TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC
Start a Discussionhttps://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/tags/

Model S maintenance is more expensive than gas cars?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by gowthamn, May 21, 2017.

Tags:
  1. gowthamn

    gowthamn Science

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2016
    Messages:
    234
    Location:
    Seattle
    • Like x 4
    • Disagree x 2
    • Informative x 1
  2. jelloslug

    jelloslug Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2015
    Messages:
    2,194
    Location:
    Greenville, SC
    It's not required.
     
    • Like x 2
    • Disagree x 2
  3. No2DinosaurFuel

    No2DinosaurFuel Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2015
    Messages:
    1,061
    Location:
    San Diego, California
    Cheaper to maintain if you don't go as often and drive a lot. Tesla is really there to make some of it back.
     
    • Like x 1
  4. kort677

    kort677 Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2015
    Messages:
    4,574
    Location:
    florida.
    the maintenance plans are optional and IMHO not necessary for a tesla. (in addition to being unavailable here in FLA) as for pricing I haven't a clue as to why tesla priced their so high. Other than issues in my older tesla that came under warranty there has been just about zero maintenance expenses with the car.
    many wear items aren't covered regardless of the car coming from MB or tesla.
     
    • Like x 3
    • Disagree x 1
  5. croman

    croman Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2016
    Messages:
    1,512
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    I've never spent anything on any EV. I don't think I'll do anything but the 4 year but I'm considering first year to get du fluid changed.
     
    • Like x 1
  6. plasmo

    plasmo Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2016
    Messages:
    98
    Location:
    Chicago
    I'm curious to see how many people who Lease their Tesla have undergone their yearly maintenance, or is it required if you lease?
     
  7. tpham07

    tpham07 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2017
    Messages:
    585
    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    Tesla maintenance is not required. It specifically states the warranty will not be voided if you do not do the maintenance.

    That being said, if you skip the $125 oil changes on your mercedes and are shocked when the engine fails at 18,000 miles, no warranty will replace that. $125 may be understating it, my local lexus dealer charged $140 for oil changes....
     
    • Disagree x 2
    • Like x 1
  8. gowthamn

    gowthamn Science

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2016
    Messages:
    234
    Location:
    Seattle
    Oil changes are included in my maintenance plan at Audi. Should be in Mercedes too.If engine fails within warranty then Mercedes will replace it. You are just exaggerating it.
    Overall Tesla's maintenance seems to be expensive if we opt for the maintenance plan.
     
    • Like x 2
    • Disagree x 2
  9. mkjayakumar

    mkjayakumar Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2012
    Messages:
    2,842
    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    I picked up my S at 20k miles and did a 1 year service at 40k miles for $400.

    Not sure what was done, but they did throw in a free oil change. All I had to do was ask. Much appreciated. Try that trick with your friendly Mercedes dealer.
     
    • Funny x 7
    • Disagree x 1
  10. gowthamn

    gowthamn Science

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2016
    Messages:
    234
    Location:
    Seattle
    The Mercedes dealer agreed to waive 1 year maintenance costs. What do you say about that?
     
  11. Gibson

    Gibson Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2017
    Messages:
    23
    Location:
    Chicago suburbs (North)
    I suppose that you do not count the cost of gas when you are defining "maintenance". For the record, I would. On top of that, where is it written that Tesla has to be "cheaper" than every single other car company, EV or gas? I am sure that Tesla's plan is cheaper than some and more expensive than others. Why cherry pick one company over another. Not sure how one can simply compare the cost of these 2 plans and come to the conclusion that somehow the Mercedes is cheaper to own.

    Furthermore, to take this a step further, did you actually compare the plans that you provided the links for? If I am reading them correctly after a quick glance, and perhaps I missed something as I really don't care to read the whole plan, but it seems to me that the Tesla plan is a 3 year 37,500 mile plan and a 4 year 50,000 mile plan. Where as the Mercedes is a 3 year 30,000 mile plan and a 4 year 40,000 mile plan. Assuming that to be correct, do you think that fact that you look to have left out might justify the price difference? Certainly would seem like it to me.

