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  1. Electric Steve

    Tesla Model Y T-Sportline 19" TSS Winter Tires and Wheels, for pickup in SW CT, barely used

    Looks like they're on sale now. So if someone wants my tires now, I'll drop my price to match. Once the sale ends, their price goes up and so does mine.
  2. Electric Steve

    Tesla Model Y T-Sportline 19" TSS Winter Tires and Wheels, for pickup in SW CT, barely used

    4x 19x9.5" Wheels 4x 255/45-19 Tires (Matte Black Pirelli Sottozero 3) 4x Tesla Factory Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor (TPMS) 4x T Sportline Wheel Center Caps Under 15 miles driven. This is the configuration with identical tires. They're small, so their sidewalls are tall enough to avoid...
  3. Electric Steve

    2020 Model Y, Red, Black, Perf PUP, FSD, "We don't need no stinkin' badges."

    2020 Model Y, Red, Black, Perf PUP, FSD, "We don't need no stinkin' badges."
  4. Electric Steve

    Installing OBD2 reader

    Ok, double-correction. The kind of adapter I have is the kind that looks like your photo and it works but doesn't let you close the panel fully. The kind I linked to above is the kind that looks like it'll actually fit. In fact, I just ordered one so I can swap. HTH and sorry about the initial...
  5. Electric Steve

    Installing OBD2 reader

    Bad news: the adapter I show above does not fit well. I can't close the panel fully. See below!
  6. Electric Steve

    Installing OBD2 reader

    Ok, I got it working by turning off Sentry mode and disabling Bluetooth on my phone. The relay noise is actually quite loud. Haven't closed the panel yet because, by the time I got around to that part, it was dark and it wasn't obvious how to shove the cable out of the way to make room. Will...
  7. Electric Steve

    Installing Amazon Echo Auto in Model Y.

    Right. Although, of course, nothing really stops Tesla from integrating Alexa so that pressing the button on the steering wheel is the wake word for it. Having said that, Tesla's support for voice recognition is half-assed right now. It can understand the words just fine, but has very few...
  8. Electric Steve

    Installing Amazon Echo Auto in Model Y.

    It's for cars that don't necessarily have microphones, but you're probably right. In principle, there's no reason why the Tesla couldn't run an Alexa client natively. In principle.
  9. Electric Steve

    Installing OBD2 reader

    Thanks, this is very helpful. It's gotta be due to having left Sentry Mode on. But I'll use the charger/LED trick to make sure.
  10. Electric Steve

    Installing OBD2 reader

    I was looking for any existing threads on the topic, but I can't seem to find any, and I'm a bit nervous. I have this adapter and I was watching videos like this one and that one. The key step is making sure the car is completely off before unplugging the cable to insert the adapter, and I'm...
  11. Electric Steve

    Which Winter/Snow Tires

    That's true, but my main motivation was to get some sidewall.
  12. Electric Steve

    Vendor Want to remove the Model Y emblems?...Think again.

    Can confirm that my June-built car does not have holes where the badges used to be.
  13. Electric Steve

    Which Winter/Snow Tires

    I have the 21" summer tires and don't want winter tires that size, so I went for new rims. Got 19" ones, complete with tires and TPMS sensors.
  14. Electric Steve

    Model Y Performance - Snow Tires Possible?

    That's fair. And if you already have all the tools and are used to doing it, it's no big deal.
  15. Electric Steve

    Model Y Performance - Snow Tires Possible?

    Hmm. While I'm not exactly handy, I've certainly changed tires (back when cars had spares). I don't remember it as being much fun, though. Moreover, I did the research and it looks like I'd have to buy a bunch of tools that I'd only use twice a year. So, having more more money than time, I think...
  16. Electric Steve

    Model Y Performance - Snow Tires Possible?

    I have half a mind to keep the 19" rims and swap in summer tires, selling off the Uberturbines. Like how they look and drive, but they've got no sidewall and I have to deal with some poorly maintained streets. I definitely didn't like the Tesla dealer's suggestion that I get 21" snow tires and...
  17. Electric Steve

    Model Y Performance - Snow Tires Possible?

    Thanks for verifying that they'll fit. Eyeballing it, I thought they might, but it's good to hear. I could definitely save a bit of money going to a 3rd-party shop, but the ones I know of around here are kind of terrible. I'm not sure I even trust them to jack the car up, much less deal with...
  18. Electric Steve

    Model Y Performance - Snow Tires Possible?

