Snap. Tesla Model-S driver for 2+ years, 27K miles p.a., and I hugely prefer driving it to ICE (but no other EV experience to compare against).As much as I seen first time EV buyers rag on current EV's, the ones with experience under their belt don't complain as much
+1I'll never buy another gas car again though!
Good list of pros and cons! I would add one more con: EVs are currently less reliable than ICEVs - at least that's been my experience, and I know I'm not alone. I expect that as EV models mature this will change, and EVs will become as reliable as ICEVs, and probably more. But until that happens, visits to the shop are still an impediment to EVs being 'easier to own'.Weighing the balance, I see EVs as the better luxury choice for the majority of car drivers. It's an easier vehicle to own and operate with superior locomotion traits.
Twelve to 16 replacement door handles? That's pretty hilarious.I must have had at least 12 if not 16 door handles replaced under warranty. At 1k each or so.
I wonder how many that actually is?Nothing like what a lot of Tesla owners are going through.
Yeah, the internet is a scary place. However, the Tesla horror stories roll out regularly on multiple forums. The somewhat early P100D I had for an overnight test drive had multiple problems. It's been a while, so I don't remember them all, but wheel alignment and a frunk that refused to close were two of maybe five-plus problems. The self-presenting doors were crap. I remember that. Autopilot 1 was garbage, and I hear 2 isn't much better.I wonder how many that actually is?
Rattles are another problem, probably go unheard in a nosier ICE car, but every squeak is an annoyance in an EV
Sure, even I, what most people would consider a Fan, am vocal about Tesla's failings ... but I read horror stories about even the most prestigious marques on the internet ... and probably that Air is bad for me if I google hard enough? (I did and, yeah, lots of hits - mostly around "bad air quality" )the Tesla horror stories roll out regularly on multiple forums.
I've got trouble with "early" in this context. I absolutely agree its no excuse, and I don't remember other Marques in the last few decades rolling out cars that were rubbish until they had produced 100,000 of them ... but it seems that later Tesla ones are better.The somewhat early ... I had for an overnight test drive ...
I've not been in a Model-3 (none here in UK until next year ...) but everyone who travels in my Model-S remarks how quiet it is. Majority of my mates afford "posh cars" so apart from the ones who buy based on the size/number of the exhaust! they are used to quiet luxury brands.As for squeaks, luxury ICE cars are very quiet at idle and freeway speeds
Fair enough. Not sure its a good idea to launch and then debug (and have shoddy QA such that previous bugs, now fixed, come back in future releases) and so on ... but 'tis the Tesla way (and for plenty of other software vendor too - chuck it out there and fix whatever breaks). I build software, and as I have often said on the forums, there is blood on the carpet here if a bug gets through QA and out into the real world. And we are a tiny company, so no excuse for anyone with big resources. Marketing has taken control of far too many IT projects, and their skill-set is pixel-perfection, not bug-free delivery, and they have no idea about QA of software (we've retreated from all the markets, such as eCommerce, where marketing has taken over from IT)As for Autopilot, it wasn't seeing cars quickly, or all the cars. Then the self-parking feature failed to work multiple times, and when it did, the parking job was poor. I didn't explore much after that. I was too disappointed.
No doubt depends on the routes that you drive, but I wouldn't be without it. I arrive far more relaxed and far less tired than "manual driving of old", and I have always loved driving and never considered it a chore - nor have I considered it inherently tiring ... that was until I got AP and made the comparison. And that's on previous cars that had TACC already, so all I was doing was holding the steering wheel and adjusting it now-and-then, and now I'm holding the steering-wheel and am prepared to adjust it if necessary.No autopilot, though.