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    Polyurethane Suspension Bushings - Quest

    I'd say it really depends on the part and the car. Sure installation can make a difference but I've found that some poly components can stiffen up the slop for a long time, while other poly components wear out faster than their rubber counterparts. Pretty much it's live and learn from people's...
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    Remember when Musk promised swapping batteries instead of charging?

    Bruce Banner might be able to but you'd have to piss him off first, though theft was never his MO... Seriously, I thought the battery-swap idea would have been the way to go during the Great Recession when there were lots of vacant commercial space and cheap land, but the business model would...
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    Hackers knock out the gird, which Generator to get instead of solar

    I'm not sure a backup generator in Irvine, Ca would be all that practical for what you're trying to achieve in charging your Tesla during a powergrid hack-attack. You'll also want to take note at the rate of output the generator can produce and whether or not you plan to power your entire house...
  4. M

    Why Lease a car?

    I think I get what you're saying and you're right. I suppose I'm conflating the ability to secure a vehicle to drive with one's long-term personal financial outlook.
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    Why Lease a car?

    Not to be obtuse but I'll push back on the principle of your statement that "leasing a vehicle allows them to drive a vehicle they would not be able to afford if they purchased it" If they couldn't afford it, they wouldn't be able to purchase it. Now if purchasing the vehicle would be too much...
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    Rear Seat Emergency Door Release Cables

    I do the same. Commonsense is not common and manufacturers build and design towards non-standard parts and systems if there is no regulation. The odds of a vehicle fire are very low, but I think it makes perfect practical sense to learn how to extricate oneself from a vehicle in an emergency...
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    2,250 mile road trip in my chargegated 85D

    I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit jealous about your S's charging ability and range. Our S85 has been all over the place in that regard with a calculated 100% range between 234-246 miles depending on the day and a random Supercharging sessions that might see a blip at 127kW with an...
  8. M

    Used Tesla - Vehicle Maintenance History

    I got the same response from the 3 different Tesla service agents and delivery agent I asked. I have no idea what work (if any) was performed to the vehicle before I bought it, but I can tell you in 2.5 years/45K miles it's had quite a bit done: 1) rear window defroster 2) TPMS system...
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    Supercharger - Big Sur CA (LIVE 24 May 2019, 8 Urban stalls)

    Thanks for setting the expectations and I hope folks can be understanding towards Ventana on this. It's a very secluded 5-star resort that values its privacy and its guests. I'm grateful that they allowed a SuC site on their property so I can easy drive our Tesla. Still, it would have been...
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    Wiki Sudden Loss Of Range With 2019.16.x Software

    My range has been all over the place lately. The car can sit for days and gets Level 2 charged a few times a week. I've seen it yo-yo between 230 and 246 miles on the battery charging slider. 2 years/40K miles ago, 256mi was the consistent range when full (near full). The car still works...
  11. M

    Will an 8 year old Model S be almost worthless?

    I did the same. I bought a used 2013 S85 knowing that I could have a potential $20K repair a few years down the road should something catastrophic happen with the battery pack outside of the warranty. While even used, it was the most expensive car I've purchased but I needed a car that...
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    Warranty Adjustment Program – Touchscreen Component email - Wow - watch for it

    Technically, I believe just the Emmc is the issue that the extended warranty/recall covers. Leaky or yellowed screens are other issues with the MCU but don't appear to be covered by the warranty/recall. My case was a little different: I brought our 2013 MS85 in to have the daughterboard...
  13. M

    Drive unit or battery problem?

    Same codes and similar parts covered for our used 2013 S85 under warranty. Happened at 88K miles and they threw in a new 12V battery and HVAC drain hose just to make sure I'd be problem-free for longer.
  14. M

    Impression of the Porsche Taycan

    I disagreed with you because the issue isn't that Tesla makes cars with significant range. Instead the issue is that Tesla overstates the EPA driving range consistently across all platforms (in some cases as high as 21%) compared to other manufacturers who understate their range (with the...
  15. M

    I traded in my Model S for a Prius Prime

    It does not surprise me that someone would have soured on their Tesla experience be happier with different car; so far it seems like Lexus/Toyota is the go-to from Tesla owners who are tired of bad customer service and/or high repair costs out of warranty. I've always been a person who keeps...
  16. M

    11/13 S85 89K miles: New drive unit, 12V battery, and HV contactors

    It was the drive unit and the all the warning messages that triggered the service under warranty. The HV contactors, HVAC drain hose, pyrofuse, coolant, and 12V battery were all replaced as a consequence. The service rep explained it to me from the standpoint that several of the parts have been...
  17. M

    AC Recirc not working and AC not as cold as prior to 8.0?

    I'll bring this thread back up. I'm not sure our 2013 S85 has ever had a properly closed air recirculating mode on the HVAC. Since I'm never able to drive through a cow pasture or smoky area without blocking out the smell like in our other vehicles with the recirculator on. Our VW, Lexus, and...
  18. M

    How do you pass time at the charging stations?

