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100,000 Miles Driven in a Tesla Model 3 - What Happened?

We have a video from an owner of a Tesla Model 3 who drove 100,000 miles. What happened to the car after this?


100,000 Miles in a Tesla Model 3

A Tesla Model 3 owner, Brandon Havard, drove his Model 3 100,000 miles. He's owned the car for about 3 years now. He decided to do a full review of the car after driving this much.

There are four parts: battery, build, performance, and the final conclusion. When starting with the battery, he commonly gets asked what his range is like and how he charges it. The way you charge it is using the reliable Tesla Super Charger network.

Tesla is very good at keeping all of their chargers up and running. You have software from Tesla that also pre conditions your battery while driving to a Super Charger to make it faster for you. Electrify America chargers are often broken and not reliable.

There are two chargers from Tesla: v2 and v3. v2 is 150 kW max and v3 is 250 kW max. Both are fast, but a v3 will charge you faster. On long trips, Brandon hits a Super Charger for 15 to 20 minutes. There are also destination chargers that let you charge over night. It's a nice to wake up to a full charge, but you don't have to do that. You can only use super charging and be just fine.

Estimated mileage is how Tesla displays your mileage and is dependent on your driving habits. 272 miles was Brandon's range at 90%. His range then went to 260 miles 2 to 3 weeks later. Now it is 230 to 245 miles at a 90% rate of charge.

Brandon sees it as how much he was able to travel year to year and he hasn't seen much change there. You will experience a change in mileage with extreme climates - hotter and colder, but with more of an affect in cold weather. That will affect your range a lot. Brandon recommends using the seat heaters for warmth.

Next was the build of the car. The first thing to know is that the dash and the AC vent. They are nice and look great. He feels like it just sprays air at you without directing it very well. He sees it as looking nice but not as functional.

He likes the build and usage of it. He has a trunk leak that Tesla hasn't fixed for him yet. Those are the only quality control issues. He did get the car at the peak ramp of Model 3 production difficulty. The modern Model 3 vehicles are much better and almost different cars.

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How Much Further Can the Car Go?

Brandon liked the performance of the vehicle and it drives really well. His 3 year old car gets software updates making it up to date with the entire Tesla fleet.

His ultimate conclusion after 100,000 miles is that it doesn't feel like a 3 year old car. Today, things are different 3 years ago. There are contenders with other EVs, however they don't match up to Tesla in all the areas that matter.

He would drive this car another 3 years if he could, but he doesn't want to do any more fixing to it. Average buyers are starting to get more access to EVs as costs come down.

How much further could this car go? Probably another 100,000 miles at least. There would probably be more range loss over that time, but not as significant.

There is definitely going to be some range loss after 3 years even though Brandon says the battery displays a total range adapted to your driving style. He didn't see a noticeable change in degradation.

If you want to know the true capacity of your battery, simply look at the kW added to your car along with the total percentage.

What do you think of this 100,000 Model 3 review?

For more information, see this video from Brandon Havard:

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.

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