2008 / Roadster / / Blue 1.5
2008 Used Tesla Roadster 1.5 / R80 battery
Own the original that started the EV revolution, upgraded with the latest battery technology from Tesla! The Tesla Roadster is an all-electric sports car. The Roadster is innovative, efficient, and seductively beautiful; and few things, boast all three! Perhaps more importantly, the winner of Time Magazine’s 2008 Best Transportation Invention, Popular Mechanics 2006 Breakthrough Award, du Pont Registry’s 2009 Best Green Exotic, and Forbes Magazine’s “Best new car that lived up to the hype”, the Tesla Roadster paved the way for environmentally friendly performance cars. The Roadster has phenomenal acceleration rocketing you to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds after battery upgrade. At the dragstrip this Roadster easily bested three Corvettes, a Shelby Mustang, and BMW M5. As one expects of an automobile chassis designed by Lotus, steering is tight and responsive, and the driver feels at one with both the car and the road. The car has about 56,500 miles and has been garage kept, is in very good shape, and serviced mostly by Tesla. The coolant, brake fluid and TPMS sensors were changed in 2016. The car is considered a 2008 as are all 1.5 Roadsters, but has a build date of March 2009.
Factory options, Invoice was $109,000:
Carbon fiber hard top (in addition to soft top) $5000
Premium sound system & navigation $3000
240v & 120v Charging cables (standard)
Forged Alloy wheels (standard at the time)
Soft top with storage bag (standard)
Over $41,000 of additional options added over last 9 years:
3.0 Battery upgrade giving 300+ miles of range and a slight performance boost – $29,000
Sound Reduction Package Stage 1 – $3000
Sound Reduction Package Stage 2 (note even then the Roadster is not a quiet car) – $1000
Tesla HID headlamp upgrade- $2400
High Power Wall Connector (for charging up to 70 amps) – $1950
Tesla Carbon Fiber door sills – $1400
J-1772 adapter (CAN JR) for charging at more than 18,500 public charging stations – $650
Model S adapter (CAN SR) for charging at over 4,500 Tesla destination chargers – $650
Hitch – Used for bicycle rack (or to tow gas cars who have run out of gas J) – $350
Tesla Hard Top Storage bag – $250
Boot Bag for nearly double the storage on road trips – $200
OVMS 2.0 to track/charge your Roadster (requires GPRS SIMM card) – $120
Black vinyl protection below the doors, can be removed if desired.- $100
Additional pre-filter for PEM and motor to help keep them clean and cool
This first-generation Roadster has some nice features not available on later models:
Carbon fiber center console and trunk well.
Military grade quick connections on PEM
Adjustable lumbar (while driving) and seats that are slightly thinner for more headroom
VDS display by door (charging settings) is easily reached without having to climb in the car
Full performance power is the default driving mode
No 12v battery which has proven to be a headache in the 2.x models.
High mounted PEM cooling fan that keeps the PEM MUCH cleaner
Dual cooling fans with virtually no issues with connectors burning out trying to drive the single fan
Remote Keyless Entry (two keys)
Dual Front Impact Airbags
Removable Targa top
Integrated Garage Door Transmitter
Heated leather seats
Battery – While the battery was still solid after 7 years, I upgraded to the 3.0 battery to ensure a minimum of 10 more years as the battery is the one-part owners cannot service. I now get 305 miles on a range charge and 208 on a standard charge. The CAC is about 185. I included a graph on the battery, at standard charge level. Note: Standard charge levels have changed with the 3.0 battery.
While the car is a blast to drive and I enjoy it, my wife has problems with her hip and knees and has trouble getting in and out of the car. We need a car she can drive and use so we purchased a Model 3. I never owned a performance car and I bought it for the “economy”, assuming it would be a garage queen. But I could not keep myself from driving it.
Issues – Over the last 9 years I’ve owned the Roadster I had two significant issues, fully resolved. The high-voltage controller was replaced by Tesla and the accelerator pedal circuit and the pedal were replaced under warranty. Not bad for a first-generation car! I have the PEM cleaned, battery coolant and brake fluid replaced, per the maintenance schedule and the TPMS sensors and trunk support struts, were replaced in 2016. Just last month the charge port light ring was replaced by Tesla.
Accident – The car was in a minor accident Feb 2018. At a stop light I ran into/under the back of a Jeep. The Jeep was fine, but the front bumper was torn and the dual exhausts hit each headlight. There was no airbag deployment and I drove the car for 4 weeks while waiting for the parts and shop time. Fortunately, Tesla had new parts and a local, quality shop did an excellent job. The pictures, of course were taken after repairs. Nothing near the frame or suspension was damaged.
I live in NE Tennessee (Kingsport) and am willing to transport the car up to 300 miles (deposit required). For farther distances you will need to arrange transport, and I will work with you. For more pictures please see
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dxas0913w2t42w4/AAB2Xf9RPEEMuu3AqS5mLxL0a?dl=0. – ( COPY / PASTE IN YOUR BROWSE)
If you have additional questions, I am happy to talk or do a video chat.
Thanks for looking.