Submitted by bill on Thu, 2019-02-28 13:18
I have a 2016 (December) model S 90 D. I decided to get the Sentry option. I have run into several issues and I hope this will help other avoid the problems I have had.
First they want you to tell them what headliner you have so they can match. I have a tan interior with a dark headliner. The options they give you are somewhat confusing because you first think you should choose the Dark Headliner but if you choose based on when the car is manufactured you will get the wrong color. I figured that since they know your car and they have all your info they will catch the problem if you choose wrong. Well I chose based on the car being manufactured and I got the wrong color. So now after driving 100 miles to get the module installed I have the option to reorder or install the wrong color. I decided to go with the wrong color rather then take another trip.
Next I have a Dash Cam that I installed using the connector that was unused in the panel above the rear view mirror. I bought a connector to avoid splicing wires as was suggested on these forums, which I agree is a good approach. Tesla will only unplug the connector and then plug in the module rendering the Dash Cam without power and now I have to figure out how to hook it up, probably by splicing the same wire or finding a T connector if available. I asked them to do that for me but they refused citing they are not allowed to modify after market installs because of liability. They said that if the cam causes a short and it damages the electronics they would be on the hook.
So third issue which is not directly related to the sensor option but if you wire a Dash Cam into you Tesla you are running the risk that if the Electronics malfunction it may be blamed on the Dash Cam. BTW it does not have to be because of a install issue, as the Tech said it could just be because the camera added load to the circuit. Since my car is out of warrantee I guess it does not matter for me but thought I should pass this info along.
So if you are thinking of getting this option factor this into your decision.