Hitting A Pothole In A Tesla Cost $2600


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 ExplainedÅr siden

    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: ts.la/jason66047

  • SoulsBorne Geralt

    SoulsBorne Geralt

    Måned siden

    There's another way to improve stearing response of a high profile tyre... I pump up my 185 70 r14's to 43-47 PSI and you get the stearing response of a low profile, lighter stearing, while at the same time increasing resistance against pothole damage, increased load capacity, faster acceleration, better wet grip (hydroplaning) and better milage(hyper-miling)... Only downside being slightly lesser braking performance

  • James Hoffman

    James Hoffman

    9 måneder siden

    Thanks for highlighting the issue of low aspect ratio tire hazards. I wonder if the new Induction and Uberturbine wheels for Model Ys, particularly the latter, were influenced by your experience. These designs move the transitions between spokes and rim out to the rim's outside lip, avoiding the cantilevered rim lips of your factory Model 3 wheels that failed.



    9 måneder siden

    Engineering Explained Tesla quality list includes 1.... nothing here’s what wrong -1. Bad rims -2. Panel gaps -3. Too heavy can’t handle weight That’s just a few

  • A koala that has internet

    A koala that has internet

    10 måneder siden


  • Coming Soon

    Coming Soon

    11 måneder siden

    Get run flat tires they will provide more protection for those shity wheels

  • Rickard Boberg
    Rickard Boberg7 dager siden

    Dang.... US really is a third world country.

  • Carl Downey
    Carl Downey16 dager siden

    So funny you can ask the state to pay for damages. I remember when I was younger my mum complained about a pothole out the front of our house. The state fixed it and in the process covered my mums car in tar. She complained and there response was, 'do you want a pothole or tar on your car?' Go Australia..

  • Mike Penske
    Mike Penske20 dager siden

    Not the pothole that caused this failure, but rather improper planning on the occurrence of road hazards. I learned, years ago, public road vehicles should be equipped to handle politically regulated infrastructure.

  • Peter Horak
    Peter Horak24 dager siden

    I killed 3 new low profile tires on Chicago potholes during just one year. My next car will have to be compatible with Chicago roads. Something like Jeep or Hummer I think.

  • 777anarchist
    777anarchistMåned siden

    You live in the Midwest but you don't drive Subaru. What's wrong with you?

  • T Baker
    T BakerMåned siden

    I hit a curb and created a slow leak in my right rear tire. The next day visited Discount Tire and found out that the tire was unrepairable. They had to order a new tire from California which took 3 days to arrive. The cost of the tire and service was appox.close to $400. I also added insurance on all the other tires which brought the bill to a little over $500. I live in Arizona and if I got a Tesla Ranger involved it would cost a dollar a mile coming and going (not warranted). I also decided to purchase a spare tire kit ($450) since I didn't want to be stranded in the desert or miles away from help. Beware, if you live a distance from a service center the Ranger travel could cost you if not under warranry.

  • cc cav
    cc cavMåned siden

    Apparently the car needs pothole sensors too. Just don't drive a car that nice here in Albuquerque....

  • Sahil S
    Sahil SMåned siden

    Potholes are a big reason I refuse to go above 18" wheels; just can't bring myself to be constantly on high alert. Can't always avoid them as in your situation

  • Vinit Suryawanshi
    Vinit SuryawanshiMåned siden

    Does it cover into warranty

  • Simon K
    Simon KMåned siden

    It is pretty strange to have a claim towards the state for a pothole.

  • No Name
    No NameMåned siden

    This is why I have no problem buying base model cars with steel alloy wheels and hubcaps

  • Craig0935
    Craig0935Måned siden

    Thank you for sharing your beta male thoughts

  • dojomania
    dojomaniaMåned siden

    I had practically the same problem. TESLA should not sell cars with this option. Or they should cover it on the warranty. I'm leasing so aftermarket isn't an option. I'm afraid I'll be faced with the same situation again before I return this car. Will def research this more next time.

  • Adithya Reddy
    Adithya Reddy2 måneder siden

    doesnt insurance cover it? here in india, we have something called 'comprehensisive' insurance which covers self inflicted damage to our vehicles, tires too. practically everyone opts for this kind and no, it doesn't really lead to as much fraud as one would think

  • David Czarnecki
    David Czarnecki2 måneder siden

    What you should have done is filed a claim with your insurance company, signing over your rights to the sue for the damages. Then the insurance company would have bundled your claim with all the others from the state and then demanded payment. The state would then settle the debt with the insurance company. No reason for you to try to fight state, let the insurance company's lawyers earn their paycheck.

  • bolsa de valores y mucho mas
    bolsa de valores y mucho mas2 måneder siden

    Why only left side wheels are curved shaped for the air dynamic and right side is inverse curve shape I think elan didn’t think about that check right side is the flat part of wheel receiving the air not the curb shape

    STREETRACEN4U2 måneder siden

    one time I hit a pothole so bad my dash cracked

  • Mikica Tumbleweed
    Mikica Tumbleweed2 måneder siden

    Tesla car is stupidity in general.

  • Nickola Trenchev
    Nickola Trenchev3 måneder siden

    well big rims = more physics problems

  • aycc-nbh72
    aycc-nbh723 måneder siden

    9:50 But what if you live in New Jersey and potholes are to be expected? Legally, it could be considered an “act of God”, but New Jersey is more prone to potholes and they may not be willing to hear your claim. It’s for this reason why there is ambiguity as to whether there is a higher standard for maintaining buildings to weather hurricanes in Florida and earthquakes in California.

  • Next Generation
    Next Generation3 måneder siden

    Now is this Tesla’s fault Me:yes You:no Oh

  • Brendan Leonard
    Brendan Leonard3 måneder siden

    It is designed in Cali probably. Not meant for the Midwest like Ohio where I live. lol

  • Brendan Leonard

    Brendan Leonard

    3 måneder siden

    And I wonder if it is okay to put steel wheels on a Tesla. Would they fit?

  • kickinbackinOC
    kickinbackinOC3 måneder siden

    Yes, the State can say they need to first receive legal "notice", in order to be responsible for the damages. But that's likely not the only way they could be culpable. In addition, the State certainly must have a regular schedule of highway inspections where deficiencies are noted. If they (1) Did not complete their scheduled inspection(s) on time, and/or (2) Noted the pothole, but did not fix it in a reasonable amount of time (couple of days seems typical) Say, they didn't fix it from their last report, or it's been noted for several weeks and still unrepaired, in these cases the State could be found negligent. You have nothing to lose, by asking Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for a copy of any such current and previous scheduled inspection reports, which may show the State had notice of the pot hole but did nothing. Maybe they'll tell you to pound sand, or maybe they'll realize it's public information and cough it up. You have nothing to lose by asking. IDOT (217) 782-7820 Edit- Dayum YT, reccomended me a video that's a year old! Sigh....

  • counterfit5
    counterfit53 måneder siden

    $280 for an alignment is near robbery

  • Bradley Pumba
    Bradley Pumba3 måneder siden

    Just a thought why not go aftermarket wheels so you can get bigger tires

  • deth
    deth3 måneder siden

    So best part of a grand to swap 2 wheels and do an alignment.... And took over 6 hours wtf?

  • Atarv Hegde
    Atarv Hegde3 måneder siden

    The tyre would be totalled in India. In India there are 20 potholes for every mile

  • Tre Greco
    Tre Greco3 måneder siden

    Drive a 21 year old supercharged Mercedes Benz with low profile tires. 2 years of pot hole hell, 4 inches deep sometimes. and this would never happen.. Hmmmm German quality or this crap. What a waste of money.

  • Jeremy Warren
    Jeremy Warren3 måneder siden

    I think can get a 2 piece forged 20 inch wheel for cheaper or the same price as 1 basic ass Tesla alloy lmao. Seems like Tesla charges out the ass for no reason

  • John Loberg
    John Loberg4 måneder siden

    Short takeaway after 12 min: Don’t buy a Tesla. Used to drive an Audi. Was it good quality and really fun to drive? Yes. But after it got some miles on it and had some surprisingly expensive repairs, I found myself in dread of “what’s going to happen next?” EVERYTHING was so much more expensive to repair, replace, maintain, etc. Now drive Acura and can direct my angst to other matters.

  • William White
    William White4 måneder siden

    Part of the reason for low profile stiff wall tires is less rolling resistance. And wheel breakage is why police car have steel wheels.

  • Robby Green
    Robby Green4 måneder siden

    Yeah because you have low profile tires now if they were high profiles like a bunch of tires that came stock on a lot of other vehicles you would probably hit a pothole and nothing would’ve happened

    ADMNZ4 måneder siden

    @My country, hitting pothole is a must

  • Harshith M
    Harshith M4 måneder siden

    Now i got to know why Tesla is not in india🤣😂🤣🤣

  • Christopher Lewis
    Christopher Lewis4 måneder siden

    I had the same issue last year on my bmw. 19 inch diamond cut alloys with brand new run flats. Hit a pothole, with a run flat with no give in the side wall at all. The energy went straight to the alloy and buckled it! It wasn't particularly deep either. Bmw wanted 850 pounds for a new alloy and tyre. This was with 19s! Hate to think what its like driving with 20s.

  • A J
    A J5 måneder siden

    Get extra wheels from junk yard if they got tesla wheels in stock

  • Prajwal R
    Prajwal R5 måneder siden

    In Nepal you would be broke changing tyres due to pothholes 😂😂

  • Michael Varney
    Michael Varney5 måneder siden

    Hitting BLM or ANTIFA would have lead to only 1 flat tire.

  • Anonymous Unknown
    Anonymous Unknown5 måneder siden

    Tesla labour is more expensive than escort per hour.

  • Subhojit Dey
    Subhojit Dey5 måneder siden

    lol americans complaining about potholes.. come to india someday

  • Inkognito
    Inkognito5 måneder siden

    Elon Musk selling his cars only with 20 inch rims. What a man.

  • Bruno Terlingen
    Bruno Terlingen5 måneder siden

    Jason, please get STEEL wheels, you can hammer them back into shape. Here in Oz, I would NEVER consider going in the bush - Outback - using alloy wheels.

    PAUL BATES5 måneder siden

    How did i know that you were in Illinois when you were talking about potholes in state highways

  • Wesley Clements
    Wesley Clements5 måneder siden

    Dude your smart make your own tire

  • Daniel Oppenlander
    Daniel Oppenlander5 måneder siden

    They should at least provide a better quality wheel with thicker and better aluminum or something.

  • Сергей Петров
    Сергей Петров5 måneder siden

    Black wheels have won. They look better and much color of the doors' handles.

  • Steve Foss
    Steve Foss5 måneder siden

    Cheap garbage wheels made out of trash??

  • Steve Foss
    Steve Foss5 måneder siden

    $380 labor to install two tires is Robbery!

  • Michael Fletcher
    Michael Fletcher5 måneder siden

    I can beat that. I hit a pothole in my model 3 and it bent the subframe! Mine was over $5K.

  • Jake Suthard
    Jake Suthard5 måneder siden

    Meanwhile I needed a whole new transfer case for my SUV and it was about 2.1k and that's marked up for same day part availability

  • Quintin Kruse
    Quintin Kruse5 måneder siden

    Elon has forgotten his roots....we have more potholes in South Africa

  • Shaggy
    Shaggy5 måneder siden

    Sucks man - I had the same issue in IL on my 5 series BMW which has low pro tires (35). Front and rear rims bent. Filed with IDOT and eventually got back to me after about 3 months. Asked for more proof and finally sent me a check for $150. I dont know how they came to that calculations... My repairs cost $2600. :)

  • Alejandro Pérez
    Alejandro Pérez5 måneder siden

    Aligment 380 dollars? lol...they charge you 60€ here in Spain

  • Alfred Zanini
    Alfred Zanini6 måneder siden

    175 per hour labour! Wow

  • TaRgEt0ZeRo
    TaRgEt0ZeRo6 måneder siden


  • SecretSalami48
    SecretSalami486 måneder siden

    Holy hell, 280 for an alignment? The shop I use for repairs charges 60 euros for that. Yeah I know that was a dealer but bruh.

  • FROY
    FROY6 måneder siden

    it's all fun and games til you realize you can't take your Tesla to your regular mechanic or anything remotely close to that, Tesla is the old iPhone of the car maeket, wait 7 years for Tesla to upgrade software and allow owners to do more with "thier product", kinda like the iPhone remember ? lol

  • Leo John
    Leo John6 måneder siden

    Wow an anti India car!

  • James A.
    James A.6 måneder siden

    How wide are the wheels/tires?

  • Fernando Rapetti
    Fernando Rapetti6 måneder siden

    "Engineering: so, for the weight of this vehicle, we recommend thicker tires" "Marketing: no way, dude! what sells cars nowadays are paper-thin tires, so we need them paper-thin"

  • Eichhoernchen
    Eichhoernchen6 måneder siden

    In Ukraine they Weld Aluminum wheels. Cheaper to send there and back 😅

  • Matt Brown
    Matt Brown6 måneder siden

    Is this type of damage not covered by your auto insurance? A $500 out of pocket and then the insurance covers the rest?

  • Brandon Henriquez
    Brandon Henriquez6 måneder siden

    Don’t you have insurance?

  • IsNoGoOd
    IsNoGoOd6 måneder siden

    You could slow down =)

  • Wolfgang Pelz
    Wolfgang Pelz6 måneder siden

    What size of tire is this exactly?

  • Wolfgang Pelz

    Wolfgang Pelz

    6 måneder siden

    Nevermind, I went back in the video when he shows the invoice: 235/35R20 So not so narrow, My old accord and my current civic both use(d) 205/55R16 (and most of my family's cars use 205 width) So to me, the Tesla has pretty wide tires in fact...

  • Talequah
    Talequah6 måneder siden

    4:45 yea so I live in Illinois too and I can attest the potholes here are car wreckers... :/

  • Raphaël Lëaphar
    Raphaël Lëaphar7 måneder siden

    people say, tesla is like apple but for cars, well i get it now, costly spare parts and can only fix in official shops...

