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Tesla Model 3 Maintenance Cost: 4 Years & 300,000 Miles Running Costs

How much does it cost to maintain a Tesla car is one question that lingers in the minds of everyone. More because gas prices are a bit too dynamic right now. But this question makes more sense if you want to join the electric vehicles fleet anytime sooner.

One might still be in confusion to find out more about the total cost to maintain their EV. This guide could help everyone get a clear perspective on the total cost to maintain a gas car versus an electric car.

Gas vs. Electric

Buying a new vehicle needs you to make numerous considerations, and the operating cost factor is probably the most crucial one. Moreover, you cannot deny the fact that vehicles could cost significantly over the years. But how much?

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Let’s say you are a small size family and would want to buy a medium size sedan that suits your requirements. If you would keep the car for about 300,000 miles, how much maintenance could you be expecting for a gas car?

According to the operating cost calculator by AAA, the operating costs, including fuel, repairs, and tires, could come down to 18.45 cents per mile. That means you could be spending as much as $55,410 throughout running your gas sedan for 300,000 miles. It is huge, and this could mean a potential expense over the years.

But why so much? Because gas cars or internal combustion engine vehicles have a lot of moving parts. A lot of moving parts means a lot of maintenance in its functional life. Therefore, all those repairs and maintenance on all the fluids changes, battery changes, spark plugs, air filters, etc. could combine into a huge sum.

If you consider the electric vehicles on the side, you see a lot fewer moving parts in question. There are just not as many parts that would require services and maintenance in its operational life span. Even there is a rare need to repair brake pads because of the regenerative braking system. Therefore, coming down to a lesser maintenance cost than traditional cars. Let’s have a more elaborated comparison with a Tesla Model 3 car.

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Tesla Model 3 Maintenance Cost

Tesla Maintenance Cost

You have a bit of an idea now how much you would generally be spending on a gas car, but what is the deal with a Tesla Model 3? If you look at Tesla’s official website for maintenance and service details, this is all they list:

  • Cabin air filter replacement every 2 years.
  • HEPA filter replacement every 3 years.
  • Tire rotation every 6,250 miles. (But, there’s more to it)
  • A/C desiccant bag replacement every 6 years.
  • Cleaning & lubricating brake calipers every 12,500 miles or every 12 months.

So, if you see here what’s happening? There are only a few things that Tesla officially asks their customers do to maintain their cars. To get a clearer idea of the same, let’s consider a real-life scenario of Mike who owns a 2018 Tesla Model 3. His job requires him to travel long miles and thus the need for a car that could run 300,000-400,000 miles easily.

Mike was told by Tesla reps that he actually does not need any service or routine maintenance run on his Model 3. In fact, he was told to not worry about the car and was advised to turn it in if there is any breakdown. Pretty unbelievable? Isn’t it? But, this is all true. One YouTube account named Tesla Raj includes this incident on their channel.


The biggest chunk of maintenance of electric cars is its tires. Tires on gas cars typically last for around 60,000 miles summing up for 3 to 5 years. However, electric cars need more frequent tire changes than gas cars.

EV tires last roughly half of what tires on gas cars would in similar miles run. Also, Tesla tires require more frequent replacement, but most of it depends on the way you drive your car as well. More aggressive driving would definitely take away a few thousand miles off tires life.


Well, the critical aspect of electric cars is that electric vehicles are much heavier than gas cars. Battery packs of EVs are very heavy putting a lot more pressure on the tires. More pressure on the tires means the tires would wear down sooner than traditional cars.

Tesla’s tires often do not last longer than gas cars because of the weight of the Tesla cars. Moreover, aggressive or more fierce driving can result in faster wearing.

EVs are more affordable?

Mike had to only spend on horn replacement, front control arm, and rear knuckle bushing repairs on his Model 3. Call him lucky or anything you want to, but the total maintenance cost him about $3000. You see maintenance is much cheaper on electric cars if you compare it with gas cars. Traditional ICE medium-size sedan costs about $56,410 over three years, and Tesla Model 3 is doing that for almost nothing in front of it.

In the case of Mike’s Tesla Model 3, he ends up replacing his tires about five times in the car’s entire run. He bought three summer tire sets and two winter sets to get through 300,000 miles. New Model 3 tires would generally cost about $285 each tire and another $40 on installation and labor costs.

This means in total he spent about $6,700 on five sets including labor costs and applicable taxes.

Tires on gas cars often cost about $167 for every tire with an additional fee of $24 for installation and taxes. Therefore, the total cost spent on gas cars would come to about $4,608 if changed every 50,000 miles in total 300,000 miles run.

  • Gas Car Tyres $4,608
  • Electric Car Tyres $6,700

The final comparison of tire costs is not that extraordinary to consider gas cars over EVs. There are some savings on tires cost, but is it a decision-maker? Well, we don’t think so. Let’s move on to other additional money spent by Mike.

Mike had replaced his Model 3’s wipers four times in this whole time costing him about another $200 in total. Moreover, he chose to replace the 12-volt battery because he thought it was time to replace one as a proactive measure. Another $120 for one battery replacement in 300,000 miles. Still, remarkably cheaper maintenance cost if you compare it with gas cars.

Here’s a simple breakdown tally of Mike’s expenses on his Model 3:

  • $140 Horn Replacement
  • $800 Front Caliper Arm
  • $2,000 Rear Knuckle Bushing
  • $3,900 Summer Tires 3 sets
  • $2,600 Winter Tires 2 sets
  • $200 Wipers 4 sets
  • $120 12-volt Battery

Tesla Model 3 Maintenance

Gas Cars maintenance cost as per AAA
Medium Sized Sedan

Electric Car Maintenance Cost
Tesla Model 3

What To Expect In The Future?

Comparing EVs to gas cars listing all the pros and cons of owning each car makes all the difference when deciding on which is better in long run. Operational or maintenance cost is a crucial aspect of owning a car. You can clearly see that there is a huge difference between both types. Tesla Model 3 is much cheaper to maintain than gas cars there are no two ways about it.

More people are booking EVs in current times, new cars are launched and get pre-booked in a matter of hours. However, not everyone finds shifting to EVs easy, as getting into the electric segment might make you feel weird at first. No oil changes or service schedules to follow could be unnerving at first. But you get to enjoy the incredible benefits of your EVs the more you drive them.

Mike’s Tesla is a great reminder of how convenient and affordable it is to maintain electric cars. Driving a Model 3 for over 300,000 and still clocking a lot less on maintenance is phenomenal. However, Mike has not shared any other expenses on his Model 3. It would be interesting to know if anyone can list if we are missing any additional costs of maintenance on Tesla EVs. EVs are definitely the future, and if they become affordable too would be just the icing on the cake.

What are your views on the maintenance cost of Tesla and gas cars? Please share your opinion and thoughts in the comment section below!

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    • The actual driving costs of any car will vary for every individual based on driving habits, location, operating conditions, and numerous other factors.
      The stats are based on AAA report on owning a mid-sized sedan from the top 5 selling cars:
      Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, & Toyota Camry.

      • How much stock do you own? This is an unfair comparison. Why did you choose to compare the total operation cost of gas to just maintenance cost on ONE Tesla? Why don’t you finish what you started and finish the job. Include production costs, charge costs and disposal costs as well. Heck, you could even include the environmental pros/cons. Shill.

        • It would be an additional embarrassment to gas cars if they showed the cost was 1/4 of gas or better. And the production cost vary so wide. This EV car cost about 50k in this example. It is real simple. At the moment upfront EV’s cost more than gas. That will get better over time. Also we are comparing this to a Tesla in the example. All EV’s are not the same. Most are still turd converted gas cars.

      • You’re supposed to have some semblance of journalistic integrity, that means sanity checking information from sources you plan on using. Example: if AAA says $50k+ is AVERAGE (for mid size sedan), you should know someone that has spent that. Do you? I know I don’t, I can’t think of anyone that’s spent even half that.

      • The cost of owning the ice car includes the depreciation of the car itself. And no one has considered the high cost of a replacement battery on the Tesla, could be 20k. Green thinking people will be easily convinced that drive electric is better for the environment and cheaper than gas cars. And they are when you only consider the actual cars emissions, however is you add on the destructive mining and manufacturing process and the recycling of batteries I think you are in for a rude awakening. Battery technology will improve 10 fold in next 10 years so in the long run EVs make sense. The power needed to run this car is another environmental night mare. With brown outs happening all over the country now with very few EVs plugged in what’s going to happen when you get 100 million cars plugging in. There is not enough wind and solar on the planet to provide that kind of power. So more gas/coal power plants and or are people ready to accept nuclear.

