There are plenty of high-mileage Teslas on the road, but so far we’ve heard from few Model 3 owners who’ve passed the 100,000-mile mark. Kazi Imam is one driver who’s passed that milestone, and he recently told his story to Electrek.
Imam logged 100,000 miles on his 2018 Model 3 Long Range in just over two years, and has been quite impressed with the total cost of ownership. “I was astonished at the low cost of maintenance and service for the car,” he said. “The total cost of electricity was $2,985 [3 cents per mile]. Total maintenance and service cost was $1,741, so the total cost of ownership was $4,732.”
The lion’s share of that maintenance cost was for a new set of tires, which Imam bought after 45,000 miles at a cost of $1,200 (yes, these were presumably high-end tires—other Tesla owners have reported finding tires of the proper size for as low as $600 a set). He also paid to replace the air filter and wiper blades, and to have a wheel alignment and brake bleed done. Tesla has fixed several minor problems under warranty.
What about battery capacity loss? This remains is a common question for some potential EV buyers. “The battery degradation appears to be minimal, as I currently get 305 [miles of range] at 100%, but it does fluctuate from time to time,” Imam told Electrek’s Fred Lambert, who calculated that that represents a loss of roughly 5% after two years and 100,000 miles.