Hitting A Pothole In A Tesla Cost Tesla Model 3 in-depth review 1 day ago   12:25

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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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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!
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I am Chappy
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
I just want to see this damn pothole now.
Street Legends RD
In the Dominican Republic you can repair that for under 50usd$
David Wright
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
Why is an alignment so expensive?
Spencer Grilli
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
I'll keep my 215/60R16s on my 300k Volvo that has exhibited the reliablility of an anvil. In Michigan.
That's literally all his fuel savings gone.
Kurt Muroki
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?
$280 for one alignment is about 3 or 4 times a normal alignment charge. Did they have to adjust anything besides the toe?
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
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
Why did they make you pay for tires it did not damage the tires totally got taken
Mark G
You got ripped off just done aftermarket rims and be done for way cheaper.
Rafal Oberc
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
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
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
kinda sounds like mark rober
802 Garage
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!
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