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johnsnownw

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Delivery date on the Model 3?

The only information available was 6-10 weeks, at the time of purchase.

You know, what IS the maintenance interval for a Model 3?

Good question, I have no idea. There really isn't one for the Model X, they recommend a yearly inspection...but there is no required maintenance interval, per se.
 

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Looked it up, tire rotation, alignment, wiper blades.
Also break fluid flush at 25k (that's odd) and battery coolant replacement every 100,000 miles
Besides that.... nothing.
That's very encouraging...my SOLO will be the poor man's Tesla (almost bought my neighbor's Porsche 914). except for the alignment and NO battery coolant replacement, I can do all the maintenance myself minus 1 less tire to rotate.
 

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Why rotate the tires? Don't they do that when you drive?

Kidding. Though, I don't rotate tires if they wear evenly. I mean, if they are wearing the same (and they do on my truck), what's the point? If they don't wear the same, I understand rotating them.
 

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Why rotate the tires? Don't they do that when you drive?

Kidding. Though, I don't rotate tires if they wear evenly. I mean, if they are wearing the same (and they do on my truck), what's the point? If they don't wear the same, I understand rotating them.
You're kidding right? Front wheel drive tires will tend to wear faster because they're getting all the force/power and friction to move the vehicle, the same effect applies to rear wheel drive tires, even if you're the guy that moves his car from stop to go at 1 mph (with drivers behind you getting all pissed off). :D Now if you have permanent all-wheel-drive car and they're balanced perfectly (50/50 weight distribution - I've never seen this on a truck), then maybe I can agree with you.
 

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You're kidding right? Front wheel drive tires will tend to wear faster because they're getting all the force/power and friction to move the vehicle, the same effect applies to rear wheel drive tires, even if you're the guy that moves his car from stop to go at 1 mph (with drivers behind you getting all pissed off). :D Now if you have permanent all-wheel-drive car and they're balanced perfectly (50/50 weight distribution - I've never seen this on a truck), then maybe I can agree with you.
I can tell you that I haven't had wear issues since I sold the '60 Falcon back in 2010. This includes a Prius, Explorer, F-350, and a Toyota Yaris. I've never had tires wear out uneven from front to rear. Well, my '65 Mustang went through rear tires at a MUCH higher rate than the front but that car didn't like cornering so the fronts were left alone mostly. I'm no simpering Lily with my truck either. I probably corner harder with it than most people do with their little sports cars. I'm often following those little WRXs or Challengers wondering "Is he carrying a full bucket of chilli he doesn't want to spill?"

Anyway, I'm not against rotating tires that wear unevenly. I ALSO believe dealerships/manufacturers have a highly vested interest in getting you to visit the dealership often between purchases - especially happy visits like oil changes and tire rotations and such - in order to influence your next purchase. Convincing people to rotate tires unnecessarily (again, when they wear evenly, why rotate them?) is kind of a rip off... sort of like convincing people bad at math that getting nitrogen is a good deal. (Hint: Air is already 78% nitrogen)
 

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I can tell you that I haven't had wear issues since I sold the '60 Falcon back in 2010. This includes a Prius, Explorer, F-350, and a Toyota Yaris. I've never had tires wear out uneven from front to rear. Well, my '65 Mustang went through rear tires at a MUCH higher rate than the front but that car didn't like cornering so the fronts were left alone mostly. I'm no simpering Lily with my truck either. I probably corner harder with it than most people do with their little sports cars. I'm often following those little WRXs or Challengers wondering "Is he carrying a full bucket of chilli he doesn't want to spill?"

Anyway, I'm not against rotating tires that wear unevenly. I ALSO believe dealerships/manufacturers have a highly vested interest in getting you to visit the dealership often between purchases - especially happy visits like oil changes and tire rotations and such - in order to influence your next purchase. Convincing people to rotate tires unnecessarily (again, when they wear evenly, why rotate them?) is kind of a rip off... sort of like convincing people bad at math that getting nitrogen is a good deal. (Hint: Air is already 78% nitrogen)
I see your point Ty. That's why I do all my oil/filter changes and routine maintenance including tire rotations which are very easy to do. I'm just barely explaining the physics of it that however minute, that torque applied to drive wheels (front or back) will rub more and will wear more overtime.
 

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I see your point Ty. That's why I do all my oil/filter changes and routine maintenance including tire rotations which are very easy to do. I'm just barely explaining the physics of it that however minute, that torque applied to drive wheels (front or back) will rub more and will wear more overtime.
Agreed. I'm sure they have on my vehicles, too. It wasn't enough to be noticeable in my cases though. When I do my oil changes (15 quarts of "take it up the shorts" every 7,500 miles...), I go around the vehicle and check all the tires.

As a general reminder to everyone - this is the time of year you really need to check your air pressure. Every single car/truck/trailer/motorcycle/wheelbarrow/etc. was down between 5%-20%. When the air gets colder, it contracts.
 
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