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  1. Bill_Baron

    How to turn off the “Maintenance Service Required” message

    Got it, Thanks! The annoying message is gone now.
  2. Bill_Baron

    How to turn off the “Maintenance Service Required” message

    OK, I've been searching the forum for an hour and I can't find anyone explaining how to access the Diagnostics menus. It seems like it's something everyone but me knows how to do. Apparently there's a PIN for it, but I can't figure out how to be prompted for it. The wrench button reveals...
  3. Bill_Baron

    Coyote vs. Roadster - Some Lessons Learned

    🤣 I can laugh about it now that it's good as new. After I went back to the accident scene, on the way home I saw more dead coyotes in the northbound lane, making me think they were a pack that was chasing one-another. No roadrunners!
  4. Bill_Baron

    Coyote vs. Roadster - Some Lessons Learned

    Thanks Lou - Sad to hear about Watertown not being an option anymore. Once they loose their one guy whose been there since the beginning, they lose the capability that's essential to us. South Connecticut is a long tow truck ride if something serious goes wrong. Hope to see you out there!
  5. Bill_Baron

    Coyote vs. Roadster - Some Lessons Learned

    I was heading to golf early one warm morning in November, doing about 75 in the left lane of Interstate 495 in Mass, when this dog-like thing came rocketing out of the grassy median right in front me. I didn't even have time to twitch. I felt the thud, then began to hear the crackling of carbon...
  6. Bill_Baron

    Today's Roadster Orphan

    Anyone notice the high bid now sits at $90K? Wow!
  7. Bill_Baron

    Today's Roadster Orphan

    Good Catch! It looks like the listing has been removed.
  8. Bill_Baron

    Today's Roadster Orphan

    2010 Tesla Roadster | eBay This listing describes #938 as "4WD". Pretty sure it isn't! I do like the non-metallic paint though.
  9. Bill_Baron

    Today's Roadster Orphan

    Wow! That's how they posted the result. Is that a record, even for when they were new?
  10. Bill_Baron

    Today's Roadster Orphan

    2011 Tesla R80 3.0 Roadster Sport VIN: 5YJRE1A36B1001176 Mileage: 4283 Price: Auction without Reserve Twilight Blue 2011 Roadster with R80 upgrade up for auction October 23 in Elkhart, IN. 2011 Tesla R80 3.0 Roadster Sport | The Elkhart Collection | RM Sotheby's
  11. Bill_Baron

    Error 56 and 1496, PEM Fault. Tow Mode Not Working

    I had the same error a few months ago, and my Tesla SC was able to find me a new PEM, probably from all the old Roadsters that are being traded in and cannibalized. Not cheap, so prepare yourself for that. Gruber is probably less expensive, and I might have more faith in his rebuild over...
  12. Bill_Baron

    Porsche -Tesla Ride today

    I own both these cars. I intended to sell my Boxster when I bought my Roadster, but I didn't expect the Roadster to make me appreciate the Boxster more. The Porsche is a lot slower as almost all ICE cars are, but I didn't appreciate the time engineers spent on the little things until I drove a...
  13. Bill_Baron

    Roadster 764 Custom Build

    Fantastic restoration! Strange that it had a wheel from a Pontiac Solstice.
  14. Bill_Baron

    Funniest Tesla Question Thread

    I drive a Roadster, so sadly my answer is "No."
  15. Bill_Baron

    iPhone X Mount?

    I haven't tried one of these yet, but Carl used a 3-D printer to create a wedge for the under dash tray that supports a phone mount. Other solutions are included there also. Link to that thread is below: better roadster phone mount
  16. Bill_Baron

    An historical occasion

    An EV-1 that hasn't been crushed??? Does it run?
  17. Bill_Baron

    Proud New Owner of #432 in Glacier Blue!

