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Newbie Tesla 2013 P85 Owner Here... Welcome all the advice from the Tesla Community.


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Mar 22, 2021
Markham, Ontario
Hi everyone!

In March 2021, I just bought a used 2013 Tesla S P85, with only 41kms on it.

Very excited to be a Tesla owner! Huge fan/supporter of Tesla, SpaceX, Elon Musk.

Glad to join this community, welcome all your input/feedback.

I had the following issues right when I bought the vehicle:

- modem issue (could not connect) (NOW FIXED)
(reboot didn't work, hard/soft reboot, call to Tesla Support to reset while in a hotel WIFI area... finally Tesla said I have to replace the whole modem chip at $700 cost... but when I went in to get that done, they did figure out that they could re-install software/upgrade software... and got LTE working! They only charged me $90! Thanks Tesla!)

- front right passenger door, handle presents itself, but tug on it won't actuate the opening mechanisms/motor. (NOW FIXED)
($700 repair but they discounted to $400 all in)

- front left upper control arm worn, needs replace. (PENDING REPAIR)
(quoted by Tesla $350 parts, $280+tax service)

- AC warning: "Air Conditioning reduced. DC Fast Charging / Supercharging rate may be reduced". (PENDING REPAIR)
(now being quoted by Tesla for a $3200 repair, where parts alone are: AC Compressor $1590, AC Line - condenser to evap $69, TXV valve $555.

- TPMS sensor issue (x1, but all 4 replacement is suggested)
(My local tire expert says he can fix this for me no problem with new replacement tpms sensors)

- Driver's wiper worn out (NOW FIXED)
(I replaced at PartSource for $27+tx with Trico Neoform 16-2815 28" "smartclick installation")

- Also planning the following service as a precaution/maintenance:
- Air Filter replace.
- Brake service.

- My wife bought a centre console organizer, much better.
- I plan to find/buy cargo organizers for trunk & frunk.
- I bought cute little Tesla valve caps.

Can anyone suggest the generic brake pad/rotor numbers for OEM repairs if/when I need? Is it Brembo?

I am truly enjoying the car ...

I welcome any advice that you may have to help address these issues more cost effectively.

Thanks so much!
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