    Ok, I just ordered these: Tesla Model Y 19" TSS Flow Forged Tesla Wheel and Winter Tire Package - T Sportline - Tesla Model S, 3, X & Y Accessories My plan is to keep them in my basement until it gets a bit colder, then make an appointment with Tesla to have them mount the tires. (Tesla...
  19. Electric Steve

    The purity of the drive.

    He's right. Driving an EV is a purer experience. No engine, no gears, no noise. Just you and the road. The Tesla grin is very real, and it's not just the wide one you get after testing out its acceleration. There's also the grin you have after a long drive that just doesn't feel that long...
  20. Electric Steve

    Model Y Performance - Snow Tires Possible?

    My understanding is that, yes, they are. The summer tires aren't rated for temperatures below 40'C; they will not only have poor performance, but can even crack. Likewise, snow tires get soft above 40'C. Bottom line: All-weathers are meh in the summer and meh in the winter, but if you have...
  21. Electric Steve

    Model Y Performance - Snow Tires Possible?

    You're not wrong: Tesla is really screwing the pooch here.
  22. Electric Steve

    Commentary on exteriors seen in Tesla dealer parking lot.

    Tesla put on the mount for the rear license plate (initially putting the temporary plate in it) but while they gave me the mount for the front, they never offered to install it. I'm sure they would if I made a service call, but I'm holding off for now. I have the front plate in my trunk...
  23. Electric Steve

    Red Model Y with Black or White Interior? Opinions?

    Yeah, I've seen complaints of glare from the white bar. I couldn't say either way. When I test-drove a white-interior Model Y, it was a cloudy day in March. Also, I wore glasses with polarized, auto-darkening lenses. On my own car, I've added a 70% tint to the windshield and 35% on the sides...
  24. Electric Steve

    Commentary on exteriors seen in Tesla dealer parking lot.

    Two things, really, and one of them is mostly a humble-brag. I was sitting around in my Tesla dealership yesterday and look at the cars in the lot, many of which are customer cars. The overwhelming majority of the cars did not have a front license plate installed. Mine doesn't, either, even...
  25. Electric Steve

    Red Model Y with Black or White Interior? Opinions?

    FWIW, I've got red and black, and I wasn't sure about that wood panel. I even priced out replacing it with black (or, even cheaper, wrapping it). But I gave it some time and it's kind of grown on me. YMMV, literally, but I'm pretty happy with the black interior. I know that white is more iconic...
  26. Electric Steve

    Standing water

    That, and not needing to suck in air to feed an engine.
  27. Electric Steve

    Returned within 7 days

    It's your call, but if Tesla can fix these problems and make the car as good as new, then returning it might be premature. I had a few issues with my car, but Tesla fixed them.
  28. Electric Steve

    Performance Boost Available

    You say "fast enough", but I'm not sure that those words have any meaning in this context.
  29. Electric Steve

    Model Y Performance - Snow Tires Possible?

    They'd have to be used, because I don't see where Tesla sells the Geminis separately from the MY itself. To be honest, I think I'd prefer 19" tires, especially for winter. It would be nice to have some sidewalls, no matter how sexy the 21" rubber bands look. But to get those now, I'd have to...
  30. Electric Steve

    Stuff Tesla fixed today

    Writing this up in case anyone finds this interesting or useful. I had a slow leak in my front left tire. It wasn't that slow; took maybe a day or so to drop after I pumped it up to match my other tires. But it also didn't drop more than about 7 PSI before it stabilized. Tesla said it was a...
  31. Electric Steve

    Model Y Performance - Snow Tires Possible?

