I have a new P85 with one regret - the 21" performance tires and wheels.
I wanted to replace these with 19" wheels when I submitted the order, and was told Tesla "would try".. but alas no luck the car came with the 21" wheels and tires.
When I called my service center (on Grand Ave in Chicago), however, I was told some things by the parts manager that trouble me. He claimed that Tesla had recently sent out a directive to service centers that: (1) wheels (rims) not supplied by Tesla cannot be installed or supported by Tesla; (2) Tesla would not install or service any TIRES that were not sold by Tesla, so buying the tires I wanted (Conti Extreme Contact DWS all seasons) from Tirerack, and rims from Tesla would not be supported by them and they would not install them or service them (I asked 3x to make sure I did not hear him incorrectly). I was quite angry about this, and threatened to return the vehicle. Instead, I thought I would post here to see if this is indeed Tesla policy, or else what I hope it was - uninformed ravings of a green parts manager. I cannot believe that Tesla would be this stupid.
For background, in Chicago, 21" tires last about as long as a thunderstorm in LA. Potholes, speed bumps, parking curbs, etc. conspire to eat low profile tires quickly. I had 20" tires on my last two cars that I had to replace every 6 months. I eventually gave up and went to 19" all seasons. Continental in particular makes outstanding high performance all-season tires (extreme contact DWS). In my experience over the past 10 years with 2 different high performance cars (AMG E63 and a Maserati), the Conti's have been the ONLY high performance all season tire that drives great in the summer AND can get the car through in moderate snow or light ice conditions. Sorry Goodyear.
Anyway, I have never heard of a car company prohibiting owners from changing out wheels and tires. It seems crazy and very un-Tesla like. Does anyone have up to date information on the mysterious memorandum that my Tesla parts manager was referring to?
I understand that the wheels may need to meet certain weight requirements, but quality rims all have weight ratings so that is just a matter of Tesla telling us what the requirement is. As far as tires go, there is absolutely no reason to restrict my choice of tire, especially when all that Tesla can offer is Goodyear.
If this really is Tesla policy, I think we are owed an explanation as well as some more choices on what we can get from Tesla.