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Consumer Reports withdraws recommendation for Tesla Model S

Discussion in 'Model S' started by AziwA, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. AziwA

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  2. muleferg

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    Buy low sell high.
     
  3. David99

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    It was just a matter of time. All the first adopters loved the brand, the car and all cars where new. As years go buy, the first enthusiasm goes away and the cars age. People are starting to look at their cars just as they look at every other car.
     
  4. demundus

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    Lets see if longevity plays in. There just isnt enough sample or data to talk to how long our Teslas SHOULD last against an ICE car. Not worried and still dont regret purchasing a used Tesla.
     
  5. Gizmotoy

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    I'm not one to sugarcoat things.

    Honestly, I'm surprised it took this long. I love my Model S, but I mentioned it here before but I've had more issues (by number and time spent in shop) with it than every previous vehicle I've owned combined. I wouldn't be surprised if the same were true by dollar amount given the new drivetrain. It's not a very reliable vehicle, and I doubt I'd ever consider owning it out of warranty. I have a half dozen more things broken I need to have looked at during my upcoming yearly service.

    The other side of that is that Tesla has been fantastic in resolving issues. I get a loaner, they proactively fix things, and so forth. If you have issues, getting them fixed is usually very painless. And it's a new company, so I personally think they deserve some slack here as long as it's low impact to the owner. It's a learning process and that's what I signed up for when I bought a new car from new company with tons of new technology.

    So I'm not surprised reliability issues are the weak point, but I don't think the CR outcome warrants the huge hit they took today. They're handling things quite well, I think.
     
  6. gizmoboy

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    As an intended owner, this is pretty damning. CR's ratings for the MS had all been average or better than average as recently as a week or two ago.

    Having them pull their recommendation is a big deal.
     
  7. electrish

    electrish I Sing the Body Electric

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    Buy on bad news, sell on good news!
     
  8. gavine

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    The Model X launch (good news) and the Autopilot release (good news) didn't seem to do much for the stock.
     
  9. Gizmotoy

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    Upcoming, known, good news is always already built into the stock price. It's really only unexpected stuff that causes a jump, otherwise the market has already made assumptions about the outcome.
     
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    I have had my share of issues with my car, nonetheless I just placed an order for a new one.
     
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    The combination of low reliability numbers and a high cost of repair visits for many of us who don't live close to a service center are an ongoing problem for Tesla. If I knew every service visit was going to be $400 even for routine service visits I would not have bough the car. I'm happy I did now, but I never would have got there if the service fee structure had been in place at the time.
     
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    Unless your car is out of warranty, is this really a problem besides the time you spend having to deal with these issues?
     
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    It is when service is so backed up they often can't schedule for minor to moderate issues for over a month. Plus, as good as Tesla is about making it painless, it's still a pretty big inconvenience, especially if you aren't right near a service center.
     
  14. gaswalla

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    On a 100k car, "simply" the time spent dealing with these issues is a big deal - especially for folks that are buying such cars. Tesla does a great job trying to minimize the hassle factor, but simply having to deal with stuff like this is a hassle.
     
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    I think most "typical" people aren't going to really appreciate Tesla service, the entire process results in over-inflated costs and unnecessarily long lead-times.

    No one repairs the parts, everything is just replaced (wait for shipping, wait for core, etc) b/c it is all "electronic" and the service centers don't know what goes on internally, the parts require electric-techs to diagnose and repair parts (replace IGBT, caps, etc), which does not happen at any service center. Also Tesla service (at least here in Scottsdale) has a really "snooty" attitude, which means they miss the mark on many of their "non-snooty" customers (like myself) and are off-putting... I love Electric Vehicles and Tesla makes the best ones so I'm a buyer regardless but to the "common man" making the choice to switch to Electric, I think they are failing in a few ways.

    They will have to beat out this period between "hype and excitement" and maturing into a real long-lived vehicle manufacturer... There are only so many bullets left in the chamber on the big bang advertising model (Charge up big hype around latest model, 0-60 in 2.7... Now its 2.5... Now its 2.1... Now its 1.9s... Can only last so long, right?)
     
  16. efusco

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    Meh, keep the big picture in mind. Even with a very early model and lots of the various issues that have been reported none have been catastrophic or deal breakers and the up-side benefits way out weight the negatives.... enough that we reserved a Model X over 2 years ago even knowing that would be an early, and likely buggy, model. Look at the actual rantings and how many are "Excellent"...the number of problems reported might be somewhat high, but the severity is low.
     
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    "Below average" reliability for an expensive car doesn't matter to fat cats (I'll just use the Rolls instead...), but it's going to keep Tesla from breaking into the mainstream market. That is the big picture.

    One-percenters may not care all that much about Consumer Reports ratings on cars, but the average consumer does to a much greater degree, and a "yanked" rating is egg on the face. Period. (The egg is marginalized right now because Tesla's not a mainstream auto brand, but they are trying to become one, and this hurts them in that pursuit.)
     
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    I thought Consumer Reports went overboard in their 102/100 points evaluation nonsense. And now they've gone overboard with this reliability thing. I don't doubt the survey is true since early Model S had to contend with third tier at best part suppliers. However, Tesla service has been awesome fixing everything for my early Model S. It is inconvenient, but it is also worth it. CR has now shown itself to be silly in both recommendations...
     
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    Am i the only one who's had zero problems with my Model S? 2.5 years and loving it.
     
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    The truth, as always, lies somewhere in the middle. The rating was too high to begin with. Now it's too probably too low. I look at the highest marks in their ratings and you will never see a Mazda or Toyota in my driveway. Nissan is average and Chevy is poor but I'll really like my Leaf and Tahoe Hybrid, and love my Tesla, over any of their top pics.
     

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