Submitted by GrantO on August 10, 2011
I'm considering reserving an S but I wonder how others are thinking about service. I live in Minneapolis and the nearest service or showroom currently appears to be in Chicago. Paying a buck a mile doesn't sound favorable, and neither does trailering my car to Chicago (411 miles away)if I have a problem.
So I have a couple of service questions;
Does anyone know of what regular maintence is expected? (beyond tires, brakes, etc.) Since I've never owned an electric car I don't know what to expect. But I do know that with most first year cars there are generally one or two annoying things that need to be fixed (electric mirrors not working, dash electronics issues). Literally 100's of little things that could go wrong in the first year of production, any of which I'd normally just bring to the dealer to have them fix. Then of course there could be recalls that will need attention. Again Chicago is 411 miles away.
Will local shops be certified to work on Tesla's if there is a motor or battery issue? or recall?
How are others justifying the needs for service if they aren't near a Tesla service/showroom hub?
Bonus question: how the heck do you search previous posts on this forum?