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Autotrader Find: 2013 Tesla Model S With 163,000 Miles

If you’re even slightly into cars, you’ve probably met a lot of “Tesla deniers” — people who complain bitterly about Tesla, its vehicles and its owners, and who loudly insist that Tesla will be out of business soon. These people often also assert that Tesla’s vehicles are poorly made and that they don’t last very long. This Model S seems to show otherwise.

This is a 2013 Tesla Model S, and it’s offered by a private seller in Berlin, Massachusetts, west of Boston. It’s not especially notable, except for one important item: It has traveled 163,000 miles from new. That makes it the highest-mileage Tesla currently listed for sale on Autotrader, and surely one of the highest-mileage examples overall, especially since it was sold new in December 2013, meaning it hasn’t even been on the road for five years.

Interestingly, this Model S looks like it’s held up fairly well to all the miles. The interior looks nice, with no unusual wear, and the exterior looks exactly how you’d expect a Model S with half the miles to look. Both interior screens also look fully functional, with no exceptional wear.

According to the owner, this Model S still has over three years of battery warranty left, which makes it a pretty good deal at just $29,995 — well under half the original MSRP. And while one single anecdotal example may not prove Tesla’s reliability, you have to admit that this thing has done pretty well despite a lot of time on the road.

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  1. My mom’s 2003 Toyota 4Runner has travelled 218K, and nothing has went bad on the tranny or the 1GR-FE V6… except it shredded a belt in the middle of an eight hour drive. That was a experience

  2. How many drive motors have been replaced to make it that far? It would be great to see a cost of ownership comparison for this car to say…. a honda civic. 🙂

  3. The world has been awakened by Telsa now every car manufacturer is trying to get in line to get their cars properly produced at the Tesla standards. Thank you Telsa for being the inspiration and innovators in this new technology 

    • IDK. What about the windshield wipers, tires and floor mats. These items more likely have been replaced then the items you mentioned. I’ve read articles where there have been Teslas documented with over 300, 000 miles with the original batteries Motors and brakes.

      Car company Tesla has certainly gone through a lot of issues and quality control issues. However, the main components of these cars seem to hold up very well. There have been some leaks with them using poor batteries, however I haven’t heard of many issues in the wild. I thank God for Tesla making the electric car a wanted vehicle. Prior to that, all the companies that have been around for 50 plus years couldn’t do what Tesla did in just a few years.

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