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Steering Issues on new (July 2017) Model S?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by fenton123, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. fenton123

    fenton123 New Member

    Jul 20, 2017
    Hi all, I was hoping to place an order on a new Model S 75 by the end of the month. I have recently heard reports about some steering issues, such as a power steering failure? I know Teslas don't have the best quality control reputation, and minor cosmetic things/alignments I dont mind, but this seems to be really serious.

    I first heard about this issue here:

    And since browsing the forums, it doesn't seem to be an isolated incident. Thing is, that video was posted 7 months ago, and I would hope that Tesla engineers have gotten to the bottom of this and fixed it. Is that the case? Has anyone who recently took delivery of their Model S experienced this issue?

    Are there any other major/dangerous issues (steering/brakes) that are common on new cars that I should know about?

    Thanks, F
  2. jeffro01

    jeffro01 Active Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    SF Bay Area
    In short. No.

    Things happen, this isn't exclusive to Tesla and there are plenty of horror stories from ALL manufacturers out there if you look around.

  3. alehbaba

    alehbaba Member

    Mar 1, 2017
    bound to be some lemons as well.....never can tell..
  4. Zaphod

    Zaphod Galaxy President (former)

    Dec 10, 2015
    Austin, TX
    People predominately come to forums like this to seek help on issues or vent frustrations so using this forum to truly gauge the severity of the problem will skew your findings heavily.

    Yes, there have been some issues, but I'm sure it has affected minuscule amount of people. Of course, if you happen to be an unlucky person, it definitely is not minuscule at the time. As jeffro01 states, no manufacturer is immune from lemons or random failures.

    Lastly, as Tesla most likely does not design and build the steering rack, it's ultimately hard to blame them on a supplier's failures that is out of their control.
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  5. Silverstreak

    Silverstreak Member

    Jun 9, 2017
    You can go on any mfg car forum (BMW, Mercedes, Porsche) and find these kind of stories. If you like the car, run with it.
  6. ABVA

    ABVA Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    #6 ABVA, Jul 21, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2017
    Human nature is to focus on two negatives and ignore ninety eight positives out of 100, which does nothing other than causing unnecessary confusion resulting in utter indecision. In that scenario, one should stop eating, may be eat, bathe may be don't bathe, and----------- the list is endless.

    I have been driving Tesla since 2013 and never encountered the problem cited by OP. That is not to say that it doesn't exist but rather appear that these are far and few in between. We have two Tesla MS in the household and if I have my dithers, we will not be driving any other car any time soon. Makes me sound like like a fan boy, if that is so, then that is because I have overwhelmingly majority of reasons for, than against. IMHO, if you focus solely on negative/s you will be missing out on wonderful experience. But to each his own.

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