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MCU2 upgrade cost


Jan 19, 2020
Victoria BC
All below is true, with the cost difference between my original January quote and the actual (last thursday) I bought a CHAdeMO adapter which I wasn’t budgeting for. Today $4 of free electricity from BC hydro but also more flexibility in BC driving in post Covid travels.

Got the upgrade done this week. Improvements are substantial, more than I’d expected. The UI is very much more responsive - there’s no long pause after selecting something, wondering if the touch has registered or not.

Some improvements I did not anticipate: voice commands work. Before, if I tried to use the voice commands, it would only work about 1 time in 10. Most times it would just spin away as if I hadn’t said anything and then go back to my power meter display. Now, it responds more or less immediately. Tesla can expect many more bug reports from me now o_O

According to my wife, the clarity of Bluetooth calls has improved substantially, and even on my end the audio is much clearer. Given that (I presume) the microphone hardware and placement didn’t change, it seems the audio processing is much improved.

The cell reception (as judged by the bars on the display) seems better but I can’t say that with any certainty. I will say that streaming audio starts playing much more quickly even with just one bar showing (as is always the case in our neighbourhood).

I think the rest are all software improvements and are already known. I like that my rear camera is now recorded in Sentry mode. The web browser is actually usable, though there is an annoyingly long load time when I first pull it up.

The screen replacement is a nice bonus. I didn’t realize how washed out the old one was. No more yellow ring but I presume that may well come back as this screen ages.

The appointment took 6 hours - in at 9, out at 3pm.

I couldn’t justify the upgrade at $3500, but at $2K I think it was worth it.

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