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  1. Alpaca

    [installation notes - Cleantech ] Hella Wipers

    I ordered Hella CleanTech wipers from Rock Auto. Took a bit of time to figure out how to fit - so hope these notes help 1. Put car into Service mode from display - (Wiper Service is towards bottom of the service screen) - that make wipers come up a couple of inches 2. Removing OEM blades is...
  2. Alpaca

    How to get Tesla's attention

    I thought I'd revive this thread - issue in Bay Area is wait time for service appointment. If car is drivable, no issue, but mine got rodent damage and was not. Took a month to get an appointment - I tried calling roadside service, got a # for the service center from them, but the service center...
  3. Alpaca

    Accident for unable to brake efficiently: Tesla's or my fault? [early 2020]

    Model 3 brakes are definitely not as "meaty" as BMW (for example) and the 18" tires are also not designed for best wet brake performance (and will get worse as the tread wears). The original CR model 3 test showed 152' 60MPH to 0 stopping, (Motortrend on the 19" tires got 119ft). Motortrend...
  4. Alpaca

    What is your real range?

    Depends how fast you drive , outside temp, hills, and if you have AC on etc. At ~75MPH - I use up about 1.3X the rated range - so 90% to 10% for my MR is 234-26 mi = 208 mi of rated range - and I get 150-160 actual miles. If I drove 65 I would do much better - but the extra time taken to do...
  5. Alpaca

    Model 3 MR Battery after 1yr / 12K miles

    My MidRange has is just over 1 year 12K miles now - took it on trip from San Jose to LA. Here are some notes on the battery performance. When new 100% was 258 miles - now 100% is 244 miles (car can sit on level 2 charger for more than 30 mins at 244 miles before it says charge complete). I got...
  6. Alpaca

    Chrome Cover on side cam loose - Fix

    The chrome cover on my driver side fender camera came loose. Glue melted in hot weather this summer - and/or there was insufficient glue in the first place. I used some 3M Emblem and Decal adhesive (from O'Reily) to fix. 1. Use Blue Masking Tape to mask off area above camera housing to prevent...
  7. Alpaca

    Boiled Brake Fluid - Seeking Advice

    Regular Motul has 522F boiling point (dry) ? I used to use ATE200 on my track car - not much higher - never boiled it ! But 660 will give you about 100 degrees more - better than hitting the wall :)
  8. Alpaca

    Tesla nearing 50k miles mark, what preventative maintenance should I have Tesla do?

    I miss oil threads ... and the endless argument about which brand of 5W30 is better .... now for fun I just go sit outside the Shell gas station and watch people pump it at $4.59 a gallon here in CA ... :)
  9. Alpaca

    BMW i8 same price as Model 3

    i8 is cool looking, but hard to compare to Model 3 ... no room, hard to get in / out ... you are better to compare that to used Cayman or something of same class. My friend was looking at off-lease ones at his BMW dealer - but the service manager told him, biggest issue is spare part...
  10. Alpaca

    What's state of the art for washing a Model S at home and making it shine?

    Get the Fiji Water girl to come over ?
  11. Alpaca

    Frustrating experience at Discount Tire - HELP!

    How much does Discount charge for the rotation ? Anyone have experience at the Goodyear shop on Los Gatos Blvd ? Thx
  12. Alpaca

    When do I maintain my Model 3?

    some cars have the filter under the glove box - but many have it in a similar position to the Tesla - I changed that on Mazda 3, Acura MDX. Yes, a bit more involved - but certainly DIYable ,, yeah - other than that - wiper blades (when needed), tire rotation (every 5-10K perhaps / as needed)...
  13. Alpaca

    SR/SR+ (Model 3 RWD) Waiting Room

    Congrats ! Don't be scarred of the issues you see on the forum ... a lot of stuff was from early builds that have been corrected by now..and there are more people posting on these forums about issues, than about no issues - I got my December 2018 build a few months ago - and so far it has been...
  14. Alpaca

    TeslaCam - How big of a flash drive is best

    Yeah - they need to fix sentry mode so it overwrites the footage after a week or so . .... the problem is most USB drives is they are not rated for many cycles, and are not rated for extreme temps. The low cost, high capacity drives may be using sub-prime grade memory. Stick with a major branded...
  15. Alpaca

