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Windshield distortion

Discussion in 'Model S' started by MDinFL, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. MDinFL

    MDinFL Member

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    I picked up my 2013 CPO P85 on Friday. When we took it for the shakedown run with the DS, I noticed distortion at the base of the windshield. I didn't notice this on the test drive.

    Is this normal? I have never experienced a windshield with this kind of noticeable distortion. After I drove it home, I felt a little nauseous and wondered if it was due to my peripheral vision picking up the distortion.

    I really like the car on many levels. On other levels, it is behind the 5 year-old BMW I traded in. Not complaining, but I have significant BMW iDrive experience on many iterations. There are things that one would think are simple that are not done, such as email and text display (BT Message Access Protocol).

    Thanks to all have posted here. I learned a lot about the car before I got it.
     
  2. cwave1

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    This is normal. It has been in the front windshield design since day 1. I agree that it does bother your eyes if you stare at it but in 3 years of ownership it has not bothered me in daily driving.
     
  3. Ashkenaz

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    Very small area of distortion at bottom center of window. It doesn't bother me. Believe it or not, Although I've never seen this in cars before, I have seen it in planes.
     
  4. jfoxny

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    I noticed this on my 2016 car on a long trip last week. I guess it's normal.
     
  5. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    In almost 3 years of ownership...I have never noticed any distortion in the windshield. But I'm sure if I look really hard I will see it and it will really bother me. ;)
     
  6. bob_p

    bob_p Active Member

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    I noticed this when I got my car in early 2013, and quickly was able to ignore it.

    A larger problem is that Tesla changed the defroster vents several years ago. The original defroster vents were covered by a non-reflective material. That material is gone, and the vents are now exposed - and when I've driving loaners, it's been harder for me to ignore the reflections of the vents in the windshield.

    The small distortion at the bottom of the windshield has not been a problem.
     
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    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I have never noticed this. My windscreen is as clear as can be and better than my previous car, an Acura, FWIW.
     
  9. MDinFL

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    And the rearview mirror distorts flattens things out. An Audi A6 looks like an R8 in the mirror.
     
  10. OBX John

    OBX John Autonomous Driving Enthusiast

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    I've noticed a line of distortion right in my line of sight. Not sure if I'm going to be able to tolerate it. I hope it's covered under warranty?
     
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    steve841 Active Member

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    More noticeable in some than others .... My original S had it mildly. I saw others that were really obvious.
     
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  12. Xenius

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    Totally normal, my car has a very mild case. Has never bothered me.
     
  13. MS16

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    My 2016 S also has the windshield distortion problem. The bottom two inches of the windshield are distorted. Shorter passengers that ride low in the car complain about it.

    Has anyone successfully had their windshield replaced with one that wasn't so badly distorted?
     

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