    • No kidding! I can’t stand these articles. They included gas as maintenance costs, what about charging costs?What about the electric motors? They need have any issues?

  1. Last four ICE cars i owned never went to dealer. Just brakes oil changes, tires and wipers for four years and 100k miles(VW GOLF, DODGE CARAVAN, GMC YUKON, Subaru WRX). I’ve never seen a non lemon car require $56k in maintenance costs.
    Hell, my GOLF retailed for $17k. Better check your facts. Also, what is that monthly payment again for this tesla? Anything over $390 is too high

    • Keep in mind that fuel was included in that “maintenance” cost, and that it covered 300,000 miles! Fuel alone would add up to $35-42,000 for that many miles, assuming 25-30 mpg. That leaves the typical maintenance cost at $13-20,000. That still seems a little high, but then not many cars will go 300,000 without needing some major work, e.g. engine and possibly transmission overhaul, as well as front end suspension overhaul. I can only guess Mike didn’t include electricity charging costs because the 2018 may have included free DC fast charging.

  2. If you can do thorough research and put all the breakdown of costs, why doesn’t author do the same for gas cars. Just stating what AAA has to say about cost, makes this article very weak.
    No way you spend that much money on good quality gas car.

    • We are keen to keep people informed on all the latest trends in the EV industry. We will keep sharing our experiences and knowledge as we build up more on how EVs are doing around the globe.

  3. After 250k miles you need to replace the batteries on your Tesla that costs upwards of 25k, batteries are the biggest expense of electric cars in the long run, Tesla gives a battery warranty of 8 years, in 10 years time you need new batteries.

    You forgot about waiting for the car to charge on some days, especially on long trips. On a gas car you wait 5 mins to fill the tank. What about the human time value?

    • Waiting time? What about the people who charge at home who never spend 1 minute waiting like you do with every gas station stop with an ICE vehicle? What about that human time value?

      • This article avoids the elephant in the room for teslas which is battery replacement. While it may be rare, that $30k price tag should be included or at least amortized with other operating expenses. Best would be a comparison of fail likelihood with age or mileage. This data does not seem readily available, but no doubt tesla has it.

    • Why do you “need” to replace it after 250k? Did you read that in the Tesla manual? Cause I haven’t seen it anywhere.

      This dude drove 300k and didn’t need to replace the battery. Are you saying the article author is lying or withholding information?

      • No, it’s because Tesla is not set up to repair Batteries, only REPLACEMENT. After time, depending on how the charging cycle is done, many of those tiny Battery Cells give up. When enough fail, charging capacity or worse happens. 🤔
        Thus Battery needs Replacement.
        Now there are some 3rd party repairs available but Tesla doesn’t Warranty the Repairs and may not allow Supercharger use.

    • “Human time value” you kidding me? Can you compare time value Vs human life value? The safest car in the world “Tesla”. Environmental friendly “tesla”. Less maintenance cost “tesla”. There is no battery to change at 300k. If tesla.might change a battery it only happens after a combustion gas car changes transmission 3x. Bitter truth buys. Like it or not tesla is the future.

    • Ravindra, you are full of shit with that comment. When you know nothing about a subject, keep your eyes on the road and stay in your lane! IDIOT

  4. Checked your tire math and it was off. You also state tires have half life of gas but then use the same amount of tires when trying to do your calculations…

    • You know, now you don’t need to go to elementary school to start writing an article.
      He says tires will last 30k, but many people cant even get that much, and many start replacing tires before 20K. Then people cheap tires that last a little longer that is huuuuge safety concern for powerful and super heavy cars. Tesla specific tires cost a lot and last up to 25k on normal driving, I mean some got over 30k if you never push even a little but what the reason to have so much power and never even use half of it.

  5. The article does not state cost to supercharge. It’s very difficult to believe that the owner charged at home only.

    The average cost in NY is 10 cents a mile at the supercharger, which is comparable to a hybrid camry and worse than the Honda clarity.

    My SC is free for life and I will replace the pack if it fails after dec 2023 (end of 8 yr unlimited mile warranty). My friend replaced his 85kWh at $10k.

  6. Tesla is the most expensive car to insure at about 2.5x that of a comparable ICE vehicle or about $3000 per year. So you need to up your cost by $5400 for the three years. The AAA calculator includes insurance so your comparison needs to do the same for Tesla.

    • That’s not remotely true about Tesla being the most expensive car to insure. Why do some of you insist on lying about these things?

      • Apparently they think $100k is the most expensive car in the world? Yeah, sounds real suspicious…

        That being said, the model 3 for this article costs half that so if ducky thinks it’s the model 3 that’s the most expensive than they’re even more shocked to know $50k is nowhere near the most expensive car in the world.

        • It wasn’t stated that it was the most expensive care in the world or that it was the most expensive car in the world to insure. Yes, he said its most expensive to insure, but by applying context clues to the comment, it should be easy for the average reader to extrapolate that the poster is referring to sedans in general. They are not meaning to include supercars with 7 figure price tags. You’re just nit picking for the sake of nit picking or you lack the ability to think for yourself and apply aittle context to the comment.

      • True, my Tesla insurance is between $80-100 when I don’t follow cars closely per the AI that follows my driving habits. GEICO was $220.

  7. Could you please include true cost of ownership for EV and IC vehicle.
    1.how much you paid to buy the car
    2 cost of insurance for 7 years
    3.maintenance cost

  8. I have a Bolt, I lease monthly payment $290. Never use DCFC I do that at home every other day sometimes. Dealer charges about $50 to rotate tires and system check, that’s every 6 months. I live in Michigan, the closer you live to Detroit your insurance is higher. So that’s debatable.
    $290 for car payment
    $40 for charge every month light bill or less.
    $100, tire rotation.
    $3000 car insurance a year.
    Bar and accident if I have to replace a tire because of a pothole. Not included
    $3,030 estimate for the whole year.

  9. I drove my model 3 (standard range) for 80,000 Km in 2 years and I had zero maintenance cost. I have since replaced it with another model 3 (long range) and have driven just shy of 40,000 Km with zero maintenance cost as yet.
    To the comment on human time value, newer/upgraded V3 superchargers have a charge speeds of 1800Km/hr (of course this drops as the battery gets charged), and so getting to 250Km of driving range now takes me about 15-17 minutes. Just enough time to stretch my legs and get a coffee. If one drives a lot then the business case for a Tesla (and EVs in general) is a slam dunk. Cheapest car I have driven from a cost of ownership perspective. The resale price of my old model 3 was just 8,000$ less than my original buy price. Effectively my cost per km came to be about 0.10$ (yes you read it right… 10 cents)

    • What do you mean ‘I had zero maintenance cost’? No cabin air filter replacement? No wiper replacement? Same tires? Stop laing to people. At least 25% of EV buyers coming back to gas cars and this percentage is going up. If you like to save the environment stop lying about how EV will do it, You will do much more by buying Hybrid or plug-in hybrid.

  10. Gas cars doesn’t require $55,000 in maintenance. That’s a lie. Someone is totally ripping you off if that’s the case. I work on cars for a living.

    • Pretty sure that includes fuel. 55k sounds about right, closer to 75-80k for 300k miles here in Canada. We’ve averaged about 5$ a gallon over the past 5 years(and topped at 8.50$ couple months ago). 300k miles at 28mpg @5$/per would be 53k just on fuel alone. Right now I’m averaging around 18 cents per mile with my diesel Jetta, 7.60$/gallon of diesel at 42mpg. Can’t afford the 65k on a Tesla right now and charging would be a pain in an apartment but in the long term it’d probably end up cheaper than fuelling my 14k, 8 years old VW.

  11. Let’s be honest. Let’s compare real stuff. Lets say Toyota Prius Prime and Tesla model 3.
    Priuse cost 30k vs Tesla cost 55k
    Priuse is one of the most reliable car on market and Tesla the worse one
    Oil change every 10 k for 50$ = 1500$ over 300k
    Tires(from Costco) for Prius 600$ every 60-70k =3000$ vs tesla 1300$ every 25k= 15600$
    For MA gas was less than 3$ for 300k millse you need 5500 gallons that ~16000$ vs Tesla with real word milage ~ 1000 full charge of battery for 82 kW with 28 cents/kw (from my Eversource bill or supercharge in MA) =23000$. Fill up time 42 hours vs 500 hours(0 to 100 every time).it is extra 19 days.
    Taxes + insurance is 7k more for tesla for sure.
    Any rapier is few time less money and easier on Toyota.
    Toyota 30k$+1500$+3000$+16K$+5k(tax+ insurance)=55500+ some repair = 60k for 300k miles and you still have a car
    Tesla 55k$+0$+15600$+23K$+10k(tax+ insurance)=103600+ some repair = 110k for 300k miles and you still have a car.
    And for the environment Prius Prime will do better then model 3.

