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 Explained

    Il y a jour

    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

  • Arky Mosuke

    Arky Mosuke

    Il y a 5 minutes


  • Mr ThuGamer

    Mr ThuGamer

    Il y a 57 minutes

    Why the specific attack on Tesla, this is with every car

  • Morgenmuffel


    Il y a heure

    Hello, just a little info how this stuff is getting handled in germany (not on the autobahn, but in my local city). First of all, they need like 5 years to fix those streets, since there is no money to fix it and the fixing needs to be planned, which takes forever. Instead, they reduce the speed limit on that street from 50km/h to 30km/h. in the meanwhile, they fix the street, that leads to that village but street in the village is still full of potholes, because it belonges to another administative level, that would have to pay the bill.

  • GP


    Il y a 8 heures

    @Bill Kerr Yes, you're right. But I found Tesla Model S and X use IM, while Prius 2005 use BLDC. Even current Prius use PMSM. So, I guess the electric current does not play the most important in EV cars.

  • Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    Il y a 9 heures

    $2,600 for 2 rims on a car no chick will ever look at. me; $1,900 for convertible mustang that every woman i pass looks at. go figure

  • Derek Swanson

    Derek Swanson

    Il y a 24 minutes

    Great video, thanks Jason! I'm so glad this happened specifically in Illinois, because indeed we have some of the most terrible roads in the nation! While the phat cat politicians and union bosses get richer, the state -- especially outside of Chicago -- continues to suffer. It's a night-and-day difference at this river town between Missouri and Illinois. Drive over on the MO side, boom, much nicer highways! The 20" stock rims on my Ram 1500 Laramie are great looking, but I'd much rather have 18" rims going forward for 31-33" tires. Indeed roads get ate up by harsh winters and snow plows in the mid to northern Midwest -- most folks around here have learned that practical automobiles for this region are NOT cars like Jason's. Sure, we have some Teslas running around, but most appear to be the non-Sport models. @Jason These rims seem to be particularly chinsy... underspec, really, given the dynamics and other specs of the car as you mentioned like almost no suspension travel, relatively higher weight, and ultra-low-profile tires. An extra 3-4 lbs. of material to strengthen those wheels would avoid these ridiculous costs for Tesla owners, adding negligible overall weight to the car, negligible cost of the wheels themselves, and negligible fuel econ reduction. Something tells me Tesla didn't test these cars in anything much more than a minor bump or simulated pothole...

  • LPLT


    Il y a 37 minutes

    sorry to tell you this bro, you got ripped off.

  • Jarrod Reuter

    Jarrod Reuter

    Il y a heure

    Worst "pothole" I ever hit cost $3,912.76. I say "pothole" as it was a construction zone and I was only going 10 mph. Sheared off engine cradle bolts and broke an engine mount on a 2008 BMW 328XI. Luckily insurance covered it and they will try getting money back from the construction company. This just happened to me on 6/30.

  • Ruud Gerritsen

    Ruud Gerritsen

    Il y a heure

    Why not spend the same $3000 on a full set of 19 inch wheels and normal tires? Problem solved!

  • Alpha_436


    Il y a 2 heures

    Thats how cast wheels be😅

  • Tristan Rolfe

    Tristan Rolfe

    Il y a 2 heures

    I hit a pothole with my 2014 Ford Fusion Titanium a couple month's ago. I was hoping my rim was just slightly bent and fixable... but no. The whole thing was completely warped and cost $554 for a new rim. The rim is 19" but its also on a car that's 5 years old. You'd think they could knock the price down a bit. Also, no I couldn't find any OEM replacements online so I had to go directly to Ford.

  • misium


    Il y a 2 heures

    Couldnt you upgrade to 19 inch wheels?

  • Duck


    Il y a 2 heures

    It’s cost 280 dollars for alignment in the US?!?! My god. In my country we pay 35usd for alignment and balancing four wheels

  • William Charles

    William Charles

    Il y a 2 heures

    My stepson had to learn about this the hard way after being advised of the pit-falls of low-profile tires. His vacation was ruined as most of his vacation's funds went to replacing a low profile tire and 20 inch wheel. He hit a pothole on the Interstate close to a small town that had to acquire what he needed from a considerable distance. It must have sucked to be cooped-up in a motel room where you don't want to be, without your car. He continued to experience problems with the tires coming unseated from the wheels when he'd hit the slightest bumps, until he learned better. Our lousy roads don't allow for these kinds of tires, yet I see them everywhere. Great money-makers for the tire and wheel industry.

