Earlier this year, we contacted several owners with high mileage Model 3 vehicles, and they were still very impressed with their cars, but now another Tesla owner pushed his Model 3 even further.
Here is what the first Tesla owner to travel 100,000 miles in his Model 3 has to say about the electric car.
Arthur Driessen reserved a Model 3 March 31, 2016 – the first day Tesla opened reservations.
Two years later to the day he took delivery of his Model 3 Long Range.
During the first 6 months of ownership, Driessen went on a couple of car trips and racked up 20,000 miles on the electric vehicle.
It's more than most people, but it's actually nothing compared to what he did last year.
Driessen, based in Los Angeles, accelerated the journey, and he has recently surpassed 1
He has driven the car across North America, and he has documented his experience on Twitter and his blog.
Electrek interviewed him to get an idea of his overall experience with the car and how it has stayed after so much mileage.
First, what everyone wants to know: what kind of repair and maintenance did he have to do during the 100,000 miles?
It turns out that the car lasted extremely well and the only repairs that had to be done were related to Driessen "beating the car to death" in his own concession.
“For maintenance and repairs, this is my favorite part. If I didn't hit the car, all I had to do was tire. I'm averaging 25,000 miles per set when properly rotated. "
When it comes to the repairs due to the" blows, "there's nothing too crazy.
Driessen told Electrek about the repairs:
" Other than tires, I drove the car through a valley stream and had to replace a control arm afterwards. I was also out on the Bonneville Salt Flats when the winds were running high. They narrowed my door to the extreme and crushed a piece inside the hinge. "
He said it ended up costing less than $ 500 to replace those parts.
Another popular question for longtime Tesla owners, or in Driessen's case, a Tesla owner who managed to put a lot of mileage on his car in no time, is "how does the battery hold up?"
He said he now gets a maximum range of 302-308 miles, which is equivalent to a 2.5% loss on his original 310 miles with ranged range when he purchased the vehicle.
However, Tesla released a software update to increase the range of the Model 3 Long Range to 325 miles earlier this year, it did not affect all vehicles in the same way.
Driessen's Model 3 battery pack seems to hold up very well, and it is particularly impressive considering that he has charged it exclusively through Supercharging.
Much of his mileage is made on car trips, which allows Tesla's Supercharger network to live in a Los Angeles apartment without a home charging solution.
While it has been known that DC speed driving is not ideal for battery health, we have not seen many real-world examples and Driessen's Model 3 is certainly not one of them.
Although he has some very good charging habits:
“I have only gone below 10% (charge mode) two handful times. I have never left my car connected for longer than it has charged. If it's a supercharger close enough, I won't charge over 60%. I hit the road immediately, so the car never sits with a high percentage of charge in it. "
Speaking of Supercharging, despite having to pay for it like most Model 3 owners, he thinks he saved a lot of money in gas.
He broke down in a message to Electrek:
"Compared to a citizen, which is what I drove before, in my base in Los Angeles where gas is always high, I saved about $ 7,000 just on gasoline. that would be another thousand or more, using an average of 30 mg and $ 3.75 per gallon as well as $ 50 per oil change. "
Overall, Driessen says the vehicle holds" incredible "and it's fair to say it comes from Someone who probably has the most experience behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3.
CEO Elon Musk has recently set some ambitious goals when it comes to the reliability of Tesla's vehicles.
Musk said they built the Model 3 to last so long as a commercial truck, one million miles, and the battery modules would last between 300,000 miles and 500,000 miles.
He also added that Tesla is working on a new battery that lasts 1 million miles and it could come out as soon as next year  We report announced earlier this year about Tesla's plan for a larger new R&D laboratory and vehicle testing facility to improve reliability.
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