No maintenance for 2 years?

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Someone on here mentioned that the drive unit fluid replacement for the Model 3 is really the only significant thing they do at the first annual service center visit, yet the fluid will easily last 4 years, so wouldn't it be better to skip it and wait until the next year to take it into service? That's at least one free 18" Michelin tire (including labor) from the savings of postponing.
 

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Well - I'm off searching but can't find my reference. Thought that the oil in the drive unit didn't need replaced on the 3 because of the filter that was added. It's unlike the S and X which didn't have a filter. Tesla has very little published on the matter.


Edit: I can't find a source that says no need to service, but Tesla has published nothing that says you should (not that I can find.). I'm quite certain I've read though that they added the filter so that you don't need the maintenance on the drive unit oil that the S and X needed.

The closest think I can find to a reference is a thread by @garsh and there are no cited references there either. Will Model 3 require an Oil Change?
 
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Well - I'm off searching but can't find my reference. Thought that the oil in the drive unit didn't need replaced on the 3 because of the filter that was added.
That is correct. Only the S/X require that the drive unit fluid be replaced during the first visit. The Model 3 recommended maintenance makes no mention of replacing it. It was noted on at least one of the tear-down videos that the Model 3 has added a filter to the drive unit. I assume this was done to trap any of the small pieces of metal shavings that are created during initial wear-in, thus avoiding the need to replace the fluid.