Maintenance of the Roadster S?

Maintenance of the Roadster S?

Dear all,

First a 'good-day' from the Netherlands.

I'm considering buying a (second hand) Roadster. And I would like a word of advice of the most experienced Tesla drivers in the USA.

Can you tell me something about the quality & maintenance of the Roadster (S).

I'm looking forward to your feedback.

Thank you all.

Jan-Paul Bourguignon

Jaffray | February 10, 2011

Jan-Paul, I have only had my Roadster for about two months.

Certainly, no issues so far...the Ranger has visited twice (once to put on the snow tires & once to upgrade the firmware.)

I'm not sure if the Roadster Sport could / would have any different quality or maintenance issues than a regular Roadster.

I am extremely satisfied with my vehicle!

Tesla 1233 | February 10, 2011

I would ask the current owner to obtain a copy of the car's maintenance history from Tesla and disclose it to me.

If I had any continuing concern I would have them take it to Tesla for servicing and condition the purchase on the results.

gagliardilou | February 10, 2011

I also am consiering a second hand roadster. Some of the 2008 models have very little mileage - say 300 miles. They say the battery last 7 years - is it still 7 years even if the mileage is low? In other words, instead of looking at a used car by how many miles are on it, are we to look at used tesla's by what year they were made?

Sparrow | February 10, 2011

I bought a used 2008 Tesla a few months back. I would rather see that the car had a few thousand miles on it than just a few hundred. My thought is that the car has hardly been broken in with 300 miles on it and any initial manufacturing problems might not have been detected yet.

The batteries will degrade not only by use, but by age too. A Roadster with 6 or 7 thousand miles on it would be no big deal considering the number of cycles the batteries can do. The batteries being 2 years old would be a bigger consideration, but that is also one of the reasons why you are paying much less than the original purchase price for the car.

gagliardilou | February 10, 2011

How do you like your roadster? How many miles did it have when you bought it? I know you have no basis to go on but does it seem like a new car as far as the batteries are concerned or do they seem a little weak?

Timo | February 10, 2011

Remember that Roadster is an expensive two-seater sport car. There are number of reasons people might want to change that to other car, like having kids and having not enough room for another car, just some catastrophe to financial situation or just plain got bored of car that at first looked like a dream come true. There might not be anything wrong into car, just that its owner had change of mind about it.

If you want to know what shape the car is you have to know who owned it before.