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2014 Tesla Model S 85 - Build Thread

xAgyex

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Jan 22, 2018
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Well, it has been a long time coming, but today I picked up my 2014 Tesla Model S 85. I have owned many cars over years, and being a car guy, I fell in love with the Model S the first time my butt touch the seat in one. Over the past year or so I have rented many Model S's and Model X's, and just played the waiting game until I saw this CPO. As this is a family fun car, it had to have something for my wife and my son. My wife wanted Subzero package, and my son wanted a Panoramic roof. I plan to track any and everything here for everyone to see. Plus it's great to keep logs.

2014 Tesla Model S 85

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Miles: 41,459

Solid Black Paint
All Glass Panoramic Roof
21" Grey Wheels
Black Leather Seats
Obeche Wood Matte Décor
Black Headliner
Supercharger Enabled
Autopilot Hardware 1 with Convenience Features
Tech Package with Autopilot
Premium Sound
Subzero Weather Package

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VIN DECODEDED BELOW:

VIN (last 5): 61735

Make: TESLA

Manufacturer Name: TESLA, INC.

Model: Model S

Model Year:2014

Plant City: Fremont

Series: Production Vehicle

Vehicle Type: PASSENGER CAR

Plant Country: United States (USA)

Plant Company Name: Tesla - Fremont, CA (FRE)

Plant State: California

Body Class: Hatchback/Liftback/Notchback

Doors: 5

Steering Location: Left Hand Drive (LHD)

Drive Type: RWD/ Rear Wheel Drive

Battery Capacity: High

Battery Type: Lithium-ion/Li-Ion

Battery Energy (KWh): 60

EV Drive Unit: Single Motor

Battery Energy (KWh) up to: 85

Engine Model:3 Phase A/C Induction (Single Motor)

Fuel Type - Primary: Electric

Seat Belts Type: Manual

Front Air Bag Locations: 1st Row (Driver & Passenger)

Knee Air Bag Locations: 1st Row (Driver & Passenger)

Side Air Bag Locations: All Rows

TPMS: Direct

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My old and other build threads:

My old and gone 2000 Honda S2000 (Glitter). Miss her.
xAgyex's 00 S2K Thread - S2KI Honda S2000 Forums

My wife's old and gone 2006 Mazda RX8 (Marla 2). Miss her.
xAgyex's 06 RX8 Thread - RX8Club.com

Our current workhorse, 2005 Subaru Legacy GT Limited (Big Bertha). She's growing on me.
http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/2005-lgt-build-thread-xagyex-244001.html
 

xAgyex

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I started the CPO process back on May 1st. All I have to say is a boy, it's basically purchasing a car sight unseen. I was nervous, but everything turned out well today. I have a long road trip this weekend with the wife so we shall see how it goes....well over 1000 miles.

If you want to go CPO...there is only one site I will use EV-CPO.com - Tesla New, Used, and CPO Inventory Listings

I used https://ev-cpo.com/hunter/ and it was great, easy to sort and parse out what I need. I did find that every now and then if someone placed a deposit on a care while I was viewing it when I came back it was gone. But I think that's a good thing, so you know for a fact it's no longer listed.

Good luck and good hunting, these Tesla Model S's with AP1 are hard to come by for a good price.
 
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xAgyex

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Congrats and welcome! Glad to hear your CPO process turned out well. We’re there any negatives or issues with the car’s condition?

Doanster1. The not too many negatives.
1. I was unable to test drive the car before my delivery date because it came from out of state.

2. CPO tesla purchase process does feel like an internet scam, so my radar was going crazy. For example, there is no return policy, so if when you drive off its done and yours...minus lemon law. But ones I sat in the car it was all good.

3. This was a CPO so the paint was not the best, but ok.

4. The charging kit was weirdly wrapped by the dealership (Tesla of Owings Mills, MD)

5. Tesla financing was silly compared to USAA. Tesla financing wanted me to pay something like 25% out of pocket down. I have excellent credit. I laughed and moved on.

That's it. Basically, the car was great. Just ask your specialist 1 million and 1 questions. It's their job to answer them all. I even ask things like what generation TPSMs is installed.
 

xAgyex

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Jan 22, 2018
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Well after our first week of owning the MS (2014 Model S 85 - CPO), I am sad to report I had to take it to the service center. Just to be clear, it's a great car, and all is well. I just wanted to make sure that my newly purchased MS is in tip-top shape...yes for a used car. Also, I have a warranty and I intend to use it as much as possible before it expires in 4 years.

1. Picked up the car on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018.

2. The pickup went well, some minor things, but great overall

3. Purchased 19in OEM 5 spoke wheels with for winter use. But decided to put them on before our big trip. On May 17th, 2018 I switched the 21in turbine wheels for 19in OEM 5 spoke wheels in preparation for this long trip.

4. On Friday, May 18th, 2018 @ 5pm, we started our planned 1000+ road trip to go to see family

5. Immediately as the trip began on the high at 70 MPH we both noticed the wind noise was a lot louder than any other MS we have been in.

6. On Saturday, May 19th, 2018 @ 11pm (ish), we made it to our first stop after driving almost 180 miles straight...LOVE the S85.

7. Upon charging at the high power supercharger, the A/C fan kicked on to FULL...yes has to dissipate heat, a lot of heat. But the sound it made, I had never heard before in any other MS or MX I have driven in. Note that I have charged at multiple high power superchargers in other MS and MX, but this was the first time in my own MS.

8. The noise was very loud and can be heard at full note over 2 blocks away. I used the restroom which was about 2 blocks away.

