A Tesla proprietor named Tyler Martin not too long ago uploaded a video to YouTube chronicling each concern he’s had together with his 2016 Tesla Mannequin S. The video is 25 minutes lengthy as a result of Tyler has quite a bit to speak about.
Among the many points he mentions are paint imperfections, a dusty contact display, and poor trim alignment on the door—these had been what he discovered on the day the automotive was delivered. Different points shortly crept up, however Martin waited about six months and three,000 miles earlier than taking his new automotive to a service heart. When he did, he talked about to the technicians that his electrical driver-side mirror would solely unfold partially; he needed to bodily push it the remainder of the way in which.
All eyes are on Tesla proper now as the corporate goes by way of “manufacturing hell” attempting to satisfy a whole lot of hundreds of pre-orders for its make-or-break new automotive, the Mannequin three.
Many are questioning how the corporate will obtain its lofty manufacturing targets whereas maintaining high quality in examine—particularly since high quality hasn’t been Tesla’s robust level in recent times. House owners of Mannequin Xs complained about high quality issues early on, and the Mannequin S has obtained Shopper Stories reliability rankings of anyplace between “under common” and “above common.” (That publication not too long ago predicted that the three’s reliability might be “common”).
Martin’s 60D looks like it could have fallen into the latter clbad:
Martin additionally requested the store to get the door trim lined up correctly, however allegedly the mechanics couldn’t fairly get it good. As well as, Martin talked about that his rear pbadenger-side door had an odd delay between the deal with being pulled and the door really opening.
On prime of that, he informed the store a couple of rattle from the rear pbadenger-side door, a crooked steering wheel when driving straight, a entrance door that creaked when it opened, and a faulty windshield with little horizontal traces in it.
By the point a technician got here to Martin’s home for the automotive’s second service, a brand new rattle had popped up within the entrance pbadenger-side door. The technician mounted this, and changed the windshield (with one which was additionally faulty). Shortly after this service, Martin says he was sitting in his pbadenger seat, and seen the door trim coming off (see above).
Over the subsequent few thousand miles, the automotive developed quite a lot of new rattles, together with one within the heart console and one within the B-pillar. The steering wheel remained crooked, the HVAC fan squeaked and the automotive’s charging port struggled to open with the distant.
Martin’s largest disappointment of all, although, appears to have come when he seen a “bizarre yellow line” across the 17-inch touchscreen. Martin explains why that failure bothered him greater than all the remaining, saying:
In my thoughts, Tesla’s core competency is their know-how. And that 17-inch touchscreen is the embodiment of Tesla’s technological prowess.
This failure was the tipping level for Martin, making him surprise in regards to the Tesla’s longevity, saying:
If the automotive is constructed poorly sufficient that easy issues are routinely failing, than is it such a stretch to fret about what the long run viability is for the main mechanical elements?
It’s value noting that Martin lauded Tesla’s buyer badist all through the clip, and continues to like his automotive regardless of its copious flaws, telling viewers:
Regardless of all these little tiny issues that I’ve had, this can be a unbelievable automotive, and I’ve loved driving it nearly each single day.
We’ve reached out to Tesla for remark. We’ll replace this publish once we hear again.