Hitting A Pothole In A Tesla Cost $2600

  • Published: 10 July 2019
  • 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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  • Engineering Explained
    Engineering Explained   3 months back

    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: https://ts.la/jason66047

    • bendadestroyer
      bendadestroyer  1 months back

      Born and raised in Lincoln Nebraska. I know everything there is to know about potholes.

    • chad jaeckel
      chad jaeckel  2 months back

      @Michael Rivera What no replies?

    • Gary Crowell
      Gary Crowell  2 months back

      Harrison gets pretty chewed up after a few winters.

    • Crypto Rainmaker
      Crypto Rainmaker  2 months back

      You could have a machine shop re-weld the rim on both the inside and out. Otherwise, you could sell the rim pair on ebay or another platform stating the item is as-is with no warranty. I'm sure someone with the right skill set could repair it and re-sell!

    • Jay Pase
      Jay Pase  2 months back

      I own the identical car as you so this video has made me seriously thinking about selling my 20" OEM rims. I already have a 19" set of Braelin BR10 alloys with winter performance rubber on them since I live in Ontario, Canada

  • HighHoe Kermit
    HighHoe Kermit  3 hours back

    $280 for wheel alignment??!! Just wow.

    • Ryan Beymer
      Ryan Beymer  8 hours back

      "We have nice roads in Idaho" = False

      • J. Milb Agency
        J. Milb Agency  1 days back

        I hit a pot hole tonight , one a knew about and avoid on a daily basis only this time someone distracted me and I hit it. I can not see any visible damage to my wheels on the passenger side however it was one heck of a jolt through the cabin and I am not yet sure if damage occurred... is it worth bringing in if I cant see any damage to the wheels? The tires did not lose any PSI  and there is no sidewall bubbling.. I know your not an expert however after your experience you probably know more than I do.. Also, as an insurance agent, this would be covered as a collision claim , so hopefully you got some money back from that avenue minus your deductible

        • Matthew Dylla
          Matthew Dylla  1 days back

          Honestly I would defer to your judgement on almost anything but...why don't you get aftermarket wheels and tires?

          • KinDzaDza123123
            KinDzaDza123123  2 days back

            10:00 - the only traffic except teslas is police?

            • Gypsy Collabo
              Gypsy Collabo  3 days back

              Bought a Raptor because the roads are so bad in IL. Surprised the state didn’t charge YOU for hitting the pothole.

              • ZenBeeYT
                ZenBeeYT  4 days back

                $280 for alignment? What kind of alignment is that? In my country, It could cost me for around $8-10 on a very good service center. Plus you can have a free coffee while waiting. :)

                • RubCuber
                  RubCuber  4 days back

                  It's not because of low profile tires, it's because of crappy low profile rims lol

                  • GhostOfAMachine
                    GhostOfAMachine  4 days back

                    I always disliked low profile tires for a reason that they make the ride rough on top of vulnurable to potholes. I rather keep the 14" wheels on my truck

                    • Zhi Han Lee
                      Zhi Han Lee  5 days back

                      We've come a long way from when the Corolla had 175/70/13 tyres (whose wheel rims also needed only 4 instead of 5 nuts)

                      • miguel silva
                        miguel silva  5 days back

                        *laughs in 90s high profile tires and 1000kg cars*

                        • Mille Pun
                          Mille Pun  5 days back

                          Nice chrome delete, is it vinyl?

                          • Macks Power
                            Macks Power  5 days back

                            So no option for smaller wheels, what about steel? You could straighten it out.

                            • Cliff H
                              Cliff H  6 days back

                              better idea save money buy the smaller wheels and tires.... haha thinking the state will pay to fix the car lol dream world. lol

                              • Stephen Powdexter
                                Stephen Powdexter  7 days back

                                Negligence of Illinois: they should at least have posted a warning ⚠️ sign or road painting of some type.

                                • Carl Willows
                                  Carl Willows  7 days back

                                  Worth a view and a like

                                  • Glen Declerck
                                    Glen Declerck  1 weeks back

                                    Clearly you haven’t hit the road in Belgium yet.😂

                                    • Alierr Trillo
                                      Alierr Trillo  1 weeks back

                                      Have you considered stop being an ass wipe?

                                      • Raghunandan Reddy C
                                        Raghunandan Reddy C  1 weeks back

                                        I really don't understand why people/ companies use such low profile tires.

                                        • Tistou Blomberg
                                          Tistou Blomberg  1 weeks back

                                          9:19 "I'm not sure where I'm going with this" You got my like!

                                          • Kerig Pope
                                            Kerig Pope  1 weeks back

                                            I think the pothole is on our state flag. 😒

                                            • Kerig Pope
                                              Kerig Pope  1 weeks back

                                              I LOLed when you said you called IDOT for compensation...and I'm sure they did too!
                                              Welcome to Illinois, land of the pothole! (they're our only landscape feature) 😁
                                              I once saw the back end of a minivan sticking out of the road...it had fallen into a sewer sinkhole in downtown Chicago. Now THAT'S a proper midwest pothole! 😂😂😂

                                              • Pak Yin Siu
                                                Pak Yin Siu  1 weeks back

                                                Well, you have "got $100,000 underneath the hood of" your S2000. Why do you care about the $2,600? lolll

                                                • Andrew Valentin
                                                  Andrew Valentin  1 weeks back

                                                  2 hours of labor to change 2 tires

                                                  • Its—Me Anthony
                                                    Its—Me Anthony  1 weeks back

                                                    Me: Ugh R.P.P “Rich People Problems”

                                                    • Justin Bailey
                                                      Justin Bailey  2 weeks back

                                                      the worst mistake you made was buying a tesla, lmfao

                                                      • Daniel Nichols
                                                        Daniel Nichols  2 weeks back

                                                        Nascar has been using 12 inch disc for decades; you don't need these giant wheels for performance. If you go to an amateur road course event ppl are running 16s 17s and 18s for the reasons EE just talked about (plus it's cheaper!) . Most cars have more than enough braking power than they will ever need. These low profile tires really don't look that good anyway. And clearly it does cost you in the end.

                                                        • Tofuu YAYA
                                                          Tofuu YAYA  2 weeks back

                                                          at that price you can get a 18 inch flow formed wheels and tire set and you'll be set, lighter wheels, tougher wheels, meatier tires, less unsprung weight.

                                                          • furtif massacre
                                                            furtif massacre  2 weeks back

                                                            I can't even afford a gallon of water

                                                            • Mohamed Abdinur
                                                              Mohamed Abdinur  2 weeks back

                                                              The rim looks like they used poor material with it's cracking and graining. I'm not a materials engineer but it would be nice if you got a materials expert to look at that rim ... they could be faulty with impurities; better to get Tesla to pay for it in that case.

                                                              • Edwin Au Yeung
                                                                Edwin Au Yeung  2 weeks back

                                                                Hey have you considered not hitting a pot hole? lol

                                                                • Fanta
                                                                  Fanta  2 weeks back

                                                                  Hey Jason....... oh nevermind

                                                                  • Witgang Younotube
                                                                    Witgang Younotube  3 weeks back

                                                                    280 $ for an alignment?!?!?! what a scam!! where i live the tire change came free with the 4 tires i bought and the wheel alignment costed me only 30$ , you could say it must be more complicated in other cars but certainly not 10 times more complicated.

                                                                    • consolemaster
                                                                      consolemaster  3 weeks back

                                                                      Dam. Alignment on them is $280!!!! Geeze. I'm so concerned.

                                                                      • sprafa71
                                                                        sprafa71  3 weeks back

                                                                        Now i know i cant get a tesla in my city. . . . or country, as my city has arround 4-6 potholes per km, my car is old and can handle it, my dream was to get a tesla but.... knowing this, ill have to change tires every few months

                                                                        • VVV
                                                                          VVV  3 weeks back

                                                                          That's my 1 year salary

                                                                          • Blue Shurburt
                                                                            Blue Shurburt  3 weeks back

                                                                            This dude just needs to learn how to drive

                                                                            • Alan Essex
                                                                              Alan Essex  3 weeks back

                                                                              Hey Jason, have you tried not hitting a pothole? Just kidding and I know I'm 10th million person to do that but could not resist.

                                                                              • Anthony Cook
                                                                                Anthony Cook  3 weeks back

                                                                                Could the wheels be a less squishy alloy compound?

                                                                                • johnboylong40
                                                                                  johnboylong40  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Every episode I feel better and better about my normal car.

                                                                                  • HadesOmega Moto
                                                                                    HadesOmega Moto  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Dang don't drive that in Oakland, California. Such expensive tires you'd think they would come with a road hazard warranty. I have a folding chair just like your BTW =)

                                                                                    • LordShargaas
                                                                                      LordShargaas  3 weeks back

                                                                                      As a guy with a compact car fitted with 19" wheels, I agree. They feel great on track, but for daily driving I would switch back to 17" if I could.

                                                                                      • Gabriel Collazo
                                                                                        Gabriel Collazo  4 weeks back

                                                                                        Calling a model 3 an expensive car is priceless 😂😂

                                                                                        • beanwithbacon
                                                                                          beanwithbacon  4 weeks back

                                                                                          "We have nice roads in Idaho." Uhhh I live in Utah and have driven all over Idaho, Washington, Utah, and Oregon. I'm going to disagree with that statement.

                                                                                          • beanwithbacon
                                                                                            beanwithbacon  4 weeks back

                                                                                            The infrastructure in this country is a joke. Third World tier. Europe has bad weather, too. The roads there are very nice.

                                                                                            • Aaron Schwarz
                                                                                              Aaron Schwarz  4 weeks back

                                                                                              The reason for the large wheels & thin tires "aesthetics" also known for drawing in vain narcissistic pricks who prefer the look over the function *women, vehicles, etc* / lots of drawbacks & few advantages // sounds more like the BMW community or people who buy shitbox modern non AMG Mercedes Benz vehicles (Thanks John Cadogan for the inside info)

                                                                                              That wheel should not cost that much, nor should the tire / someones marking up those prices like jewelry, inkjet cartridges, perfume & cologne, other overpriced nonsense that's more about vanity & less about function or performance //

                                                                                              • Brian Castillo
                                                                                                Brian Castillo  4 weeks back

                                                                                                Take it to mexico it would be 2 times cheaper than that