Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.

Should I perform the Yearly Service early?


Sep 1, 2015
Menifee, CA
I've read a lot on the subject but I don't really have a good idea of what I should do so I'm reaching out to the forum for some advice.

I've only had my S 85D for 3 months. In that 3 months I've racked up 12,900 miles.

I love my car and have done a lot of driving including 2 long trips (1 to SF and back and another to Clovis NM and back). I've also racked up 3 warranty service visit for delivery related items to replacing a camera due to Auto Pilot errors.

I talked to my local service center and they tell me that the yearly service is optional and will not affect warranty coverage. They recommend 12,500 miles or 1 year which ever comes first, but they do not enforce it. Now before it's suggested I have been rotating the tires every 6,000 miles using my local tire shop.
The yearly service now costs $600 so the cost is a factor if I have to perform it every 3-6 months.

Should I go ahead and perform the yearly/ 12,500 mile service early at 3 months? or should I wait until the 6 month or yearly mark?


Active Member
Jul 23, 2013
San Diego
I've only had my S 85D for 3 months. In that 3 months I've racked up 12,900 miles.
I consistently do about 20k miles a year and go in only once per year for annual service.

There is really no need to go after 3 months, unless you are having a specific issue (alignment, etc)


Active Member
Aug 19, 2015
Carlsbad, CA
OP, in addition to tire rotation which you're doing, consider brake flushes recommended per the Owner's Manual every 2 years or 25K miles should you exceed that mileage before your first year is up. As a heads-up, battery coolant is also stated in the manual as every 5 years or 62.5K miles (p127) ...otherwise, annual service seems to be the way to go with everything I've read.


Sep 1, 2015
Menifee, CA
The service center did mention that as long as I stay on the yearly service interval the cost for each visit is $600. If the first service is skipped all together, the cost of the brake flush and coolant check can increase the cost another $300. For a total of $900


Active Member
Dec 9, 2014
Pine Bush, NY
I'm also a high mileage driver. I've had my S since May and have 22k on it. It spent a month at the body shop after some guy hit it in a parking lot, or it would be at 25k already.

I plan on taking it in every 25k. The year 1/12.5k service didn't seem to have anything too important in my opinion.

I have a D model and haven't rotated the tires either. Tread was all even when i had the snow tires swapped on earlier this month.

Patrick W

Active Member
Mar 17, 2015
One consideration for high milers is if one has purchased the 4 year/50,000 mile service plan.

The service center tells me once you reach 50,000 the maintenance plan expires, even if it's only been a year or two since buying the car.

Kind of wish I'd figured that out before buying the 4 year plan.

BTW, I bought the plan because I didn't think I'd drive 12,500 a year. Should of known better. Now that I've got the car I find myself looking for reasons to drive it. :)


Supporting Member
Dec 6, 2013
Union county NJ
Do we have confirmation from others that had purchased the 4 year/50,000 mile service plan that it will indeed expire at 50,000? I was not told this (I didn't specifically asked neither) as I only took it twice (at 13,000 after 6 mo and 38,000 one year later).

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.