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Is the extended warranty worth it?

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by rpavlicek, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. brkaus

    brkaus Well-Known Member

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    The risk will be corrosion and/or pump and valve lubrication issues in the cooling system. Not sure what the actual risk here would be (compared to some diesels that have pitting issues with old coolant), but they may not cover the battery under the warranty if there is a cooling issue.
     
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  2. MasterT

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    1. Would performing the required services yourself void the warranty (original or extended)?

    2. What about performing those services at service center other than Tesla?

    3. Not performing at all?
     
  3. Manzacoty

    Manzacoty Member

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    All good questions - I would want to know the answers in writing from Tesla.

    For me personally, until I know for sure - I'm not going to gamble with a $xx,000 battery and DU. I called the SC today and they said mine was done at 50k miles so I have another year or so before I need to worry about it.
     
  4. MasterT

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    I know that in general, in order to deny warranty, manufacturer has the burden of prof and must demonstrate that certain actions or lack of them caused a failure which is being sought to be repaired under warranty. Here is something from FTC:

    "In fact, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which is enforced by the FTC, makes it illegal for manufacturers or dealers to claim that your warranty is void or to deny coverage under your warranty simply because someone other than the dealer did the work"

    Auto Warranties & Routine Maintenance | Consumer Information
     
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  5. Drone Flyer

    Drone Flyer Active Member

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    No!
    Save your money!
     
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  6. neroden

    neroden Model S Owner and Frustrated Tesla Fan

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    I bought the extended warranty (...when they were cheaper, and included unlimited Ranger service) because I was getting an early-off-the-line model. I still expect to see more weird early-model warranty issues; danger of being an early adopter. If you're buying an S, the production has probably stabilized by now; any more weird problems I see in years 5-8 will be fixed for YOU in years 1-4.
     
  7. jelloslug

    jelloslug Active Member

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    Provided that my Model S does not start having tons of problems between now (13k miles) and the 50k mile mark, I will skip the ESA. Just about any major part can be sourced as a used part and getting them programmed to work with your car has been solved by several people now.
     
  8. hsctiger93

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    I'm at that point too. 48.5k miles. Thus far the car had one issue (a leak in the trunk) which they replaced. My service guy, Erick, also noticed some other minor squeaks and noises he also applied to factory warranty on his own, but the car really has been bulletproof. My greatest freak-out moment came when the battery in my key fob suddenly died and I had to remember to use the app to unlock the car so I could get the spare battery (keep one for just such reasons).

    So, I called the Raleigh SC to get an idea about some prices. Talked to a mechanic who said:
    MCU is about $2700 to replace
    Each door handle is $900 to replace

    Guy was very clear he wasn't pushing the ESA at all. Just giving me some estimates on big ticket items. I'm normally not an extended warranty guy but still contemplating. Deductible not appealing at all, but I guess it keeps the nit-picking down to a minimum. I just don't want a dead MCU and a $3k bill...
     
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  9. Az_Rael

    Az_Rael Supporting Member

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    Only one dead MCU and you still would be ahead vs buying the extended warranty (isn't it $4k?) So you would need 1 MCU and 1 door handle to break even. Then you would be ahead for any repairs after that. Its a betting game.
     
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  10. John1969

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    It is a lot to pay for that. However keep in mind they sort of have leverage on you with that drive train and charge system. I once thought I could not have problems with the car until I got stranded at a super charge station because my car wouldn't charge. Apparently my on board charger failed. So you may want to consider what happens should you keep the car for a prolonged period. I called Tesla and they ended up having me go to Ford Dealership to go charge. When that didn't work I was forced to plug into a 120 Volt. That was super slow. After about 5 hours later they sent a tow truck for my car. That was one late night. So it is possible you might need the extended warranty. The only problem is that is mileage based so if you eat the distance up you will use up the warranty pretty fast.

    Since no one else manufactures the parts you are forced to deal with Tesla.
     
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  11. John1969

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    Did you have that happen too? My Master charge unit died as well. From experience you are dead in the water when that happens.
     
  12. Az_Rael

    Az_Rael Supporting Member

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    No, luckily I havent seen MCU issues (I have only had my car a couple months. It has had at least one drive unit replacement, asthey had to do that as part of the refurb process when I bought it)
     

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