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Tesla Model 3 cost of ownership after 2 years and 50,000+ miles


It has been 2 years and 50,000 miles since the Tesla YouTuber purchased his Tesla Model 3 RWD and now he shares his experience owning this amazing electric car for that much time and miles on the odometer (video below).

According to Andy, the Tesla Model 3 has been the most economical car he has ever owned and this holds true for owners around the world — although the car is still under warranty but some recommended maintenance after 2 years is to be paid by the owner.

Tesla recommends the following items to be replaced or serviced within the 2 year period (refer to the Model 3 owner’s manual for complete details).

  • Brake fluid health check every 2 years (replace if necessary)
  • Cabin air filter replacement every 2 years
  • Clean and lubricate brake calipers every year or 12,500 miles (20,000 km) if in an area where roads are salted during winter
  • Rotate tires every 10,000-12,000 miles (16.000-20,000 km) or if tread depth difference is 2/32 in (1.5 mm) or greater

Total cost of service and repairs after 2 years

By using the DIY Model 3 air filter replacement method, Andy saved around $225 and the total cost of service and parts replacement after 2 years was only $390 which is around 50 cents a day or $8 per 1,000 miles — possible in a BMW 3 Series or an Audi A4? Don’t think so.

Issues fixed under warranty

Tesla Model 3 door handle issue fixed by Tesla Rangers under warranty at home. Image Credits: Andy Slye / YouTube.

Tesla fixed the issues without any extra cost which were covered with Tesla’s vehicle warranty, like the car’s driver door handle was not closing as quickly as should have, the automaker fixed this and other minor concerns at the owner’s location using the Tesla Mobile Ranger service.

Charging cost

Tesla cars are primarily meant to be charged at home overnight and the automaker provides necessary gear to do so with the vehicle purchase, Superchargers are intended to accommodate road trips — this is how Andy charged his car and after 50k+ miles of driving, the his Model 3 only incurred a $54 cost of Supercharging, very cost-effective and environmentally friendly of course.

Throughout the 2 years of ownership, 90% of the times, the car was charged at home, which totaled to about $900 — the grand total for charging after two years: $950 which translates to around $0.019 per mile.

Last year he also gave us a full breakdown of what it costs to complete a 1,000 mile US road trip in a Tesla Model 3, again cost-efficient in every aspect compared to a gas car.

Related: Tesla Model 3 battery degradation after 50,000 miles

Featured Photo by Saketh Garuda on Unsplash

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By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii