This is a poll to gauge whether or not Tesla's actions have had an impact on how we, as customers and Tesla enthusiasts, have changed the way we speak about Tesla when speaking to other people about the company and our cars.
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What I am curious is to hear from people who chose option 3.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
This is a poll to gauge whether or not Tesla's actions have had an impact on how we... have changed the way we speak about Tesla...
What does that even mean?
I chose Option 3.
I haven't posted anything because I didn't want to in any way influence the poll. But since you asked, and since so many people are posting why they love Tesla, and why they are choosing option 2, I will give some of my reasons for selecting option 3.
For me the final straw was what happened with the whole center console fiasco. Tesla lied to us. They broke their promise. I planned to have my very expensive car include a Matte Obeche center console. It was listed in the Tesla store when I ordered my car. The fact that it wasn't on the website order page with the car I viewed as just a technical issue. I'd be ordering the console the same way I was ordering my rubber floor mats--separately, from the Tesla Store. It never dawned on me that I might not be able to get the item. The way Tesla handled that was, as I say, the final straw for me. I no longer trust Tesla to do what they say they will do.
There are certainly many other things led to my feeling that way.
Tesla released the P85Ds without any indication that they had not yet enabled torque sleep, so the early adopters had no idea why we were not seeing anything close to the efficiency we should have expected. Even after torque sleep was released, the efficiency was still not as initially advertised on the website.
Tesla delivered my car without Next Generation seats, even though I had ordered and paid for them. I received them five months later, with not so much as a token of appreciation for the inconvenience. Many others had similar experiences.
My P85D doesn't make the 691 HP I expected it to be able to make, based on what was on the website at the time I ordered the car. It doesn't come close. I believe the best estimates are that at most it puts out 550 HP. Tesla is now releasing an "upgrade" that would get my car close to the HP it was originally supposed to make, but if I want it, I'll have to shell out somewhere in the neighborhood of $6500.
The way Tesla misrepresents things on their website and in their marketing is frustrating. When Musk spoke at the original D launch announcement he made it sound like all the autopilot features would be available when the first cars were delivered. One had to read the fine print on the website to realize that was not the case. Currently the website is even more misleading on this front to those not intimately familiar with the progression of the Tesla firmware versions.
The user interface, in many ways, is severely lacking. There are so many things it could do so much better if Tesla just spent more money on hiring more programmers, and put more time and effort in. The navigation system is a total joke. It was a joke before Musk's big range assurance announcement, and it's an even bigger joke now.
This is, by no means, a comprehensive list of the reasons my feelings have changed.
I am still generally happy with my car. I'm just not nearly as happy with it as I was when I received it, mainly because now every time I get in it I see a mismatched interior that I fear I'll be looking at for the next ten or fifteen years. (I keep cars a long time.) That really steams me, considering what I paid for the car. I feel like my trust has been violated.
So while I still like my car, I am no longer telling anyone who will listen how wonderful it is. I'm not going around bad-mouthing Tesla either. For the most part, I actually do still have lots of good things to say about Tesla and my car. I'm just not going out of the way to say them the way I had been, and my attitude is most definitely toned down from what it had been.
Tesla will wind up selling fewer six-figure cars because they didn't give me a $50 part. How stupid is that?
I'm confused. Is there some recent announcement or decision on Tesla's part that prompted you to post this poll?
[/COLOR]Replying on the off chance that you don't know what that expression means; I don't have any comment on the content of your complaint.
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks" is used to indicate that the speaker's unusually strong arguments in a particular direction are meant to disguise thoughts in the opposite direction.
In other words, if he's talking to you, he's saying that you're being disingenuous in your complaint.
In another thread I suggested that Tesla's actions were causing people like me and others who had been very pro-Tesla to not be as verbally supportive of Tesla as we had once been. Another poster basically said that was ridiculous, and implied that I could be the only person feeling that way, and that if there were others, they must be very few and far between. I decided to start this poll to find out who was right.
Here's my post in response to his: Autopilot lane keeping still not available over 6 months after delivery - Page 86
Of course I'm familiar with the reference. That's why I asked what the poster meant by that, because it makes no sense as he used it. He would have had to have been suggesting that I pointed out all those very real issues, but was somehow doing so to get people to like Tesla more, which makes no sense whatsoever.
My best guess is that the poster who used the quote had no idea what it meant, was using it literally, and was trying to say I was complaining too much.
I had in mind the modern vernacular we often see in newspaper & magazine articles, in which vehement protest/denial has the net effect that people conclude the opposite position must be true. ... What I think you (& other like minded owners) miss is that the complaints are so incessant in thread after thread that it somewhat devalues your position.
There are actually a few posters that I think do bang the drum on certain issues too loud and long, but I think this was an unreasonable place to make that case. Andy's response was on topic and had been specifically requested.
I'm conflicted between #1 and #3. My biggest reason doesn't get mentioned as often here, so maybe I can say it without risking you believing I'm actually persuading people of the opposite. I live about 120 miles from the nearest service center. I was very concerned about this before buying the car, but researched extensively and determined that the $99 service fee was more than a fair solution to the problem of very limited service centers. Unfortunately, a few months after I purchased the car the new fee turned into a $450 fee, which significantly changes the dynamic. I'd consider skipping some of the annual maintenance, but I already bought extra years of them. It affects my willingness to suggest to anyone in this area to buy one. Driving the car, though. Man, that is still a blast.