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2017 Front License Plate

MX4MZ

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Dec 9, 2016
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So Cal, California
I recently took delivery of a 2017 Model X in CA. The front license plate holder was drilled into the front bumper and I was told it was installed using adhesive. I figured I would just remove it after taking delivery but now I'm finding out I have 3 holes in my front bumper. Body shops are giving quotes of $400-750 to fix this. All I got from the DS was, "Sorry, the factory must have changed the mounting." Pretty much what I expected as the DS has been relatively useless throughout the entire ordering process.

Are others getting 2017 deliveries defaulting to installed plates from the factory?

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JPP

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Feb 4, 2013
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SF Bay Area, CA
I thought all new S/X are shipped with front license plate bracket installed (...something about crash testing). The refreshed S bracket is (?was) attached with tape and bolts on the underside. Wonder if Tesla made a production change?
 

jason1466

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Mar 15, 2016
276
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MD
Mine and many others before mine have no front plate installed nor the holes drilled except by the SC if accepted by the owner. Any other recent deliveries of Model X get no plate/holes?
 

azred

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Apr 12, 2016
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Chandler, AZ
This must be a change from the holes on the bottom. BumperPlugs.com plugs were what I used for a Porsche and I was very happy with them. Color match was good and they don't look much different than the sensors. Cost was arounf $25 I think so you could try them before going for a more costly option.
 
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MX4MZ

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Dec 9, 2016
34
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So Cal, California
Go to this site and order a plug for the holes. It is the next best thing to painting the bumper! ;)

Bumper Plugs

That's what I'm contemplating. A local shop also proposed they can buy the plugs/clips from auto supply and paint them to match for ~$30. It still bothers me that Tesla drills into the bumper on such an expensive car. I haven't had this issue on previous BMWs and other luxury cars I've ordered/purchased in the past.
 

azred

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Apr 12, 2016
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Chandler, AZ
That's what I'm contemplating. A local shop also proposed they can buy the plugs/clips from auto supply and paint them to match for ~$30. It still bothers me that Tesla drills into the bumper on such an expensive car. I haven't had this issue on previous BMWs and other luxury cars I've ordered/purchased in the past.
My $115k Porsche had the holes but BumperPlugs solved the issue. I guess I should grateful the S I bought last month had the tape and bolts underneath although the bizarre fastener heads were a bear to get off as several threads here document.
 

deque

Member
Nov 21, 2016
49
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USA
I specified that I did not want a front plate holder installed a few days before delivery. There were no holes in the front on my X and the license plate bracket/parts came in the frunk.
 

lundse50

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Nov 6, 2016
68
23
Wilmington DE
I recently took delivery of a 2017 Model X in CA. The front license plate holder was drilled into the front bumper and I was told it was installed using adhesive. I figured I would just remove it after taking delivery but now I'm finding out I have 3 holes in my front bumper. Body shops are giving quotes of $400-750 to fix this. All I got from the DS was, "Sorry, the factory must have changed the mounting." Pretty much what I expected as the DS has been relatively useless throughout the entire ordering process.

Are others getting 2017 deliveries defaulting to installed plates from the factory?

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I received my Model X P100 on Dec 19 so technically a 2016 but without the plate mounted.
 

Zaphod

Galaxy President (former)
Dec 10, 2015
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Austin, TX
I think an untrained technician at the service center did that. Far as I know, there should be no reason the plate bracket needs holes drilled. The hardware is under the lip and uses double sided adhesive to attach to the bumper face. I don't think I've seen any X's coming from the factory with the bracket installed, just thrown in the trunk. So when it got to the service center, instead of installing it properly with the adhesive and existing hardware, someone drilled holes. I could be wrong, but my theory anyway.
 

vandacca

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Oct 13, 2014
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Hamilton
It's my understanding that the new Model-S facia uses a front license holder with adhesive (no holes required).
However, the Model-X still uses screws, but it leaves factory without it installed. It's up to individual SC to install (if requested), but most SC wait until delivery and ask the customer if they want it installed.
 
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MX4MZ

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Dec 9, 2016
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So Cal, California
It's my understanding that the new Model-S facia uses a front license holder with adhesive (no holes required).
However, the Model-X still uses screws, but it leaves factory without it installed. It's up to individual SC to install (if requested), but most SC wait until delivery and ask the customer if they want it installed.

This is what I believe to be true. DS is not offering to do anything -- which is frustrating. I guess I'm supposed to accept an "I'm sorry" and move on with life.

I'm going to end up with bumper plugs and I'll probably just learn to live with it. But it is disappointing.
 

polymathic

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Oct 30, 2016
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Fairfax CA
Did a factory pickup late Dec, and inquired with DS whether the brackets would be mounted in the front. I was going to request they don't install it, but I was told then that they just came in the frunk. I bet it's your SC who did it... and they probably meant well.
 

azred

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Apr 12, 2016
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Chandler, AZ
I see the OP is from SoCal. I no longer live in California but when I did I'm sure I was required to have a front plate. If that's the legal requirement, why should't a California dealer drill the holes? I realize some people ignore laws as I did twenty years ago when I had "illegal" extra dark side window tint and got a fix-it ticket from a CHIP very soon after the install. Doesn't this happen re missing front plates?
 

PedanticOne

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Nov 13, 2016
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Bay Area, CA
I see the OP is from SoCal. I no longer live in California but when I did I'm sure I was required to have a front plate. If that's the legal requirement, why should't a California dealer drill the holes? I realize some people ignore laws as I did twenty years ago when I had "illegal" extra dark side window tint and got a fix-it ticket from a CHIP very soon after the install. Doesn't this happen re missing front plates?

Yes, it's technically the law to have front plates, but it is not very well-enforced. To the point, you can often tell the dealer (or they will ask) not to put the front plate holder on. Sometimes you even have to sign something saying you take responsibility so don't hold the dealership responsible.
 

vandacca

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Oct 13, 2014
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2,203
Hamilton
I see the OP is from SoCal. I no longer live in California but when I did I'm sure I was required to have a front plate. If that's the legal requirement, why shouldn't a California dealer drill the holes? I realize some people ignore laws as I did twenty years ago when I had "illegal" extra dark side window tint and got a fix-it ticket from a CHIP very soon after the install. Doesn't this happen re missing front plates?
Why? Because there are after-market front plate holders for the X that doesn't require drilling into the bumper. Check out "the Law".
 

myblubu

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May 1, 2016
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Dayton, OH
Did a factory pickup late Dec, and inquired with DS whether the brackets would be mounted in the front. I was going to request they don't install it, but I was told then that they just came in the frunk. I bet it's your SC who did it... and they probably meant well.

This may be a stupid question, but what is DS?
 

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