Tesla Model S Wear & Tear After 150,000 Miles


How is this Tesla Model S holding up after 150,000 miles and how can you keep your Tesla in the best shape?

We’ve been following our good friend Sean Mitchell’s used Tesla Model S story for some time now. This is the same Model S that had to have a battery replacement and the same car that Sean has admitted to not taking the best care of over the years. The situation was partly due to his job, which requires a ton of driving and a range that his car could barely handle (with the original 60-kWh battery pack). However, some of the issues were simply because Sean wasn’t fully aware or educated about electric vehicle ownership and care from the beginning.

Now that Sean’s been around the block (and his Tesla Model S might as well have been around the globe), he’s a valuable asset to EV owners. He’s learned how to better care for the car’s battery, as well as apprised us of the replacement process and other information related to overall cost of ownership. In this recent video, he gives us an in-depth look at the condition of his Model S after 150,000 miles. Sean makes it clear that this is not about maintenance or ownership costs like the previous video, but rather about physical wear and tear.

While the car looks pretty darn good to us, especially at first glance, Sean reveals that it is definitely showing its age. What could he have done different? How can you plan ahead and assure that your Tesla is in tip-top condition after many years and miles?

Check out the video to find out more and then leave us a message in the comment section below.

Video Description via Sean Mitchell on YouTube:

Model S wear over 150,000 miles (241K km)

Cost of Tesla over 130,000 miles (209K km): https://youtu.be/bq4qkUv5-j0

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19 Comments on "Tesla Model S Wear & Tear After 150,000 Miles"

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To be fair, black paint is nearly impossible to keep ‘swirl-free’ without a clear bra.

Mine has been VERY difficult to keep shiny from the very beginning. Basically, unless I use some kind of instant detailer, it look bad even right after washing. And most instant waxes/detailers don’t make it look good. I use Chemical Guys V07 sealant to make it look presentable after washing.

Or wrap it in plastic like I did. Tesla paint sucks.

Please have a look on the performances of Dutch taxies at Shiphool/Amsterdam/Netherlands, their status after 230.000 km etc

they don’t use salt in Colorado, just sand/gravel.

CO uses brine, sodium chloride and water about 23%salt and 76% water, even though it doesn’t chip paint and under carriage coatings you should still rinse your car off, it does still prompt rust

They sure do use salt in Colorado. It’s called magnesium chloride. It’s just not sodium chloride like they use in the Midwest.

I’ve got 180,000 on mine, but I’ve taken better care of it. Had to replace main computer last year, but battery and motor are fine. Surprisingly so are the brakes, which have never been replaced.

Wow, 300,000 electric km quite the milestone! Congrats!

Original battery? How much has range degraded?

Would love to see an article or video from you.

I’m more interested in seeing how the car opporates after 150k miles. Breaks, battery life, any loss in performance, suspension issues, any stearing wheel play. Thanks for the update on looks though.

the old fascia looks more aggressive, don’t like the new one.

I don’t know about “aggressive”, but I certainly do like the look of the old fascia with the nosecone better. The new fascia is just crying out for some decoration in the middle of all that blank frontal area.

Take better care of your car, takes more than a hose down every now and then, it’s an ongoing process not a hit and miss thing.
Your front bumper cover problem looks to be poor paint preperation either at the factory or most likely it was already replaced in the past.

No description of they way he washed his car? What you use and how you do it makes all of the difference in getting scratches in the clear coat.

My 2015 Tesla Model S-70D has also over 100,000 miles. The only repairs so far have been a leaking sunroof and all four door handles that physically broke. The battery is still about 93% capacity. I replaced the first set of tires at 40,000 miles and replace those with the same Michelin MXM tires that are now worn out with 60,000 miles on them. The car has been painted where it was damaged from hitting a deer, plus several other small parking lot scratches or rock chips.

In comparison, my 2012 Toyota RAV4 electric vehicle with Tesla drivetrain and battery has about 20% degradation. Every single Tesla designed first generation component on the car failed with the exception of the main battery pack. Everything was covered under the Toyota warranties. The only Toyota supplied part failure was the cabin heater. This car also had the first set of tires replaced at 40,000 miles and the second set of tires (Michelin Defenders) were just replaced after 60,000 miles with the Michelin X-Tour tires.

Both of these scars we’ll probably go will passed 200,000 miles was little or no difficulty.

“Every single Tesla designed first generation component on the [2012 RAV4 EV] car failed with the exception of the main battery pack.”

Really? Motor, inverter, charger, charging plug port, connecting cables; all failed?

I’m guessing not.

Wow, TIL that 150000mi is equivalent to circling the globe 6 times!

I got a clear coat. Not impressed. I tried getting some tree sap off and scratched the car in the process, didn’t seem to protect it at all. I then took it back to the detail shop that put on the clear coat, and yet another detail shop for a second opinion. Both said it was impossible to remove, had to take off and repaint that section of the body.

So long story short, I went on you tube, found a good video on how to fix minor scratches on paint, and fixed it myself, no issue at all. It was fixed with fine sandpaper followed by polish. Now I cover the car always.

I don’t know if the clearcoat is helping or hurting at this point. My recommendation is get the car waxed and skip the expensive ceramic coating. They say you cannot wax the car with the ceramic coating on there, so that is another knock against it.

on my tesla I just got Ceramic pro. Which was reasonable. The did put Xpel wrap on the front bumper. The whole car is just too much.
I think it is worth the investment.