In the last few years’ Malaysian car buyers have been the benefactor of lower priced hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars. The high taxation on imported cars has prevented many urban Malaysians from enjoying the luxury car ownership until a ‘creative manipulation’ in our import tax structure allowed mild hybrids like the Audi A6, Mercedes E300 Hybrid and PHEV vehicles to be sold at a very low price. In fact, some of the luxury models sold in the past 4-5 years put Malaysia on the world PHEV map as one of the top 3 countries in the WORLD for PHEV car sales.
Now, after a few years of ownership, the buyers of these cars…totaling an easy 20,000 plus units are starting to sweat and worry as news of super high battery replacement costs and high price AC/DC converters start circulating social media. One recent report shows the cost of the hybrid battery replacement for a German sedan to be near RM120,000 which is about the price of the sedan in the used car market (RM130,000 to RM150,000). AC/DC convertors are costing between RM12,000 to RM28,000.
Seeing this we contacted BMW Malaysia to find out the cost to replace their hybrid batteries as they sold the most PHEV’s in the past few years. The BMW 330e, The 530e and the X5e.
Thankfully, it is not as scary as we imagined and we want to share this information with you for you to have a peace of mind (if you own a BMW PHEV) and share with your friends who own a BMW PHEV.
All BMW PHEV vehicles get a 6-year or 100,000 km warranty and the BMW i8 supercar enjoys a 8-year or 100,000 km warranty.
The BMW PHEV battery is a modular battery system and so the cost of one battery module is RM7,300 and depending on which BMW PHEV you drive, they have 5-6 modules in one battery pack. So, you are looking at a total replacement cost of between RM36,500 to RM43,800 if you need a complete battery change. Labour costs at any BMW authorized service center is RM1,140 for one module change and for the 3-Series and 5-Series it is just RM1,300.
Please note that under the BMW Warranty program, this labour cost would be lower, of course.