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2014 P85 or 2013 P85+ please advise which one to buy

May 13, 2019
Charlotte, NC
Is it a late 2014 with tech package? Primarily, does it have AP1? If yes, then that's a no brainer. AP is a life changing difference. If not, I'll say just go with what you like and maybe consider the cost difference. Not much difference with + for me at least.


Jul 20, 2018
Perhaps worth reading this so you can see what small things changed over time. Some things not obvious like the instrument display...

Model S - Options by Year - Tesla Motors Club Wiki

Also I think there is a consensus that build quality slowly improved over the early years (2012 to 2015), if that's true a 2014 may be a better bet than a 2013, who knows :confused:

Oh and for what it's worth, i'd save the $12k and have the newer car. Think about as $12k depreciation someone else has paid for you, it will make it even sweeter to drive ;)


Nov 11, 2019
West Covina
The miles are a moot point unless the lower Mile one has a drive unit issue hence the lower miles. When you drive them come to a complete stop all radio and heater/ac off windows up and floor it. Listen for a milling noise which will be noticeably different than the regular sound the drive unit will make. Remember, which ever one you choose you will still have 8 year unlimited mileage warranty on drive unit and battery so if there is an issue tesla should replace it at no cost.

Thanks for the tip. The P85+ had a different milling noise. It did not sound right. I end up picking the regular P85 it has a smoother drive and overall the saving of 12k made a difference.
Thank you all for the advice.

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