Tesla Model 3 Maiden Voyage – 200,000 mi

If you can believe it, I reached 200,000 mi! I’ve been off the road for a bit which slowed my speed and it ending up taking just under 4 years of ownership to reach the milestone. I’ve gone over most of my basic thoughts about the car in both my 100,000 and 150,000 mi updates so today we will focus on just a couple things: maintenance, battery degradation, winter performance and then a couple of final thoughts.

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Luckily, I can almost do a direct copy and paste from my 150K mi update. I’ve had a few non self inflicted incidents since then which was getting my charge door replaced a new 12v battery, a new drivers side  window switch, a drivers side seat harness replacement, a rear fog light replaced and a trunk wire harness replaced. Continue reading “Tesla Model 3 Maiden Voyage – 200,000 mi”

Tesla Model 3 Maiden Voyage – 150,000 Miles

150,000 miles! I made it!

Although I would have like to have reached this much earlier this year, due to Covid, I haven’t been on the road quite as much as I’d like to be. Living on the road is hard right now! But, I’m still driving as much as I can so let’s talk about how the car is doing! And just as a reminder, my M3 is a 2018 LRRWD, vin just under 12k.


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Tesla Model 3 Maiden Voyage – The end of the road?

After a long hiatus at my cabin over the winter/spring working on a book about my travels I finally hit the road again for a cross country trip across the north through Montana and Washington down the west coast to Los Angeles and then across the country up to Maine. Unfortunately, on my way into LA Sunday night I was rear ended by an aggressive driver, spinning me out into another car and the model 3 is severely damaged.
Is this the end of the road? The insurance company is warning me that there is a good chance that it will be totaled. I’m going to push for a repair even if some is of it is out of pocket but that may not be feasible with the frame damage. It’s getting towed to a shop right now for an analysis and I’ll keep you all updated on how everything turns out!

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