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Roadster #1276 coming back to life after battery bricking

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by bart513, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. bart513

    bart513 Member

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    So I just purchased Roadster #1276 with the bricked battery and it is now in the Tesla Queens SC where the battery was installed and is being charged and balanced! I'm so excited to be driving a roadster again after selling #344. It was really strange when I first saw the Roadster without the battery everything had to be opened manually.......... Now it's up on their lift (kind of looks like a spider. I should have taken a pic) with the rear wheels off, the interior door panels off and some other stuff. I'm going to have them throw some sound deadening material in the doors while they are open like that. FWIW I was told by Tesla that there is no current work being done on an upgraded battery with Model S cells and was disappointed to hear about that. I'm sure that I'll get over it as soon as I get behind the wheel!
     
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    Good for you!
    Has to be a good feeling to see one of these beauties come back to life
     
  3. bart513

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    It really does feel good. I've been depressed ever since #344 left the house...
     
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    Feel free to say "none of your business" but I'm curious...

    What's your estimate for your total cost (purchase + repairs) on #1276?
     
  5. hcsharp

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    I have a sneaking suspicion that if Tesla doesn't offer an upgraded pack with more range, that somebody else will. In any case it's really too early for Tesla to be wasting time with upgrading the Roadster pack. Almost nobody needs a new pack yet and they have a shortage of cells for the Model S/X. At current cell prices, few people would upgrade just to get more range.
     
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    Maybe an upgrade replacement Roadster pack is what Elon was referring to when he said earlier this year that Tesla was going to do "something nice" for Roadster owners in 2014.
     
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    LOL I think Elon's idea of "something nice" is "here's an opportunity to spend $10,000". :biggrin:
     
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    Doubtful based on my being told that there was nothing being worked on at present.
     
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    Yes, but would Tesla admit to you that they were working on it? Probably not, they want to keep it a surprise...
     
  10. jbadger

    jbadger Roadster #506

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    Or chances are the service centers are not aware of corporate plans. I think of most retail stores where they do not know what new products will be offered until the general public does.
     
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    +1. I recommend taking any single statement made by a single Tesla employee with a grain of salt. Not surprisingly, they don't all know everything. If you hear it from several sources then it is probably real.

    At this point I would not be surprised if they either (a) are working on a new Roadster battery pack, or (b) are not working on a new Roadster battery pack. Eventually they'll have to make one.
     
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    Congrats, bart! Enjoy the resurrected ride! Did you buy the car and then the battery separately?
     
  13. bart513

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    Yes shrink. I was buying the car originally with a working battery but the owner told me when we were about to close the deal. The price was the same. BTW it was Jerome Guillen that told me Tesla was not CURRENTLY working on a battery upgrade for the Roadster......
     
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    Well he would know! Thanks for the info.
     
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    That's wishful thinking! Nice try, though. Something nice starts at 2 or 3 times that much in "the world according to Elon."
     
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    Perhaps, but my first experience with that was his announcement of the Performance option at the Model S rollout. I remember thinking, "Wow, that's cool!", followed by, "Oh crap, there goes another 10k".
     
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    “We are going to do something special for Roadster owners next year. I can’t say what that is, but I can say that it will be pretty cool."

    That was in July. But knowing Elontime and cell supply constraints I doubt there would be something battery-related unless they knew the Panasonic supply ramp would stay ahead of the vehicle production ramp.

    Obviously the ideal for Roadster owners is charging at Superchargers either by adding a Roadster-only plug or with replacement packs and D/C charging upgrades (yeah, right). But I wouldn't be surprised to see that Tesla's idea of "pretty cool" would be encouraging HPWC destination charging.
     
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    That is plausible.
     
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    Ha, I misread the thread title for a few seconds and thought the bricked battery was coming back to life! :-D
     
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    They tried to resuscitate the battery but it was beyond help:(
     

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