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    Begging At Charging Stations?

    My local area offers substantial support, both public and private, to those in need. They do a great job. When I am approached locally, I give out a sheet listing phone numbers and locations where help is available. (Surprisingly, most homeless seem to have a cell phone.) Outside the local...
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    Must haves for New England?

    If you can afford to do so, buy a winter car (a "beater") to drive in the winter months. We have a reliable, ten year old hybrid that we bought new that is now our primary vehicle throughout Maine's winter. It sports Michelin X ice tires, and even though it is FWD, I feel confident driving it...
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    Michelin CrossClimate+

    I have been running the CrossClimate+ since last October. I'm very happy with them most of the time, though they are not optimum in very heavy snow--not an issue where you live. Unfortunately, they are no longer manufactured, but may still be available. If you do decide to go with the 2, let...
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    HELP ASAP!! [back at home, issue resolved]

    Mine is a July 2018 build LR RWD. As soon as the border opens up, we're headed North for a long overdue stay with family who live a LONG way from the nearest SC. I will probably replace the battery preemptively or simply bring the new battery along and install it if needed. Cheap insurance.
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    Best placement for an external L2 charger?

    Three years ago when we first took delivery of our Model 3, I felt the same way. In my case, that was a mistake. Three years on, we are considering a second EV. Our son, who visits often, has purchased an EV. My single NEMA 50-14 will support all three, but not at the same time. I would...
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    Hey Burlington VT area owners. Tesla would be my only car. Should I buy?

    We've had the Ranger visit us twice. He was outstanding and we were very pleased with the work done. HOWEVER, both times we had to wait almost two weeks before he was available. Local independent shops and nearby dealers can usually see us within a day or two for work on our hybrid . Tesla...
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    Hey Burlington VT area owners. Tesla would be my only car. Should I buy?

    I wouldn't. We did, but I am retired and we have a second car. Plus one of my sons lives less than fifteen minutes from an SC, so I have a place to stay when the car is in for maintenance. So after three years of ownership, and even though we live over 250 miles from the closest SC, issues...
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    New Service Centers Coming To The Northeast!

    Three and a half hours, 225 miles from our home in rural Maine to Peabody. One round trip, ten day visit to the SC via flat bed (the car only, I stayed home) when the on-board charger failed, and two visits by Mobile Service throughout three years of ownership--all under warranty...
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    Michelin CrossClimate+

    Hmm. Perhaps it is because the OEMs were so awful, but I think the CrossClimate+ is a very significant improvement over the MXMs my M3 came with. I've put over 7,000 miles on these tires since October and I did notice a significant reduction in efficiency early on. However, with the warm...
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    Calling all military/ veteran owners

    Twenty year AF career. SEA tour 74-75 (Yup, I was there when the flag was lowered for the last time). My reward? A choice follow-on assignment that resulted in seventeen great years working in R&D, followed by thirteen years in the private sector. Able to retire in my fifties and start...
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    New Service Centers Coming To The Northeast!

    We live in rural Maine more than four hours from the closest SC. Two visits by Mobile Service since September 2018 (annual brake service plus Tesla initiated visit to replace charge port plastic pins). Tech called several hours before appointment time to confirm and arrived on time. During...
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    which paint color is holding up the best?

    Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic Wax (note that this is not the $3,000 professionally applied ceramic coating referred to in earlier posts), plus Adam's Detail Spray. I use the wax roughly once a month. I use the detail spray after each wash when I don't wax. I use very little detail spray-- it goes...
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    Any experience with car shows?

    I did a small, local one a around four years ago. Was well received. I called ahead and managed get a spot near a 120V outlet so I could plug in and discuss it while the car was actually charging. I bought a big bottle of V8 vegetable juice, popped the hood and displayed the bottle in the...
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    New Service Centers Coming To The Northeast!

    I've owned my M3 since October 2018. Other than preventative maintenance and visits by mobile service initiated by Tesla, the car has been flawless. The nearest service center is a four hour drive to Peabody, but I have never had to use it. I am retired, so if the car were to fail, I could...
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    Installed my NEMA 14-50 yesterday

    I have been using the included connector "permanently" plugged into a NEMA 14-50 for almost three years. Meets all my daily needs and on the road, destination and supercharging provide plenty of options. I no longer bother disconnecting and dragging the connector with me on road trips.

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