  • halopcdraco


    Il y a 2 heures

    Thin sidewalls are also stiffer and deliver better cornering and road feel.

  • Blokey Bloke

    Blokey Bloke

    Il y a 3 heures

    Not sure your “engineering” comments are really that sound. Lots on negative comments in this video about the size of the wheels. Bigger wheels should mean you have a smoother ride over potholes, if you’d had a smaller wheel you would have dropped further into the hole probably causing more damage. And as for low profile tyres they reduce the risk of sidewall blowouts due to load cycling, Improve handling and reduce the need for thicker sidewalls adding unnecessary weight. You’re also blaming the wheel for being heavy have you ever felt the weight of a steel wheel? Not sure what you are actually getting at in this video a part from moaning about cost of a repair. You should have made more of a thing about cars with large wheel options normally having a harsher ride due to their firmer suspension to accommodate the larger wheels. That’s probably more to blame than the low profile large wheels.

  • Mattheius Twittyham

    Mattheius Twittyham

    Il y a 3 heures

    This car weighs as much as a srt charger minus a V-8.

  • Mohamed Abdulla Ahmad

    Mohamed Abdulla Ahmad

    Il y a 3 heures

    mmm i spend $ 2600 for one tier and rim mmm i need to create video to get my money back : P

  • Mike Jameson

    Mike Jameson

    Il y a 3 heures

    I know "it's your fault for driving it" etc. But I call bs on bad wheel design, and no insurrance.

  • 0xsergy


    Il y a heure

    He has insurance, do you want your rates going up for a claim like this?

  • bob rushing

    bob rushing

    Il y a 4 heures

    looking at the size of the brake caliper in the video, i doesn’t look like you will get a smaller rim and tire to fit on that vehicle. Tesla makes these things really fast and like you say, really heavy for a sedan so it stands to reason you would need large disc brakes to stop it. to me, it’s a design issue and not so much a design flaw. i live in the northeast where the roads are horrible. unless i was seriously competing in rally events, ultra low profile tires are something i wold avoid like the plague. they are expensive and they make the ride quality quite harsh. when i want my brains rattled can i drive my truck.

  • HablemosdeMTG


    Il y a 4 heures

    One day you should travel to argentina to meet real broken roads...aaaandddd 95% of them are only one-way. Roads in the US are SUPER fine (drove in both places).

  • Alex


    Il y a 5 heures

    Illinois potholes are disgusting, I hit a pot hole in my E46 and the shock popped a power steering hose off.

  • Aleksandar Đorđević

    Aleksandar Đorđević

    Il y a 5 heures

    It is bed car design...so it is Tesla's fault...

  • JustLetMeDrive


    Il y a 6 heures

    the tesla ecosystem is worse than apples

  • Coen80


    Il y a 7 heures

    If a car weights in at those weights you should just put steel rims.

  • Coen80


    Il y a 7 heures

    290dollar for an allignment?!? Wow, just wow! That's some serious leeching, I'd call that scamming.. 290dollar, that's just insane!

  • Scott Mitchell

    Scott Mitchell

    Il y a 7 heures

    Why didn't you hit the Musk cold thruster button hahaha he's gonna make teslas fly BS 😂😂

  • ZombieByte


    Il y a 7 heures

    or about $400 for the same damage on a regular car, and you could do most of the work easily yourself, and tesla doesn't even bother to call ahead to a service station to tell them a car is coming in, moral of the story, tesla's are terrible and should be laughed at. this vid was great i couldn't stop laughing.

  • greentealatte


    Il y a 7 heures

    Does larger 20" wheels decrease the range as well? How significant is the range decrease?

  • greentealatte


    Il y a 7 heures

    All those trucks passing by the parked Tesla makes me anxious.

  • greentealatte


    Il y a 7 heures

    Is there a big difference between 18" to 19" wheels then? Just one inch can increase the risk of a flat tire?

  • Vivek


    Il y a 7 heures

    Lol... Should never buy a Tesla in India then

  • WK


    Il y a 8 heures

    Wow 280$ for aligment. In our country we pay about 60$ :). And wow, 715 for one wheel? For 1430 I would rather buy aftermarket wheels and sold the two that are in good shape :) - if u broke 2 of them, it is the matter of time when other or the same will brake again.

