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Rust or Corrosion on Tesla Model X, rock impact of course!

Every single time I bring my car in for rust or corrosion damage Tesla finds a way to claim rock impact. This borders on the absurd when they claim rock impact inside the doors and underneath the frunk. Also, rust is normal and if your car works, then shut up about it:

If the car can drive. No problem. It can rust all the way!

First of, yes the car rusts. Make sure you inspect the car often to undercover rust, Tesla might also claim that even though things rust, they still function, which is absurd. 4 year old car should not rust like this.



Here are some corrosion images, I have forgotten to take image of the spoiler. It has been replaced 3 times. They claimed rock impact for most of these. Including underneath the frunk and inside the door.

Tesla just lies

So, how do you know Tesla plain out lies an claims rock impacts? Look at these two images of my front door. I took a picture some time before service, and during the service visit the technician touched the bubles and broke the paint surface. He pulled back and claimed rock impact! To make this even more absurd. This is INSIDE the door.

Also Tesla does NOT understand Norwegian law about reklamasjon, so if your car has driven over 100.000 take pictues, get a NAF test and be prepared to take them to forliksrådet.

Howie’s Tesla Troubles – Chrome details comes off

Hi and welcome to this series where I blog one post for every issue I have had and how it was resolved

This time it is the chrome decals on the rear trunk. This has happened twice now and the first time I had to come in to the service center, this time they are sending a mobile technician to my house. The reason this happens is because it is fastened only by a double sided adhesive tape. The tape is obviously of sub par quality.

Tesla Chrome details comming off in 2017
06. September 2017 Right side lose

Tesla Chrome details comming off in 2018
2nd August 20180 Left side

Check out the video below if you want to see it live.



Howie’s Tesla Troubles – Screws are rusting

Hi and welcome to this series where I blog one post for every issue I have had and how it was resolved

This time it is the screw that holds the rear camera in place. It is full of rust. Tesla explains that the whole car is made of aluminium so it should not rust, but the screws are subject to corosion. They also claim that this is normal and not covered by warranty.

I find  that hard to believe, use proper screws. Seriously. And why is only on screw rusting? This would not happen on a BMW or am I wrong? Please comment below if you think so.

Tesla has not yet fixed this, it has been on their list to fix twice and they forget it each time. Now they promised to fix it when a service technician comes to my house.

Video Below the images for live view!

Tesla rear camera screw rusting February 2018
February 2018 before sending the car to the service center

Tesla rear camera screw rusting August 2018
2nd August 2018, they forgot to fix it and now the service technician promised to do it.

Howie’s Tesla Troubles – Front window cable canal won’t clip on

Hi and welcome to this series where I blog one post for every issue I have had and how it was resolved

This time it is the cable canal that runs from the roof across my front windshield to the rear view mirror. The cable canal will not clip on. Looks flimsy. I had the service technician try to clip it back into place but he was unable.

Is this something you would just live with or should I complain and have it replaced? Comment below and let me know.


Tesla Model X Topfit Dashcam

I decided to get a Dashcam to monitor the traffic situation in front of the car. Some things to note about this dashcam:

  1. It does not operate when the car is parked
  2. It fits perfectly into the car and does not require any extra wire-work
  3. The control app is simple.

This is probably the cheapest and nicest way to get a camera into your car if you do not require rear view capture or parking capture.

It comes in a really nice box

topfit dashcam box

Instruction manual in English with a mounting manual. The English is okay enough.

It is a bit bulky but looks okay. It has a proximity sensor that takes a picture if you swipe your hand under the camera. It also has a motion sensor that locks pictures and movies from being deleted i case of a crash. It has a microphone and a small speaker. It can capture audio from the cabin.


The camera fits nicely into place after you remove the old plastic cover in your TMX

The whole process is super easy and it looks good afterward.

There are two things that I would mention as a negative aspect.

  1. The controller app is really simple and does not offer a lot of functionality. It does not always show the content of the camera properly so you might have to restart or click on the app several times.
  2. There is a voice coming every time the camera initiates, “DVR RECORDING STARTED” this is super annoying and I messaged the seller. He gave me a recipe for fixing it but it require you to update the firmware on the camera. Extra work.

that aside, I this is a good buy.

Ebay link:

Fixing Tesla Model X license plate issue

If you are from Norway you might have this issue.


It’s because Tesla messed up and use a too large screw. However it is easy to fix yourself if you already picked up your car and signed off. If you are picking up your car, make them switch screws.


Here is the simple and effective trick that will remove prevent a costly paint job if people or cars bump your license plate slightly.

Just remove the license plate and unscrew the two top screws. Replace them with a smaller screw and there you are:



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