News Consumer Reports finds Tesla has "poor reliability"

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  1. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen Seek truth, not confirmation of your opinions VIP

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    How will this effect the future of the heavily subsidized car company for wealthy electric car lovers?

    http://www.autoblog.com/2015/10/21/tesla-model-s-consumer-reports-poor-reliability/

    Consumer Reports can giveth and Consumer Reports can taketh away – at least when it comes to Tesla. Just months after lavishing praise on the Model S P85D in the magazine's highest-rated vehicle test ever, the electric sedan is now being slammed in the Annual Auto Reliability Survey. Investors responded by sending the automaker's stock value down by over 10 percent at one point, according to The Los Angeles Times.

    In a story on its website, CR concedes that the Model S is a fantastic vehicle to drive, but around 1,400 owner surveys suggest a lot of potential problems when living with one every day. The magazine can't even give the EV its recommendation because the sedan actually dropped a ranking to "worse-than-average" from last year's "average" reliability prediction.

    The most common complaint among owners is an annoying issue with interior squeaks, but more serious problems can also pop up. Door handles sometimes don't deploy, which locks people out, including CR. The magazine lists issues with warping brake discs, alignment issues, and wipers not working, and there are reports of drivetrain issues on early cars. Despite the problems, 97 percent of owners are undeterred and would buy another Model S. They give Tesla's warranty service high praise, too.

    As of this writing, the stock is rebounding slightly but is still down 6.61 percent for the day. However, a longer-term concern might loom for Tesla. "Going forward, this poses the question whether they will be able to keep quality up as they increase volume and add models to the mix," Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at CR, said to The LA Times. The brand is just launching the Model X and wants the more affordable Model 3 out in 2017.


    Small reliability tracking site, TrueDelta.com, seems to back up CR's findings, with the rating pegged at the lowest rating.
    http://www.truedelta.com/Tesla-Model-S/reliability-1095
     
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    Divorce Chicken Big Fun VIP

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    Considering the price point, I see a lot more Teslas driving around than I thought I would.
     
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    It's a good car in that price segment. A little unpolished, but that comes with time. The thousands in taxpayer gifted tax credits doesn't hurt sales.
     
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    I think Tesla owners are a very anal group in general so this doesn't surprise me.

    In reality, it takes a lot of time and effort to build a reliable car with minimal issues. British car companies like Mini and Jaguar have horrible reliability issues and they have been around a lot longer than Tesla.
     
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  5. Willowglen

    Willowglen Lookin thru the glass ceiling & up Stephs skirt

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    I guess they didn't wine and dine the consumer reports guy enough on his last visit.


    Its still pretty new technology. I'm sure they will work out whatever. I doubt Ford or Toyota has a 97% approval rating from its customers
     
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    It's a cold whip
     
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    yeah, uh...it sucks, but buy it anyway, because you'll be saving the environment. Carbon credits beeetches.
     
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    My Aunt Tessie from Tulsa has a Tesla.