This is going to be an unpopular take, but I’ve had more issues with my Tesla’s than any other car I’ve owned.
I’d also say repairs and not maintenance. But it’s the technology, not the drivetrain. Keep in mind there’s mitigating factors. You asked me if I still own one, and I said yes. Here’s why...with the miles I drive here are the places where I make it up.
1) One to two oil changes per month. Average of $80-$150 each time depending on car and using fully synthetic.
2) Differential and transmission fluid change once a year at $300
3) Brake pad replacement once a year at $80
Those three things alone total roughly 18 dealer visits a year at a cost of about $3,000/year per car.
I visit the Tesla dealer less than 18 times a year across all three cars and am currently averaging $1200/year per car in repairs. That includes tires, alignments, cracked windshield repairs - things that aren’t unique to Tesla.
So if you continue budgeting (time&money) for oil changes; in general you’ll keep that budget for a Tesla. It just won’t be as scheduled and routine as you’re used to with an oil change.
Appreciate your honest view. You have/had 3 Tesla's, so there's good credibility. Your take, along with the link @cwerdna posted from Edmunds, seem to mirror that of Consumer Reports reliability rating.
As of the new year, I drive roughly 1,100 miles per month in a 11 year old Lexus SUV that gets 13-15mpg depending on summer or winter gas blend. I'm guessing repairs/maintenance are going to average $3-4k/year due to it being a 10+ year old ICE vehicle and at this point of the auto's life, maintenance costs add up quickly: Oil change every 5,000 miles, front brake pads and rotors/rear need replacement more often due to it being a 6,000lb SUV. In addition the Lexus needs front and rear differential/transmission oil changes/repairs, power steering rebuilds, etc... If I factor in gas, it's going to get scary.
If your budget for your X is $1200 year, not including gas, that doesn't seem too bad. How does the X yearly maintenance costs compare to the S or 3 AWD?