  • Kyle 27nine

    Kyle 27nine

    Il y a 9 heures

    Hey Jason how about asking Elon to use Teslas to track potholes and send the location and image to local councils and also warn other Tesla drivers of up-coming potholes? I've ordered a performance 3 and I live in New Zealand where potholes were invented so I need this feature sooon. Your show is fantastic by the way

  • Music Phil

    Music Phil

    Il y a 9 heures

    It’s great that you talked about helping people with the $ 3000.- Many people don’t think about that Thumbs up!

  • Kunxin Chen

    Kunxin Chen

    Il y a 10 heures

    Dude, I recently just hit a plastic cone, and then I was told that the engine of my civic needs to be replaced.

  • RoKn ROLLeR

    RoKn ROLLeR

    Il y a 10 heures

    Manufacturers use low profile tires for ascetics (They look ok in balance, but not on old, classic cars) but I think functionally they are doing it as a way to give a comfortable numb car, The illusion of road feel, Low profile tires have reinforced sidewalls that are more resistant to defamation (sharper steering response) but more importantly compression, Which needs higher air pressure to evenly spread the load, friction, heat, Away from the reinforced hard edges more to the centre, For uniform load, wear, heat, grip. Which in-turn Increases rolling resistance (I think used as an illusion of road feel through the steering wheel) Also decreasing the tires ability to suppress vibration and form to the roads uneven surfaces, undulations. Or in motorsports gives less flexibility in the cars setup, e.g. wheels geometry, Caster and camber, So when the wheel is angled on the vertical axis (to increase the cornering grip by maximising the contact patch as the car leans) The reinforced Sidewall reduces the effective contact patch increasing heat more unevenly and reducing grip. The larger wheel that's needed increases the rolling weight and unsprung weight (which is many, multiple times to the negative effect of curb weight or the vehicles overall weight) That reduces the frequency the suspension can respond to a rough surface, Meaning the tire is in less contact with the ground, So the fraction of time that the tire is suspended in mid air increases.... This is a oversimplification, So feel free to correct my explanations 🤣🤣🙄😁

  • JRcheesburger


    Il y a 11 heures

    also price seems high i mounted and balanced my tires myself at a diy shop for $70

  • JRcheesburger


    Il y a 11 heures

    why not just go with an after market set of rims while your at it. the stock rims are trash

  • Scott Mangan

    Scott Mangan

    Il y a 12 heures

    Great video. We have hit many potholes in Central America with low profile tires. Yes, tires get destroyed (replaced many tires). But NEVER damaged the alloy wheel (and these are deep holes - believe me ..). The fact that your's pancaked and cracked suggests there is a major design flaw, or simply bad alloy. Tesla should take notice....

  • Matthew


    Il y a 12 heures

    Joliet’s got some nasty potholes too, and I80 bridge😂😂

  • Gazer75


    Il y a 12 heures

    I believe Bjørn Nyland found 19" rims that fit for his winter tire set.

  • newton296


    Il y a 12 heures

    Will never get a low profile tire on a any cars I drive. Those are useless unless you're in Europe or someplace like where the roads are immaculate

  • Oz Media

    Oz Media

    Il y a 12 heures

    "Nice Roads in Idaho" yeah as long as they aren't chip sealing. Which they always are.

  • Alex Paulsen

    Alex Paulsen

    Il y a 12 heures

    Good thing it's only flat on the bottom.

  • Alex Paulsen

    Alex Paulsen

    Il y a 12 heures

    Insurance? Contact the local council?

  • Thomas Smith

    Thomas Smith

    Il y a 13 heures

    Well you could of kept the mid range M3 you had, but you wanted to go fast. These are normal prices for higher end vehicles. I have seen the same repair on a jaguar for 5-6k.

  • Nirav Patel

    Nirav Patel

    Il y a 13 heures

    This video should pays off your low profile tire issue.

  • LSanti


    Il y a 13 heures

    Another reason why I choose not to own a Tesla. You were lucky the service center had those wheels because they are known to take forever for parts.

  • Video Aerial Systems

    Video Aerial Systems

    Il y a 13 heures

    Welcome to the States... where cars must be roadworthy, but roads need not be car worthy...

  • eric1138


    Il y a 13 heures

    To my mind Tesla shoulders a large portion of the blame. They selected the douchebag 20 inch wheels.

  • Richard Johnson

    Richard Johnson

    Il y a 13 heures

    Saving the environment is expensive.

