Hitting A Pothole In A Tesla Cost $2600

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On my Tesla Model 3 road trip, hitting a pothole cost $2600 & 7 hours.
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The Tesla Model 3 Performance is an exceptional performing vehicle, it's fast, fun, and full of new tech. I took my Model 3 for a 2,000 mile road trip, and on that journey, all was going well. That is, until we hit a pothole. If you can believe it, a single pothole cost over $2,600 to fix, and required 7 hours of time from start to finish, leaving the Tesla service center.
While Tesla isn't to blame here, low profile tires are becoming the new trend, and they're not any good in my book. They're expensive, heavy, and cause ride quality to suffer, all for what some feel is improved aesthetics, and perhaps some slightly more responsive steering. But the Model 3 Performance only offers one wheel size, so tires with less than 2 inches between the wheel and the road are the only option. Do any of you have low profile tires? How has your experience been?
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10. Srp 2019.

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Engineering Explained
Thanks for watching everyone! Lots of pothole fans, this is great! I try not to have a negative vibe in my videos, but I think some frustration probably shined through in my tone on this one. Hope everyone is having a wonderful, pothole-free day! If you want to experience expensive potholes - Tesla Referral Program:
Joseph Fitzgerald NSW
Engineering Explained Tesla should be paying for that repair bill not the state. Does low profile tires clearly need to be a recall. If there’s one death in a tesla from someone hitting a pothole and having a car accident the owner of Tesla should be responsible for that person’s death.
Sevn Light
Sevn Light Prije 8 sati
Get aftermarket wheels and tires avoid future headaches. Low Pro tires are 💩
K K Prije 12 sati
I hit a piece of stone in my Corolla. It bent the steel rim. I however managed to reach home without having to change the tyre. Moral of the story: buy a Toyota Corolla
Arky Mosuke
Arky Mosuke Prije 14 sati
Mr ThuGamer
Mr ThuGamer Prije 15 sati
Why the specific attack on Tesla, this is with every car
HimmuraTube Prije sat
Insurance covered damages?
Joseph Fitzgerald NSW
I don’t think the state owes you for the repair from the pothole. Tesla should be paying for that because that shouldn’t of happened. They put The wrong wheels on a heavy car.
Joseph Fitzgerald NSW
Yeah that’s absolutely crazy that they would put low profile tires from the factory on such a heavy car. Especially when it’s completely unnecessary performance wise. it literally made the car a lesser vehicle. They should almost recall those wheels because that would cause an accident which could cause death. Those are not safe wheels to have on a vehicle it’s July right now in the city I live in is completely covered in potholes so a Tesla cannot even be driven in Omaha Nebraska. Low profile tires should be an up charge. It should be considered after market and dealership installed. In the car should be sold with their factory rims when re-sold.
Alejandro Moreno
I'd know I try not to hit them but in Idaho it's hard to avoid
wertyamatz22 Prije 2 sati
Sell this trash
I am Chappy
I am Chappy Prije 2 sati
If the air leaked out because the wheel was deformed.... you didnt need new tires, your old tires would be reusable. 700$ stolen?
Jeff Davis
Jeff Davis Prije 3 sati
I just want to see this damn pothole now.
Street Legends RD
Street Legends RD Prije 4 sati
In the Dominican Republic you can repair that for under 50usd$
David Wright
David Wright Prije 5 sati
There is an option. Don't buy the performance version. Tire rack also sells 18" wheels for the M3P w/ big brakes. You only have yourself to blame.
Daniel Talbot
Daniel Talbot Prije 5 sati
Why is an alignment so expensive?
Spencer Grilli
Spencer Grilli Prije 5 sati
Dont remind me, I hit a pothole in my Jaguar XKR with 20 inch BBS Montreal wheels, and it cost me $2000 for a new wheel and tire.
Diana Burghduf
Diana Burghduf Prije 5 sati
I'll keep my 215/60R16s on my 300k Volvo that has exhibited the reliablility of an anvil. In Michigan.
MikeCharlieAlpha Prije 5 sati
That's literally all his fuel savings gone.
Kurt Muroki
Kurt Muroki Prije 6 sati
Possibly it’s the wrong car to buy if you live so far away from a service center? Also why buy that car without tire/wheel insurance?
Justin Prije 6 sati
$280 for one alignment is about 3 or 4 times a normal alignment charge. Did they have to adjust anything besides the toe?
KnightGamingDc5_ Prije 6 sati
Bruh that's wild!!! Reason why I do my own repairs but man I would not like to spend that money and Tesla is taking advantage
JD Prije 6 sati
i would argue, in the real world, large profile tyres are more likely to pop and be damaged than low profiles, i've worked in tyre shops and dealerships for 7+ years, and have most certainly done more Thick bois than low profiles. main reason being that the sidewall on an older conventional tyre are softer, and more prone to being damaged from light scuffs. low profiles generally offer better Fuel economy, better handling, better grip, lower braking distance, and unless you buy crappy brands, better road noise... uncommon fact is tyre roar creates more noise than the cars engine on a highway. Edit: stiffer suspension and lower ride hide has more effect than the tyre. larger wheels will provide a softer drive, if you had a little 14" tyre and you hit that same pot hole, you probably would have ripped out your suspension... so all in all, as much as it sucks, you're not exactly correct.
Kurt  Zxcvb
Kurt Zxcvb Prije 6 sati
Why did they make you pay for tires it did not damage the tires totally got taken
Mark G
Mark G Prije 6 sati
You got ripped off just done aftermarket rims and be done for way cheaper.
Rafal Oberc
Rafal Oberc Prije 6 sati
I have a story. Check this out. 15" balloon tires on 20 y old SUV, with 300000 miles, never had pathol issue. Period.
