Let's learn just how this guy feels about his cheap, used Tesla Model S.
We recently shared a story about "treehugger" Tyler Hoover (a.k.a. Hoovies), landing a deal on a heavily optioned 2012 Tesla Model S with an 85kWh battery pack for just $33,500. It was actually listed on Auto Trader for $32,500, but he had to throw in an extra $1,000 to secure the deal due to other people already interested in buying the car. It also cost him $1,000 to ship it from California to Kansas. Hoovies has had about three weeks to live with the car and now he's here to share his thoughts on the Tesla.
Overall, Hoovie is quite happy with his used Model S and he plans to keep it. It's surely hard to beat for what he paid for it. But, as you probably already know, buying a six-year-old car that's also a first-year model has some drawbacks. Fortunately, many of the car's key systems have been replaced. However, after 107,000 miles, it has the original battery, which is only showing 6 percent degradation.
Although Hoovie points out that exposing his "hates" may get him taken off the Elon Musk Christmas card list (we've got a regular comedian here), he does fill us in on a handful of negatives:
- Panel gaps
- Glitchy touch screen
- Interface "bricks" often
- Stiff, uncomfortable driver's seat
- Can't order parts or fix the car on your own
- No local service center
- Only one Supercharger in a nearby large city
Video via Hoovies Garage on YouTube:
Here's Everything I Love About My Cheap Tesla Model S (and Everything I Hate)
According to the YouTube channel description, "Hoovies Garage documents the adventures of Tyler Hoover, an automotive writer who makes suicidal car purchases, and maintains a fleet of cars he calls the "Hooptie Fleet'".
Below is Hoovie's original video about buying the "cheapest" Tesla Model S in the USA, as well as his video about the car's battery: