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  1. Mikedrives

    Tire rotation

    My experience: My wife's Model 3 (SR, single motor) went 42,000 miles before I remembered, oh yeah, even EVs need some maintenance, including rotating tires. 3 of them were fine and good to go, and the back right tire was halfway to bald. Very stark difference. YMMV, but I wonder if my...
  2. Mikedrives

    Tire rotation

    FINALLY somebody has come up with a word for that thing. THANK YOU.
  3. Mikedrives

    Tire rotation

    Since my wife's Model 3 (SR, single motor) has needed absolutely nothing in 3 years except wiper fluid, I completely forgot to do anything else. (Manual just recommends checking the brake fluid every 2 years.) When I finally looked at the tires at 42,000 miles, 3 of them were fine and good to...
  4. Mikedrives

    Control arm under warranty? [when over 50k miles on car]

    I can't find anywhere in my paperwork a mileage limit for my warranties, just that General and Roadside Coverage both last 4 years from the purchase date, and Battery and Drive Unit Coverage last 8 years from the purchase date. Is there ever a mileage limit?
  5. Mikedrives

    Michelin MXM4 tires out of stock everywhere

    Gas mileage in Teslas never varies.
  6. Mikedrives

    Model 3 Tires

    Thanks for sharing. Can't really tell from the clip if we've got the same noise. Plz let me know how it turns out. I'll post a clip next time I get my hands on the car.
  7. Mikedrives

    Model 3 Tires

    Our 2019 M3 SR+ just started making a noise this week from the front left wheel. It sounds like a squeaky balloon, or creaky like an old door, with every bump and every tiny turn of the steering wheel. Does that sound like your control arm noise? It's pretty loud both inside and outside the car...
  8. Mikedrives

    Are there any 18" Model 3 tires as/more efficient than the Michelin MXM4?

    Got any results to report yet? Tire shopping this week... TIA
  9. Mikedrives

    Uh-oh. Forgot to rotate the tires for 38K miles!

    FWIW, I found out I was wrong about my everlasting tires. I checked tread depth on the left side and, in the dark, the tires looked great. I went to rotate them and saw the back right tire in daylight and it was very different. Getting close to bald in the middle, with wear marks showing...
  10. Mikedrives

    Uh-oh. Forgot to rotate the tires for 38K miles!

    Well, if you leave your car unlocked on the street here sometimes people come around and help clear the change out of your ashtrays, and some Priuses lost their catalytic converters last year, but I haven't heard of anybody changing tires on cars at night. Smooth roads around here, I guess. I...
  11. Mikedrives

    Uh-oh. Forgot to rotate the tires for 38K miles!

    Wow, that's gotta be a record. Sounds like you're peeling out. It never occurred to me that you could put it in Slip Mode when on dry pavement- would it let you peel out? Yes, I stomp it multiple times whenever I drive it (when alone in the car or with my daughter who loves it) but as I say, I...
  12. Mikedrives

    Uh-oh. Forgot to rotate the tires for 38K miles!

    My wife has a 2019 M3 SR with the standard 18" wheels. Zero problems with this car except 1.) I don't get to drive it enough and 2.) I have to fill the wiper fluid every 9 or 10 months, dammit. So I forgot about rotating the tires for, um about 2 years now, and didn't realize how quickly she's...
  13. Mikedrives

    Are the wireless phone chargers history?

    Thanks for your responses, everybody! Very helpful.
  14. Mikedrives

    Free model 3 passenger side mirror guts- no housing, no mirror surface

    Sorry I didn't see this earlier- gotta check my settings. Hate to say it, but at least when I had to deal with this last February, it was all or nothing. You couldn't get just the housing or the mirror, only the entire assembly, $620 at the dealer. But of course, you had to indicate which color...
  15. Mikedrives

    Are the wireless phone chargers history?