    Cost of Fuel Equivalent

    I charge at the office - it is about 11c per KWHr ... works out to equivalent of 109MPG at Current California premium prices !
  16. Alpaca

    Auto Pilot and Cruise Control for Software Build 2019.5.15 has Serious Problems

    +1 for the same problem ... & +1 for having foot near accelerator to "correct" the issue. Still dangerous, and I think we are still a long way off from full self drive ! It would be nice if the car could anticipate stopped traffic ahead a little sooner on the freeway also ... Overall the...
  17. Alpaca

    Service Center Experience

    There have been lot of threads about poor service center experiences - I just thought I'd post about my EXCELLENT experience. Made an appointment on-line for rear glass crack and paint defect - in Santa Clara. I could easily find a suitable time only a few days out. I pulled up today 15 mins...
  18. Alpaca

    SR+ Range Question - Advice from current owners

    If you are going up the mountain one way ... then range will be 30% less than rated ... maybe more ... and in sub zero conditions you can subtract another 30% perhaps. Rain, winds and speeds above 65 will also impact rated range. So 166 mi might not be possible in one shot. If there is a...
  19. Alpaca

    Perf gets higher top speed, RWD more range, but no love for AWD???

    Lucky you don't need to buy gas any more :)
  20. Alpaca

    Anyone got their CA "purple" stickers yet?

    Cashed 2/11 ... still nothing in the mail ....
  21. Alpaca

    Anyone got their CA "purple" stickers yet?

    Mailed 1/2 - check cashed 2/11 ... I didn't;t check my mail yet - but should be here by the weekend I hope ...
  22. Alpaca

    Supercharger - Santa Barbara, CA (LIVE 4 Oct 2021, 16 V3 stalls)

    Santa Barbara would be a nice stop ... any updates on Supercharger permits/plans there ?
  23. Alpaca

    Mid Range Road Trip

    Yes - use northern exit for Salinas - not Main Street exit as nav tells you ...
  24. Alpaca

    Mid Range Road Trip

    Thanks for the tips
  25. Alpaca

    Swerving back and forth trying autopilot lane change

    Mine did that yesterday - tried to go over, saw light from car behind (but way behind) got confused, swerved back, the driver behind me probably thought I was crazy, then tried to change lane again, this time it did it ... so yes, lane change is not perfect ... I was also in the rain...
  26. Alpaca

    Mid Range Road Trip

    To get an idea of my charging experience in Mid Range , 19" sport wheels San Jose to Newport Beach Via Pasadena ... on 101 .... Started in San Jose at 246 battery range. (last 15 miles or so of range do take a long time to achieve) Navigation indicated I could make it to San Luis Obispo...
  27. Alpaca

    7.5 years from now or 120,000 miles my battery is out of warranty and is dead or serious degraded..

    In 8 years - there will probably be enough wrecks out there - you would be able to source a salvage battery if you really wanted to do that. There are guys that specialize in reclaiming and rebuilding/balancing Prius batteries - and I'm sure M3 industry will be even bigger eventually ... of...
  28. Alpaca

    "Heavy steering" in extreme cold?

    I was going to say - could be the PS fluid - but ours are electric ! I know my Landrover uses a special low temp fluid - for exactly these sort of conditions :) Frozen ball joints (or grease in the joints) maybe ?
  29. Alpaca

    Tesloop Model X at 350,000 miles

    Brakes on my BMW were about $1000 (4 corners) for pads and rotors at the dealer - but I could do it myself for $200 - and probably less than $600 at an independent mechanic. Hopefully, the DIY parts will be available for Model 3 if I ever need to do that ...
  30. Alpaca

    Lowered model 3 at CES with subwoofer in trunk

    I'm guessing just wrapped - but I didn't look that closely ...
  31. Alpaca

    Is the Model 3 a "flashy" car?

    For non-Tesla owners - even in the Bay Area - Teslas are considered "flashy" - it is also difficult to tell the model 3 from model S for most people, until you get in. The white interior is "flashy" - black maybe less so- but with the unique dashboard - it is certainly different from your...
  32. Alpaca

    Model 3 reliability so far?