    Charging activities have changed a lot for me over the last few years on our 2013 S85. In the old days when I had faster Supercharging sessions, I would go from 10%-83% SOC in about 50 minutes. I would typically stop charging when the rate hit 30kW/h and I could make it to my next SuC. In...
  19. M

    [Poll] Refreshed 2021 Model S: Best Interior Color/Decor?

    It's completely subjective so the best I can do is share my opinion of each: All black - probably the most marketable both on the new car and used car segment, and will probably be accepted as the most popular choice. White on black - looks modern, but would probably be a challenge to keep...
  20. M

    Disaster Averted!!

    Glad you're safe and would encourage you to scan your surrounds more often so you react faster. I got concerned about both my mom and wife wife getting into a situation like this so I installed a Mobileye device on their cars many years ago. It's not that they tailgate or drive excessively...
  21. M

    Supercharger - San Luis Obispo, CA (LIVE 5 May 2018, expanded May 2020, 14 V2 + 4 V3 stalls)

    For practical purposes, just park your car at the front so you can use the restroom before plugging in. I think we've all had that feeling of regret and miscalculation of how badly we've needed to go. I typically drop my party off at the restaurant/bar, park at the stall, then jog to the...
  22. M

    How long would you wait to get the redesigned Model S?

    My Debbie-downer response would be: When has Tesla ever smoothly launched a production model? The S had production issues but Tesla was still rather small with "white-glove" service. Many of the kinks were worked out and revised by late 2013, but some issues still remain. The first 8 months...
  23. M

    Supercharger - Santa Ana, CA - 5th St. garage (LIVE 20 Nov 2020, 20 urban stalls)

    I dropped in by complete happenstance the other night. On a strange 92F day in the middle of January, I went to use my friend's pool near Main Place Mall in Santa Ana. I decided to order dinner on the way home at Faka Island Grill at the 4th St food market. All of the street parking was...
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    Warranty Adjustment Program – Touchscreen Component email - Wow - watch for it

    I wrote a rather lengthy thread about my negative experience with my local SC when I dropped my 2013 S85 off for the daughterboard replacement. In a nutshell, I had issues with the MCU, connectivity, and car being "ready" in a timely manner, so I asked them to do a remote diagnosis in October...
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    Wiki Sudden Loss Of Range With 2019.16.x Software

    I believe small claims court also generally bars representation by licensed lawyers too so that often plays to advantage of a small claimant going up against a big corporation. I think there was a famous small claims court filed and decided around the Torrance, Ca area when a woman who happened...
  26. M

    Supercharger - Irvine, CA - Main Street (LIVE 29 Dec 2020, 24 Urban stalls)

    Well that's unfortunate to not have a longer grace period or waiver for folks needing to Supercharging. My guess is SuC will largely be used by Tesla owners who work in the vicinity with monthly parking RFID cards and that most people will drive the extra mile to the Park Place location. Once...
  27. M

    Electrical people pls help.

    Absolutely. I'm guessing that light socket wire gauge is not going to safely provide 1.5kW and who knows what else is on that circuit...let alone the amp capacity. It's clever to innovate a solution to something, but it's foolish to mess with electricity and other deadly forces when you have...
  28. M

    Parking Brake Phenomenon

    Thanks for sharing your information and I hope you're able to fix it. I'm not sure when the car shifts the drivetrain into park, but I assume it's simultaneous with the parking brake actuator. Our 2013 Fiat 500e makes a mechanical sound when the car goes into park and starts to roll when...
  29. M

    Alignment / service issue

    Seems like the tech that worked on your car just didn't do a good job; either that or some of your suspension components are not within spec (but I doubt it). My guess is that they got distracted while the tie-rod ends were lose and they tightened them back up before making any meaningful...
  30. M

    Travel Through Cajon Pass on I-15

    My wife and I traditionally stopped off Lenwood to go to Del Taco, but now it's all about Eddie World. In fact, the last 3 trips on the 15 was not to Vegas...but to Eddie World. We love the ice cream, Impossible burger, their flat fries, root beer candies, apple chips, and watermelon jelly...
  31. M

    Juicebox Pro 40 or Tesla Gen 3 Wall Connector?

    I agree. My guess is the power quality coming in is not good enough to deliver and sustain the peak amperage. I believe the Tesla's onboard charger(s) reduced the threshold of amps received to safeguard against this. Juicebox offers a graph of the energy throughput so you might be able to see...
  32. M

    Frunk unlatched at 130mph

    Since it seems like no one else has experienced their frunk lid opening at speed, I would think the first place to start would be to investigate the mechanism and see if the latch or release might be the issue. Next I would check with Tesla to see if they have an activity log around the time of...
  33. M

    Another front suspension control arm failure

    Tangentially related as to why I'm not a huge fan of aircraft aluminum used in high-torquing suspension links and joints: Here's a pic of my Autotech 28mm adjustable rear sway bar bracket for my old VW TDI. This completely sheered and failure when going up a driveway while taking a right-hand...
  34. M

    Another front suspension control arm failure

    What you have there is a major caster issue. Joke aside, clearly there is a control arm failure where wheel and axle and literally flopping forward and aft. I wish Tesla would make a suitable revised part and ditch the whole aluminum mantra for a lightweight suspension. Some components need...
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    Juicebox Pro 40 or Tesla Gen 3 Wall Connector?

