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Late 2016 / Early 2017 S Owners: How Are Your Daytime Running Lights Holding Up?

tessellator

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Feb 5, 2018
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Thanks, guess I'll set up an appointment with tesla.
Awesome, in the week since i posted, the DRL in my driver-side light has basically completely died.
I really hope there's a longer-term fix for this, i don't want to be on the hook for replacing these yearly once the warranty runs out.

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zimeon

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Dec 21, 2019
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Finland
Awesome, in the week since i posted, the DRL in my driver-side light has basically completely died.
I really hope there's a longer-term fix for this, i don't want to be on the hook for replacing these yearly once the warranty runs out.

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Looks like mine, and I'm out of warranty. Not going to replace it, rather wait for the other one to burn out as well and thus have it looking the same again :D
 

Snerruc

Member
Apr 16, 2016
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Palm Bay
Never had a problem with the lights on my 16 facelift car. My current Raven’s lights are both fading from the inside out. Probably will just let them go. As far as brightness of the headlights, both my cars had the lights set too low. Adjusting them up made a big difference. I don’t know why they do that.
 

⚡️ELECTROMAN⚡️

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Jul 15, 2016
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Mine are getting dim and my warranty ends in December. I wonder if they would just make a note of it and replace for free after warranty if they end up completely going out or if they ever update the part with something more reliable.
 

tessellator

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Feb 5, 2018
28
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I'm kinda curious if tesla will be forced to keep fixing these for free after warranty since failing lights are a safety hazard, so they can't get away with the same bs as the yellowing screens.
FWIW my wife has a 2011 audi and it's LED DRLs are still like new.
 
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adspguy

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Dec 1, 2016
189
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Bedford MA
My original DRLs are still going strong (Dec '16 build) at 40,000 miles.
That's what I said about my december 16 build, but just 500 miles after the warranty ran out, my driver side one started to fade and is now more than half gone. I had posted on here that mine were fine, I think that jinxed it. I hope you didn't just do the same :)
 

Duke-U

Member
Jul 21, 2016
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813
Tilburg, Netherlands
Dec 16 build, and just shortly after warranty on side started to fade in the corner. Not planning to replace them.
Has anybody tried to dismantle these units? I saw Rich Rebuilds do it on the older pre-led models.
 

Bill_75D

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Mar 22, 2017
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Arizona
Arizona.. Hmmm... Garaged at home and at work? Just curious as I thought I read (in this thread) that the heat affects it. Or maybe you just got lucky!

Garaged at home all the time since I am retired. It comes out for errands and road trips. My garage gets over 100° in the summer here in AZ.
 
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SCharged

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Aug 27, 2019
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South FL
May 2016 here and over 80k miles. Mine have failed twice. Tesla replaced the first time under warranty but want around $1k to replace one of them outside of warranty. Just decided to keep range mode on all the time so I don't really have to notice it. Doesn't really affect anything anyway.
Offer Up has used ones for sale. That's an option but I guess those can also fail..
 

PCMc

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Jul 1, 2016
186
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Columbus, IN
Does this headlight issue affect all facelift cars or just a few?

@FlatSix911 - As best I can tell this issue impacts all facelift Model S vehicles. I am not quite as certain relative to Model X. It's a similar design, and I also see a decent number of MX posts, but honestly don't pay attention to those as much as MS.

I have a pretty early facelift myself, June 2016 build MS90D. Both mine replaced after about 2 years, 30k miles and then the passenger side replaced a second time in Sept 2019 right before my warranty expired due to mileage. Given the number posts I see on newer cars, it does not appear there has been a design change to fully resolve the issue. Some speculate heat is an issue, but I live in central midwest, car garaged. Yeah I do see winter/summer variation, but nothing like Pheonix or Florida consistent summer heat or North Dakota type cold.

Unless you regularly are in a situation where you see your car with the headlights on, many might have the issue and not even realize. I was likely that way when my first headlight started going out. I only realize it when I went to get something from my car one night and didn't turn on the garage light.
 

FlatSix911

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Jun 15, 2015
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@FlatSix911 - As best I can tell this issue impacts all facelift Model S vehicles. I am not quite as certain relative to Model X. It's a similar design, and I also see a decent number of MX posts, but honestly don't pay attention to those as much as MS.
I have a pretty early facelift myself, June 2016 build MS90D. Both mine replaced after about 2 years, 30k miles and then the passenger side replaced a second time in Sept 2019 right before my warranty expired due to mileage. Given the number posts I see on newer cars, it does not appear there has been a design change to fully resolve the issue. Some speculate heat is an issue, but I live in central midwest, car garaged. Yeah I do see winter/summer variation, but nothing like Pheonix or Florida consistent summer heat or North Dakota type cold. Unless you regularly are in a situation where you see your car with the headlights on, many might have the issue and not even realize. I was likely that way when my first headlight started going out. I only realize it when I went to get something from my car one night and didn't turn on the garage light.

Thanks, I have a classic Model S and was interested to see if the problem has been resolved if I purchase a new Raven Model S.
 

Quantum88

New Member
Mar 30, 2019
4
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Easton PA
I have a 2017 Model S with 95k miles on it. I am on my 4th dead DRL. Tesla wants to charge me $1500 to replace it, they've replaced one of the past 3 our of warranty for free. They're insisting on me paying for the replacement this time, the one being replaced is 18 months old. They obviously have a systemic issue they're not addressing. I'm going to file a complaint with the BBB. Does anyone know if it's feasible to replace the light myself? Can't find anything online. I can find replacement lights online used for a few hundred bucks. Wondering if it's worth going that route.
 
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