    If you are going to make a comparison, compare apples to apples. Seems a little like trolling to me. But I am sure I am wrong.
     
    • Disagree x 3
  12. SMAlset

    SMAlset Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2017
    Messages:
    916
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    I've read a number of threads you started or posted to and really wonder if a Tesla is really for you. Doesn't seem like it to me. You shouldn't have to be talked into a particular car. Nothing in life is ever perfect and cars no different. You can try waiting for it or accept it's what it is at that point and just enjoy the ride.
     
    • Like x 4
    • Love x 1
  13. tpham07

    tpham07 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2017
    Messages:
    585
    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    #13 tpham07, May 21, 2017
    Last edited: May 21, 2017
    The OP has made it clear through his numerous posts that a Tesla is not viable for him, so there's no point in trying to engage him in any meaningful debate.


    If the engine fails because you neglected manufacturer required maintenance, they're not replacing it.

    But its a mute point. Tesla does not require any single maintenance on their vehicles period. What you see is suggested maintenance only and if its not required to maintain warranty its up to the owner.
     
    • Like x 8
  14. Gibson

    Gibson Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2017
    Messages:
    23
    Location:
    Chicago suburbs (North)
    Was that before or after you told the Mercedes dealer that you were not buying his car as you were buying a Tesla? ;) Isn't this your reply to my post on an earlier thread?

    "Thanks for the detailed post. I think, I did not make it clear in my post that, I am not going to buy the MB. I am just holding MB as the benchmark. Once Tesla meets the benchmark in most categories, I will buy the Model S. That is why I asked if its best to wait. I am not going to buy another gas car after experiencing instant torque. I am renting a Model S P85D for 3 days for a tour. Will experience it myself soon."

    What do you say about that? ;)
     
    • Funny x 2
    • Like x 1
  15. mkjayakumar

    mkjayakumar Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2012
    Messages:
    2,842
    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    Joke son, joke. I wrote about getting a free oil change for my S from the Tesla service center. And that humor went over your head.

    I think your hatred towards many things Tesla is clouding your humor sensor.
     
    • Like x 7
    • Disagree x 1
    • Funny x 1
  16. Canuck

    Canuck Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Messages:
    5,100
    Location:
    South Surrey, BC
    I bought the service plan and I can't help but think I paid way too much for new wipers and fob batteries.
     
    • Like x 3
    • Funny x 2
    • Helpful x 1
  17. Sparky

    Sparky Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2012
    Messages:
    314
    Location:
    Glendale,CA
    As others have said, it's not required and it seems they're really doing less actual maintenance and more inspecting except for a few AC and cabin filters.
    At the 4 year, 50k mile mark for my Model S I've spent:
    Yr1: $600
    Yr3: $475 (wheel alignment included)
    Yr4: $850 (fluid replace, flush etc.) That was painful but my choice. (I could have chosen the $475 option)
    So, my service is at $1975.

    But, after 50k miles I most likely would be doing brakes at least once. That probably isn't cheap on an MB. My Model S has a total of 1mm brake wear so far. Should do 100k miles easily IMO. I think that helps push the low maintenance argument towards Tesla (vs MB) and in the favor of EVs in general.

    Our 2011 Nissan LEAF has been issue free and cost us about $200 in maintenance over 6 years. Nothing at the dealer.
     
    • Like x 5
  18. gowthamn

    gowthamn Science

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2016
    Messages:
    234
    Location:
    Seattle
    I don't drive much. So I look at years rather than miles.
     
  19. Gibson

    Gibson Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2017
    Messages:
    23
    Location:
    Chicago suburbs (North)



    @tpham07 - I know. And most of the time I can stop myself from doing so. But sometimes I simply cannot resist. Something inside me requires me to respond to some of these ridiculous statements/comparisons/falsehoods. I just cannot help myself. I will try and be better in the future. Please forgive me. :D
     
    • Funny x 2
    • Like x 1
    • Disagree x 1
  20. gowthamn

    gowthamn Science

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2016
    Messages:
    234
    Location:
    Seattle
    Yes, he offered when he realized I was not going to buy MB
     
    • Informative x 1

Share This Page