    I'd say it depends on your needs. If you own or plan to own a non-Tesla EV, then your Juicebox Pro would be more versatile despite having a slower max charge for your Tesla. But how often do you need to charge at a rate above 40A? I've got the old kickstarter version of the Juicebox Pro 60A...
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    Tesla Service Rhetoric...sigh

    Yes it's certainly possible the tech didn't cause it, but them to say that it was impossible is the issue. I mean, the screen was perfectly fine for 100K miles when I dropped off the car (their reception photos prove it). It's certainly possible that the bubble occurred due to no fault of the...
  37. M

    Tesla Service Rhetoric...sigh

    So I’m sitting outside at my local Tesla Service Center (Covid safety) waiting for them to perform a quick goodwill screen replacement on the MCU1. I had originally brought the car in 2 days ago for the daughterboard replacement and for them to look into why the rear seatbelts randomly lock up...
  38. M

    Range with 1 person vs 3 persons (Roadtrip)

    Bummer that your family doesn't embrace the road-tripping spirit, but it's important to keep family happy especially on a long trip. I've got a 700 mile range VW Golf TDI, but I prefer to take our old Model S 85 for road-trips based on its comfort (quiet, far fewer vibrations, & internet...
  39. M

    Drafting Impact on Efficiency?

    Unfortunately for my friend who drove his Bolt from southern California to Sedona, Az last weekend, he came across one of the biggest fears for EV drivers...no fast-charging available at a crucial stop. He called from Blythe after the Chargepoint DC charger was offline. I saw on the Plug Share...
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    12V Battery Replacement Options

    I had my 12V battery replaced gratis from my Service Center when they replaced the HV contactors, HVAC drain hose, and drive unit, all under warranty. I was still getting 12.6V reading out from my Anker ROAV battery monitor, but I think that must be standard protocol to replace the battery when...
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    Wiki Sudden Loss Of Range With 2019.16.x Software

    Perhaps it's a little off-topic but I think Tesla wanted to goose the range number and the fast DC charging speed for bragging rights. I mean, you've adopted that the original 85 got 265 range miles, but how really gets 265 actual miles. I use to get 220 miles on a good day, but it's hard to...
  42. M

    Range with 1 person vs 3 persons (Roadtrip)

    Yes the winds (strong headwind or tailwind) can play a significant difference in range with an electric vehicle, and energy increase/decrease in any vehicle. A few years ago I was driving our S85 eastward into a strong headwind...25mph sustained winds and 50 gusts through the high desert into...
  43. M

    Model S - Seat Belt gets locked.

    I've had issues with the rear seat belts locking with passengers in them for the last 30K miles. I've had Tesla Service Center take a look at it and they were unable to replicate it under their 3 mile test drive, but the problem persists. They told me to take a video if the issue when it...
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    Warranty Adjustment Program – Touchscreen Component email - Wow - watch for it

    Good on Tesla to do the right thing, but it is odd that they are telling those who aren't suffering blank screens that everything is fine. Coincidentally, our 11/13 built S85 is going into the SC next Friday for the EMMC daughterboard replacement as I requested Tesla Service to look at my...
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    Supercharger - Westminster, CA (LIVE 22 Dec 2018, 24 Urban stalls)

    This has generally been my experience with this location on the 5 occasions that I've charged there over the last 18 months. I've never gotten anywhere near 72kW with a warmed up battery and low SOC%, but it seems like 47kW is the max it will feed my 2013 S85. It's not a huge deal for me as...
  46. M

    Another front suspension control arm failure

    I get your point, but until I see a memo or even hearsay that Tesla calculated the settlement of deaths to be lower than the cost of a recall and chose made their decision based on the bottomline, I wouldn't put them at Ford's level (under previous management). I got a little nervous the other...
  47. M

    New 85kWH battery for my 2013 P85+

    It might be possible that the replacement battery is fine (it'd be embarrassing if a refurb product failed in 2 weeks...where's the QC?) and that another component downstream is the culprit. Perhaps the HV battery contactors or something either failed or wasn't properly reinstalled. Hope it...
  48. M

    Failed Rear Lower Control Arm / Service Bulletin SB-19-31-001

    I'm sorry this happened to you and I thank you for being some attention to this. Our used 11/2013 built S85 is about 90 miles for warranty expiration and I just sent Tesla a service request to confirm whether or not the vehicle has the faulty parts. I took delivery of the vehicle 3 days after...
  49. M

    Pre Ap MCU 2 Upgrade 2013 Model S 85

    Our used pre-AP 11/2013 built S85 is about 150 miles from warranty expiration and have had to do MCU resets once a month lately due to blank screens and media stuttering/freezing. We've also noticed the temperature display and cellular connection have been spotty lately as well. I've yet to...
  50. M

    If you fast charge, Tesla will permanently throttle charging

    I would generally agree to the spirit of what you're saying, but disagree with what you actually said. 1) I'm not even sure if Musk believes they are in the business of making money, rather they are in the business of revolutionizing a historically monopolistic/oligarchy industry between...

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