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#340 Red Santa Barbara

Discussion in 'Tesla for Sale' started by TEG, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    Used Tesla Roadster 08'
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    Asking price?
    Thanks!
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  3. Trnsl8r

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    Says $80k in the ad...
     
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    So this is the Roadster with the "bricked" battery. Any idea of the timeline here? On sale last December, mentioned dead battery to Elon on Feb 9, at LA store now?
     
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    #6 TEG, Feb 23, 2012
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    It seems that the letter and the blog didn't mention that it was/had-been for sale...

    021_roadster_tow.jpg
    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17ebzjp6slc1rjpg/original.jpg

    ...too bad it didn't sell before it went into storage... :crying:


    By the way, huge thread covering the controversy over what happened to the car:
    Do you know that you must keep your battery charged?

    Edit: somewhat of a response from Tesla about this situation:
    Plug It In | Blog | Tesla Motors

    Edit2: Related info::
    Twitter
    So, I gather the car was left off charge (starting with a low SOC) then found wouldn't start 2 months later, but perhaps logs said it had already been unwilling to start for 2 week already by that time.

    Twitter
    (Not sure why that blogger has the repair estimate, if he doesn't own the car...)

    Alleged comment from the reported actual owner:
    Tesla Dismisses Report of Roadsters | Autopia | Wired.com
     
  7. TEG

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    #7 TEG, Feb 23, 2012
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    Nov 22, 2011: Date on the Flickr photos for the Craigslist advert.
    Dec 15, 2011: Noticed the Craigslist listing which reported 12.5K miles on the car.
    Feb 9, 2012: Said to be "unrecoverable" after being unplugged "for just over 2 months". Reported 13K miles.
     
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    The seller is trying to sell the car, yet leaves it unplugged. That doesn't make sense to me; as a seller I would want to show off the range (via display) the car had to a prospective buyer. This doesn't add up in my mind.
     
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    Would the Tesla log show how long the car was unplugged for?
     
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    So he did 500 miles in the meantime?

    I wonder if he couldn't sell it for the money he wanted?
     
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    I made him an offer, he refused and said he had another offer for more.
     
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    I think he needs to revise the part where he says "excellent condition."
     
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    I was thinking of making an offer and trying to stuff 3.4mah cells into it. I won't now because it sounds like he is a really shady individual, and would screw someone over in a heartbeat. He probably wants way more than it's worth anyway.
     
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    That was in December. He likely just put it in storage instead.
     
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    If it was in storage for 2 months from then, that would be early February. He then buttonholed Elon on the 9th and sent the angry letter on the 12th.

    So he went nuclear pretty damn quickly if that timescale is genuine.
     
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    I believe so... well up until the battery died. I assume the logs are on some sort of nonvolatile memory.
     
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    I think the owner neglected the car by not following the procedures laid out in the owners manual which explains why the car is being sold and not still in his/her garage.
     
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    Stupid question, but are all Roadster battery packs the same from V1 to V2.5? there have been a few totaled Roadsters out there like the one Elon mentioned on the Q3 investor call. The battery in totaled car, if undamaged, could potentially be used for situations like this, correct? If so, it would be nice if someone salvaged them (perhaps Tesla itself) so replacements could be made available at a cheaper price. Any salvage yard is not going to have the equipment to keep the battery charged correctly and it will quickly become useless--but there is a period of time where they could be removed and made available for others, sort of like a heart transplant list. You don't want anyone else to die, but if they do, hey, maybe it saves you.
     
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    stephenpace: Great idea. Tesla should buy packs from totaled cars and store them plugged in, ready for Roadsters in need of a new heart. If Tesla doesn't do it, then there is an opportunity to make some easy money for somebody else.

    In Norway there is a cottage industry salvaging and rebuilding NiCd battery packs, new NiCd packs are also prohibitively expensive.
     

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