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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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2018.24.1 brings summon, WiFi, and cabin overheat protection to the Model 3

The latest software update brings these long-waited features to the M3 in addition to speed limit mode and TACC on-ramp off-ramp released for MX and MS as well.

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All Model X and Model S will soon work with no key if your phone pairs with Bluetooth

It seems like the actual key fob also uses Bluetooth since September 2016 (see Electrek’s post about this), so I assume both the S and the X have the appropriate antennas to power using the phone as the key.

Read more: Twitter

Calculate your loan (M3 vs. MS)

Model S or Model 3, which one should you get? Use this comparison spreadsheet to compare costs. Thanks nberardi!

Read more: Spreadsheet - Reddit

Comparing side mirrors blind spots - American vs European Tesla MS

This video is an oldie but goodie. As Europeans driving in the US we thought that blind spots in the US were bigger because lanes are wider. It turns out that there is a pretty big difference between the side mirrors in the American and European Tesla Model S too.

Everything you need to know about Model S wheels

Base model, upgrades, prices, and colors. Which ones are you getting next?

Read more: Tsportline

First impressions about ventilated seats

Thank you HandleX for sharing!

  • The perforations are only in the middle of the seats and not on the side bolsters.
  • The perforation (hole) design has been totally reworked (according to OA). New design pictures below.
  • The 2nd and 3rd rows will also have perforations to match the fronts, but with no air flow mechanism.
  • The design draws (sucks) heat away. Two other people could also feel the difference

Free unlimited Supercharging for new Model S and Model X

Tesla is giving people an incentive to get a new Model S / X over a new Model 3 by throwing unlimited Supercharging in the mix. We have no idea how long this offer is going to last but if we use the past to predict the future it’s probably going to be there at least for the rest of Q3.

If you are purchasing a new Tesla and need a referral code, we would be honored if you use ours http://ts.la/ignacio9266

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How does the resale value of Tesla's Model S hold up?

A recent report from venture capital firm Loup Ventures found that the depreciation of Tesla’s MS compares quite favorably with that of other vehicles in its class (Tesla Model S loses 28% of its value vs. Mercedes S-class ~36%, and BMW 7 Series 40%). Not that we’re planning on selling our MS any time soon, but lucky us :)

Read more: Evannex

Latest software improves Tesla Supercharger times by up to 25%

Good news for owners that have a Model S or X, the latest software - thanks to warming up battery when you head to a Supercharger - improves supercharging times by up to 25%. It is pretty amazing that cars from 2012 are still getting better! For now if you use the navigation when heading to a Supercharger, that way your car will charge faster.

According to Elon, between the software update, the new v3, and the increase in power in v2, Superchargers charge time will drop by a factor of 2 for the whole Tesla fleet and a factor of 4 for Model 3s. These changes more than double total Supercharger system throughput worldwide.

Read more: Twitter

Many interior configurations for Model S and X will be gone after November 1st

Elon announced on Twitter that to simplify the production many of the current interiors for the Model S and the Model X are going to disappear after November 1st. If you were thinking about getting a Model S or X it may be time to do it now so you can get the configuration that you wanted and still take advantage of the full tax credit.

Read more: Twitter

Model S Roof Rack - Glass Roof

The Roof Rack accessory used to only be available for the pano roof. But since Tesla discontinued the pano roof, they are now releasing a roof rack compatible with the all glass roof.

See more: Tesla Shop

Model S and X 75kWh are going away

Sunday night is the last chance to order the 75kWh Model S or X. Would it be because they are releasing new packs? We don’t know but if you were thinking about getting one of them hurry up and if you need a referral code remember that we have one ;)

Read more: Twitter

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

Model S battery degradation data

According to data published by Marteen Steinburg the degradation rate is 1% / 50.000km and on average, the batteries have 91% remaining at 270.000 km (170,000 miles).

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Model S enhanced anti-theft

For Model S build after September 2016 and for $350 (including installation at a Service Center), Tesla is offering enhanced anti-theft system on their website. It consists of active sensor technology designed to detect motion inside the cabin as well as sense if the vehicle is moved or tilted.

See more: Tesla Shop

Model S modified to show a 360º view

Our Teslas don’t offer a 360º view. It’s well know that the reason why is that while it has cameras in all directions it lacks a forward camera low enough to see what it’s directly in front of the car. The pilar cameras also don’t show what it’s in the ground right next to the car. Having said that, some folks in China modded their Model S to have a 360º view and looks really good!

