The most unexpected cost of running the Roadster is reoccurring tire replacement.
It's not just the car, how you drive it makes a big difference. I got over 12k on my first set of rears and I'm nearly there on the second set. I've heard of a owner who has to replace the rear tires every 1,000 miles. I'm scared about what it takes to burn through tires that quickly!Yeah, I'm just over 5K miles in 5 months, and it looks like I'll be getting new rears very soon.
Tirerack currently has the AD07s for $309/each. Figure $660 (shipping, mounting, balancing is probably more than $20/tire) every 6K miles. That's $0.11/mile.
Electricity runs me less than $0.02/mile. So, tires cost 5X more than fuel - and that's not factoring in eventual replacement fronts. Of course, this is not abnormal for a high performance sports car. I wonder how many more miles I'd get out of the tires if I always drove in RANGE mode.
I'll never know. :smile:
When I had my Roadster in for its annual and new tires (11k miles on the AD07's - switched to Proxes 4's for more life and less cost) the service writer was telling me another owner was down to the cords and actually had a blow-out on their way to Tesla for new tires. Idk if people are just that clueless or they aren't used to their tires wearing out that quickly. I got almost 40k out of the Goodyear Eagles on my Corvette (much larger tires and only slightly heavier car).
It really sneaks up on you. The first time I had my tires replaced I was astonished how much worse the rears looked after they were taken off the car.
Now that the weather is getting cold and wet in many areas, be sure to check your tire tread frequently. Driving on bald tires is dangerous in any car, but especially in the Roadster. The car can seem fine on dry pavement, then go suddenly sideways on wet roads. You don't want that to happen to you!
I never have paid so close attention to my tread depth until I bought the Roadster. Definitely good advice and getting one of those digital tread depth gauges is worth it. The AD07s need to be replaced at 2mm but I think tire rack recommends 4mm.Now that the weather is getting cold and wet in many areas, be sure to check your tire tread frequently. Driving on bald tires is dangerous in any car, but especially in the Roadster. The car can seem fine on dry pavement, then go suddenly sideways on wet roads. You don't want that to happen to you!