Tesla Model S build quality and reliability issues squabbled

When a new car model is released they are usually reviewed for the first few months, after which time interest dies down. However, The Tesla Model S is not like other cars, as it is considered a game-changer, and so even if someone had the electric vehicle for 17 months, the public still wishes to know if it is as good as it is made out to be, and what ownership has been like over the long-tem.

It was the reviewers hope that by offering a long-term test over a year and half we would get a far better idea as to the Tesla Model S build quality and reliability, along with any issues that arose in that time.

2013 Model S Performance Review – This particular model was chosen because of its larger 85-kilowatt-hour battery, and the added options made available. The car performed well since first being purchased, although Edmunds did say there were a few problems.

The overall driving experience was considered a positive one, but ownership was another matter. Firstly, the 265 range was never achieved, as it was more like 230.4 miles on an average. That wasn’t the only issue, as the Model S had to go back for a service 7 times. In one instance the whole drive unit had to be replaced, and the main battery once. Also during that period the large screen in the center of the interior had to be reset 9 times, and at one stage was completely replaced.

Quality and reliability issues squabbled – We know the reviewer had to highlight these problems, but a huge focus was put on these issues, and we feel as though many of you will also be drawn to the negatives. However, you need to remember a few things.

The first, is that this is pretty much a beta car and issues will happen. Ok, so we know you are spending a huge sum of money on the Model S, but then you have to understand that Tesla Motors is a new company and the technology being used in its cars is still being developed and improved.

Tesla is also in the process of retooling for Model X production and I believe that many of the Model S bugs will be ironed out, and if needed things could be swapped over if one of the older models comes in with a problem.

However, the major thing about this review that has now been set straight by Elon is how Edmund’s Model S was one that had an earlier version of the drive unit. The company has changed many things since then, and also when it came to changing entire parts rather than fixing them, the engineers took this decision just because it was Edmund’s car. If this was a car owned by the general public, engineers would take the time to troubleshoot to try and resolve the issue instead.

Do you think anything negative to do with the Model S is made to sound worse than it is, or should the vehicle and company as a whole be put under a much larger microscope because of what is at stake?

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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