Cabin fever, two nails in worn-out tire, AutoPilot

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  1. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web BMW i3 and Model 3

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    Feeling a little cabin fever, I was thinking about driving to the Mississippi casinos in Tunica. But I picked up at least two nails on the worn front tire making it unrepairable. Expected, I was planning to replace the front tires and ordered a replacement pair. So I switched to the backup, BMW i3-REx. A nice car, the 4 hour, 234 mile trip each way is not a problem except no BMW AutoPilot.

    The BMW is a joy around town and pretty good on the highway. The MagicEye, dynamic cruise control works nicely. But without lane keeping and lane changing, it becomes another, long distance drive. So I've decided to wait for the new tires. AutoPilot takes so much of the burden so I can enjoy the trip.

    In a couple of weeks, the Martin Luther King holiday will be here, Jan 18, and I can get a low room rate. The Christmas/New Years surge will have abated (or sent them home.) So the options:
    • direct to GoldStrike - the limit of current range, modest speeds makes it possible.
    • SuperCharge Tupelo MS or Memphis TN - either works with Tupelo being midway.
    • SuperCharger Athens AL - pretty close to Huntsville, a 'topper' charge going West and a stretch headed home.
    Winter weather and winds will be the determinant.

    Bob Wilson
     
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  2. hill

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    After going with no flats for decades, the Continentals on the model X managed to find every nail possible. The better ½ managed to burn through the continental's in record short miles as well. She loved loved loved that instantaneous torque. The 2nd tire set were yokohama's. No flats, & much better wear. The Continentals apparently have a thick layer of foam inside to make them extra quiet. Important with an electric, because the only thing you might possibly hear while driving is wind & tire noise. When they fix a flat on the Continentals, they have to use a little angle grinder to slice a section of the foam out in order to reach the patchable area, then glue the foam back in. She still misses our Tesla, but I don't miss having to keep taking it back to the service center during gridlock drive time. Now that they've been out longer & ironed out many of the kinks, someday we may be back.
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  3. Mark57

    Mark57 2021 Tesla Model 3 LR AWD

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    I've been taking longer drives and I do like the (no FSD) Autopilot. (lane keeping cruise control with follow distance only) On the highway I let it keep me in the center of the lane. On the medium/higher speed roads in town, I've played with it managing the distance between vehicles even when they come to a full stop. It is superior (compared to the Prime) at resuming movement/speed when the vehicle in front of you begins to move. The Prime waited too long to resume and angered the cars behind you so I never used it that way.

    It's cold today @ 44° and rain/snow moving in. I took a short 52 mile out and back drive on the highway in Autopilot, max speed 68mph, avg 48mph, Chill mode, 5 mph cross wind, using 11.91 kWh, 230 Wh/Mile, 85.5% efficiency. PS, heat pump was on set to 68°

    I like this vehicle more and more every day.
     
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  4. 3PriusMike

    3PriusMike Prius owner since 2000, Tesla M3 2018

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    Since we are talking about flats...about a month ago I was on my way to a drive-thru Christmas light show, reservations needed, but a long line. Went to a drive-thru to get dinner on the way and after I ordered, with my window still down, I heard a loud blast of air, continued creeping forward and heard another blast. Got out and looked at the tires -- normal.
    The car in front of me had a complicated order and it seemed to take a long time.
    Eventually the Model 3 display popped up with a warning that I had a flat tire. Tire pressure showed about 30 psi on left rear.
    Got my food and returned home (~2 miles) to swap cars with the pressure slowly dropping to about 22 psi by the time I got home.
    Stupidly (as you'll see) I backed into my driveway so I'd be able to see better with the garage lighting to check and refill it. As soon as I stopped all the air began to escape down to zero psi.
    Swapped cars, went to the event and as I waited in the car line I learned how to use the Tesla app to submit a roadside assistance request. Within 5 minutes they began texting and calling me. They promised a loaner tire within 60-90 minutes since the Tesla mobile service had just closed for the day. I got back home just as they texted me saying they'd arrive in 10-15 minutes.
    I inspected the tire, saw nothing, rolled it forward about 18 inches to find an allen wrench in the tire! It was about 1/8" size. The L-shaped wrench was 1" deep into the tire and the 4" arm part was perpendicular to the driving direction, forming a perfect lever to hold open the hole. When I was driving it had been rotated parallel to the driving direction, sealing the hole, mostly.
    Backing up had changed the orientation -- new rule when you have a partial flat: don't backup.
    Tesla had sent AAA with a tire, swapped quickly and Tesla mobile came 2 days later with a new tire.
    The hole was too close to the edge to plug...so I now have a $300 allen wrench in my garage.

    Mike
     
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  5. hill

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    one companies interpretation of "puncture too close to the edge" is another person's motive to buy a tire repair/plug kit.

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