Edmunds.com Tesla Model S Video Review

MAY 9 2014 BY MIKE ANTHONY 9

 “The Tesla Model S is unlike any car you’ve ever driven. and its not just because its electric.”

Starts the opening of the Edmunds.com video embedded above.

Screen shot from video.

Screen Shot Of Tesla Model S From Edmunds.com Video

As you will see in the video, Edmunds.com show us it long-term update after 20,000 miles with the Tesla Model S.

Edmunds show us what makes the Model S unique, including several positives and even few slight negatives.

As you likely already know, The Tesla Model S is a premium all-electric sedan that can go cross country courtesy of its long range and Tesla Superchargers.

After viewing the video, you can check out Edmunds’ full long-term Tesla Model S update with additional details here.

*Editors note: As it is stated in the review and the video, Edmunds has experienced several reliability problems.  We’d like to add that the issues Edmunds has experienced have been properly fixed.  The likelihood of experiencing these issues have mostly been eliminated as several components have been updated and the vehicle receives firmware updates to fix any known minor issues.

 

 

 

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9 Comments on "Edmunds.com Tesla Model S Video Review"

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Don’t believe this soft-pedal report!

The drivetrain on this particular Model S has been replaced – twice. The first time was after it was producing a spooky whirring noise. The second time was after the entire care shut down on the highway. But the second repair included a battery replacement.

While both repairs were covered under warranty, neither was explained to Edmunds by Tesla. That’s two drivetrains in 20,000 miles, which are termed ‘reliability issues’. Gimme a break.

I’m a huge fan of Tesla – and I drive a Leaf – but someone needs to be honest about this particular car.

If this happened to more than a few percent of cars, Tesla would be bankrupt, particularly with how much they have to spend per issue when pampering new customers with ranger service.

They got all over the news for 3 fires. I don’t see how anyone can think that if there was a reliability issue with the car’s drivetrain that it’d fly under the radar.

Agreed. If it was more than this particular vehicle, we’d have known about it.

I’m sure it’s more than one vehicle, but if it was, say, 2% of them (i.e. 700 cars) then Tesla would have a huge problem on its hands.

From what I’ve read, they’re often doing preventative swaps whenever the slightest thing seems odd (he the lack of explanation), because they want to study things and make sure there’s no issue for the next 10,000 cars.

keep in mind that Tesla is a niche auto maker; the dynamics that would impact a general market vehicle maker do not work the same for a niche seller. Tesla sells to people who are EV enthusiasts and people who consider the Tesla to be trendy and “cool”. people like that are more likely to overlook the problem and are more likely to scrutinize Tesla’s response to the problem.

if Tesla were a high volume seller, they would be looking at major problems that possibly would bankrupt them.

There is some truth that early adopters are essentially beta testers.

And even though perfection is the goal, the reality is there will always be product that is less than perfect– the recall lists of long established major automakers proves this ubiquitous fact.

How such unpleasant issues are dealt with, is what makes the difference here. Tesla essentially rebuilt the vehicle, to make the customer happy. And lessons learned were incorporated into the next batch of vehicles; not swept under the rug for years and ignored only to become some class action lawsuit, after human blood was shed.

Ford, GM, and Toyota have a lot to learn from Tesla. And I don’t mean in just BEV technology…

Definitely!

Consumer Reports added the 2013 Model S to its cars to avoid list due to unacceptable reliability issues.

Given Edmunds real-life experience, I think Edmunds would concur with Consumer Reports adding the Model S to the “avoid” list.

Still cannot find corroboration for your endless repeats of this fals.. err statement – google and bing show the ‘avoid list’ on many different sites, Still no Tesla.
(I know, I know.. do not feed the trolls..)