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Don’t Buy Used 2014 BMW i3s, Consumer Reports Says

The 2014 BMW i3 isn’t a good option if you’re in the market for a second-hand electric car, according to Consumer Reports.

The popular magazine recently released a list dubbed “Used Cars To Avoid Buying” — the 2014 model year of the popular electric city car featured prominently on it.

BMW i3 Sarasota 1 copy

Worth noting, though, is that BMW had quite a number of other (non-electric) models make the list as well — so the issue doesn’t seem to be with the company’s approach to electric vehicles (EVs) itself, but rather with company-wide reliability deficits. (As many will note, many German auto manufacturers have had issues with reliability and quality in recent times.)

Green Car Reports provides more:

The list includes 2006 through 2015 models that have a record of below-average reliability. The ratings apply to specific model years of a given vehicle, because even a general pattern of good reliability can be interrupted by lapses during specific model years.

…While Consumer Reports says the i3 has below average reliability, the carmaker’s 5 Series sedan was determined to be “much worse than average” across model years 2006-2008, 2010-2012, and 2015.

The i3 wasn’t the only electric car on the list either. The 2012, 2013, and 2015 versions of the Tesla Model S all have “much-worse-than-average” reliability, according to the magazine.

Despite heaping praise on the Model S when it was new, Consumer Reports last year pulled its coveted “recommended” rating for the car, owing to that increasing evidence of that below-average reliability. Another used electric car to avoid is the 2013 Nissan Leaf, staffers say.

The issues with used Nissan Leafs appear to be mostly limited to the 2013 model year, though, as the 2014 model year is rated as possessing “better than average” reliability and the 2015 model year as having “average” reliability.

Do any owners/buyers of used BMW i3s, Tesla Model Ss, or Nissan LEAFs have anything to say about their vehicle’s reliability?

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.


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