  • Christian Eshelman

    Christian Eshelman

    Il y a 14 heures

    Hey Jason, if you’re looking for new engineering ideas, look into the casting processes for these wheels. I’d be interested in knowing if this was low pressure, gravity, or forged wheel... doubt it’s forged, but maybe you should invest in some. Love you vids!

  • Mike Pratali

    Mike Pratali

    Il y a 14 heures

    Send a bill to the city..

  • jstephan03


    Il y a 14 heures

    TBH a 65 profile tire would be better for ride quality, pothole avoidance and fill out the wheel well a little more which would make the Tesla look better.

  • Reedith Graham

    Reedith Graham

    Il y a 14 heures

    id just get te 37s for the car

  • Grand Rapids57

    Grand Rapids57

    Il y a 14 heures

    Get a Cobalt?

  • CrazyCaptain


    Il y a 14 heures

    You should move to the Netherlands! No potholes whatsoever... ;)

  • tomjw7


    Il y a 15 heures

    Who the frack charges 280 for an alignment

  • Tom Mendenhall

    Tom Mendenhall

    Il y a 15 heures

    $340 for a tire? My Ram pickup truck tires cost half that much and the sidewalls are about 8". Never had a tire problem with potholes. It's not the size of the tire that's expensive. The fancier the car the more the tire manufacturers jack up the price. Maybe you should have waited another year and purchased a Tesla pickup. What's with all the law enforcement heading the opposite direction? Trying to catch a speeding Tesla?

  • slayer


    Il y a 15 heures

    2600 dollars for 2 NEW WHEELS AND SPORT COMPOUND TIRES (that’s very cheap) plus the wheels are aluminum

  • Yash C

    Yash C

    Il y a 16 heures

    Don't apologize for being annoyed. The service centers REALLY need an inventory of parts. It's one of the few pitfalls to having a Tesla.

  • Ben Stoney

    Ben Stoney

    Il y a 16 heures

    For the cost of a pair of 20" and tyres you could probably have got a full set of smaller ones from the base model, or not much more, that they would have in stock too. Then sell the 2 good 20s on eBay to other poor pothole sufferers. Better ride, better pothole protection, helping out fellow owners, profit?

  • lat me

    lat me

    Il y a 16 heures

    Sam's club does it for 15

  • Subscribe 2 Me

    Subscribe 2 Me

    Il y a 16 heures

    Well, say good bye to you’re bank account

  • Riley McGowen

    Riley McGowen

    Il y a 17 heures

    @teslamotors take this thorough video and see if there could be further modifications to make the wheels more durable. This is so far the only major downside Ive seen.

  • J Hanford

    J Hanford

    Il y a 17 heures

    Won't comprehensive coverage cover damage like this?

  • William Brewer

    William Brewer

    Il y a 17 heures

    Congrats you've played yourself

  • Christopher Saint

    Christopher Saint

    Il y a 17 heures

    Good Lord $175.00/hr! I own a speed shop and only charge $150/hr for custom work! Oh and just for clarification a lot of low profile tires have no bearing on improved performance. There is a point of diminishing returns to which it merely becomes aesthetics as the side wall does not allow enough flex for maintaining a proper contact patch and even Michellin(your tire brand) has admitted as much.

  • B Mellen

    B Mellen

    Il y a 17 heures

    Tesla should invest in Forged wheels on all their vehicles. flow or cast formed just are not strong enough. I have BBS forged wheels, I hit a pole with them and no damage to the rim or tire. Just saying if Tesla really wanted a "performance" package FORGED wheels should be standard. For shame Elon...

  • Goushen


    Il y a 17 heures

    weak rims, i have low pros and ive hit big potholes and my rims are fine. tesla need to put better wheels on their vehicles.

  • Jason H

    Jason H

    Il y a 17 heures

    Tesla is part to blame in the design, which you pointed out.

  • Jason H

    Jason H

    Il y a 17 heures

    I guess "risky" is not just for going from charging station to charging station.

  • Philipp


    Il y a 17 heures

    My 20" Michelin PS4 on my M3P has a cut on the side and needs to be replaced. Fortunately I can still drive it just having to top up air once a week. I contacted Tesla, multiple shops, and Michelin HQ and nobody has the tire in stock in Europe. Michelin quoted a 6+ week lead time. It's a special TO tire with the foam insert. So consider yourself fortunate!