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      01-12-2019, 03:23 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I'm a little late to the party, but we just picked up a used i8 and totally loving it! I've been lurking on this forum for a while. It has been a tremendous help! Thanks!

The car is a 2015 in Ionic silver with the frosted blue accents. The interior is a dark gray leather with the faintest blue stitching. At first, I really wanted a white with the light interior, but I think I really like this color combo. The Silver is subtle but still allows for the black and blue to stand out. Gotta have the "W" wheels

The car has 16K miles and still has the remainder of the warranty left (10 mo or so). Full service before we bought it including all maintenance, but also a new turbo and return line (saw the thread on that), new plugs, coolant tank replacement, programming, and fuel tank pressure tank switch replacement (saw the thread on that too).

This thing is awesome! We are a classic car household, so this thing is like a spaceship! The weather here in CO is a bit crappy so more driving in a bit, but it is super fun.

I am a bit confused on the different trim levels of the 2015 cars... I'll do some more reading. This car has the black brake calipers and the anthracite headliner, but no leather on the engine cover. Black seat belts, but full leather seats/dash/door cards. The dealership (McLaren) said it was the top trim (Pure Impulse), and I can't prove otherwise, but not sure... Paid mid 70s. Whatever... Car is super cool!

Anyhoo, just wanted to say Hi!

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      01-12-2019, 04:34 PM   #2
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Beautiful car. Love the tinted windows, which I added to my car as well. Adds an elegant touch to an already spectacular looking car. Enjoy!
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      01-12-2019, 05:21 PM   #3
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Thanks! Funny you mention the tint... I have been wondering about that... Does it make it feel smaller inside than before you had it? I do like how it continues the black color line nicely. This is the first car I've owned with tinting.
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      01-12-2019, 05:29 PM   #4
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I have a leased white on black 2016 with Giga....yours looks like a Giga and not a pure impulse (the door sills and other options lead me to believe). The PI is usually tan or brown vs gray/black on those years. Still great value with those miles and the PI isnít a game changer to me.

I really like the silver on dark interior and W wheels. I have the turbines (which was a must have for me 2 years ago) but now Iím appreciating the W especially on the silver car.

Also I think your car looks really great with current tint- leave it on.
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      01-12-2019, 05:40 PM   #5
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Thanks for that! Everything I read on the trim levels seemed to contradict each other I wondered about the brown. Don't think that would really work with those colors... Do you know anything about the brake caliper color? Are yours silver or black?

The white is stunning too - the color I had in mind originally. It really pops!
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      01-12-2019, 07:45 PM   #6
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Great looking car.
I also agree that you have a Giga World version.

I think you will appreciate the dark grey interior versus the white. The seats tend to wear quickly and the white in my experience doesn’t look as good when it starts to wear and gets dirty easily. I’m glad I have the dark grey also.

I have never seen an i8 with any other color caliper than black. They may exist, but never seen one.

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      01-12-2019, 09:23 PM   #7
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Looks amazing, have fun ! Can't wait to get mine in a few months. At this mileage, you probably paid somewhere between 65-70k for this one right ?
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      01-12-2019, 11:15 PM   #8
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Yup... Mid 70s. Tires are almost new... The photos are from the test drive. I bet you are super excited! Love to see it when you get it!
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Yup... Mid 70s. Tires are almost new... The photos are from the test drive. I bet you are super excited! Love to see it when you get it!
You don't say I am so looking forward to it, I really love this car. Also love that the value of them in the secondary market drops every month. Although I will be buying it in Switzerland, I am currently living in California and I am easily finding i8s at the 65-70k range (lowest being 64k at the moment). I will probably be getting it in about 8-10 months and aiming for the 2015 model, I think I will probably be able to snatch one for 60k or even less.
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      01-13-2019, 06:36 AM   #10
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Yup... Mid 70s. Tires are almost new... The photos are from the test drive. I bet you are super excited! Love to see it when you get it!
Love the car and certainly the best colour for me, which is why I chose Ionic silver too.

I can tell that youíve had tyre work since the fitters have put the rear alloys on the wrong sides. I found this out that hard way, the alloys are directional but the tyres arenít. Just look at the ďWĒ on the front wheel and compare it to the ďWĒ on the rear... theyíre different. The rear wheels need swapping over so that they match the front. This wonít affect the tyres as long as you have the correct BMW tyres fitted.

I had this with my turbines that are fitted to my i8 that I bought second hand from a BMW dealer, you would think they would know better. The alloys are designed to aid cooling to the brakes so they really need to be right.

Itís surprising how many i8s are out there like this! For me itís an OCD thing!!

Canít help with the interior, mine has an embossed i8 symbol on the headrests which I was told was the best trim but I really donít know.

Enjoy it, Iím sure you will!
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      01-13-2019, 02:03 PM   #11
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That is why I love this forum! I never would have caught that! I'll get that sorted. Thanks for that!

As for the level, I believe you are all correct. "Giga". Pure Impulse has several key features... Logo on the threshold, black gloss shifter, embossed headrests, leather engine cover, leather trim around floor mats. I have seen it in the white/black interior (there is one at Ralph Schomp BMW in Littleton, CO right now). Giga would be the perforated leather, brushed AL ring on the steering wheel, possibly anthracite headliner? (I think an option on this car) Velour Floor Mats. Wow... And I thought Porsche was confusing

Thanks so much everyone! Always fun to lean about a new car

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Thanks! Funny you mention the tint... I have been wondering about that... Does it make it feel smaller inside than before you had it? I do like how it continues the black color line nicely. This is the first car I've owned with tinting.
No, I can't say that the tint makes it feel smaller inside to me. My only complaint is how the rear hatch glass tint causes some distortion in headlights from trailing cars at night. Not a big deal, but it was a bit of a surprise to me. But I do love the exterior aesthetics with the tint and it does seem to keep the car cooler inside under summer sun conditions.
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      01-14-2019, 01:34 PM   #13
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But I do love the exterior aesthetics with the tint and it does seem to keep the car cooler inside under summer sun conditions.
Not such an issue in the UK!
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      01-24-2019, 11:03 AM   #14
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Contrats on the car its a stunner. I've just been watching a video on youtube and thought 'wait a minute, I've seen that scenery before' and sure enough here you are.
Great vid!
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=c49hESiYuCA
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      01-27-2019, 03:44 PM   #15
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Thanks! Yup... That's us We will post more as I start to figure things out on this crazy car

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Congrats! I bought my 2015 when lease was up because I like it that much ( not the most fiscal sense though). No problems with the car and so fun to drive. There are many haters out there on rennlist in particular— this car is not a 911 but it's not trying to be that, and it's way more comfortable.....tucked away for the winter and I miss it ( driving the new M5 for winter and I won't be staying in this lease, not as fun as the i8)
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Congrats! I bought my 2015 when lease was up because I like it that much ( not the most fiscal sense though). No problems with the car and so fun to drive. There are many haters out there on rennlist in particular— this car is not a 911 but it's not trying to be that, and it's way more comfortable.....tucked away for the winter and I miss it ( driving the new M5 for winter and I won't be staying in this lease, not as fun as the i8)
did you buy the car at the full residual value or managed to negotiate some with BMWFS?
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awesome looking i8
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This car will surely be a classic in twenty years or so. They look absolutely fantastic.
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