After 100,000 Miles, This Tesla Model S Is Still Almost Faultless


Is the U.K.’s highest-mileage Tesla Model S still the gem that it once was?

Britain’s Car magazine answers the above question and a multitude more in its recent, lengthy article detailing its time with the 100,600-mile Tesla Model S from 2013. According to the publication, there may not be another Tesla vehicle in the U.K. with this many miles.

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Most cars today can easily surpass the 100,000-mile mark. It’s increasingly common to see cars hit 200,000. The current Guinness record is held by Irv Gordon, who racked up over three million miles in his 1966 Volvo P1800.

This is not to say that many of these high mileage vehicles are still in good condition. Many have undergone quite a bit of maintenance to get to that point. While some models and even some specific cars may make it many miles without a plethora of problems, other times, that’s not really the case. As Autoweek reports:

The vast, vast majority of luxury cars on sale in the U.S. score high in initial quality. Long-term quality, on the other hand, is a different matter, and it tends to be obscured by thick clouds of model year differences, transmission versions, repeat recalls and maintenance (or lack thereof) by owners.

At times it seems that it’s equally possible to find a problem-free example of any given model — and one that seems to have been assembled solely from parts rejected by quality control or from crash-tested cars.

High-mileage EVs are beginning to become more commonplace, and although there are exceptions, it seems that they may be able to go the long haul much more successfully than their ICE counterparts.

Car magazine spent some time with the 2013 Tesla Model S P85, which was loaned to them by Chargemaster, the U.K.’s largest EV charging station provider. The publication provides a wealth of information about the car and how it fares, but the bottom line is that its electric powertrain is virtually “faultless.”

The car’s 85-kWh battery pack has only lost 10 miles of its overall, original 240 miles of range. The article admits that the powertrain’s only flaw is a bit of motor whine.

Aside from the battery and electric motor, how is the rest of the car? Car magazine digs deep into the 100,600-mile Tesla sedan, as well as another first-gen 85D with only 20,000 miles on the odometer. Follow the link below for loads of details.

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14 Comments on "After 100,000 Miles, This Tesla Model S Is Still Almost Faultless"

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Not surprised. That is why big battery has its advantages. That is less than 420 full charging cycles to hit 100K miles. At those cycle count, the battery should be better than 95%. 10 miles out 240 miles are well matched to that predication.

Our early 2013 unit had some whine but the replacement setup has been quiet and faultless thereafter. 188,000km now. Battery still above 90pct capacity.

Drive whine is a washer that needs replaced

Fixed in newer models

Talking about the condition of the car without a timeline of former repairs is pointless.

There was no link to click on, but a quick search of car magazine brought up the original article. It mentions the only repairs have been:

2x electric pop-out door handles replaced under warranty
A new Type 2 charging socket on the car replaced through wear and tear
Digital screen replaced under warranty

I assume that is beyond normal wear item such as wipers, tires… Still, not to bad for 100,000 miles.

The link is at the bottom of the page where it says Source: Car

Yes, very good for over 100,000 for sure.

Another Euro point of view

“still, not too bad for 100k miles”. I would say for cars in that price range which are notoriously more unreliable than reasonably priced cars due to over complexity I would say nothing to write home about but OK. Now if compared to less expensive cars this would have been a lot of defects for only 100k miles (I sold my previous car with 160k miles on the clock and the only thing that went wrong is a EGR valve which costed $500 to replace, and that was nothing unusual in that price segment, people expect that).

I bet your last car was not a German car….otherwise by the time you would hit 100k miles among many other things that you have to fix, the transmission is one of them. Even more surprising is that Europeans see this as normal.

Rubbish. Most cheap cars need replacement bits after 100k miles. I needed a new post lambda sensor and the air blower fixed 3 times on my corsa, plus wheel tracking alignment and a few other things.

I have a 2005 Prius with 150k miles that has had a total of one repair – a wheel bearing. Still on the original brakes and still getting 45 mpg.
I would hope a Tesla that cost three times as much and half its age would do as well.

Get ready to change the NIMH battery soon…

Another Euro point of view

Same experience I had with my car (see above) but another brand. Now it is true that when you read feed back from people owning expensive cars the reliability is often not so good as the car is loaded with bells that beg to fail on you. So the reliability of Tesla has to be compared to cars more expensive than Prius. Actually it is quite amazing that thingof paying a high price for a less reliable car. Some sort of sado masochistic thing ? Maybe those are the same people liking to be tied up and stuff ? Go figure.

And how much has the scheduled maintenance cost?

I have 429,000 km or 265,000 miles on a 2004 Lexus ES 330. Had a new alternator installed at 200,000. New tires, batteries, and brake jobs, air filters, Mobil 1 synthetic oil changes every 15,000 miles. Nothing else wrong with the vehicle except rubber boots on steering need to be replaced due to cracking.