    Looking on the Tesla site, I'm not seeing the wireless phone chargers for sale. My wife has an iPhone 12 mini and would like to charge wirelessly on the way to work in her Model 3. Are they still out there somewhere? TIA.
  16. Mikedrives

    Tesla model 3 nomad wireless charger FOR SALE

    Hello. Did you ever find a buyer for your wireless charger? Looking for one to put under the tree for my wife next week. Thanks!
  17. Mikedrives

    Free model 3 passenger side mirror guts- no housing, no mirror surface

    Somebody who is not me but is not not my wife knocked the passenger side mirror off of our Model 3 last winter. She was backing in and bent the mirror backward. This broke the housing and the mirror glass itself. The rest of the mechanism is fine- it still works to fold and unfold. There is one...
  18. Mikedrives

    Sold my Model 3 after 3 years. Cost of ownership.

    Just hit 30K miles in our 2019 M3. I guess we've saved $300-$500 on the 7-10 oil changes we didn't get. Biggest outside expense so far has been wiper fluid- have had to fill it up 3 times now.
  19. Mikedrives

    Hertz Places $4.2 Billion Order with Tesla

    I dunno, I see a lot of women and older people in M3s, including my wife, who keeps it in chill mode. Good thing I don't drive it much or it would be dead by now. I think the powerful regen is the only reason I haven't gotten a ticket yet. Met a friend of a friend the other day who has a Dual...
  20. Mikedrives

    Hertz Places $4.2 Billion Order with Tesla

    I mean, really. I drove a Camry and an M3 yesterday. There's kind of a big difference.
  21. Mikedrives

    Hertz Places $4.2 Billion Order with Tesla

    Same as any rental. I knew a guy who worked for one of the rental companies, and said customers could never be as hard on the cars as the employees are. They had a car wash that was half a level below the parking lot, with a ramp going up to parking lot level when they came out of the car wash...
  22. Mikedrives

    Auto phone key not working

    Struggling with a similar situation right now. Re: >>"Delete the phone as key from your car and set it up again." How do I do that? Don't want to lose my driver profile... I got the phone key working, but I can;t get the car to bring up my driver profile so I can get in (my wife has the seat...
  23. Mikedrives

    Iphone 12 won't unlock my Model 3 but does auto lock on walk away.

    I have a 2019 M3 with v10.2 (2021.32.21) and a new iPhone 12 with 14.4.1. This is my wife's commuter car, and (tragically) I only drive it 5% of the time. Since I got the new phone a month ago, I was able to unlock the car with the app, but not drive it. The car recognized the phone because the...
  24. Mikedrives

    Blog Tesla Increases Prices Again

    Hertz just bought 100,000 M3s. I bet Elon is over missing you MY purchase by now! Love my M3.
  25. Mikedrives

    Hertz Places $4.2 Billion Order with Tesla

    You can't tell the difference between a Camry and a Model 3? Okay.
  26. Mikedrives

    How do we navigate to multiple stops?

    Thank you all! Very helpful. RTFM didn't help, so thanks for putting it all together...
  27. Mikedrives

    How do we navigate to multiple stops?

    My wife is on her first multi-state road trip in our 2019 M3SR. She is using the touchscreen for navigation, not an app. From her texts just now: ------------------------------------- Here’s the basic challenge: I can navigate to Richmond, but I can’t navigate to Dayton with a stop in Richmond...
  28. Mikedrives

    Stolen key card

    Thank you! Ended up calling my local service center and got through, which doesn’t always happen. The guy was very helpful and walked me through the steps that Tranquil Rage laid out – thank you. And indeed, I did have to swipe my wife’s card to deactivate my missing card, halfway thinking I was...
  29. Mikedrives

    Stolen key card

    I lost my wallet a week ago and apparently it was found by a national crime syndicate, with fraud attempts made on my cards in multiple states. I shut all those down, but my Tesla key card is still out there. They also know where I live, thanks to my drivers license. If I go to the dealer with...
  30. Mikedrives

    Model 3 approaches Camry levels

    I saw a canary yellow Model 3 the other day, Chicago area. Safe to assume it was a wrap? Looked pretty good. High viz for safety.
  31. Mikedrives

    Will Future Teslas Have Lasers For Wipers, Among Other Patented Innovations?

    Thanks, Hank Lloyd Right, for all that good info. So much for my theory of getting free Lasik for my nearsightedness by occupying window seats on Southwest flights. I grew up in a prairie-style FLW house, btw. The guy's focus on curating exactly how one feels when entering a room or occupying a...
  32. Mikedrives

    Will Future Teslas Have Lasers For Wipers, Among Other Patented Innovations?