  12. Lol. Doing the math. Over 300,000 miles is only spend about 35,000 US in over all ownership cost including taxes, registration, insurance, the works.

    That’s only 60% of what is quoted here. And not only that, I don’t loose range over time!

  13. The writer of this article doesn’t make any sense. He states that EVs go through tires at twice the rate that ICE vehicles do, which he says changes tires at 60k (so EVs should go through them at 30k). Then he states that the Tesla owner in 300k miles has bought 5 sets. Well 300,000 divided by 5 is 60,000. That sure doesn’t sound like twice as fast. Writer is either an idiot, or has no idea what he’s writing about (or probably both). I will agree that EV maintenance is much lower than ICE, but his figures make no sense.

  14. My 3 litre Subaru I’ve had over 6 years, in those six years I’ve replaced a sticky caliper, a hub bearing and a reverse switch. It can also do over 400 miles travelling at 80mph, giving a range a EV would not achieve at that pace. A Volvo survey said EVs don’t even contribute to the environment until over 90 thousand miles due to the catastrophic manufacturing process they go through. And these fictional savings to be had from EVs are just that, unless someone magically finds 50 or 60 large ones behind the tree.

  15. The BIGGEST expense in owning a newer car is not gas, maintenance, insurance, but DEPRECIATION and the Tesla Model3 has held its value extremely well vs your run of the mill ICE cars, excluding the past 2years with the chip shortage. The average new car will lose 45-50% of its value in 5 years. The yearly cost of depreciation is more than any other single cost period.

  16. The Tesla was built in 2018. What about the battery pack replacement cost if and when it stops working? How much “charge” is left? Remember too that this Tesla is most definitely not a “normal” usage type car.
    I imagine that almost every Toyota could put 300k miles on um in 4 years with very similar maintenance costs?
    Please please let us know the cost to replace the battery pack?

    • Battery packs don’t typically “fail.” You lose some capacity over time until you get to a point where the range doesn’t suit your needs. At which point you could sell the vehicle to someone who is happy with the range left on the battery.

      The other thing is, you don’t generally need to replace the battery pack completely. Usually only a few of the cells have failed within the overall pack. So you drop the pack, identify the cells from the data in the Battery Management System and replace the ones underperforming. The support doesn’t exist now because the fleet of EVs is still relatively young, but it will be reasonable to expect businesses to do a refurb pack swap in the future, just like you do with alternators and engine rebuilds.

  17. Maybe this will give a little extra insight. I see a lot of questions about charging cost. So here is what I have. 2020 model 3 LR. 196,874 miles. My total energy used 45,054 kWh. 100% changed at home. .09 cents per kWh. $4054.86 for almost 200k miles. Hope that helps. Oh, and I get 60k miles out of my tires, because I put 60k mile rated tires on my car. And I’ve had no extra maintenance costs other than 3 sets of tires, 2 sets of cabin filters. And I have Tesla insurance that’s cheaper than what I had with liberty.

  18. Ok that estimate for IC repairs and Maintainence is very much inflated. Beside until lenders recognize this and allow people with lower income and lower credit scores buy EVs with this in mind the majority of people will never afford an EV !

  19. Running cost of ICE shuld be around 10 to 12 cents a mile? Compared to charging at home at 3 cents. But tesla charging was/is free.

    So i think in the article the bulk of the cost towards fuel is 35k? Considering oil changes at 5000 miles = 60 changes x 50 bucks = 3000. Brakes replacement during 300k usage = 5 times x 750 = 6750. Am sure other things add up

  20. Your full of it ,In the rust belt,you elect car will rot in 3 years,What about trucks for a working man
    Did your comparison include running elect with a,heat,wipers,radio,lites,AC,ON LOL ,Not there yet

  21. So this what’s missing from this article. Rich Rebuilds did an update on this Model 3. From his repair cost to this this article there is a missing key maintenance cost.
    I don’t see how any one can drive 300,000 miles and in 4 years time hasn’t had to replace the suspension. EV are heavier like the article says. So how is the suspension hasn’t been replaced yet. Rich Benoit had to replace his Model 3 suspension 3 times even though it’s and older car.

