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Wing Mirror Warning!

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Fab-fours, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Fab-fours

    Fab-fours Closed

    May 23, 2016
    North Downs Surrey UK
    I recently took my S85 to my local bodyshop for some 'TLC' to tidy up of some parking scratches to my front bumper corners. Sadly after spraying, as the fitter drove my car out of the oven, he managed to catch the nearside wing mirror on the portal, which broke off a small piece of the chrome under-casing.

    He told me he was unable to order that under-casing separately as with most cars. The cost of which I estimate, that any supplier would be pressed to charge more than say £50.00, but being a Tesla I would double the price to a guesstimate of £100.00.

    The bodyshop manager asked me to name the cost of replacing it. Now bearing in mind that Tesla insists on selling only complete wing mirror units. The price on Amazon for a complete assembly for my wife's Prius is £115.00. So I said £250? He said no higher. I said what! - £500? He said no higher: So I thought it cant be more than £750.00 he again said NO! I then gave up? He finally advised: - £825.00!!!

    So in the UK where we have many narrow country lanes, it's essential to fold in our wing mirrors when passing stupid motorists or wide vans etc., who can't judge their vehicles width!.

    Here's the nub; today I discovered that the latest software update now prevents me & all 'S' owners from folding in their wing mirrors, that is if their vehicle is exceeding 15mph! Well just to make a good day wonderful, can you imagine how I felt earlier when leaving home today & was driving down a leafy, yet narrow lane, only to meet an on-coming motorist! Yes that's right - one of those motorists, (lacking spacial awareness) when I discovered I was unable to fold my off-side mirror in time! As we passed they cluncked then flipped back! Amazingly the mirror escaped any serious damage! I guess you can imagine the stream of expletives that ensued from me!

    So until these clever safety specialists in Tesla are aware that the roads in European countries are a lot narrower than those stateside: - BEWARE my fellow 'Teslarati' !!!

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