This Tesla Model S Owner Repairs His Own Car

  • Published on Aug 28, 2018
  • Greg Furstenwerth was an early adopter of the Tesla Model S, but once the car was out of warranty he had a hard time getting the parts and service he needed. So he took on the repairs himself, and found it surprisingly easy. "If you can put together Legos you can put together a Tesla.”
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Comments • 6 391

  • Chemist Chemist
    Chemist Chemist 2 hours ago

    You have money, buy another type of car.

  • My Name is Gladiator
    My Name is Gladiator 9 hours ago

    Unless you're stupid or rich or both, never buy a Tesla.

  • City Point
    City Point 13 hours ago

    Stick with Honda... Not this new kid maverick brand.

  • The Seattle Cyclist
    The Seattle Cyclist 18 hours ago

    Shoutout from Seattle! Bainbridge island is beautiful by the way.

  • juan carlos rodriguez
    juan carlos rodriguez 21 hour ago

    What a piece of great Tesla Owner... Is so inspirational to others... Elon must be really proud of owners like this if ever noticed... I hope one day he will.

  • Christine Wills
    Christine Wills 22 hours ago


  • Tall-Paul 1990
    Tall-Paul 1990 Day ago

    JUNK 👌

  • BlackCherokeeCreole Morrow

    I'm down to invest in a Tesla auto-center, let's not talk about it, it's the future let get it done!!

  • eliteinventor
    eliteinventor Day ago

    Start your aftermarket Tesla channel

  • Muzzammil Baig
    Muzzammil Baig 2 days ago

    the fact that i see him using wire taps tells me hes should not be doing any electrical work at all, no professional will ever use wire taps...

  • YY Margiela
    YY Margiela 2 days ago

    Tesla should hire this dude

  • J A
    J A 2 days ago +1

    American car.. what'd you expect. Now hang back and let the Germans and Japanese do it right.

  • ufoengines
    ufoengines 3 days ago

    So Cool ! Thanks for this post . Any plans to get into making electric cars of your own electric car design ? Patents 3190554, 672256, 3013505 .

  • al guno
    al guno 3 days ago

    cool lego' can fix this car!!

  • obrbob194
    obrbob194 3 days ago

    Tesla is overrated and won’t be in business 10 years from now your money

  • vitaljamz
    vitaljamz 3 days ago

    Can you say apple?

  • Ted Carr
    Ted Carr 3 days ago

    How is he so lean? Is he vegan? Paleo? triathlete? intermittent faster? ex swimmer?? likely a cyclist actually, judgng by those tanlines.

  • Black Swan
    Black Swan 4 days ago

    Joke: Gates of MS and Smith of GM are flying together. Gates goes blah blah blah about if GM were run like MS, 1000 miles per gallon, 250 mph top speed, can fly, etc etc
    Smith silences him with : Bill, what about the 3 mandatory warnings per day : fatal error, shutting down?
    Tesla = hybrid of MS + GM, worst features of both in one car

  • Hunter Williams-Foust

    That’s why you buy Audi. German engineering supremacy is the only truth.

  • kodiakfamily
    kodiakfamily 4 days ago

    I'm not a Tesla fan myself. But any other car company, once the manufacturer warranty is done is going to stop making all the calls. This is what happens when you buy a car from a small motor company. It's not a Ford, Chevy, or Toyota. parts are going to be difficult to find and expensive. and this is certainly expected from version 1 of any production from a new company. The parts will become cheaper and more readily available as Tesla continues to expand. Again, this is coming from someone who's not a Tesla fan.

  • John Bryant
    John Bryant 4 days ago

    Poor guy.....gets treated like the rest of us with out of warranty cars.

  • Jay Anderli
    Jay Anderli 4 days ago

    That's what you get for buying a car at Toys R Us

  • Solution Clinic
    Solution Clinic 5 days ago

    It's exactly the reason, why we have no Tesla in the fleet. We are one of the biggest taxi-companies in town, have our own workshop and have all necessary legal licenses for dealing with high voltage systems. Still tesla refuses to give us the means to repair and maintain our own fleet. Besides the fact that this methods are illegal in austria, tesla is leaving €1.000.000 worth on the streets with us, because of this idiocy.

  • Michael
    Michael 5 days ago

    Tesla is the apple but for cars they want to own and control everything

  • Leo Mejia
    Leo Mejia 5 days ago

    Lol... tesla sucks 100%

  • Genie LaDynasty
    Genie LaDynasty 5 days ago

    First year model, out of warranty...

  • Junaid Hussain
    Junaid Hussain 5 days ago

    Guys amazing, the way he speaks shows how humble, smart he is.

  • Caesar
    Caesar 6 days ago

    Anti tesla propaganda.

  • Waiting for ES6
    Waiting for ES6 6 days ago

    I'll keep my Volt thanks. Bought it for 13k and spend $10 a month on gas.

  • EnVec0
    EnVec0 6 days ago

    Having worked in the auto industry for years I can say that it's a complete rip off to pay those prices for basic car repair. Accessibility to a shop is one thing but that's price gouging at its finest with no alternatives. The only option was to fix it himself, and most of us dont have the time or ability to do so. Plus working on an electric car is incredibly dangerous.

  • W Bayne
    W Bayne 6 days ago

    He's got a lot of problems if the car is totally dismantled all the time.

  • Nungesser xx
    Nungesser xx 6 days ago

    “This was falling off, that was falling off” lol dude get a Lexus lol

  • jim Horrace
    jim Horrace 6 days ago

    They should do service differently and teach their drivers how to simple fix things and offer most parts at cost. This would push out so many bloated sales garbage gasoline car service centers and make me happy

  • Eduardo Cortez
    Eduardo Cortez 6 days ago

    You guys think the door handle was expensive just wait till you need some body work on the aluminum frame or a new battery. Good for you bro that you are a Tesla fan after all that. I honestly would sell or junk the car it's a money pit after the warranty period. Why does this remind me so much of apple devices... they cant fix their own products instead they will sell you a new one.

  • Bridger Miles
    Bridger Miles 6 days ago

    It's not that hard to work on cars as long as its not an engine or transmission.

  • howtobebasic1
    howtobebasic1 6 days ago

    alot of mechanics hate teslas

    MOSTLY_GHOSTLY9 6 days ago

    teslas are like automatic transmissions, yeah there fast but there so boring

  • Biswanath Mohapatra
    Biswanath Mohapatra 7 days ago

    This is the price one pays for first mover..

  • Zelios
    Zelios 7 days ago

    What’s up with the media being so anti Tesla now..
    I mean let’s not act like we really had to replace the windows..

  • So Lost
    So Lost 7 days ago

    Tesla, the apple of cars

  • Mark Reynolds
    Mark Reynolds 7 days ago

    He's absolutely right. Tesla has no hope of fulfilling their 'mass market' aim unless they open up to 3rd party markets with information, parts and training like other makers.

  • dustin scheller
    dustin scheller 7 days ago

    When I got my outback over 100k Subaru was like it was nice knowing you

  • Mr Gunslinger
    Mr Gunslinger 7 days ago

    To be fair, literally ALL car manufacturers do the same. Once the warranty is off, you are on your own.

  • Matthew Lane
    Matthew Lane 7 days ago

    Just get it fixed by Tesla, just being tight with your money. Most places have service centre only repairs. Samsung and Apple equally have the same setup.

  • Matthew Lane
    Matthew Lane 7 days ago

    Pretty sure Nissan, Kia (60,00km), Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota...etc.. all have a minimum warranty period or mileage warranty expiration. It's even better that this guy has pointed out you can fix it yourself, means more people will buy more of them

  • Scott Wilkins
    Scott Wilkins 7 days ago

    Tesla has the worst quality of any car maker today. Don't believe me? Check the records, you can Google it yourself.

  • Shawn Vargas
    Shawn Vargas 7 days ago

    So a car with over 100k miles you are just suppose to junk it & go buy a new luxury car? ... if thats the case..... SUCKERS!!! Good for this guy! Theres an opportunity to be seized!

  • Gary Peatling
    Gary Peatling 7 days ago

    You don't want to be using scotch locks on any thing important

  • Jarid Gaming
    Jarid Gaming 7 days ago

    Its probably dangerous to mess with the car and its sensors when it can be self driving.

  • CrimsonSlayer7
    CrimsonSlayer7 8 days ago

    They should do a video on Rich Rebuilds. Rebuilt his own Tesla

  • Archman 155
    Archman 155 8 days ago

    WOAH! OMG! I've NEVER heard anyone fix their car before. I'm SOOOO impressed!

  • rohanzo1
    rohanzo1 8 days ago

    other manufacturers should just copy tesla and make it better. learn from thier mistakes. its how every tech company grows, by copying and improving

  • Devil's Offspring
    Devil's Offspring 8 days ago

    Parts of trivial complexity, but important function, including door handles and taillights, should NOT cost thousands and thousands to repair!!

  • Sambuddha Ranabhat
    Sambuddha Ranabhat 8 days ago

    This fool just said if you can put together a lego then you can put together a tesla 😂

  • Dave F
    Dave F 8 days ago

    Only 5 years old and so many repairs.

  • Engin KALMAZ
    Engin KALMAZ 8 days ago

    It is a great working..I'm also trying to introduce Diyarbakır as English..congratulations

  • Big Guy Reviews
    Big Guy Reviews 8 days ago

    Btw. I applaud u for both ur work ethic and ur video. Good stuff man

  • Big Guy Reviews
    Big Guy Reviews 8 days ago

    This isn’t just a Tesla thing I was quoted 2000 dollars to pull the dash off my dodge truck to fix a blend door. I did the work myself for free. No dash pull required. No new parts needed. Check out the video on our channel. These dealerships are just screwing people right and left.

  • Jawad Arif
    Jawad Arif 8 days ago

    One the German and the Japanese get in to full electric car similar to Tesla, it will be game over for them

  • M Jordan
    M Jordan 8 days ago

    1:38 was not expecting to see my hometown haha

  • Mitshu Marner
    Mitshu Marner 9 days ago

    Leave it to Musk to design probably the very best automobile in the world, and over look establishing a network to support the vehicle throughout it's life. In plainer terms, Musk forgot about building a parts plant. That's automobile 101 if you intend on not being a fly-by-night operation.

  • John Doe
    John Doe 9 days ago

    Did anyone shout "Apple Store"?
    Usually fixable for a couple of hundred$, Apple says "Completely broken, better buy out newest model".
    Difference is, no manuals or third part allowed to be sold.

  • Michael Bodine
    Michael Bodine 9 days ago

    Abt 15,000 watts per 45,000 miles; GREAT fractional ratio and mileage;

  • Michael Bodine
    Michael Bodine 9 days ago

    Actually with TESLA 3
    There are
    2 battery S I Z E S ;

  • Sunny Jacob
    Sunny Jacob 9 days ago

    so Tesla is a LEGO car

  • Wade Haden
    Wade Haden 9 days ago

    fool should get himself a metal 3d printer..and a plastics 3d printer. he could make many parts himself.

  • PrehensileMan n
    PrehensileMan n 9 days ago

    Just the media using a disgruntled Tesla owner to bash Tesla, his contract ran out and you can't buy parts readily, I'd say he bought a lemon in the long run and the fault is on him for buying a car he can't really afford

  • dangab precious
    dangab precious 9 days ago

    Let compare it to my honda civic ex 2016 (price 20,000)
    His Tesla price 80,000 approximate
    Usage 135,004 = 46,368.9 kwh
    In my state electric rate is 12 cent/Kwh
    46,368.9 x .12 = $5,564.268
    Versus my Honda Civic with avg 36mpg for me
    At 135,0004 miles divide 36mpg = 3,750.1 gallons
    In md avg gallons is $2.60/gallon
    3,750.1 x 2.6 = 9,750.2
    Tesla 9,750.2 - Honda 5,564.26 = 4,185.93 savings in Gas for Tesla.
    Not enough to offset 80,000 price tag plus the headache changing the batteries or motors.
    Honda civic @ 135,000 miles is just break in period.
    It’s no brainer who wons.
    Plus I do my own maintenance.

  • devious dom
    devious dom 9 days ago

    Dude, don't use scotch locks for wiring repairs =0(

  • Fawaz Alahmad
    Fawaz Alahmad 9 days ago

    he resembles me with my scirocco 2012. God bless you ma bro

  • Second Take
    Second Take 9 days ago

    his car is surprisingly in great shape for being a few years old

  • Zavoxor
    Zavoxor 9 days ago

    3.4k Tesla fanbois disliked this video

  • Joseph Peters
    Joseph Peters 10 days ago

    Yeah, I don’t see the problem!!!! You knew what you were getting into before you bought the 100k plus luxury car!!!! Or you just didn’t do your homework!!!!

  • Alexander
    Alexander 10 days ago

    Mate just get a TOYOTA

  • Andy Pak
    Andy Pak 10 days ago

    I own 2013 Tesla model S. I now own more tools than I ever did in my life. I don’t live far from service stations, but they will take months for parts to come in before even handling claims. Worst part is that they don’t fix it right even after they go in to shop. I had door handle not presenting and they had me wait for 3 months. I had to open it from other doors in the mean time. They were still not able to get parts and they had no estimated time when they ever will, but I escalated to an regional manager and they magically got the part. I don’t think they really care to go out of their way to get things done as they are not dealers and do not have incentive to cater to their local clients. All I’m going to say is that I will be switching to Porsche e mission when it comes out and never look back.

  • vishwanathstorm
    vishwanathstorm 10 days ago

    Shame on you Tesla for making your customer suffer. This not the benchmark you set.

  • KevinSandy2
    KevinSandy2 10 days ago

    140K miles and the thing has fallen apart. We will not be seeing any Tesla's at retro classic car shows in the future.

  • Draco Padilla
    Draco Padilla 10 days ago

    Moral of the story: Don't buy a tesla if you can't afford the maintenance on it.

  • The Art Of Moving
    The Art Of Moving 10 days ago

    There is a problem, there is an opportunity!

  • Mike Servis
    Mike Servis 10 days ago

    You remind me of my dad. He was every widow's hero in the neighborhood could fix anything. You nailed my excuse for owning a Tesla. The nearest Tesla service is 277 miles from me.

  • Solito Reyes II
    Solito Reyes II 10 days ago

    Sounds like ultra fast junk with a good looking shape and paint job.

  • MrMethadrine
    MrMethadrine 11 days ago

    this guy is an actor

  • TNG_Noober
    TNG_Noober 11 days ago

    I get the problem he tells. But Tesla is not existing so long like Mercedes, BMW or Audi. That's a big difference. So Tesla needs time to open up more mechanic stores. Also Tesla is having only 1 factory on the world and not like a couple. That is may the reason why things are expensive.

  • Thomas Snyder
    Thomas Snyder 11 days ago

    Volt ftw

  • JoaKimzen
    JoaKimzen 12 days ago

    He has done a lot of repairing in only 5 years. Are these Teslas really this unreliable?

  • Bobby Dulin
    Bobby Dulin 12 days ago


  • J D
    J D 12 days ago

    Goes out of warranty then complains and moans . (Get an extended warranty?)

  • David McGarry
    David McGarry 12 days ago

    He's totally an engineer... Look at the way he stands there 😉
    He should just do a TVclip channel showing how he fixed all these problems... Then he could buy a new one!

  • SRM Solar radiation management Geoengineering

    Poorly built, like everything in America.

  • holodoctor1
    holodoctor1 12 days ago

    Weird guy...

  • Mark
    Mark 12 days ago

    The solution, wait fir BMW and Merc or Toyota electric cars

  • Thomas Rossi
    Thomas Rossi 12 days ago

    So, why is this snowflake crying?? He bought a car, it’s now out of warranty... he pays for the repairs.. just like every other car owner...
    Maybe he needs a participation trophy to feel better.

  • Lance Hondrade
    Lance Hondrade 12 days ago

    Elon would be more proud than angry at this guy.

  • Emma Manso
    Emma Manso 12 days ago +1

    great work man!!!! well done

  • Mack M
    Mack M 12 days ago

    Tesla.. is the APPLE of Cars.. Control..control.. CONTROL...

  • gomenaros
    gomenaros 13 days ago

    Nissan Leaf man

  • Abel Rodriguez
    Abel Rodriguez 13 days ago


  • Rena W
    Rena W 13 days ago

    Erm I’m like 90% sure that the Tesla warranties are 8 years infinite miles. Therefore he’d still be on warranty if he has a 2013

  • Mr. Tooki
    Mr. Tooki 13 days ago

    Nevah pre ordah