9. Emailed Tesla Service and scheduled for me to take it in for a closer look. After Service technician overview and analysis, they found no problems and told me to keep an eye on it and bring it back if things change...Well its ok, better to be safe than sorry.


First Week of Ownership Issues Video
 

ghostrunner

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Oct 31, 2017
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Well after our first week of owning the MS (2014 Model S 85 - CPO), I am sad to report I had to take it to the service center. Just to be clear, it's a great car, and all is well. I just wanted to make sure that my newly purchased MS is in tip-top shape...yes for a used car. Also, I have a warranty and I intend to use it as much as possible before it expires in 4 years.

1. Picked up the car on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018.

2. The pickup went well, some minor things, but great overall

3. Purchased 19in OEM 5 spoke wheels with for winter use. But decided to put them on before our big trip. On May 17th, 2018 I switched the 21in turbine wheels for 19in OEM 5 spoke wheels in preparation for this long trip.

4. On Friday, May 18th, 2018 @ 5pm, we started our planned 1000+ road trip to go to see family

5. Immediately as the trip began on the high at 70 MPH we both noticed the wind noise was a lot louder than any other MS we have been in.

6. On Saturday, May 19th, 2018 @ 11pm (ish), we made it to our first stop after driving almost 180 miles straight...LOVE the S85.

7. Upon charging at the high power supercharger, the A/C fan kicked on to FULL...yes has to dissipate heat, a lot of heat. But the sound it made, I had never heard before in any other MS or MX I have driven in. Note that I have charged at multiple high power superchargers in other MS and MX, but this was the first time in my own MS.

8. The noise was very loud and can be heard at full note over 2 blocks away. I used the restroom which was about 2 blocks away.

9. Emailed Tesla Service and scheduled for me to take it in for a closer look. After Service technician overview and analysis, they found no problems and told me to keep an eye on it and bring it back if things change...Well its ok, better to be safe than sorry.


First Week of Ownership Issues Video


The noise you are hearing is fine , below is link to a youtube video explaining it, just make sure the slats in the front of the car are open during charging. They are located right beside your fog lights behide the silver horizontal trim. And welcome to the tesla family
 
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xAgyex

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The noise you are hearing is fine , below is link to a youtube video explaining it, just make sure the slats in the front of the car are open during charging. They are located right beside your fog lights behide the silver horizontal trim. And welcome to the tesla family

ghostrunner, thanks for that. Yes the louvre flaps were open during charging so glad that was good to go. Seriously thank you for that video. I have learned a lot before owning the MS but still learning more everyday.
 

xAgyex

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For anyone living in Maryland who has been having ezpass issues. Here is what I did to resolve my ezpass issue. I simply placed the EZpass 1 to 2 inches from the top of the liner just to the right of the rearview mirror. Please see pictures below.

Works 100% of the time everywhere now. I use Harbor tunnel every day when going to work. I use the Ezpass lanes in Delaware with no issues. I have gone to NYC and back with no issues at any ezpass lane. Tip...slow down when going throw ezpass lane. =D

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xAgyex

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Jan 22, 2018
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I decided that it is worth it to have a dash camera. So I ordered a BlackVue since they are the most popular. Install was so easy in my Model S, I can't believe people pay someone else to do it. Sure it is not perfect, but it works super well. I only had to remove the driver side foot panel and the driver side trunk panel.

BlackVue DR590W - $239.99

Review: So far video sucks, I am actually having to work with BlackVue support to see if they can fix it. Not happy, but I am sure when it starts working right I will be happy. Updated firmware but still video quality is really bad.

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My only exposed wires are in the truck under only because I didn't want to route through the OEM path.
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xAgyex

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I was able to pick up phantomtagprotector license plate cover. 2 for $56.38. What a deal, in the past they have gone for as much as $150.
I will keep everyone here updated on if it helps. I have used a similar product in the past and I have to say since 2014 I have not received a ticket from photo cameras and only been pulled over ones by a cop for them. The cost of traffic camera ticket $$$$ vs cop pulling $$ me over is way more and well worth the license plate covers.

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xAgyex

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Jan 22, 2018
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So for everyone with a Model S and possibly even with Model X, who actually enjoy working on their cars, often have to left the car, this is for you. I was able to locate some articles and videos on how to build a lift pad for the Model S. I didn't really follow the instructions to a T, but here is my final product. Works like a charm.

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Props to:
Article by nick_083: Home made jack pad for Model S
Video: Custom DIY Jack Pads for Tesla Model S and Model X
 

xAgyex

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Jan 22, 2018
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Baltimore
Today I swapped the 21-inch wheels for the 19-inch wheels because I recently purchased the 19-inch wheels to use in the winter as snow tires, but they have summer tires on them. So figured I used them now and save the tires on my 21-inch wheels for next summer.

Heads up, Tesla updated the lug nut covers. Now they are a tighter fit and slightly longer.

Opted for chrome covers for the 19-inch wheels. Will get long black covers for the 21-inch wheels later.
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xAgyex

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Current mileage: 45,429

Had to take the MS in to look at the strange clicking noise when accelerating and decelerating. Service reviewed and noted that it is most likely that the axle to hub needs lubrication. They completed the job and seems to have resolved the issue. Nothing big but figured I post about it, in case if it helps anyone.

Symptom:
When pressing the accelerator pedal and or letting off, if you have your windows down you can hear clicking (almost like a relay popping). This would happen a lot louder in the morning and after warm, it was still there but very slight. Made my concern that it may be something related to the battery pack or the controller.

Solution:
Halfshafts - Lubricate at Hubs LH/RH
Rear axle nuts were replaced along with lubricating the rear hubs.
Rear Axle Nut Washer - LH & RH
 
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