Model S software update

Here’s what’s new in the latest software update for Model S:

  • Navigate on Autopilot (Beta)
  • Viewing Application with Media Player Open

Model X and Model S get cheaper in the newest version

Tesla has dropped the price of the Model S and tthe Model X by $8,000. Model S and Model X that were previously sold under the 100D label will now be sold as “Extended Range” vehicles, while Tesla’s top-of-the-line P100D variants will now be branded as Model S Performance and Model X Performance. If you’re tempted, order before February 1st and get 6 months of free Supercharging with our referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266

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New AP update 2018.21.9 - Off ramps & interchanges

Model X

The author of the video says: «Notice the speed limit on autopilot slows down automatically. Previously, when I had the autopilot on when I was using this off ramp, it would just drop from whatever speed I was going to 45MPH very abruptly and that was it. Now it is very gradual. I tried another time with a longer ramp and it slowed down more gradually and got down to around 25MPH.»»

Model 3

New black Arachnid wheels and ventilated seats

Tesla is bringing back the previously discontinued ventilated seats and it is making new black Arachnid wheels available from the ordering process. (Previously, they were only available through the referral process). For now, they’re available both for the Model S and the Model X but only for the P100D.

Read more: Electrek

Premium Package is now standard for all Model S and Model X

Woot?! We bought our Model S only a few months ago… But to be honest, we knew this could happen. And we’re happy for the new and future Model S owners. Enjoy!

Read more: TMC Forum

Security vulnerability in Model S key fob

Tesla left its Model S cars open to a far more straightforward form of hacking: stealthily cloning the car’s key fob in seconds, opening the car door, and driving away. (…)

Just two weeks ago, Tesla rolled out new antitheft features for the Model S that include the ability to set a PIN code that someone must enter on the dashboard display to drive the car. Tesla also says that Model S units sold after June of this year aren’t vulnerable to the attack.

Read more: Wired

Tesla Model S sets new record at Laguna Seca for a four-door sedan

A prototype of the Model S with a Plaid powertrain and a new chasis lapped Laguna Seca in 1:36:555, one second faster than the previous record for a four-door sedan. According to Elon, the Plaid powertrain is about a year away from production and applies to S, X, and Roadster (not to 3 or Y) and will be more expensive than the current Ludicrous option.

The name Plaid comes from the movie Spaceballs, because the only thing faster than Ludicrous is Plaid.

Tesla changes pricing of Model S and Model X, makes several option changes to simplify offering

Model S Changes:

  • Carbon fiber spoiler has been made standard on all the Model S P100D
  • Rear-facing child seats are gone
  • 21″ Black Arachnid Wheels are not in the config anymore
  • Panoramic Sunroof is gone

Model X Changes:

  • The 6-seat with center console configuration has been discontinued

Both:

  • 72 amp on-board charger: now only available in single phase markets. Other markets will only have the 48 amp charger»

Read more: Reddit

Tesla is upgrading Model S/X with new, more efficient electric motors

Hopefully, this is one of the few steps to refresh the tech in the Model S and X and to bring it to par with the Model 3. The new electric motors, codenamed ‘Raven’, are permanent magnet reluctance motors, like the ones found in the Model 3.

Tesla issues a voluntary recall of 123k pre-April 2016 Model S

These are some of the details published on Electrek:

What
  • Recall issued over a bunch of bolts on a powering steering component made by Bosch
  • Specific bolts can suffer corrosion in regions with very cold climates and especially where they use calcium or magnesium road salts
Who’s affected
  • Tesla estimates that less than 0.02% of pre-April 2016 Model S vehicles in the U.S. have this issues
Impact on Tesla
  • Tesla expects that it will be immaterial as the supplier covers the cost of the component

Read more: electrek.co

Tesla stops doing cosmetic refurbishments to its CPO cars

They keep their mechanical inspection but - in anticipation of their first batch of leased Model S ending- they have changed their CPO program and now don’t do cosmetic refurbishments.

Read more: InsideEVs.com

The longest-range electric vehicle now goes even farther

Tesla announced several changes to the Model S and X lines:

  • The all-new drivetrain increases the range of the Model S Long Range to 370 miles and the one of the Model X Long Range to 325 miles
  • New Model S and Model X are are capable of achieving 200 kW on V3 Superchargers
  • A new air suspension that constantly adapts by sensing the road and adjusting for driver behavior, automatically softening for more pronounced road inputs and firming for aggressive driving
  • Tesla just re-introduced the SR version of both Model S and Model X that leverages the new air suspension and the new drivetrain
  • Existing owners purchasing a new Model S or Model X Performance will get the Ludicrous Mode upgrade, a $20,000 value, for free

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What's your favorite 'feel good song' when you drive your Model S?

MS owners share their favorite tunes in this thread. What’s yours?

Ours are «How far I’ll go», from Moana’s soundtrack. Our 3 year old makes us play it all the time! And «The Passenger» by Iggy Pop, but only when we’re driving with AP on ;)

Read more: TMC Forum