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2014 BMW i3: What You'll Pay for a New 120-Volt Charger

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on September 21, 2015

2014 BMW i3

It was hot, and I needed a cool blast of A/C, so instead of calling the BMW parts department at my local Long Beach dealer, I stopped in.

"Is there any way to fix a broken plug on my BMW i3's 120-volt home charger?" I asked hopefully. "The third prong, the ground, snapped off."

"Sorry, no," replied Sergio from behind the parts counter. "You'll need a whole new cord unit. Let me see if I have one in stock."

His answer surprised me. I wasn't surprised that it wasn't repairable, but I was shocked that they might actually have one available and ready for the taking. No such luck. Sergio said he could order a new unit and it would arrive the next day.

"Yes, please," I said, fingers on my credit card.

"That'll be $595.33," he said. "Plus tax."

Yowza. I paid the cashier the full $648.91 and sadly went back out into the afternoon heat. The next day, the charger unit arrived and Mike Schmidt picked up the bubble wrapped package when he recovered our long-term Mini Cooper from the same dealership's service department.

Hey, at least there were no labor fees involved.

Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor @ 7,915 miles

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