My i3 has been having issues with the charge port recently - the vehicle hasn't been releasing charge plugs from the socket reliably. Lock/unlock a few times, wait half a minute to about 5 minutes before it finally releases the connector.
Then this morning, not only that, but all the warning lights came on like a Christmas tree, and it wouldn't start. Keyfob wouldn't lock or unlock the vehicle, nor would Comfort Access do it. (It was already unlocked, as it apparently didn't lock last night, and lock/unlocked from the inside.) After a couple minutes, I got the charge plug free, and the vehicle started right up. But this was enough to have me bring it in.
Only confirmed issue is 12V accessory battery dead as a doornail. (I mean, it obviously had to have *SOME* charge, but sure, basically dead.) Fine, 5 years is a bit short for a 12V battery, and it's frickin' expensive, but whatever. I'll go with ease-and-speed now instead of dealing with replacing it myself for a couple hundred less.
But they also listed "DAMAGED CHARGER CABLE HOOK" as the cause of the charge port not releasing - I called to confirm, and the service advisor claimed it was the occasional use charger's "locking hook" and recommend replacing the damaged charger cable. Which, to me, sounds rather ridiculous. I mentioned that I basically never use it, and that it does it for DC rapid chargers and public L2 chargers alike. But $927 to replace the occasional use charger, when I can buy the exact same thing (Clipper Creek PCS-15) not-BMW-branded on Amazon for $395, or a much better TurboCord Dual for $389, seems ridiculous.
I mean, FFS, a BMW I Wallbox is only $150 more!