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When to get regular maintenance?

Aug 25, 2018
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Toronto
Hey guys, I am trying to gauge on when I should get regular maintenance (tire alignment, filters etc) for my Model 3.

I bought the car in Aug 2018. It has had zero issues.

We have just under 5000 miles on it (we are not heavy drivers).

My current plan is to wait until the new year, so the car is about 1.5 years old, then scheduling an appointment with Tesla to do the tire alignment, check filters and all that.

What does everyone think?
 

chillaban

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May 5, 2016
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Tesla's revised advice here has basically been "the car will notify you if you need maintenance". That generally jives with how cars are these days.

BMW tried to do sensor based maintenance but people got freaked out about how the car would want to go 20k+ miles between oil changes. They eventually had to stop doing that because people thought this was a ploy to save money on their included maintenance program.

These days between modern automotive engineering and synthetic fluids, cars don't really need those regular intervals of maintenance. They mainly generate service revenue, and it takes a situation like the service centers being overwhelmed for them to admit that.
 

XLR82XS

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Jul 26, 2019
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SWFL | Vegas
As Rockster said, not too much to worry about especially since it's so new - all these cars are..... for now. Wiper blades every 6 mos. here in FL, cabin filters every ~1 year, tires when they need replacing.

Interested to hear about any above normal wear service issues once cars are hitting 100K+ miles. ;)
 
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North75

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Mar 28, 2017
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As Rockster said, not too much to worry about especially since it's so new - all these cars are..... for now. Wiper blades every 6 mos. here in FL, cabin filters every ~1 year, tires when they need replacing.

Interested to hear about any above normal wear service issues once cars are hitting 100K+ miles. ;)
How about alignments? Just check when replacing tires? (or if car pulls or other handling issues)
 

GuyDude

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Sep 11, 2017
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Orange County, CA
So far I’m at 33k miles on my LR rwd:

rotation every 6k miles

Tire alignment every 20k miles

at 33k miles:

i got 4 new tires. ( 4- wheel alignment with new tires)

new air filter for AC

AC odor removal service

brake line flush

new windshield wipers every 10k miles
 

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