Submitted by jurek969 on Wed, 2016-11-09 21:32
I did some browsing through the forums but I couldn't find much on this topic and google had mixed answers at best. About a month ago I took my S to a touch free car wash and the nosecone popped off when I was going through the air dryer. By the time I had noticed why the sensors were yelling at me I heard the scraping noise of that thing being dragged on the ground. One of the locking tabs broke off and the outside has some moderately deep scratches. (Come to find out from the gas station attendant that the car wash was "broken" and that there were supposed to be cones and signs to stop people) Thankfully, the sensors and wiring haven't seemed to have been affected as autopilot/adaptive cruise control work just fine and there are no warnings.
I just took the thing in for annual service yesterday and the service rep quoted me an estimate for replacement of 730-830 dollars. The cost breakdown to replace he said is: 525 for the part, 100-200 for paint, and 105 dollars in labor.
Has anyone else replaced this and had a similar issue with price? Is this number about right? It seems high and I'm not entirely convinced on the whole it doesn't come painted angle. What gets me is that the part itself they are saying is 525 but you can get the wrapped ones from RPM Tesla for 400 without turning in your old nosecone. They advertise both autopilot and non-autopilot nose cones. I have no issues with wrapping and I live close to RPM Tesla but I would still like the replacement piece because the tabs broke off the original. Thoughts??