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Did anyone every have an issue with their rear bumper pulling off after exiting

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by d2145chung, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. d2145chung

    d2145chung New Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    Mountain view, ca
    Hi just checking to see if there were any other tesla owners who had their rear bumper pull off just by driving out of a driveway and the rear bumper getting caught on the sidewalk.

    Apparently there is a chrome decorative piece at the bottom of the rear bumper and it has a sharp edge that can catch on almost anything. This is kind of ridiculous to
    have such damage over such a menial thing. Insurance company says it is negligence, I say it is defective craftsmanship. This is a rather expensive fix for just doing
    ordinary driving. would like to see if there were any others out there who experienced the same thing.
  2. CmdrThor

    CmdrThor Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Marietta, GA
    You've posted in the Model X forum and there have only been a handful of Founder's edition Model X delivered. You might want to try the Model S forum (unless you are a Model X Founder owner in which case, tell us more please).
  3. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

    Apr 3, 2009
    Moved to Model S on the assumption this is more about the S than X
  4. Carlios

    Carlios Member

    Sep 21, 2015
    never saw that happen. But it could indeed be a problem. I assume you need a whole new bumper. Do you know how much it costs?
  5. DougH

    DougH Active Member

    May 8, 2015
    Seems weird, more like a driver error than a Tesla error.
  6. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Active Member

    Jun 30, 2013
    Buckeye, AZ
    What is this, a Fiat? lol
  7. Khatsalano

    Khatsalano Member

    Mar 21, 2015
    San Mateo, CA
    Yup, this has happened to me on a driveway curb cut at someone else's house. Yes, the driveway looked suspect, but I pulled into it and drove up to the house without issue. On the way back, it tore that chrome trim and part of the underbumper right off. This was one day after delivery so there was a lot of heartache. The screw-tabs snapped clean off. Luckily, the local service center put it back together for me for free. Yes, it's still missing the screws that hold it in, but the remaining tabs actually hold it in very well. Replacement would have been $500-600 labor inclusive.

    The chrome piece's alignment is off, but only by maybe 1cm and it's hard to tell visually, so I've left it. Still, this is not good design. The edge of the rear diffuser should not have been a forward-angled sharp point that catches almost anything it touches. Then again, the edge just shouldn't touch with suspension on Very High. Now, I am super paranoid about curb cuts and unfavorable driveways. I embarrassingly just park far away and walk ... because I have a Tesla.

    - K
  8. dsmith2189

    dsmith2189 Active Member

    Aug 18, 2012
    Honolulu, HI
    I had this happen on my car. I backed into a spot with a concrete stop. the way these parking stops are held down is with rebar inserted in holes and hammered level with the parking stop.
    the one I pulled into had the rebar sticking up above the top of the parking stop. I just happened that my "shrike" (that chrome piece under the bumper) caught the rebar and ripped it half off.(the shrike not the bumper)
    since then I have set my suspension to raise to high near these parking spaces (I noticed several more like this.) to prevent this happening in the future.
    Tesla fixed it but since it was "driver error" I had to pay. this was a few years ago so I don't remember exactly how much, but enough to make me cringe a second time (the first was the "incident")
  9. darrenf

    darrenf Member

    May 30, 2015
    The chrome on the back of those strakes may be decorative but the strakes themselves are part of the diffuser design to straighten airflow exiting the underside of the car. I've read that it creates a not insubstantial downforce.
  10. electricjed

    electricjed Member

    Nov 7, 2014
    San Diego
    Yes I had that exact thing happen to me. I was at the Needles, CA SC and the driveway entrance/exit it really rough and steep. I scraped the asphalt exiting by carelessly not raising the car. I was able to push it back in place but got it repaired immediately. The cost was
    ASY TRIM APPLIQUE RR FASCIA CHROME 1 (6009004-00-C) = $250
    LABOR = $330
    TOTAL = $580

    ......The chrome piece is attached by clips to another black plastic piece. The area to clip to on the black piece was also damaged and we were unable to reuse due to the trauma suffered from the chrome assembly. Tesla said they did not charge for that black piece.
  11. GasKilla

    GasKilla No Gas Know Peace

    Nov 11, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA
    Do you happen to have pictures of the part that got snagged? I have a steep driveway but test drove a MS up my driveway to make sure it was ok before I placed my order, I didn't try going up in reverse...

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