  22. Well… I own two Teslas and had owned 4 in total… I came from a lot different ICE cars, I’m an ASE Master Technician who owns an Auto Repair Shop in Miami… I just compare apples to apples, my previous monthly expenses on gas were $ 320 just for my daily use on 2020… (e85 “high powered” BMW with CHEAP gas prices)… My wife had a Jeep SRT with a whipple supercharger that got 10.8 avg MPG… so I was spending A LOT on gas alone each month… the insurance on my BMW was 150 and the insurance on my wife’s SRT was 140… right now its 420 total on both teslas (so 130 more monthly) but I have free FPL chargers so I pay nothing for electricity… the Oil changes on each monster I had before were around 120-150… every 3 or 4 months… the transmission oil change was 300 once a year… and brakes were replaced yearly too and it was around 400 for both car and suv… so all those expenses were too much and when I test drove the first tesla we bought I fell in love with it… it was almost as fast as my wife’s 650whp Jeep but it wasn’t loud and smelly like the jeep was… I had equity over the previous teslas I had, I traded those cars in for more than I bought it (including taxes and fees)… so right now, at least for me that I’m a car junkie and I couldn’t keep not even the family car stock, it has been a savings pot everywhere I see… no loss value, no “gas” and no ability to mod it, so no extra expenses like a bigger turbo, a supercharger, etc…

  23. You identified the cost of gas over the 300,000 mile life-span of the car, but neglected the cost of electricity the EV would consume over the same distance covered. What about the cost of replacing the complete battery pack. It’s debatable whether they will last 300,000 miles. Also, It’s doubtful if anyone habitually driving long distances between points A and B would be too pleased with needing long stops for recharging en route.

  24. “ let’s consider a real-life scenario of Mike who owns a 2018 Tesla Model 3”

    A co-worker who owned a Model S told me he was required by Tesla to sign an NDA and was not allowed to talk about any issues he had with the car—and he had some serious ones—so how should we trust what anyone says?

    The taxes for road maintenance will transfer from gas to electric cars somehow as well. Why don’t you calculate that? What about the higher purchase price as well? This article is a shill.

  25. good luck buying the replacement battery at 70000 miles for $15000 to $30000 …electric vehicles are wayyy more expensive than gas….also in France at $1 a kilowatt you are looking at $130 to charge your car

  26. Another lopsided Teala cost estimate
    No accounting for State extra registration tax for electrics
    No higher car cost with interest or higher insurance
    I’m not saying electric bad but be fair and honest about ALL costs

  27. EV’s are not hard on tires. People with a heavy foot are hard on tires. Even a 60,000 mile Michelin Pilot Sport won’t last long if you’re hitting the power. The original Eagle F1’s (summer tire) on my Model Y lasted nearly 29,000 miles before nail holes caused them to get replace with the Michelin’s.

    Those of us that own an EV know the truth about tire wear. So don’t tell lies!

  28. Just don’t understand why there are so many anti-ev people who can’t believe that maintenance is lower than ICE. When owners give examples, they say it’s lies. If you don’t want an EV, fine don’t buy one. Stop spreading lies about the costs vs ICE maintenance. In the responses above, some have said they’ve had virtually no costs with ICE, which means that they don’t do the recommended maintenance which voids your warranty. I’ve had my Model 3 for 4+ years, have 35k miles, and my range has dropped from 310 miles to 300 miles on a full charge. The only time I’ve had to wait while charging is on a long trip (600+ miles one way), which I’ve done 2 or 3 times in my 4+ years. Other than that I’ve never had to “waste” even 5 minutes fueling as I had to do with ICE previously. I also get to leave my house in the AM with more than enough range to cover my daily needs (I charge to 90%, which is 270 miles, while my daily commute is only 32 miles). I have driven to Tahoe (201 miles and an elevation increase of 0-7200-5000 ft) several times and can do so without stopping. The 3 1/2 hour trip used 62kw (the return trip only used 41kw due to the elevation drop). Another bonus of those trips was that I have access to FREE level 2 charging in Tahoe. It does take 10+ hours to charge, but once I’m at the resort, I don’t drive again until the next day. In my 4+ years, I have replaced my tires and in-cabin air filter. I have free premium internet in my car (I believe the current models only give you free internet for a year then charge you $10-20 after that). When I had my E550, XMradio wanted to charge a ridiculous amount monthly for live traffic being integrated with the GPS. I find the Tesla live traffic with the Navigation to be very accurate and helpful. I was very happy with my previous ICE cars, and am equally happy (actually more so) with my EV. The purchase costs were similar, I bought the E550 used, but do find the costs of the EV to be significantly cheaper. If you don’t want to believe me, so be it, but every word is true. EVs aren’t for everyone, but don’t let personal bias skew the facts. The vast majority of people will not be limited by range (at least in a Tesla). Initial cost is a valid deterrent, but unless you drive more than 200 miles on a daily basis, range is not. If you don’t have a garage, drive 200 miles daily, just like the sound of a V8, or can’t afford to buy an EV then you have a legitimate reason for not wanting one. But don’t make up reasons that “EVs are not environmentally better or don’t save on maintenance” to try to convince people. I don’t believe in “alternate facts”. And those who try to fool you with them are just Ass#@!#s.

