TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here:

Door handle concerns?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by MDS, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. MDS

    MDS New Member

    Dec 2, 2012
    I have a reservation for a model S. I went for my 1st test drive yesterday (weeeeeee!). I do have a concern (probably a little picky), but the sales person said "not to worry". The concern was with the the opening and closing of the door. It seems to me that the technology is that of about 25-30 yrs ago, when doors just did not open or close "cleanly". I am used to later model vehicles that make a SOLID sound when you close the door. When I closed the Model S door it seemed, less solid and "clunky". I also had to close the door fairly firmly, if I didnt, the door did not close. It also seemed as if the glass caught (lightly) in the just did not seem that well put together. The Tesla person reassured me that on the Demo's this is indeed the case but on the NEW deliveries they have worked out those "issues". I realize it is somewhat "petty" of a concern, but if you are spending 80-100K for a vehicle I would expect a solid, gliding perfectly opening and closing doors....Thoughts by those who test drove and those who have accepted vehicles? Thx
  2. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

    Apr 3, 2009
    This thread may be of value to you:

    Door Thunk

    So you aren't the only one concerned about the sound. From what I've read, the production cars only seem to have an issue with the passenger door needing extra "oomph" to close properly.
  3. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

    Apr 20, 2012
    Rocklin, CA
    Passenger side door supposedly takes a little more force than other doors. Don't know why. Have been told it is on purpose (tho what purpose is beyond my comprehension). I don't understand the more force part, seems ok to me.

    Everything else... well, have had the car for a month and prefer to every other car I've been in or driven.

Share This Page