2014 BMW i3: What You'll Pay for a New 120-Volt Charger
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on September 21, 2015
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