Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register

Feeling abused by Tesla Customer Service - not sure what to do about it

I got my Tesla back 2014. The warrenty is over and I stopped paying the 3g a year as I never used it after that. Then the navigation went out in my vehicle. The music also became spotty. I called Tesla, they did hard re-boots, sent new updates, etc. - nothing worked. I had stalled on bringing it in as I have an auto immune disease and my doctor told me to avoid ride shares with covid spiking off and on. I finally took it in and waited at the service center for seven hours. They said they could work on it for 240 dollars I believe it was or charge me for the upgrade ( 1700 dollars). I said work on it. I got in my car and the navigation worked. Yay. Next day the navigation stopped working as did the music. Then three days later after not driving the car ( I fell and injured my foot) the front fan started making crazy under the hood - sounds like I had never heard before. Then the main console screen looked like jelly was behind it. Upset I took the car back in and told them something must have happened. They agreed that messing with the navigation most likely caused the gel to act up behind the screen and while I could leave it looking like that I googled it and apparently this gel or glue can start to seep out and get in the car. So I paid 1300 dollars to fix the screen that Tesla admitted to me was a part defect over time and for the fan problem that Im convinced happened during the time the car was with them. I had no navigation so I brought the car back. They claimed they fixed it. It worked when I drove it home and then stopped working again as did the music. I was now out time going back and forth and a lot of money. And still no navigation. Over the years I have had some issues with water coming into the car. I live in LA and it hardly rains but I decided it was time to get it checked. There was a stain on either side of the fabric near the window about the size of the palm of my hand. I took the car in and they did a water test to diagnose and I told them to please fix my navigation as this is the third time Im begging them to do this. I use an uber both ways and come back in and my car is not ready. They had told me to come in and now its not ready. Then I ask why there was water coming in and they told me the drains had been assembled incorrectly. I said then Im not paying to have it fixed. Fine. Then I said is my navigation working to which the manager told me no and that I would need to upgrade to the 1700 upgrade to get navigation on my car. What !?!?!?!? I was furious and upset. I explained that if my navigation had no chance of ever getting fixed why am I told its fixed and coming back and forth in an uber with my covid medical concerns. The "manager" told me I had been " recommended " to get an upgrade. I told him there is a huge difference between getting a recommendation and being told your navigation won't ever work unless you pay us 1700. I told him that if that is in fact true that nobody ever told me this and didn't take my concerns into consideration. I was never told upgrading was my only option. Then as I explained Im not supposed to be in and out of Ubers due to my medical condition the manager said " you have your mask on its fine". I said are you my doctor ? he was condescending and even laughed at me. It was awful. THEN WHEN I THOUGHT IT COULD NOT GET WORSE ... as Im driving home shook and upset I look at the fabric lining in my car and its COMPLETELY water stained and damaged from their water test. 1000 worse than how I brought it in !!!!!! I send a message to the Tesla contact and he says to send a photo fo the water stains BEFORE I Brought it in . Why would I think I had to take photos of that ? so now Im lying about it ? I said just ask your water tester what they do too ensure the car fabric headliner doesn't get soaked with water and the answer will clearly be nothing. Now they aren't answering me back. . NO navigation. Water stains that were not there before. Horrible attitudes and zero common courtesy or respect. I asked to speak to a manager and apparently he was one. I am horrified by this. And I don't know how to reach anyone higher up.
What would you do? Thank you. Sorry this is a lot to read.
 
Since you asked what I would do...
a) I would accept the fact that I'm driving an eight year-old vehicle and that cars do not run trouble free forever. I would be happy that the manufacturer has an option for me to upgrade to a newer technology infotainment system for only $1700. Most manufacturers would only be able to replace yours with the same system that the vehicle came with, and likely at a higher cost to you than $1700. I worked for Chrysler for fifteen years specifically in the service and parts division and have a good friend who is a program manger for a tier one supplier who designs and manufactures infotainment systems. For fun, call up a Mercedes, BMW, or Cadillac dealer and tell them that you have a 2014 vehicle that needs a new infotainment system. Be prepared to hear $4000+
b) I would be happy that they fixed the water leak issue for free and I would do my best to clean the water stains myself. Or I would take the car to a detailer and have them clean the stains. I would reach out to Tesla and convince them to pay at least a portion of the detailing cost.
c) I would put on my big boy pants and have a conversation with the "manager's" boss. He has one. Everyone has a boss. Explain (as dispassionately as you can) your situation and how the interaction with the "manager" transpired. This would likely go a long way towards getting them to cover the cost of the detailing.
d) Since you're in LA, you have a choice of service centers. Do a google search and find one that has more stars in their rating and go there next time.

I wish you the best of luck with your situation and hope that it gets resolved to your satisfaction.
-Tom
 
Since you asked.

I'd suck it up, buy an MCU2 or 64GB MCU1 and love the car. Add in the few hundred dollar LTE upgrade and go back to enjoying the car you enjoyed before it got tired and old. While you're in there, you may want to have your suspension bushings looked at, but be ready for that bill too.
 
  • Like
Reactions: KalJoMoS
not sure what do you expect from ANY car dealer that is servicing your 8 years old car. count your blessing the prices are quoting you are reasonable try and see if BMW or Mercedes will change your screen for that much (they might not even offer support for it)

You have the right to expect functioning parts that you paid for. so if they replaced the screen, then the new screen should be flawless, but that does not mean other things will auto fix them selves.

Talk to a manager if you have any concerns and be realistic on what to expect, your car will never be as new.

And for the love of God, do have use paragraphs in your next post.
 
  • Like
Reactions: buckets0fun

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top