    I asked my local Tesla dealer about this today. They admitted that they're not expecting to offer winter tires for the Model Y this year. Their suggestion was that I buy winter tires on my own and have Tesla install them. Note that this would mean swapping out my 21" Überturbines for another...
  32. Electric Steve

    XPEL Paint Protection Film, Ceramic Coating and Tint

    They wrapped it partially, and that's the problem. It looked ok on when it was first done, but the edges came up within days. If I understand correctly, they're going to wrap it all the way this time.
  33. Electric Steve

    The Y rear is ugly

    Yeah, I have a set.
  34. Electric Steve

    The Y rear is ugly

    I'm a bit disappointed with the towing hitch. When it's uncovered, it's really ugly. But covering and uncovering it is not only tedious but has some risk of damaging that plastic cover. You can buy a hitch light that makes it functional when uncovered, but it doesn't fill all the space around...
  35. Electric Steve

    XPEL Paint Protection Film, Ceramic Coating and Tint

    It's a red-tinted mirror. You can see me in the pictures. I did run into two problems, which the detailer acknowledged and will be fixing. First, the spoiler is a little loose on one side: needs more glue. Second, as with another MY they worked on, the side mirrors need a redo. They stand...
  36. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    I totally get that. They're already updating the 3's with Y technology. Tesla doesn't do model years, as such, but I bet the next version of the S/X is going to be a big improvement for the same reason. And, of course, whatever they make in 5 years will put anything we have today to shame...
  37. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    If someone gave me a free S or X, I'd sell it. I don't need a second car right now. :) Thing is, I could have bought any of these cars, but I chose the Y. It's not that I like whatever I have, but that I have what I like. I considered getting the S when it came out, but passed. I really liked...
  38. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    Uhm, both cars have a mix of permanent magnet and induction, although I think they're reversed. My Y has the induction in the front. According to Engineering Explained, the single-motor 3 has just the permanent magnet and that's more efficient but less performant. The mix of the two is to get...
  39. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    Thanks, that's a helpful comparison. My take on this, albeit from my more limited experience, is that the Y is more sporty than the S or X, despite even the performance trim having a less acceleration than either performance trim of the high-end cars. I can tell you that my Perf Y (with the...
  40. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    I think you get a fairer comparison with the non-perf Y against the non-perf X and the Perf Y against the non-perf S. A non-perf X goes 0-60 in 4.4s, which is comparable to 4.8s of a non-perf Y. A non-perf S takes 3.7s, which is basically the same as the Perf Y's 3.5s. Of course, the Perf X...
  41. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    I love the way the X looks, but it didn't tempt me, somehow, maybe for the same reason I was lukewarm on the Navigator. It's just too big for me, and I'm more likely to need to park on the street than drive long-distance to camp in the car. Ever parallel-park a Navigator? Don't! But, hey...
  42. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    I've driven a non-Perf 3 and it wasn't as good as a Perf Y, but it wouldn't be: perf makes a difference. Comparing apples to apples, I can totally see someone choosing a 3 over a Y if they don't need the space and don't prefer the higher view, and want something just a bit sportier. And I've...
  43. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    You're not wrong about the Y, even without Performance, being phenomenal for anyone used to even sporty ICE's. Unfortunately, the only time I was in an S, it was a loaner that was locked down to Chill mode and an 80 MPH cap, so I don't have personal experience with the acceleration that a...
  44. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    That's fair: the S/X is definitely better in this regard. However, how much more money would you have been willing to spend if the auto-extending door handles had been an option on the 3/Y? Probably not enough to make it worth the trouble for them to offer it.
  45. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    Yeah, the steering wheel thing is just silly. I adjusted it to my body when I first sat in it and that's all. Same for side mirrors. Even if there are other drivers, it remembers their settings, so this is not something you ever need to change. I mean, I get it: you wind up getting used to what...
  46. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    I was watching another one of his videos, comparing the two screen system of the S/X against the one screen system of the 3/Y. Not surprisingly, he chose the former. At some point, you have to accept that he has a strong bias and calibrate against it.
  47. Electric Steve

    Model Y review from Model S/X driver

    I love this guy, but he normally drives a Model S and he's really snobbish about the "sluggish" acceleration of a Performance Model Y. His wife is a bit more sensible and less picky, but she still winds up choosing to get a Model X, not a Y (as shown in the next video). She loves those falcon...
  48. Electric Steve

    XPEL Paint Protection Film, Ceramic Coating and Tint

    Oh, here's a bad picture I took of that matte-wrapped center console. You can see there are still some water (not air) bubbles, which will go away.
  49. Electric Steve

    XPEL Paint Protection Film, Ceramic Coating and Tint

    Just got my car back from detailing. This included paint-correction, Xpel PPF, CQuartz ceramic coating, and some tinting. The windshield is 70%, so still legal, while the side windows in the front now match the back. You can't see it in these photos, but they also put a matte wrap over the...

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