  29. Im sorry, but your common core math skills and your lack of understanding of diesel/gas engines is on full display. HOW someone uses their vehicle is just as important as WHAT type of vehicle is used and WHERE it is used. “Maintenance” is affected by far too many variables to quantify a “standard” use. I find your article disconnected from the life of the business owning, working people. You should step outside your office once in a while to see how productive people earn a living without a Model 3. I need my vehicles for work and play. Model 3 is all play, and does no work. I may have high maintenance costs, but my return on investment for the work accomplished pays me back many times over.

  30. I have owned my Mitsubishi imiev for 7 years and 20 thousands miles.
    I have replaced front brakes as some metal lodged in the pad. About 200$…
    4 tires at about 400$ totally…
    Wipers for about 25$
    Probably need cabin air filter
    That’s it ..
    Love my little car..

  31. You explicilty state that EV tires wearout faster. Yet the calculation is 5 sets for EV and 6 sets for ICE?
    300k/50k = 6 sets of ICE tires.
    300k/5 sets of tires= 60k miles per set of tires on EV

  32. I’m curious to see the cost when someone smashes you bumper on a Tesla. Can you you find parts somewhere else that a Tesla dealer? No aftermarket parts there yet heh!? What if your door handle jams because you live in Canada. What if your door chews on anything in the car. Therese are all things that happen to regular gas cars. How much it will cost then? How long you’ll have to wait for the repair. Gas cars parts are available in every scrap yard. What if Tesla tell you tomorrow morning that you have to pay 10$ a month to unlock your car? How cheap is it then? What happens when we run out of copper?

  33. How about this to ponder on how is the government and all 50 states going to replace the taxes lost from the revenue on gasoline it’s got to be replaced by electric now I think you all better have some Deep Pockets you know that that’s going to be added to your monthly and yearly and total $300,000 MI cost DMVs counties townships they’re all on this tax revenue payout how is that going to be replaced to all those entities

  34. Why don’t you compare a Civic to a model 3? Civic cost 20k, model 3 cost $50,000. So I could buy 2.5 civics for 1 model 3. Civic can go 5000 miles conservatively on oil change, which do yourself is $25. So let’s say 10k miles per year is $50. You don’t need spark plugs until 100k again 4 plugs, top access is Easy do it yourself, cheap, cheap,. Windshield wipers are a wash for duration but probably a lot cheaper for civic. Air filters are good for a year or more and cost what $5 on Amazon. Tires will go 50-60k on civic and are a lot cheaper than model 3. Civic gets 40mpg, so gas before Biden is $500/yr. at $2/gallon. What is electricity for 10k miles? 1 tire gets damaged, $60 on civic, on Tesla probably a lot more, they probably require replaced in pairs at minimum. Brake pads are cheap for civic, probably get 60k miles or more. Tesla not so cheap. I could replace civic brakes in 30 minutes.

    There is NO way Model 3 is cheaper to own and operate than a Civic. No way. Even if you can’t do your own oil changes, spark plugs at 100k miles, brakes at 60k. Garage cost on civic are probably 1/3 that of Tesla, Tesla still needs brakes and tires. Tire wear much higher on Tesla.

