Tesla Undriveable

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  1. JFK

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    Tesla responds to 'undriveable' review

    By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY10:32 a.m. EDT May 19, 2015
    Tesla issued a statement saying that service is a priority and that it is constantly improving its cars through communication with customers, service technicians and engineers. It also said many of its problems are fixed through over-the-air software flashes.
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    Consumer Reports elaborated on details Monday surrounding its door-handle problem in its new $127,000 deluxe Tesla electric performance sedan Monday that it says made the car "undriveable."

    Consumer Reports says testers were initially locked out of its 27-day-old top-of-the-line Tesla Model SP85D because the car's fancy retractable door handles wouldn't work. They were able to get into the car through the passenger's side door and squeeze behind the wheel, but the car then wouldn't shift into drive.

    While the world is filled with Tesla reviews, Consumer Reports stands out because of its massive following, reputation for independent testing that includes buying, rather than borrowing, cars and the previous high marks that it has given to last Tesla.

    Consumer Reports stood by its blog post Monday but amended it to take out a reference to being able to move the car using Tesla's cellphone app that allows for remote starting. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing for the magazine, said most customers aren't going to use a cellphone app to operate their car. Tesla says, however, that the app could have allowed the car to have been driven.

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    The bigger issue, Fisher says, is that faulty door handles were preventing the car from being driven. Fisher says he thinks that's because many modern cars won't let drivers shift into park if a door is ajar. Tesla contends, however, that there is no connection between the door handle functionality and the car's electric powertrain.

    Could the tester not have depressed the brake pedal in trying to start the car and shift into park. Nope, says Fisher. "We're not complete idiots." He adds, "We're not backing away from 'undriveable,' " the term used in the original blog post.

    These aren't ordinary door handles. They are a space-age version that remain flush to the car door — a look usually only seen in concept prototypes at car shows — and automatically extend when a driver approaches with their key in their hand, purse or pocket.

    Tesla issued a statement saying that service is a priority and that it is constantly improving its cars through communication with customers, service technicians and engineers. It also said many of its problems are fixed through over-the-air software flashes. "In instances when hardware, like the door handle, need to be replaced, we strive to make it painless for a customer to get their Model S serviced," the statement says. "Every fix is an opportunity for us to learn and apply towards making owning a Model S a great experience."

    The phone app that Consumer Reports originally alluded to can take the place of a key, Tesla says. Once it is activated, customers have two minutes to get into the car, depress the brake pedal and shift into Drive Mode. Then the car can be driven normally.

    The magazine says its ownership surveys show doors and latches continue to be a big problem on the Tesla Model S. Last year, it reported "more than its share of problems" on its first Model S. But it put aside criticism of the glitches to name the Tesla Model S as one of the best cars that it ever has tested.
     
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    Who cares, the stock is over $250 :yay:
     
  3. BrulesRules

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    if I had $127k, wouldn't be spending it on a car.
     
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    There are a few parking lots I pass frequently that have a special "Tesla" parking only spots. There are about 10 of them next to a big fenced in charging unit I assume.

    Worthless info, but I thought I'd share. :hat:
     
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    Beth O is perfect
     
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    Agreed. She has beautiful natural breasts.
     
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    :eek: does it last forever
     
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    She makes Howard so happy :)
     
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    What are you crazy ..? I'd get me a 911 : porsche: prolly a used one..I think the new turbos start at $180k
     
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    The two cars I've driven that have been most enjoyable so far in my life have been Tesla's Roadster and Model S.
     
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    Gitfiddle Live Deliciously

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    And it shows in the quality of work he does. Such great shows lately.
     
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    K, JF. :nojj:
     
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    Do they charge them for using their electricity? If not they're saps.
     
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    This. My CEO has one of those. A few months back we were talking about what cars we would get if money were no object. I said I'd get a fully restored '70 Mercury Cougar. He looked at me like I was insane. :dontknow:
     
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    How about I fly to Chicago and we key the fuck out of them?:ucheer:
     
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    This. I drove a Model S a couple of months ago, and it truly is unlike any other car. I really had the feeling of: "Holy shit. This is the future." The way it responds to the throttle is unreal, and this was a "regular" 85. I can't even imagine what the version with dual motors must be like.
     
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    The Roadster was crazy. Could beat almost any car off the line with no more noise than a golf cart.

    Haven't experienced the D yet unfortunately.
     
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    Don't know if you ever saw this

     
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