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What is "LOW" setting Really for?

JerryNycom

Member
Nov 6, 2012
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New York
OK I have my P85 for a few weeks now and love it! :biggrin: One thing I dont understand is the suspension setting. I know what VERY HIGH, HIGH, and STANDARD are for, but, what is LOW for if the minute you drive off it reverts back to STANDARD? Is it really just for the look of the car when parked? I tried setting it back to LOW while at a light and it just sits there spinning the circle and stays on STANDARD. Can anyone explain? I called service and they told me the same thing. Car ONLY lowers above 50 MPH. They kind of didnt understand the setting either. :confused:
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
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Toronto, ON
Car ONLY lowers above 50 MPH. They kind of didnt understand the setting either. :confused:

It lowers at speed to improve aerodynamic efficiency and increase range. I'm surprised Tesla staff didn't understand that! Lots of higher-end cars do this to improve fuel efficiency... it's not just a Tesla trick.
 

JerryNycom

Member
Nov 6, 2012
503
2
New York
It lowers at speed to improve aerodynamic efficiency and increase range. I'm surprised Tesla staff didn't understand that! Lots of higher-end cars do this to improve fuel efficiency... it's not just a Tesla trick.

I get that 100%.....So WHY the setting? Is it really only for cosmetics while parked?
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,866
Toronto, ON
I get that 100%.....So WHY the setting? Is it really only for cosmetics while parked?

I see what you're saying... why have the manual setting at all? I've read that some people find getting in/out of the car is easier at low, but I think my preference would be to have the car higher.
 

Puyallup Bill

Member
Sep 7, 2012
605
2
Puyallup WA
I see what you're saying... why have the manual setting at all? I've read that some people find getting in/out of the car is easier at low, but I think my preference would be to have the car higher.
Oh yes. I'm getting along in years, and climbing down is much easier that climbing up.
 

bob_p

Active Member
Apr 5, 2012
3,632
2,765
After scraping the underside of the front on a curb - I now set the car to very high whenever I'm entering a parking space.

Also helps to minimize the risk of damaging the front rubber bumper on a high curb...
 

GaryD

Member
Apr 17, 2013
11
0
San Diego, CA
The first time I brought mine home and drove up the driveway, the bottom scraped the pavement due to a steep incline to my garage. Now, I have to stop and raise it to very high, every time I park it in my garage. I would like it to do that automatically using a location based option, just as the garage Homelink opener does. Does anyone know how to submit a suggestion to Tesla for something like this?
 

ken830

Model S 85, Model 3 Performance
Jun 19, 2012
1,111
365
San Carlos, CA
The first time I brought mine home and drove up the driveway, the bottom scraped the pavement due to a steep incline to my garage. Now, I have to stop and raise it to very high, every time I park it in my garage. I would like it to do that automatically using a location based option, just as the garage Homelink opener does. Does anyone know how to submit a suggestion to Tesla for something like this?

The Tesla DS told me they are already working on that. http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/show...ard-Suspension?p=313383&viewfull=1#post313383
 

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