    • Just compared brake pads at a national chain (parts only), Tesla $194 front, $194 rear. Civic $37 front, $27 rear. No Way heavier Tesla, brakes last that much longer even with Regen to come out ahead. I read many have to get them replaced nearly as often in northern climate from salt in winter. These costs differentials are going to be same or worse for tires, wiper blades, cabin air filters. Let’s talk cost to propel vehicle. Somebody put their numbers above which calculate to .229 Kwh / mile. Average national kWh is 16 cents. So Tesla is 3.66 cents per mile (no road tax being paid). Gas before Biden at $2/gallon for car getting 40mpg is 5 cents per mile. Average 10k miles per year, Tesla saves only by $134. $20k vehicle versus $50k vehicle saves only $134 in power to propel and 1 or 2 oil changes at $25 or $50. So $150 savings in Tesla would take 200 years to come out equal. And yes Biden policy has made gas more expensive, he pretty much stated he is against oil, MANY specifics can be found. Even use $3/gallon (it is less than that where I live now) and it would take over 70 years for Tesla price to equal civic.

  35. I buy my cars used with 80 to 150k miles on them for $3000 to $8000. Up front costs; tires and brakes and steering $900 with some work myself. Run them until engine or trans failure. Oil changes every 5000 miles. Brakes every 60k ( buy lifetime pads so they’re free for changes). Been getting 270 to 300+ out if them with average of 25 mpg city and highway ( mainly city). If still running, sell for $1000. If not, $300 from recycle yard after towing expense. Why do i need a second mortgage again?

  36. What about the electric car batteries to replace? I read it could be a fortune. 10,000-20,000 I guess if money is no option just spend it but the average person does not have a fortune in the bank!

  37. Good article and easy way to explain it, but not totally accurate information 🙄 😕
    Currently expensive to replace the battery packs for the Tesla 3 EV.
    Prices are expected to drop for all EV vehicles over the years.
    Happy hunting for a perfect fit for an EV 😁

  38. Can someone explain to me how they got that figure when Tesla recommends changing the $15k (including labor) battery every 100k miles or 8 years? Over 300k miles, that would mean $45k in batteries…

    So, you’re looking at a $54,760 over 300k miles if you’re performing recommended maintenance. You save $650. Neat.

  39. This is bs I have a 2004 excursion a 2006 mustang gt and a 2008 escape I haven’t spent that much maintaining all 3 this is just more fack news trying to sway people to computers on wheels.

  40. I have nothing against Tesla – wonderfully engineered vehicle. But comparing the cost of ownership for a vehicle driven 75,000 miles a year cannot be compared to the average vehicle, gas or electric. Start/stopping and old father time are worse on automobiles than just high miles and costs start to add up. I want to see a 6 year cost of ownership for a car driven 15-20 k miles per year.

  41. Average person only drives 20 to 30k per year so the comparisons are not the norm. One other thing to consider is taxes on gas sales go to maintaining the roads, right now EVs pay zero,. That will change in the near future. Plus who is going to pay for the infrastructure to charge all the EVs. Can you spell increased taxes, surcharges.

  42. $55k maintenance… bullshit. My 99 saab 9-3 is the only car i have ever had get close to 300k miles @296k. I have changed my own oil the entire time under 40$/change every 5k miles. Brakes, shift linkage, trans mount, shocks changed 2x, clutch kit, misc lightbulbs. Did an engine/ turbo swap in 2009 @ 180kmiles (bad oil ruined turbo that ruined the engine)was under $1k total. Was a salvage engine/turbo cost me $550 delivered I bought the car for less than $3k I have spent less than $15k with all the maintenance in that car including purchase price. Most recent tire set was only $330 installed @walmart. I had the receipt for the previous set 67k miles ago in the glove box. 296k miles at my average 26 miles/galon im still under the cost of a tesla model 3
    Newer cars costs are more expensive. Tires for my 2015 x3 was 100$ each but that set was replaced when it hit 83k miles. I bought it early 2020 with 36k it now has 120k oil still 40$/change, tires, wipers&fluid. I doubt I paid even $5k in costs for that car. With the diesel i expect it to easily last well past 300k miles. Even with fuel im well under the cost of even a tesla model 3. Have yet to need any repairs on it. And with fuel its still less than the cost of a model 3.
    Now my BMW i8 is in a league of its own. I sold my Tesla S p100d less than 6 months old in 2021 for The i8. It was actually cheaper than the S. Its much more comfortable and feels sportier. Tires @25k miles were $880 max performance summer tires. Oil changes cost me about $60(still do it myself) engine mount broke under warranty. Only 36k miles on it so far. Its a hybrid and is currently at BMW for an entire battery pack. Thankfully battery has a warranty for 10 years. Otherwise its a $10k replacement fee. My friends 2020 model 3p also needed a battery pack which tesla replaced under warranty. Not sure his exact mileage now but i know it was under 30k miles when that happened.


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