  • Mileta Kojanovic
    Mileta Kojanovic7 måneder siden

    I have 65 mm 14" wheels on my audi 80, i have no pothole to fear lol, it has alot of cushion

  • BlackhawkPilot
    BlackhawkPilot7 måneder siden

    Have the wheels repaired so you have spares.

  • Birn Baum
    Birn Baum7 måneder siden

    They have much better streets in Iran. Because the state is responsible for road maintenance. Come on. No other industrial country has such crappy roads such as the car country USA.

  • Santosh Parmar
    Santosh Parmar7 måneder siden

    280 for an alignment

  • thewirah1
    thewirah17 måneder siden

    Bummer. So, you only replaced two tires?

  • Hermann Froh
    Hermann Froh7 måneder siden

    If there are such a kind of potholes and you know about them, why are you driving such a vehicle anyways? i had choosen balloon off-road tires, mounted to a spring leaf truck instead of this toy car. Oh yeah, and dont by aluminum rims. They are garbage. Buy steel rims.

  • Zayd Peer
    Zayd Peer7 måneder siden

    It’s $15 for an alignment in South Africa and that is on the top end of prices.

  • De Villiers du Plessis
    De Villiers du Plessis7 måneder siden

    Thats more then my cars worth

  • cross hunter
    cross hunter7 måneder siden

    Tesla hitting a pothole in usa - towing car to oficial service and spend a lot of money... Tesla, just ordinary day in russia, driver complains: i do not see road because of theese potholes, and all my wheels are broken!some folk answering: just use some duct tape, and continue driving, everyone do same way.

  • meep
    meep7 måneder siden

    Is this not what insurance is for?

  • Jonas Plett
    Jonas Plett7 måneder siden

    5:32 F1: “hold my beer”

  • Shaojie Shi
    Shaojie Shi7 måneder siden

    Hahah yes, drive in midwest hahahahh

  • umeng2002
    umeng20027 måneder siden

    750 per wheel is a bit BS. Why not file an insurance claim?

  • Wen Xie
    Wen Xie7 måneder siden

    Should have get forged wheels 😏

  • switching gears
    switching gears7 måneder siden

    In california, they have a website to do claims for damages caused by thier roads. it takes a while but you'll eventually get paid back. I really hope your state has something you can file claims at.

  • Ali Irtaza Bhatti
    Ali Irtaza Bhatti7 måneder siden

    So in summary not to buy Tesla right? Can't withstand a tiny bump 😛

  • Jeroen van den brink
    Jeroen van den brink7 måneder siden

    340 for that tires?! You better buy them in europe😂

  • sexiewasd
    sexiewasd7 måneder siden

    how the hell is an alignment $280!!!

  • Kutsen Andersen
    Kutsen Andersen7 måneder siden

    It's funny you say you prefer function over form, because in our biology class, one of our teachers "slogans" I guess, was "form follows function".

  • John Johnson
    John Johnson7 måneder siden

    Yeah about the same you pay in a regular car haha

  • BotDamian
    BotDamian7 måneder siden

    I can say, give me the tesla and I pay the 3000 bucks for your wheels xd

  • sidd0123
    sidd01237 måneder siden

    This is why you don't put 20 inch wheels on a car. You have no sidewall. What did you expect would happen?

  • Random Thing CH
    Random Thing CH7 måneder siden

    I thought this was from Tesla Driver

  • Jerry Miller
    Jerry Miller7 måneder siden

    370 labor? It takes 5 min to change a tire.

  • Jose Gonzalez
    Jose Gonzalez7 måneder siden

    1.- Need to find a place who fixed those wheels. Here in Detroit was 3 o 4 guys to fix. Because if happens one for shure will happen again. 2.- You can buy other size tire like 225/45/R20

  • Ruben Salvador
    Ruben Salvador7 måneder siden

    OK I'm no buying this car until I move to another city

  • Jules Mpc
    Jules Mpc7 måneder siden

    and the car does not come with a spare tire lol....

  • db4z 09
    db4z 097 måneder siden

    Shouldn't they have designed the wheel stronger knowing the weight of the car and size of the tire?

  • Coolt Black

    Coolt Black

    7 måneder siden

    Well even if the wheel was strong enough the tire still got damaged and the wheels probably be more expensive

  • Kenshi Saan
    Kenshi Saan7 måneder siden

    Cry a river. go to Quebec see how much potholes

  • David Boggs
    David Boggs7 måneder siden

    *Funny when just some dudes wheel costs 2/4's the cost of my entire car I just purchased 2018 toyota corolla le*

  • Balanar6236
    Balanar62367 måneder siden

    How did the pothole look like to cause this?

  • Kleinhans Ashwin
    Kleinhans Ashwin7 måneder siden

    I hear a lot of whistling 😂😂