    Only 1 month 800 miles in - but no reliability issues so far ! Just had major rain storm here in CA - and no leaks !
  33. Alpaca

    New tires that look hazy and old?

    Mine look fine - look at the DOT date code on the sidewall ..should be something like 4018 (40th week of 2018) to make sure they actually are new. If they are not actually cracked or have some other defect , it may be hard to make warranty claim. You could try some of the spray on tire...
  34. Alpaca

    P85 need front brake pads after 180k miles, need advice

    Any ASE certified shop should be able to do the brakes and a flush - I would go to someone that specializes in higher-end cars however and make sure they have the right jack pads to lift the car. Could have them check the rears also ...
  35. Alpaca

    100% Charging - Negatives

    Seems like you don't have a good understanding of the battery chemistry here ... 1. When new, you can charge to 100% and it will be (close to ) 310 miles (of course that range depends on temp, speed, rain , etc.) 2. Best practice is to charge somewhere between 20% to 90% on a regular basis...
  36. Alpaca

    I don't want "hate mail" but I have some issues with the Model 3:

    1. I think that is conservative - but for the anal owners among us - probably good advice to follow 2. My RangeRover only had 2 ... 3. Damage because the glass does not drop away from the frame if you use the manual "emergency" release - but if you use the normal release (which will only take...
  37. Alpaca

    Mid Range trip (low phantom drain)

    Nice - and at cold temps ! I am going to try my first roadtrip Friday - 121 miles each way - plan to do one supercharger stop for insurance :)
  38. Alpaca

    Mid Range waiting room

    if you are financing part of the purchase - the contract you get shows the just the cash balance due (not the finance amount)- even if it is third party finance that you need to bring the check for (or otherwise transfer) to Tesla ... at least in my case
  39. Alpaca

    Favorite Floor Mats?

    +1 on the MOGOs ....
  40. Alpaca


    Stupid question - but I plugged in my USB and use it for Dash Cam recording - but from the Music menu button, how do I find the USB source. I only see options for radio, stream, tune in , and other (which does not show any usb). Thx
  41. Alpaca

    Midnight silver with white interior

    How come Elon did not add a rear fog light ?
  42. Alpaca

    Model 3's Reluctance Motor to appear in the Model S?

    Model 3 dual motors have inductance motor in front - so not two reluctance - my guess is max power is more limited in reluctance design - but it is more efficient, less weight, lower cost, less moving parts so probably more reliable, no/or less rare earth magnet - the complexity is in the...
  43. Alpaca

    Traction Control disabled Fix

    BTW - without regen - the brakes were not very good !
  44. Alpaca

    Traction Control disabled Fix

    I got same issue tonight - 200 miles on the car - I tried to set AP on a city street - got the traction control disable message first, then no regeneration braking, then other warnings. Drove home, did 2 button reset, at that point car would not shift out of park. Got out, walked away so car...
  45. Alpaca

    Autopilot getting worse?

    Could be - I will try it this weekend in the daytime when it is less crowded ...
  46. Alpaca

    Autopilot getting worse?

    I just got my 30 day free trial of AP ... first time I used it today .. a few notes .. Worked great in stop/go traffic this morning on the freeway. Someone cut in front of me pretty hard at one point, and the car slowed nicely. Maintained space to car in front at about what I would have done if...
  47. Alpaca

    Recommendation for sales advisor in bay area for immediate delivery?

    I worked with Kodie at the San Jose store .. good guy ...
  48. Alpaca

    Model 3 Power Reduced Warning

    Well, in semiconductors - there is the classic "bath tub curve" that says parts will fail at early life (due to defects) then drop to a low steady state failure rate, and then increase to high failure at end of life. Most chip companies will test and "burn in" their parts at the factory to...
  49. Alpaca

    Charging in the Cold

    Man - that is a painful video to watch - he rambles a lot, plus Chinese Norwegian guy speaking English with lots of Norwegian place names is not the best to listen to ! Key points were i) His Kia Niro charged at 0C at 44KW after 4 hours driving, and then later he went to fast charger and still...

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