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What is "LOW" setting Really for?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by JerryNycom, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. JerryNycom

    JerryNycom Member

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    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:
     
  2. mnx

    mnx 2013 P85

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    I appreciate having it for taking photos when the car is parked. :)
     
  3. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  4. tdiggity

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    Low is for 50 mph driving on the freeway. Lower is better for aerodynamics.
     
  5. JerryNycom

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    I get that 100%.....So WHY the setting? Is it really only for cosmetics while parked?
     
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    mknox Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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    If you have a lot of heavy stuff to lift into the trunk, it makes the liftover height a little less. It could be helpful.
     
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    +1 for LOOKS when parked.
     
  9. JerryNycom

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    Ok so how about a setting for when you triple click the remote, it slams the car down!
     
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    I'm down with that...
     
  11. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    It's a feeping creature. It was possible, so they made a setting.
     
  12. Duckjybe

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    Plus when you are on the highway you can see it go to low on the screen - so you know its working.
     
  13. JerryNycom

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    Good point!
     
  14. Puyallup Bill

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    Oh yes. I'm getting along in years, and climbing down is much easier that climbing up.
     
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    its better for handling as well, lowered cars usually handle better (if they are done right and not ghettoed)

    but i agree with the person above, its all for looks mainly.
     
  16. contaygious

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    Funny cuz I'm in very high whenever parking due to entrance to parking lots and parking stops.
     
  17. bob_p

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    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...
     
  18. GaryD

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    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?
     
  19. ken830

    ken830 Model S (Res#P12,447)

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    The Tesla DS told me they are already working on that. http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/13015-Active-Air-vs-Standard-Suspension?p=313383&viewfull=1#post313383
     

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