    ...and couldn't the laser be reflected off the windshield and endanger others? While I have an expert on the line... Last year I was on a Southwest flight coming in to land at Midway in Chicago- Midway sits among dense residential neighborhoods. It was nighttime and it was Christmastime and I...
  33. Mikedrives

    Round trip options

    Sorry, can you explain terms, please? I am assuming dual carriageway = 2 lanes each direction, therefore 75% single lanes = lower driving speeds = greater economy. Is that right? And "carriageway"? Are you competing for space with carriages? I guess we have that in Amish country here. (I was...
  34. Mikedrives

    Ferrari F8 or Roadster + Corvette C8?

    Indeed, I have always loved firing up my Boxster, but since I entered Teslaworld, the thrill I get feels downright juvenile. Which is still okay, but am I always in the mood for juvenile? I'm on a tight urban lot so with my F8 money, I would get the Roadster and a garage lift. With a Roadster...
  35. Mikedrives

    Tesla's Self-Driving Beta Fleet Is Generating An Immense Amount Of Data

    Would love to see how Telsa rates my driving. And more so, my wife's. When I would jump in her Prius, the average MPG would start climbing immediately, even when she had 1,000 miles since last clearing data. Leadfoot.
  36. Mikedrives

    After too long on the sidelines, I’m about to become an owner

    Can you tell me which Teslas had sunroofs? I could swear I saw a Model 3 the other day with an open sunroof, but I don't remember that being an option on the 3. (Then again, he was moving pretty fast- might have been an S.)
  37. Mikedrives

    Electric Lawnmowers

    I used an electric mower for our yard in the late 1970s. It was a huge yard, took 2-3 hours to do with a 22" wide blade, but I was a kid and complaining wasn't an option- didn't even have a Walkman™ to listen to. ¡Ay carumba! Oddly, it was easier to avoid the cord then than it is now in my tiny...
  38. Mikedrives

    Electric Lawnmowers

    Looks like a great core workout.
  39. Mikedrives

    Electric Lawnmowers

    Pro tip: Instead of whipping the cord around a lot or doing weird patterns to avoid where the cord ends up, just have the cord run down the middle of the lawn to the farthest point, then you do a little wheelie over it whenever you cross it, and at the end, you have to mow that one strip where...
  40. Mikedrives

    Electric Lawnmowers

    It is and it isn't a useful comparison. If people knew their 3/4HP single mower pollutes as much as their Hyundai, that's enough to make them think twice, and more so if the 5.7 Hemi is more accurate. I always felt ridiculous driving to a gas station to bring gas home in a can in the trunk or...
  41. Mikedrives

    Curb rash. Ouch.

    We park at the curb in front of our house, and do a lot of urban parallel parking. Within a week all four rims were uniformly scratched all the way around, consistently enough that it looks intentional. I saw a product that looked like rubber rings that stick to your rims with some adhesive. I...
  42. Mikedrives

    Blog Tesla Shows Off Production Capability at Giga Shanghai

    Allegedly much better than in the US, somehow, though my Fremont M3 is flawless.
  43. Mikedrives

    Blog Lucid Air Makes Debut, Deliveries Planned for Spring 2021

    How many of these cars will they be making?
  44. Mikedrives

    Blog Neuralink Says it’s Nearly Ready to Install Computers in Human Brains

    Whachoo talkin' about? Nukuler power is gonna be so cheap they won't even bother to meter it, and nothing could possiblie go wrong... On the other hand, Elon *does* have a better record than that...
  45. Mikedrives

    Blog Tesla Cars to Sound Pedestrian Warning With ‘Snake Jazz’

    Last line says, "you have to remember that he promised fart sounds from Tesla horns and made it happen." Did they mean he promised fart sounds inside or actually from the horn? Don't tell me I've been driving around in a car that can broadcast farts and I haven't been using this. The interior...
  46. Mikedrives

    12,305 miles over 7 weeks - Road Trip

    Very cool. I was there the other day, just hours before the smoke from the CA fires made it that far east. Best access seems to be from the rest stop on I-80 westbound, 10 miles from the Nevada border. I may go back that way in a week or two- does anybody know if the eastbound rest area across...

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