The 500e, and all EVs for that matter, know when they are plugged in, even if current is not running through the wires. (That's how your mobile app knows if your car is plugged in, but not charging.)I was wondering if the power was off to the charger whether the 500e would detect that...or if it was some sort of physical switch that determined if it was plugged in. I did mention that in response to their comment.
Same orange plastic broken on my wife's 500e. No, she didn't drive off with it plugged in. Are we really the only 2 in the world? I don't think so. WTF bad engineeringSo seeing if anyone else has had this issue. Somehow my wife's 500e charging port (the orange plastic port where you plug in the charger) got broken. I kind of figure...that's annoying but let's get it fixed. It'll be what...a few hundred dollars to fix. Now after talking to one service manager he tells me to call my insurance since it's more in the range of...wait for it...$3000 dollars to repair. That's got to be one of the most expensive little orange pieces of plastic every. He claims it's part of the cable and runs all the way to the battery and...and...and.
Anyways...I wanted to see if anyone else has ever had this issue or had any other thoughts. The car still seems to charge (testing it out now...all happened while I was at a conference) but having a loose power charging port seems not good. Of course 10% of the price of the car for a piece of plastic seems not good too. I'm sure they'll hit us for it on the lease return in 31 months and counting.
Most of the cost is labor. It looks like the cable runs from the back to the front of the car. A lot of the car needs to be taken apart.The charging port cable seems to be $560: part #68104797AH @ fiatpartswebstore.com, so I'm curious how any shop can offer the replacement for $3000...
Search again. The same seller has some more for sale. Would like to know if anybody has experience installing them.Any updates on the charging port replacement? How hard is it to replace? Just realized I will need to replace this port as well. Found one for sale on ebay a few weeks ago, but can't find it anymore. Still got 14 months left on the lease and rather not get dinged by this on return.
Unfortunately, all that needs to happen is someone walking by bumping into it. Good motivation for home charging, but otherwise I try to park so close that nobody's even tempted to squeeze past.I have no idea how it happened. I just came to unplug it..
I don't use Facebook. How complicated are we talking here? Is this unscrew some stuff and screw it back together, or do I need some kind of crimper for it? Do I have to pull panels off the car, or is it really as easy as a tire (20 minutes for me) or replacing the tail light (about five minutes for me)?I have heard that Fiat doesn't normally cover a broken charge port under warranty because they claim it is damage caused by abuse, or something like that. However some people have been lucky and convinced a dealer to cover it under warranty. If one dealer says "no" and there is another dealer nearby, try finding a dealer that will cover it. With that said, I hear the dealer by me charges about $1,000 for replacement.
With that said, if you are just a bit handy with tools, it apparently is a relatively easy self fix. There are step-by-step instructions on the internet (a Facebook group) that shows how to replace it. A suitable replacement port is available on eBay. And you just need a few basic hand tools. Here is the Facebook posting. You will have to join the group to see it. Fiat 500e
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Here is the part on eBay: NEW FIAT 500E ELECTRIC VEHICLE CAR CHARGING CHARGE PORT CONNECTOR INLET UPGRADED | eBay