    Congratulation! I pointed that car out to someone else on the forum who craves Glacier Blue, but he passed. It seems like a great car at a fair price. His loss is your gain! Welcome aboard!
  18. Bill_Baron

    Trunk release issues

    Awesome, thanks, I'll give them a try!
  19. Bill_Baron

    Trunk release issues

    So it's my turn to have a stuck trunk. MLAUTO, do you recall what actuator you used? I think if I'd like to upgrade mine as well.
  20. Bill_Baron

    Today's Roadster Orphan

    Gremlin Your ship has come in! #432 Glacier Blue in LA
  21. Bill_Baron

    Today's Roadster Orphan

    Wait - What happened??? I went to the web page and they still want $90K CAN for it? They're telling you it has $23K in damage? Something's not right here.
  22. Bill_Baron

    Today's Roadster Orphan

    Actually, that's Electric Blue. There's a Glacier Blue that is much lighter, and an Arctic White. I suspect you can't drive it because it's been salvaged, so they don't have it registered. Before you jump in on this, you should talk to a customs broker who routinely imports Canadian cars...
  23. Bill_Baron

    Roadster 501 Traded In

    Agreed! I'd go gas before I go with a roof. And it's snowing here!
  24. Bill_Baron

    Roadster 501 Traded In

    I bought an old Boxster several years ago when I needed a fun car and I had 2 kids in college. I spent only $12K on it. It's been bulletproof but I always yearned for a Roadster. This year I finally bought #201, and I love it! But it also gave me new appreciation for the Porsche. The Roadster...
  25. Bill_Baron

    Has anyone done the Unthinkable?

    I wasn't actually thinking of doing this. It's just that everyone's battery will die someday, and many already have. I was wondering if anyone with lots of skill and free time had gone to this extreme to get their car on the road again.
  26. Bill_Baron

    Has anyone done the Unthinkable?

    Yeah, I get what you mean. It would probably be much easier to remove the Elise bodywork and attach the Roadster panels. I'm sure there are some things that just won't fit though, and would need to be modified.
  27. Bill_Baron

    Has anyone done the Unthinkable?

    I've read on here how, for many different reasons, dozens of Roadsters have been bricked over the years. Faced with the huge expense of a replacement battery (if you can even find one), has anyone said "The heck with it, I'm putting a gas engine back in this thing" and then done it? Is it even...
  28. Bill_Baron

    Roadster 501 Traded In

    I hate to say it, but I think you're right. It makes good corporate policy to be seen as being responsive to servicing surviving Roadsters as Tesla has recently, and every car they buy back is one less they have to provide service for, plus it creates more spare parts for them to keep the...
  29. Bill_Baron

    Roadster 3.0

    Actually that works out to be exactly the range loss rate I pulled out of my ass. If you were losing 5 miles in range per 10,000 miles driven, I would have expected you to lose 13 miles of range in the 26,000 miles you drove.
  30. Bill_Baron

    The Wrecked Roadster Registry

    If 468 has a clean title, you might prefer to hold onto that one in spite of the lower range since SCs usually won't touch or sell parts for a salvaged Roadster. I'm surprised you've gotten as far as you have with 933. When i bought mine, it had the TPMS fault. The SC placed an order for new...
  31. Bill_Baron

    The Wrecked Roadster Registry

    Congratulations! 140 is a great number given all those miles. It gives us all hope that our batteries will still be in that kind of shape when we get well over 6 digits. Let us know when you hit 200,000! By the way, are you still planning to get #933 fixed, and if so, which one will you keep?
  32. Bill_Baron

    Roadster 3.0

    Definitely, 177 is a great number for a car of this age. Mine's down to 163, but it's a 2008. The psychology of being a Roadster owner is something you'll grapple with. Unlike cars with engines, Roadsters degrade the more you drive them, and you'll find yourself weighing whether or not a...
  33. Bill_Baron

    Holding on to your Roadster. . .