Hilbert Kuipers
Hilbert Kuipers Prije 6 sati
For around $1000-1500 bucks you can buy a completely new set of new wheels with tires that you can change yourself. Did you get ripped off or did you let them rip you off? 🙈🙈🙈
Daniel Rice
Daniel Rice Prije 7 sati
Good video. Ony thing I found missing is a picture of the pothole itself. It was the star of the show, why not show it?
jeremy the gamer
jeremy the gamer Prije 7 sati
kinda sounds like mark rober
802 Garage
802 Garage Prije 7 sati
I was working on a powder coating line in a factory one time. I had sand blasted and powder coated some cool wheels for my Subaru after my shift. To be clear I probably had 4 hours of work into them. I had installed them on my car with new tires 2 days prior to hitting the worst pothole of my life during a rainstorm. Luckily, all it did was put a big gash in one wheel, ruining the fresh powder coat. They were only 15" wheels and they had beefy Blizzak winter tires on them, so that all helped I'm sure. Sprayed the damage with some Rust-Oleum gloss white enamel and called it a day. Was bummed though!
HardcorePooka Prije 8 sati
I once hit a pothole in Chicago that was somewhere around one and a half to two feet deep. Hit it at about 25-30 mph... took out the tire. Sucks, but not too bad. The thunderstorm that was happening while I was changing the tire made it suck a lot.
John Prije 8 sati
This just in! Department of Transportation is liable for all vehicular damage caused by inconsistent roadwork. Send it a claim and they will cover the full amount.
Tom Gruitt
Tom Gruitt Prije 8 sati
TakeDeadAim Prije 8 sati
Elon dug it out...
Crusiferous Prije 8 sati
He could’ve bought a set of rims
Martin D A
Martin D A Prije 9 sati
Seriously, that HAS to be a very weak wheel, regardless of vehicle weight and tyre aspect. I have hit maybe a pothole a week over 40 years and can't remember ever getting a flat - definitely never broke a wheel. If one broke I may have thought it was bad luck - two means there is something wrong.
Erikogel1 Prije 9 sati
they charghed you $300 for an alignment? WTF
Roman S
Roman S Prije 10 sati
Tweet this video at Elon?
Jeremiah Pierucci
Jeremiah Pierucci Prije 10 sati
by the way, there are aftermarket wheels now for the Model 3 Performance that you can get in 19" (and even 18"). That's what I"ll be doing this winter when I need to switch off of the summer tires
Jeremiah Pierucci
Jeremiah Pierucci Prije 10 sati
I had this happen to me in my model 3 performance (only one wheel, not two), the fifth day after getting the car. Took Tesla a month to get me into service and get the wheel. Ridiculous!
Lando-Mcfly Prije 10 sati
I would of just bought different wheels and tires after that lol
rev headz
rev headz Prije 10 sati
this could be covered by warranty, they shouldnt sell wheels that cracks by just hitting a pothole
TheDevonwurz Prije 10 sati
Tesla wheels must sucks if both were damaged
[MaKo] Spider
[MaKo] Spider Prije 10 sati
"You can do a lot of cool stuff with 3 grand" 🤣🤣
Oblithian Prije 10 sati
How you hit the pothole, the speed you hit the pothole, and defects in the alloy also have a influence. *Also, Jason, clearly this means you are too fat.
Oblithian Prije 10 sati
I thought warranties usually cover that?
I would like to own a Tesla someday but the unexpected costs of repairs are just ridiculous.
Jons Joy
Jons Joy Prije 11 sati
If it was mine ... I would be like .... 🤔 it will buff out 🤞
greggv8 Prije 11 sati
Hello, fellow Idahoan. :) Those are some pretty poor wheels being unable to take a whack like that. At the least they should bend instead of cracking. For the $ you spent you probably could have bought a set of custom wheels in the smallest diameter that will fit the car, and tires to go on them. *checks prices* Discount Tire (has stores in Illinois) has 18" wheels for Tesla Model 3 as low as $120 each. Tires that size as low as $205 each. $1,300 for a full set of new, more pothole resistant, 18" wheels and tires, and your Model 3 would no longer look exactly like every other red Model 3 with 19" wheels. Something do do just for fun. Look up photos of the dash in a 1948 and 1949 Hudson and compare to the Tesla 3 dash. Both have all the instruments and controls in the middle. Both have a long sweeping curve across the width. Both have fake woodgrain (unless the performance model 3 doesn't). Tesla has silver trim across, Hudson has chrome. All the same thematic elements.
Shazam Prije 11 sati
Pretty shitty rim to brake at 700usd...I expected to be forged or something :)
Steven Porter
Steven Porter Prije 11 sati
A friend of mine hit a deep pothole in his GTI, causing the car to bottom out and it cracked his oil pan. He also tried to contact the State to help with the repair but had no luck. Hopefully you'll get some reimbursement!
erg0centric Prije 11 sati
No, I don't have a pothole story. But then, I stay away from low profile tires and the dumbest place you could see them would be on a pickup truck. Unfortunately I did buy a car with low profile tires, and the tire wore out in half the distance any other tires have taken me.
xkguy Prije 12 sati
Illinois still has enough money to maintain their highways?
GTS Commander
GTS Commander Prije 12 sati
FYI: for anyone that drives in Illinois. Damage claims occurring on any highway under state jurisdiction, can be submitted to IDOT. For more information, you should contact the specific city, township, or county with jurisdiction, or for Chicago area Tollways, please contact the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority at (630) 241-6800 ext. 4288. If you have a picture of the pothole and all of your paperwork, file a damage claim with the State of Illinois for reimbursement for your repair cost! Good Luck!
John C.
John C. Prije 12 sati
Junk car