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The True Cost of a Tesla Model 3 After 20,000 Miles

What is the true cost of owning a Tesla Model 3 after 20,000 miles? One owner shares his experience with any problems he encountered, along with what charging costs were and how he felt about the car overall.


The True Cost of a Tesla Model 3 After 20,000 Miles

We have a Tesla Model 3 that has been owned for a year and driven 20,000 miles. What was one persons experience and owners review of this Tesla Model 3. How much did it cost and what was the experience like with the car?

The car is a June, 2021 car, and it was made in Giga Shanghai. It is a long range Model 3. It has the 19 inch wheels and a white interior, with a tow bar. There is typically not a tow bar with a Model 3. The total price new was 53,490 British pounds. Today that would be 61,200 British pounds.

It has a 75 kWh battery pack. This seems to be the standard for the long range Model 3 vehicles. PPF was put on the car - paint protection film. This has helped the front of the car largely be free of any stone chips. On a sunny day the PPF will self heal on the car. It's expensive to get PPF, but worth it if you want to protect your car (about 2,000 British pounds). The entire car was covered with the PPF.

The tires on the Model 3 are still the original tires. There hasn't been any repairs needed, but they have been rotated. If you rotate the tires, you will get 20,000 to 25,000 miles for the tires. This is the 19 inch wheels. All that is needed is topping off the washer fluid by opening the frunk.

Has Anything Gone Wrong?

Nothing has gone wrong since they got it new about 20,000 miles ago. If anyone criticizes Tesla for build quality, that is unfounded. There is problems with Tesla vehicles, but they are rare. The China made car is of very high quality.

The front area with the wide screen and seats is still in very good condition. The drivers seat doesn't have anything going wrong with it. The back of the car has a trunk and it took a few presses of the button to get the trunk to go down. There was a little bit of scratching around the Tesla, probably from people opening the trunk.

There is a tow bar for this vehicle and getting it put on is a difficult task. There is a new "matrix" style headlight, which can do various light displays, but this car doesn't have that. The high beam function is a little slow to react and doesn't turn it on or off fast enough. The head lights are OK, but not as good as they could be.

As for the ride quality, it's a little bit hard and fidgety and would be nice if it would be just a slightly nice ride for the non performance cars. Some other cars are a little bit better. It would also be nice to have a memory function for the passenger side or the ability to adjust the passenger seat from the drivers seat.

It would also be nice to have a message that there is a phone left in the car. The glass roof is great, but it doesn't have heat reflective glass. On a hot sunny day, you will feel the heat coming through the glass roof on the top of your head and body.

What Else Is There?

The back seats have a flat floor and there is room to sit down even with the front seats all the way back. There is a dog mode on the car that lets you keep your dog in the car and the temperature will adjust to keep the dog cooled down with a message on the screen showing the dog is being taken care of.

You can simply open the car by getting near it with your phone. The car will also lock itself when you leave it. The two phone holders and chargers are very convenient as well. There is a big center storage console in the front middle of the car.

Navigation with the car is easy with the ability to plan trips with Tesla supercharger. This is leaps above anything available today. The visibility of the front view while driving is very open, tall, and wide. The steering is super sharp, very response, and quick.

Charging costs were documented - 39 times while the car charged over a year. The total amount of energy taken was 1,332 kWh. The cost of that is just under 470 British pounds. Average charging done was about 50% of the battery of the car - 34 kWh. 3.5 times a month was the number of times charging was done. Office charging was 650 British pounds and was done the most.

What do you think of this owner's experience with his Model 3? Would you get a Tesla Model 3 long range?

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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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Gary Tate (not verified)    June 24, 2022 - 7:55PM

Have owned a 2017 S for 5 years. Maintenance consisted of tire rotation, changing cabin filter, new set of tires at 36K.
Charge at home about 95% of time. Have free supercharging.
Quite happy.

Chuck (not verified)    June 26, 2022 - 12:54PM

In reply to by Gary Tate (not verified)

Gary, no such thing as free home charging. You had to purchase the home charging system and you have to pay your electric bill. If you have a home solar system, like my son, who says it provides free home charging, that’s also not true. Who paid for the solar system. There is no such thing as free.

D. L. (not verified)    June 28, 2022 - 7:19AM

In reply to by Chuck (not verified)

For some Tesla vehicles supercharging is free. I have it and met others with it. Early purchasers of the cars and some others by taking advantage of promotions.
So no, in this case free does exists...

William L (not verified)    June 30, 2022 - 1:39PM

In reply to by Chuck (not verified)

Chuck, you're confused. He said he charged at home 95% of the time, AND had free Supercharging. He did not say he had free Supercharging at home. Early Teslas were offered with free Supercharging at Tesla Supercharging stations.