4th Nov 2018, 00:43

I found the video of this Tesla owner; he talks about some of the repairs he has done on the car. He doesn't mention the electric engine problem, but gives some valuable information for future Tesla owners. His car has 130k miles.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iR4CFiuR3tQ

10th Nov 2018, 09:15

Anyone have any concerns wondering if this automaker will be around for a while? With complexity and age, who's going to touch it if this occurs? I do a lot of traveling; it's nice going to the nearest dealer in any major city who supports the vehicles I own. Even a loaner. Guess you could ship it somewhere if a major repair goes down.

10th Nov 2018, 20:07

I would still want a new Porsche instead. My boss had one.

26th Dec 2018, 00:06

I have no doubt Tesla is there to stay. They are finally about to bring the Model 3 production to cruising speed, so this little car it is going to sell. I would have no problem buying one - just perhaps wait 2 years so they fix all initial production and design issues. Their batteries are solid and durable if we look at the Tesla S. But any buyer must be really aware of this reality: these cars have been designed from the scratch so there are going to be problems with the usual items in cars - suspension, window and door lock actuators, electronics, etc. All the parts besides the engine, fuel, ignition and exhaust are still the same as in a gasoline vehicle. The thing with Tesla is the way the car is designed, independent garages are not willing to look at it even for something like a window regulator. So you are stuck to have it repaired by the main dealer Tesla, which is very expensive ($175/hr shop fees).

https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/tesla-the-real-out-of-warranty-costs.109692/

8th Mar 2019, 11:13

No, it's not worth the range anxiety. No car that makes you anxious is worth the money. Teslas are s**tboxes, really, I mean they will only do half or even less than the advertised range in the real world, and then when the battery runs out, you need to wait one, two, three or more hours just to get back to the road; I'm sorry, but how the hell is this progress? It's not, Teslas are useless. Get a diesel or hybrid car instead of some overrated expensive electric d*ldo on wheels, badly built in the Soviet Union of Commiefornia; trust me, you'll be much happier.

11th Mar 2019, 17:15

I know several people who own Teslas: One owns a Model S, the other a Model 3. Those that enjoy criticizing these cars have likely never driven or even ridden in one. I've done both. Everything about these cars have been designed and planned perhaps in the most optimal way for the driver; more so than any other car. While most modern cars seem to be chock full of knobs, buttons, and other stuff you hardly ever actually use, Tesla's interiors are pared down to the essentials, and unlike most car makers where the digital screens are more for entertainment, in the Tesla it's used as the primary control module.

I find it puzzling that so many people bash this company. What they've done is nothing short of a miracle: They almost single handily revolutionized cars. It's easy to forget that 10 years ago NOBODY, save for a few weird little companies selling glorified electric golf carts that wouldn't go over 35MPH, was making a serious long range EV. Nobody would have ever thought that you could power a car with lithium ion batteries due to their volatility. Tesla did both of those things. Now all one has to do is look at the upcoming or current offerings from other automakers to see that everyone either has or will have long range EVs within the next few years.

So think about that for just a minute. The Model S came out in 2012. As of this writing (2019) many of the European luxury brands like BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and so forth plan to have long range EVs by 2020 or thereabouts. That means Tesla was a full 8 YEARS ahead of pretty much everyone else, made all that more remarkable when you consider that Tesla is tiny compared to the other manufacturers and their huge amount of resources and experience.

At the end of the day Mr. Musk said his goal was to make EVs practical and available to more people. With that regard he has been wildly successful.

12th Mar 2019, 00:02

I’d still rather have a domestic 500 HP Viper with minimal knobs and a basic dash array. Over 20 MPG going light on the throttle running the advertised limit on the interstate. Enjoying the powerful sound of the V10 through the Corsas. Gas stations everywhere. No wires needed to delay the trip.

12th Mar 2019, 12:19

Well said, and I agree. Myself I'm a big fan of fast petrol cars with loud engines. But an electric car was not appealing to me either till Tesla came along - they were a game changer. Elon Musk knows what he is doing.

12th Mar 2019, 12:20

Lots of stops for fuel delay the trip :) There are pros and cons to electric and petrol cars. Choose what you prefer.

12th Mar 2019, 17:17

Well... Nobody is stopping you from buying a Dodge Viper. So go buy one and drive it coast to coast. That doesn't really have a lot to do with Teslas, but whatever...

15th Mar 2019, 16:39

Apparently you can recharge 80% of a Tesla in 45 minutes. Wow... Almost one hour and not even 100%... How is that progress? I will only believe in the electric car if the recharging drops to 5 minutes, tops, and that's for a fully charge, not a half one or 80%. Until then electric cars are useless to me. Expensive toys for virtue signaling hypocrites.

16th Mar 2019, 00:33

I hear what you are saying, but I have to disagree. I'm a petrol head through and through. But electric cars will likely be the future. Tesla is almost there making them perfect, and I'm glad about that.

16th Mar 2019, 02:10

So buy a 250 grand Tesla. 0-60 in 1.9 seconds. The 2 seconds savings with evaporate with the charging time. In 5 minutes ours will be back on the road.

16th Mar 2019, 22:09

Wish my dad's car was like that one. I could leave late at night in stealth quiet mode and he wouldn’t even hear me leaving the driveway. Then I could have it back so fast he wouldn’t even miss that I took it. Or he would feel the warm hood as a dead giveaway taking out a traditional high HP car that runs on high octane fuel. Lots of pros and cons I guess. Only 250k great.

20th Mar 2019, 17:31

Tesla promises what? 300 to 336 miles of range for the Model S? In real life it will do way, way, way less than that; 200 miles or even less! And then what happens when the battery runs out of juice? You have to wait one, two, three... eight hours to get back on the road. And you better pray that you don't get stranded in a place where there are no electric charging stations, otherwise you will have to wait days to finish your journey. And let's be honest, just imagine how stressful is to drive a car knowing that if the battery discharges, you are pretty much adrift? This is not progress... This is what journeys were like in the 19th century FFS! If that's the future then I will keep my diesel Toyota 4x4 thank you very much.

21st Mar 2019, 12:16

Apparently your dad doesn't know how to read an odometer?

23rd Mar 2019, 13:06

Tesla claims that the Model S has a range of 336 miles, but realistically it will only do half of that.

23rd Mar 2019, 18:06

Not sold on the idea. Fiskar was another one with fire concerns. Buying and then living with vehicles are two different stories. I take trips. It’s a great feeling having a sports car which can be serviced most anywhere, parts are relatively quick and easy to access. And back on the road. It’s bad enough with many fuel models with this issue. Maybe in 20 years.

25th Mar 2019, 12:52

The advertised range for the Tesla Model S Long Distance version is 336 miles, but real life tests have shown that it will do 204 miles, and it will only go 204 miles if you stay at 56 mph and don't use the air-conditioning. Increase the speed to 70 mph and turn on the A/C and the range drops to 112 miles. Now granted that an electric car will be cheaper to recharge than filling up the fuel tank of a car, but it's worth paying more to resume your journey more quickly and not suffer from range anxiety.

25th Mar 2019, 19:40

Depends how you use a car though. If I lived in a busy city and did not travel much, I'd get a Tesla. If I drove hundreds of miles per week, I'd get an economical diesel car.

25th Mar 2019, 20:32

People are not buying a 250k sports car unless it’s blistering fast. Saving pennies on electric or fuel isn’t even a remote factor. It better be very special as there are amazing alternatives in that price category.

30th Mar 2019, 13:57

The electric car is just like socialism. It's a wrong idea that failed before and will continue to fail forever.