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“Bricked” is supposed to mean “permanently and unfixably ceasing to function”. That’s absolutely not what is happening here. The article is completely and inexcusably wrong on this point.

The car won’t run when the eMMC chip fails, and Tesla solution is a new MCU board which costs $2,700 out of warranty. Not surprisingly Tesla is not desoldering and reworking just the eMMC chip.

There are any number of components that can disable a car, from the battery to the starter to something with the ignition, electronics, anti-theft, etc.

Sometimes the repair is as simple as a new battery, sometimes the repair is an expensive piece of hardware.

Yet those things are crucial to the fundamental operation of the vehicle. We're talking about logs no user cares about here. It's just sloppy and a silly failure mode.

Anti-theft is not crucial to the operation of the vehicle, and that had certainly immobilized plenty of vehicles, sometimes in expensive to fix manors.

Now if the article was that Tesla Model S has a chip which wears out and the board holding the chip is expensive to replace, and maybe even getting into why don’t they push a software update to lower the writes to that chip — I would not disagree.

The article falsely claimed the cars are “bricked”. As it’s the main thrust of the article, it should be retracted.

> However, until the company starts stocking parts like the eMMC chip, as well as release detailed service manuals to the public, Tesla is going to be looking at a number of newish cars dead in a junkyard real soon.

They should stock a chip which is soldered to the board, and what, do reworks? That’s asinine.

Newish cars dead in a junkyard? Totally false. It’s an expensive repair for a problem that could have been avoided, and hopefully Tesla will remedy with a firmware update.

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