I don't understand why anyone who really weighed all the options would even consider the i3. The only people I see it appealing to are those who get all starry eyed about BMW's.
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The M3 might be the best car in several ways, but I would personally rule it out based on the unknown waiting period. You don't really know when production will start, how quickly it will ramp up, or how many buyers are really in front of you. You also don't know what the price will be or if they will be optioned up to an unreasonable level. I also think it is doubtful that the tax credit will not have run out by then (if it is not cancelled all together before).
I think you should decide from the other choices and then consider the M3 for your next car. Unless you are perfectly happy with your current car and it is still relatively new.
"I don't understand why anyone who really weighed all the options would even consider the i3. "
Well I drove one last weekend and it really impressed me. Driving dynamics are really important to me. The handling and acceleration were fun. I love the roomy airy interior styling. The harman kardon stereo. The tech package with adaptive cruise control. Lots of bells and whistles that come on a luxury car. And the fact that they are so cheap right now makes it really tempting. I live in a warm climate so I'd get the most out of the small battery.
We would have another car for long commutes. It would just be our city car.
I still need to test drive the gen1 volt to make a fair comparison. The used gen1 volt is even cheaper than the used i3.
One problem is I'm VERY picky about which volt I want. The ONLY one I'd buy would be a 2013-2015 black Gen1, with beige leather and bose stereo. This particular setup seems to be very rare on autotrader and cars.com. There are plenty with black leather interiors, but I've had a black/black car before and it just got too hot inside in a warm climate like socal.
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I think I'll wait to make my final decision until I find out my place in line for the M3, find out what my tax credit would be, and maybe even get to test drive the M3. In the meantime I want to test the Gen1 volt and figure out my backup plan.
I'm not willing to spend that much on a NON-tesla EV, and I would only consider used models which have depreciated drastically. If I don't get the tesla, I'd rather keep it around $15-20k, which is why I'm looking at used Gen1 volts, and used i3's.
I do love the way the i3 performs. On the one quick test drive I took, I didn't mind the strong regen. I love the open airy, futuristic feel inside. The infotainment system didn't bother me too much. I'd really like to find on with the harman karmon stereo though, which seems like a pretty rare option. I think a dealer nearby does the extended test drives so I plan to do that in a couple weeks and see if I can get the fiance to see why I like the i3 so much.
As for the volt, I haven't driven one yet, but your description sounds about like what I expect. Slightly cramped interior, poor visibility, less exciting performance, but the gas range is a HUGE plus. I wouldn't have to use the gas engine much, but not having to plan around my battery capacity is a major factor.
I think the tesla M3 will depreciate much slower than the i3 and volt did, but one possibility is getting a used volt now, then a used M3 in 3-4 years. I'll miss out on the tax rebate, but it seems that those rebates actually contribute the lower resale value.
It's going to be hard to make any decision until I can price and test drive an M3, but I just want to go in with all the information I need.