Maintenance costs

How expensive is it to maintain a Tesla? How often is servicing needed? Are maintaining costs of a Tesla higher than of any other cars? Tesla recommends checking the tires, the cabin air filter, the brake fluid, the suspension, and the air conditioning, at the two year mark.

After a year and a half of owning my Model S, the only money spent on it was for the tire rotation. After two years, I paid ~$500 for the 2-year service.

Model 3 owners who wish to perform basic procedures or maintenance on their Tesla can do so without having to schedule a Service appointment. Here's the Model 3 DIY service list.

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How much does it cost to fix a flat tire in a Tesla Model S

February 28, 2020

I got a flat tire on my Model S' rear right tire the other day. What do you do without a spare tire and how much does it cost to replace a tire in a Tesla Model S?

Tesla maintenance costs and service frequency

February 10, 2020

There isn’t a one-year or a two-year service as such, but Tesla recommends checking quite a few things at the two-year mark. Here’s a list, the cost, and how to schedule an appointment via Tesla's mobile app.

I hit a pole with my Tesla Model S. Here's how much it cost to fix it

April 21, 2019

Hitting a pole with our Tesla Model S ended up costing around $5,800. The two quotes that we got were very different: from our insurance company ($2,600) and from a Tesla certified body shop ($6,200).

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Past Tesletter articles

$19,000+ non-warranty battery replacement cost

One of the concerns that I hear from folks on buying an EV is the cost of replacing the battery. This owner got theirs replaced after 102,871 miles for $19k.

From issue #219

1 year in review of a used CPO Model S 85D: operating and maintenance costs

A lot of folks ask if they should go CPO or not, the TMC user ‘antdum’ shares his experience after his first year owning a used CPO Model S 85D as their primary family car, including operating and maintenance costs.

22,656 miles, charged at 62 unique superchargers, 7,521.79 kWh consumed, given rides to 88 people, and much more. Thank you for sharing all the details and for helping spread the word about the benefits of driving electric vehicles.

Read more: TMC Forum

From issue #112

Autopilot tracks some interesting attributes

Greentheonly revealed a few videos where Autopilot is tagging things like ‘policeman pedestrian’, ‘construction pedestrian’, or ‘school bus’. It also tries to read the labels on the stop signals, like ‘all-way’. I love seeing what AP sees πŸ˜ƒ

From issue #163

Cost of ownership after 37,611 miles in 16 months

The refreshed Model S isn’t that different on the outside, but the inside has completely being reimagined. This article goes Another great video by AI DRIVR, this time showing us Walnut Creek (we live really close by!) through the eyes of FSD. I love the creativity of overlaying the FSD visuals in the video.
A total of 9000kwh consumed, it would have cost $2,340 only charging the car (a Model 3) at home, but it actually cost $600 combining home, Supercharging, and free L2 charging. This is $6,169 less than his previously owned Toyota, and $3,537 less than his previously owned Jetta πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘

From issue #162

Improved message for the 12V battery warning

Tesla seems to be working on improving its warning messages on the car’s UI. This one used to be a very short message without much context, but now with version 2020.40.* really provides the context needed, no need to freak out.

From issue #140

Model 3 cabin air filter replacement

Michael from Teslatunity shows us how to replace the cabin air filter and how to get rid of the ‘wet sock’ smell. Tesla should cover this under the warranty, but it’s always good to know how these things work in case you want different filters (e.g. HEPA) or for when the warranty expires.

From issue #98

Model S and X maintenance costs

Have you ever wondered what’s the average maintenance cost of a Tesla? It surely varies from one model to another, this thread from Reddit contains some useful information contributed by the community.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #5

Rear tire depth low - Schedule service

I see! It’s not uncommon to miss some of the features of a Tesla vehicle. Just to clarify, it appears that Tesla vehicles have a feature where they calculate long-term average differences between the front and rear axle wheel speeds. This information is then used to model the tire tread depth, alerting the driver when the car might require a tire rotation or replacement.

From issue #263

Repair cost estimate for hail-damaged Model 3

This Model 3 owner had hail damages (check out the pics πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ) and Tesla and got an initial estimate of $25k to repair it. He has started a thread on Reddit sharing information and interactions with the insurance (Progressive). Hopefully, you don’t have to go through this, but if you do, or are in a similar boat, I hope this information is helpful.

From issue #122

Tesla diagnostic software is now available for purchase in the US

For those who want to repair their own cars or are thinking about tinkering with them, now Tesla offers a subscription to their Diagnostic Software for $333 a month or $2000 / year.

From issue #179

Tesla: No annual maintenance needed

Tesla will no longer be offering an extended maintenance plan in favor of specific service recommendations on an as-needed basis.

Along with reducing servicing requirements for Model S, Model 3, and Model X vehicles, this change will effectively end the purchase of optional 3 and 4-year maintenance plans.

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #52