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.
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.