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Heated steering wheel. Am I going to get my hands on one?

gpetti

Supporting Member
Nov 6, 2013
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120
Calgary, Canada
Good question. I think it was from a DS. It could be as simple as a Christmas card delivered inside the car. Or a P85D shirt. The more I think about it, that seems far more likely than a new feature, LTE, etc. Yep, I'm going with P85D hat, water bottle, or shirt. Shirts are tough because of sizing. Hat, water bottle, or some other item with a Tesla logo.

That would be great, It will save me hand removing the plus from my P85+ shirt and sewing on a D.
 

NigelM

Recovering Member
Apr 3, 2011
13,386
555
Northern Virginia
Ummm, wasn't this just one DS who said "may be" there would be a surprise? Yeah, I'm probably bursting a few bubbles but we're good at getting ourselves excited based on tiny indicators and then we have the big downer when everyone is disappointed.
 

Cerie

Member
Sep 6, 2014
118
21
Connecticut
That would be pretty stupid since Autopilot isn't exclusive to P85Ds. Not to mention, parking assist isn't even out yet so I highly doubt that it's the AP thing.
 

billarnett

Member
Nov 15, 2008
306
7
Emerald Hills CA
I just spoke with my DS who said that there's no heated steering wheel retrofit possibility. His understanding is that the heated steering wheel requires a different wiring harness which would be essentially impossible to retrofit. Bummer :-(
 

jpet

Jan P.
Aug 8, 2014
3,288
201
Herne & Leuven, BE
Ummm, wasn't this just one DS who said "may be" there would be a surprise? Yeah, I'm probably bursting a few bubbles but we're good at getting ourselves excited based on tiny indicators and then we have the big downer when everyone is disappointed.

I am quite confident that the ACC feature is due for release very soon. I'd rather not go into the details of why I believe this but I did my DD and would be highly surprised if it would be just a story...
 

gpetti

Supporting Member
Nov 6, 2013
1,639
120
Calgary, Canada
Ugh, no--I love the tactile buttons on the wheel. I especially love that you can operate basic functions without taking your gloves off. I do hope they don't get rid of them in favor of more touch screens.
Maybe you should buy some New Tesla driving gloves they allow you to use touch screens. Of course with a heated steering wheel you wouldn't need gloves.
 

MarcG

Active Member
Oct 29, 2014
2,966
1,787
San Francisco
I just got a call back from my DS to give me an update (still in quality checks, no firm delivery date yet, the usual...) so I asked him about the heated steering wheel and he said "it's a 50/50 shot at this point". He said he'd inquire with his contact at the factory and let me know (that, and what actual seats they ended up installing in my P85D!)
 

Andyw2100

Well-Known Member
Oct 22, 2014
6,542
2,393
Ithaca, NY
Do you guys think the heated steering wheel is going to look and feel pretty much exactly like the regular steering wheel, and the only difference is going to be that somehow it is going to be heated internally, or do you think it is going to be a radically different steering wheel?
 

andrewket

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Dec 20, 2012
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Do you guys think the heated steering wheel is going to look and feel pretty much exactly like the regular steering wheel, and the only difference is going to be that somehow it is going to be heated internally, or do you think it is going to be a radically different steering wheel?

I will guess it will look exactly the same. In fact, I bet Tesla didn't even add a button on the wheel to turn it on. You'll have to use the center console or the menus accessible via the steering wheel controls.
 

basf_audio

Member
Aug 11, 2013
122
2
Town and Country, MO
Just read that somebody's DS said "absolutely no heated steering wheel in 2014" and yet - my DS is saying 99.9% certain. Who knows...

I did want to come back and deflate the "surprise" a bit. I pressed him for it and it's not really a surprise - he said that the automatic closing charge port is now rolling out and is expected to be included in my build. The P85D demo tester had it - but that was already a known "Elon Musk What's New" update. But seemingly not all of the cars made after his announcement have that feature. My DS has been amazing to work with - but I think he spun me up a little much with calling that a "surprise" :) I was hoping for something secret.

Time to go write another note to my DS...


Just asked my DS and received this word on my P85D order... "I am 99.9% your car will come with the heated steering wheel ..... Your car is in the correct build week and region to receive it." But there's no build sheet for it. The DS also said "There may be one other surprise as well." for which I'm not going to press my luck with finding out what that means. I'm hoping to unwrap my P85D by Christmas and I know what happened when I was 8 years old and discovered my stash of presents early. I'm waiting for delivery to find out...


Mod Note: This thread was created out discussions that started on 3 other threads and pulled together here for clarity and to avoid duplication. In that situation, moderators write the thread title.
 

andrewket

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Dec 20, 2012
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Just read that somebody's DS said "absolutely no heated steering wheel in 2014" and yet - my DS is saying 99.9% certain. Who knows...

I did want to come back and deflate the "surprise" a bit. I pressed him for it and it's not really a surprise - he said that the automatic closing charge port is now rolling out and is expected to be included in my build. The P85D demo tester had it - but that was already a known "Elon Musk What's New" update. But seemingly not all of the cars made after his announcement have that feature. My DS has been amazing to work with - but I think he spun me up a little much with calling that a "surprise" :) I was hoping for something secret.

Time to go write another note to my DS...

The powered/auto closing charge port door was announced to be included with the P85D. It would be a miss if a customer car is delivered w/o this feature. Hardly a surprise.
 

breser

AutoPilot Nostradamus
Aug 28, 2014
2,314
94
North Bend, WA
The powered/auto closing charge port door was announced to be included with the P85D. It would be a miss if a customer car is delivered w/o this feature. Hardly a surprise.

Actually it said D vehicles. So I believe 85Ds should have it as well. My guess is that it'll be on all the vehicles soon enough but they're starting with the D vehicles first.
 

andrewket

Well-Known Member
Dec 20, 2012
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Actually it said D vehicles. So I believe 85Ds should have it as well. My guess is that it'll be on all the vehicles soon enough but they're starting with the D vehicles first.

Actually it said "delivered with P85D". I would assume all cars will get it in time.
 

stevezzzz

R;SigS;P85D;SigX;S90D;XP100D;3LR;YLR
Nov 13, 2009
6,100
121
Colorado
My DS wrote me to say that the heated steering wheel will become part of the Sub Zero package 'starting early next year'. Meanwhile, the factory has 'some' of the new parts and they're being allocated to cars destined for 'highly cold places'. Didn't specify whether it was D's only that will be getting them.

Make of that what you will. I say, you pays your money and you takes your chances...
 

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