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What Happens When the Warranty Runs Out?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by wrf2e, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. wrf2e

    wrf2e Member

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    I've had several issues on my 2018 Mid-Range Model 3. All of which have been fixed under warranty, but what happens after that runs out? I am starting to get concerned that the seemingly never-ending chain of small issues is truly never ending.

    I have had the frunk latch stop working, AC smell, lumbar motor stopped working, front left safety restraint system fault, driver window reverses course when going up, passenger mirror doesn't return to normal after reverse and a leaky back glass.

    Don't get me wrong, I love this car. So much so that we plan on purchasing the Model Y for my wife. Am I alone in feeling nervous?
     
  2. TMThree

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    That's expected from an early build. I bought in March 2019 and even then there was a lot of issues. The units being made now have significantly less issues, and a lot more upgrades, such as better seats, softer springs, sound damping, ppf across rocker panels, and better QC for paint and panel gaps.

    You'll face the same buying Y upon initial release.
     
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  3. Tam

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    #3 Tam, Nov 6, 2019
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    You know the answer: You'll have to pay out-of-your-own-pocket once your car reaches 50,000 miles or 4 years whichever first. Towing alone can also be very expensive.

    Tesla lists ESA (extended warranty) for S and X but not for 3.

    You might want to check on third-party coverage:

    Vendor - X-Care EV Extended Warranty - The "Why" to our "What".
     
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  4. wrf2e

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    Yeah, I figured I would be facing these issues when I purchased, I just didn't expect them to keep cropping up. I guess I am now starting to realize I may be looking at some costly repairs later on.
     
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    Thanks for the info. The costs of their plans don't look too bad. If I have had to pay out of pocket for my issues thus far, I would be getting my money's worth for sure.
     
  6. TMThree

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    Compared to S and X, the 3 has very few things that can go wrong. Try air suspension repairs! Even self presenting door handles aren't fun to replace.
     
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  7. wrf2e

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    That's a good point!
     
  8. Darthbenji

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    I can’t believe they still haven’t offered an extended warranty.
     
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    When was sound damping added? Is it a noticeable improvement? If it was added after my purchase I would be willing to pay to have that added if possible.
     
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    Part of the reason why I went with a new Model 3 over a used Model S; fewer parts to go wrong.
     
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    The oldest Model 3’s are years away from going out of warranty unless the owners have been putting a lot of miles on them. I expect Tesla to offer an ESA for the Model 3 in the near future.
     
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    Tesla has a reputation for their early production cars having several warranty issues, however after they are addressed most reports are that the cars become much more reliable than gassers, especially as they gather miles and age.
     
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  13. vickh

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    me 2+ softer ride.
     
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    This is how Tesla plans to become insanely profitable.
     
  15. boriszima

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    just like all other car manufactures?

    To answer OP, it was implied that electric cars will last longer, less maintenance. So after warranty runs out, hopefully those small things that will go bad wont be expensive to fix. As long as motor(s) and battery keep chugging along, should suffice for most expensive repairs.
     
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    brkaus Well-Known Member

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    Remember, extended warranties are insurance policies. They make money for the people that sell them. Otherwise they wouldn't bother selling them.
     
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  17. ngogas

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    Warranty run out then trade it in for a newer one. Lol
     
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    Its going to be extremely expensive to repair issues that aren't our fault.
     
  19. TomT

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    I consider myself lucky. Mine was built in March 2019 and I have had zero issues to date in 8,000 miles.

     
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    #20 run-the-joules, Nov 7, 2019
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    I have no intention of finding out firsthand. I'll order a new car once I'm at 45,000 miles.

    Hopefully by then the Model Y is available, and they've added heated steering wheel, and more-supportive seats with air conditioning to the line. Fat chance, of course, but a man can dream.
     
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