    So I asked the SC about keeping my old PEM, and they told me there's a $2000 "core charge". (PEMs don't have cores, but OK.) So the new PEM is actually $11,000, but I get $2000 off for leaving them my old PEM. It's likely that I could save $ by hiring Medlock or Gruber, even with the...
  34. Bill_Baron

    Holding on to your Roadster. . .

    That's a good point, it should help offset the cost. Curious, do Tesla SCs let you keep old parts like other car companies do? It seems like PEMs and old battery packs would have significant value.
  35. Bill_Baron

    Missing the "L" on the rear

    $10 total should do it. Email me at [email protected] if you decide you want it.
  36. Bill_Baron

    Missing the "L" on the rear

    I have an L. I needed an S so I already have the other letters.
  37. Bill_Baron

    Holding on to your Roadster. . .

    $9000 for the part. I asked if refurbishing my existing PEM was an option and he said that's not something the SCs do because of the extensive labor involved. Replacing it should just be a 3 hour job.
  38. Bill_Baron

    Holding on to your Roadster. . .

    I just joined the Roadster fraternity in July, and I remembered reading this post and thinking "I ought to get that done". Then I forgot. The other day I happened to be walking past the car in the garage when I heard the 3 beeps it gives when there's a problem. The screen said "Drivetrain...
  39. Bill_Baron

    The Wrecked Roadster Registry

    This car apparently sold today. Unfortunately it doesn't say for how much, or what the condition the battery was in.
  40. Bill_Baron

    The Wrecked Roadster Registry

    I think this one is still going. That pic of the odometer shows a well charged battery. I bet the range isn't much at this point given the mileage. I wonder how it ended up in an auction pit, the pics don't show any obvious problems.
  41. Bill_Baron

    Hot Wheels Roadster with Starman

    As you can see by my avatar, I was able to find a blue one online. Don't know about grey though.
  42. Bill_Baron

    Roadster Service E-Mail Poll and info

    I wrote the email address last Tuesday asking for help getting my Roadster registered to me. (When I go to a SC, I have to give them the name of the original owner for them to service it.) They wrote back Thursday saying they could do it, I just needed to send them a copy of my reg and DL. I'm...
  43. Bill_Baron

    Roadster JVC radio won't turn off

    Yeah, my radio had loads of slack on the wires, enough for the radio to sit on the floor and still be fully connected. But you'll have a lot of splicing ahead of you. There's inputs from all sorts of non-radio related sources. I'm just happy my old radio is fully functional again and I no...
  44. Bill_Baron

    Roadster JVC radio won't turn off

    I realize this thread diverged in two directions, mostly my own doing (sorry). My toolkit arrived today, and it took no time to get the radio out. Behind the radio was (SURPRISE!) a mouse nest! Yuck! So I boldly started pulling out fistfulls of crap, not sure if I'd encounter skeletal...
  45. Bill_Baron

    Today's Roadster Orphan

    Funny that they wanted to start the bidding at $50K but nobody raised their paddle, so they had to back up to start at $20K. I wonder what the reserve was.
  46. Bill_Baron

    Today's Roadster Orphan

    Sure enough, it did not sell. Bidding stopped at $40K. The bid goes on...
  47. Bill_Baron

    Roadster JVC radio won't turn off

    That explains a lot. Unfortunately I can't even get close to the back of the radio from under the dashboard, and it looks like I'll need special tools to get the radio out. Panicopticon did a great job describing the process, so I'll order a toolkit and go from there. It might be that once I...
  48. Bill_Baron

    Roadster JVC radio won't turn off

    Yes but the problem remains when I replace it. But you're probably right, it may have something to do with the contacts on the faceplate because intense pressure on the right side sometimes produces sound out of the right side. It's hard to drive while pushing on the radio though, so I just put...
  49. Bill_Baron

    Roadster 3.0

    I got 180,000 miles out of my Alfa Spider, but you're right, I had to make many minor repairs over those years. My Miata was bulletproof but I had to give it up when kids came along. I had a Jaguar XK8 that went through 3 engines. Once the kids got their own drivers licenses I no longer needed...

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