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How many of you had Door handle issues on your Model S?

beatle

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Aug 31, 2019
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Springfield, VA
I've had two replaced in the past 18 months of ownership for minor issues. One had no LED, one had a bad pressure switch. Not sure how many were replaced in the first 4 years.
 

whitex

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Sep 30, 2015
6,698
8,037
Seattle area, WA
We are all driving experimental cars folks, so failing things like this are absolutely expected. Every time something fails, Tesla learns and if it enough times, they make it better for future customers. So, next time something fails in your Tesla, just think about all the good you are doing for future Tesla customers, even if you have to pay $700 our of pocket to fix it - a selfless act to help future Tesla owners, and make Elon richer in the process. Feeling better? ;)

So far only one out of warranty handle fail for me in 4 Model S (see sig, 2015 door failed), probably don't drive them enough (especially during COVID times). I didn't bother to fix it, anyone who asks about it I just tell it's $700 to fix and I am not willing to pay - good warning for any potential Tesla customers. I plan to fix it myself for less, but haven't had the time and/or will power and since only use that door twice a week, I just open from the inside. If I was ELon I would spin it as a highjack proofing feature, you cannot open the door from the outside. :cool:
 

SilverGS

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Nov 3, 2016
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Ontario
We are all driving experimental cars folks, so failing things like this are absolutely expected. Every time something fails, Tesla learns and if it enough times, they make it better for future customers. So, next time something fails in your Tesla, just think about all the good you are doing for future Tesla customers, even if you have to pay $700 our of pocket to fix it - a selfless act to help future Tesla owners, and make Elon richer in the process. Feeling better? ;)
I always love reading your very well written comments/posts as they always bring me back down to reality from the bubble my trouble free used MS has created for me. :) Let's hope it lasts for a while.

2nd owner, refreshed bumper, June 2016 build 75D with 39K miles. No issues with door handles so far.
 

morepower

Member
Sep 4, 2017
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Washington
Zero door handle issues except one misaligned at delivery (factory sloppiness) which was fixed with a ranger visit. Aug 2017 build with 30K miles and 3rd gen handles.
 

Lasttoy

Active Member
Mar 24, 2017
1,613
852
St Augustine, Fl
My car has original 2012, gen1. I've fixed about six. Have six spares. The gear is the most broken. One with tiny micro switch. One the wire rusted off. I have tool bag just for this fun. I've changed four window regulator.
Gen 2 door handles won't work on my antique.
 

David29

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Aug 1, 2015
2,257
1,909
DEDHAM, MA
Same car. 40k miles. SoCal based. No door issues.
I am amazed when I read that someone with a Model S of about my same vintage (2015, 53K miles) reports having no door handle problems! I had three or four handle failures while the car was in the original warranty period, and one since. And now my driver's door handle has failed once to open, so I suspect it won't be long before this one goes (again), too. I drive the car alone at least 50% of the time, maybe more, and rarely drive more than one other person, so I would have expected the handles to last longer on mine than on some cars. Some folks are just lucky I guess.
 
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HenryT

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Jan 29, 2020
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Manchester
I've had one swapped at my cost on my 2015 70D in the 12 months I've had it. Tesla told me that two others had been replaced in the past.

Question for the OP - what are you planning to do with this information. Class action or just curious?
 
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aerodyne

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Nov 19, 2018
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Los Angeles
I am amazed when I read that someone with a Model S of about my same vintage (2015, 53K miles) reports having no door handle problems! I had three or four handle failures while the car was in the original warranty period, and one since. And now my driver's door handle has failed once to open, so I suspect it won't be long before this one goes (again), too. I drive the car alone at least 50% of the time, maybe more, and rarely drive more than one other person, so I would have expected the handles to last longer on mine than on some cars. Some folks are just lucky I guess.
Car was a demo for three months and 1500 miles before it was sold to first owner. No records of any failures. Maybe handles were replaced early on.

Had to pull my pack for contactors replacement, and now MCU1 is going. Not all luck is good.
 

Dukeybootie

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Nov 12, 2015
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United States
I am amazed when I read that someone with a Model S of about my same vintage (2015, 53K miles) reports having no door handle problems! I had three or four handle failures while the car was in the original warranty period, and one since. And now my driver's door handle has failed once to open, so I suspect it won't be long before this one goes (again), too. I drive the car alone at least 50% of the time, maybe more, and rarely drive more than one other person, so I would have expected the handles to last longer on mine than on some cars. Some folks are just lucky I guess.

One more data point -- 2015 85D, 125k miles, one door handle replacement (driver's door).

FWIW I have the car programmed to extend only the driver's door by default so there is a lot less wear and tear on the other three.
 
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aerodyne

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Nov 19, 2018
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One more data point -- 2015 85D, 125k miles, one door handle replacement (driver's door).

FWIW I have the car programmed to extend only the driver's door by default so there is a lot less wear and tear on the other three.
I'd sure like to know how to do this...nothing I can find on the screen or in the manual.
 
Oct 10, 2019
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i have a 2014 P85D 2 door handles have broken on me both times it was the paddle gear that broke. first one was rear pass, second was drivers door. both times i fixed myself in the driveway with the kit from evtuning instead of just replacing the $5 gear, because i didn't want to pull it apart ever again so it now has the better wires and better gear. its expensive but my time is worth it IMO.
 

Lasttoy

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Mar 24, 2017
1,613
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St Augustine, Fl
I forgot to tell u all. When I open the left rear door. The right Front door opens. Tesla can't figure it out. Left rear door handle will not present, it's new, in fact second new one. Left rear window will not work. Everything new twice. Tesla said can't figure it out. My antique has its challenges.
 
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David29

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Aug 1, 2015
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DEDHAM, MA
One more data point -- 2015 85D, 125k miles, one door handle replacement (driver's door).

FWIW I have the car programmed to extend only the driver's door by default so there is a lot less wear and tear on the other three.

Right, good point. I tried that for awhile. But even though I am often the sole occupant, I found it annoying because I often have "stuff" to put into the back seat, such as store purchases or a coat, etc. Plus on those occasions when my spouse was with me, I sometimes felt I might be annoying her unnecessarily, by making her wait while I dug out my key fob and unlocked the other doors so she could get in. So, I guess my own laziness catches up with me.
 

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