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Tesla Drops Coil Suspension for Model X


Active Member
May 22, 2016
Seems to me anyone still holding out should get SAS for free. Otherwise they're raising the price both parties agreed to.

Maybe they could give you SAS and just software limit you to just one height. :D
They are definitely capable of doing that in the software. However, I guess most people who opt for coil is to avoid high(er) maintenance cost of SAS besides the added initial option cost. With a software limited SAS it's still prone to failure and let's say if it fails after warranty how much are you supposed to pay for the repair? SAS price? That doesn't make sense.


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I wonder if they are cutting some things like this in order to focus more resources on the Model 3.
Doubt it. I don't see how building the X only with air suspension has anything to do with the 3. My guess is that the percentage of X orders with coils has been very low, and it simplifies production if the X is only built with air suspension.


Fluffy Member
Supporting Member
Apr 30, 2009
They make a half price offer, you can refuse, and they'll refund your $5000 deposit and say have a nice day. An X with the same features I ordered back in Feb. is now $6000 more expensive. So if I want an X (I do), it's cheaper to accept their offer than start all over again. And as the coils aren't an option anymore you'd end up with an X with SAS anyway.
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They make a half price offer, you can refuse, and they'll refund your $5000 deposit and say have a nice day.

Yes, of course. And nobody is saying they're not within their rights to do what they're doing.

It's just a dick move.

They lied by saying the car will be delivered while holding on to our cash. Not just once, repeatedly. Then they demanded more money if we ever want to see the car. Nice.

I would be out of business real quick if I treated my clients this way.


Fluffy Member
Supporting Member
Apr 30, 2009
Don't see anything evil or nefarious or even bad juju here. Just normal contract stuff. Here's the relevant section from the purchase agreement:

No Resellers; Discontinuation. Tesla and its affiliates sell cars directly to end-consumers, and we may unilaterally cancel any order that we believe has been made with a view toward resale of the Vehicle or that has otherwise been made in bad faith. We may also cancel your order and refund your deposit if we discontinue a product, feature or option after the time you place your order.

So they could just cancel them all, and make everyone re-up at higher prices. They didn't do that, and offered a reasonable discount instead. Not seeing the drama here.
I see this as being part of the danger of dealing with a relatively new company. Tesla does not have a long history from which to draw conclusions about which options, option packages, or even colors they should offer. We've seen them tweak things in a way that seem inexplicable to us as customers, but I assume there's plenty of actuarial work in the background that justifies those decisions. Tesla, as a company, is still in reasonably existential danger. They don't really have a huge war chest of cash that allows them to sell cars with lower margins just to get marketshare. If the added cost, complexity and time of offering any specific option isn't worth it to them, then we just have to deal with it because we're buying cars from a company that is younger than most other manufacturer's supplier contracts.
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