I was just randomly on Facebook, when I noticed one of the Tesla Owners posted a picture (above) that showed that Tesla now offers Trial Periods for Autopilot for owners that have the hardware, but have not paid for the software. This may seem like something small, however it’s huge. Traditional cars wouldn’t have this capability as you’d either have to drive the car in to the dealership to get the update flashed onto your car, or they don’t usually include hardware if you haven’t paid for it. This is such a clever way for Tesla to Upsell customers after the fact if they opted out, and creates easy revenue. It also reduces the amount of hardware configurations by having all cars standard with the hardware. This makes it much easier for customers to change their mind down the road. Every day there is something new that wows me about Tesla, and today this is it.
One of the biggest annoyances of owning a Tesla Model S is the lighting in the Trunk and Frunk. Luckily Abstract Ocean has stepped in to help with their Ultra-Bright LED Interior Kit that replaces the stock LEDs. I got the 13 part kit that replaces the Frunk, Trunk, Footwell, Door undersides, and Glove Box. I’ve replaced all except the Glove Box and Door undersides as I need a mat to lay on, and the Glove Box one is hard to remove. I’ll do those later, but the most important ones (Trunk & Frunk) make a world of a difference. See my YouTube video and Pictures below for before and after comparisons.
So I have had my first Tesla Service experience and I can say it was fantastic. I live within 16 KM (10 Miles) of the service center/store so I qualify for the pick up and drop off option. They came to pick up my car, and drop off a loaner until they fixed the issues with my car. I had minor issues of the sun roof leaking due to the seal not being tight (a frequent issue issue for summer 2015 cars according to the forums and the service center), Sun roof not opening on the first try, and some glue on the seal of the Frunk.
Michael showed up on time before work, had some paperwork for me to sign, gave me a P85+ and took my car. I thought it would be a few days until they fixed the car, but it was literally the same day after work that the work was completed. They offered to come drop off my car, but I wanted to drive the P85+ a little bit longer (I actually prefer my 70D over the P85+ though). So I just dropped off the loaner after work and that was that. I couldn’t be happier with the level of awesome service the employees at Tesla provide. Then the service manager walked me through what was done, so I have an understanding of what was found to be faulty, what they fixed, and how they fixed it. They removed the excess glue, they put lubricant on the sunroof tracks, and they sealed the sunroof leaks.
All of this was covered under Tesla’s can’t be beaten 8 year unlimited mileage drivetrain and 80,000km everything else warranty. Not a dime was paid.