From an aesthetic standpoint, the car is in pretty good shape. The Model S has accumulated some exterior wear-and-tear, the worst of which is some condensation in the lights. Its interior has also held up well — all impressive feats, since this car was used as an Uber and saw folks in all states of life climbing in and out of it.


But as High Mileage Reviews points out, that doesn’t tell the whole story. The retracting door handles have had to be replaced seven times — which cost $1,000 per handle when the car was out of warranty. The infotainment screen also malfunctioned, which left the owner without turn signals, HVAC controls, or rear-view cameras until it was repaired. The adhesives binding the screens also failed, leaving the screens with a soap-scum look.

How about everything else, though?

The original battery was replaced at 250,000 miles for reasons not noted in the service documents. Out of warranty, that replacement would have cost $15-20,000, but in-warranty it was free. The current battery is also pretty well-loved, and it gets about an 87 percent charge for a range of just over 200 miles. There was also a front drive unit replacement and suspension repair at 375,000 miles, and brake pad and rotor replacement and HVAC repair at 300,000 miles.

Overall, there had been quite a few fixes, but as High Mileage Review noted in the comments, the cost of repairs was comparable to what you’d expect in a combustion car of a similar age and use. A lot of those cheaper repairs came thanks to Tesla’s exceptional eight-year and 250,000-mile warranty, which helped offset the costs of some finicky repairs that came thanks to new technologies.