking (the BMW Blog author says his i3 costs only $42/month more to insure than his 1 Series ) slightly more to insure than a steel BMW…I believe this will change RADICALLY once the incidents like the one above multiply and the insurers have to FOOT THE BILL!

    Anyone who has ever owned a “premium”-branded European car knows parts and service at the dealer costs an arm and a couple legs. Add to this what we know about i3’s CFRP and it’s very scary, indeed.

    If i3 provided more to the owner than 80 miles electric range and a ReX that gets you to the next freeway exit , or a short scoot to the next charge – it MAY be worth it — but since it gives you LEAF range, I think this is one of the biggest reasons to skip the i3.

  3. James says:

    *$43,000 for a stripper base i3

    $56,500 for Terra Package ReX

    Just got off the phone with a great BMW sales guy, and in talking LEAF vs. i3, he couldn’t get away from words like: “our core BMW” buyer, and “exclusivity” and “tradition”.

    Call me stupid ( some BMW-lovers in here do, regulary )…But at i3’s core is an 80-mile BEV that is uber-expensive to repair.

    Today, and I mean TODAY – insurers don’t know squat about i3 nor CFRP. After a few dozen fender benders and accidents, YOU BET YOUR BOOTIE they will know how much they are spending on i3 repairs. GET READY, GET SET FOR EXTREMELY HIGH INSURANCE RATES for those who are not ready to buy one these first few months!

    Still think i3 is super-duper?

  4. ModernMarvelFan says:

    I wonder if the i3 would do well in IIHS’s small overlap frontal crash.