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Would you still buy a Model S if it doesn't get a 5 Star Rating? (Poll)

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Iamthecaliflower, Apr 21, 2012.

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Will you still buy a Model S if it doesn't get a 5 Star rating?

  1. Yes

    96.6%
  2. No

    3.4%
  1. Iamthecaliflower

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    Please answer Yes or No. If Yes, please explain why. If No, please explain why.
     
  2. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Absolutely. It's always been just a bragging point IMO. I don't know the safety rating of any of my current cars, nor do I go around telling others (or being told) what the safety rating is. Obviously it will vary with the needs of others, but I haven't really read much on these boards about folks putting that factor at the top of their lists, but perhaps it is.

    Now, if what you really want to know is if it would affect stock price, then well, I dunno. I imagine it might cause a small ding just like ANY bad news from Tesla right now would, but I highly doubt it would have any lasting impact.

    My 2¢
     
  3. jerry33

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

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    I think the poll is badly worded. What I think is meant is "If the Model S doesn't get a five star rating in every category...?". Most cars don't, and the 2012 tests are harder to pass then the previous years' tests. There would be a concern if it didn't get a five star rating in any category or in only one or two.
     
  4. Iamthecaliflower

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    I agree. My mistake. How can I delete this poll and set up another one with the question worded correctly? The reason I see this as relevant is that Tesla is marketing the car as being built to achieve a 5 star rating in everything. I am curious to know how, assuming they can't do this, it would sales.
     
  5. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    I'm not a big fan of public polls personally, just food for thought.
     
  6. rlawson4

    rlawson4 Member

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    I understand the point of the poll but it's not worded in a way I can answer. For example if it gets 2-3 stars, then absolutely not. If it gets a good overall rating, then sure.
     
  7. ggr

    ggr Roadster R80 537, SigS P85 29

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    The crash test ratings are all about what happens when you have a crash. The safest cars are the ones that don't get into crashes! Acceleration, handling, braking etc, are in my opinion much more important, and the Model S seems to have all the right stuff, crash-avoidance wise.
     
  8. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    I guess a better question is: "Is the potential perfect 5-star crash rating a major factor in your buying the Model S?"
     
  9. jerry33

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

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    That would be a no. Just another data point.
     
  10. jerry33

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

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    I'm not sure acceleration counts--other than negatively. I would have liked to see a radar pre-collision system, but I reckon the Model S is exciting enough that you won't fall asleep at the wheel.
     
  11. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    #11 Larry Chanin, Apr 21, 2012
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    In my opinion if the Model S fails to get a perfect 5-star rating in all categories, it will be because it missed a meaningless test condition. For example, I believe Elon mentioned that they had missed a 5-star rating in an early test with an unbelted female test dummy of a certain height. All passengers in my Model S will be belted.

    Larry
     
  12. jerry33

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

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    I hope she's all right.
     
  13. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Crash tests are merely indicative of relative performance in a real-world crash. Missing one of the criteria and getting 4 stars in one category isn't going to have a real effect on the safety of the vehicle.

    Plus it will still be safer than the majority of cars on the road today.

    Almost silly to vote No here.
     
  14. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    Hi Jerry,

    Cute. :redface:

    I'll edit my posting.

    Larry
     
  15. Sparrow

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    The results would have to be pretty bad for me to back out of the purchase. I drive my Sparrow alot and there aren't many other vehicles on the road that could be more dangerous in a crash than a Sparrow, other than maybe a motorcycle. The 5 stars for me is just a big bonus.
     
  16. Dan5

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    There's no way I would be backing out of this car.... Even if it got a 1 star safety rating
    Safety in a crash is a low priority for me. In all honesty I don't drive like a maniac and am sure to give way to people who do, am familiar with the same commuters who drive the same roads every day, the only risk is getting T-boned from someone on my way home
     
  17. Norbert

    Norbert TSLA will win

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    Congrats to post # 100 ! :)
     
  18. MarkR

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    I voted "Yes." Safety is important, but isn't the only, or the primary, reason that I'm buying the S.
     
  19. Norbert

    Norbert TSLA will win

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    Emphasizing a good crash test rating is more to assure those who have doubts about a start-up, that Tesla is doing a good job at building a proper car. I think most of us are convinced of this in any case (at least in general).
     
  20. Dan5

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    I agree, even with crash results a large percentage of the holders have seen a dismantled model s and can appreciate the build quality, using aluminum, placement of parts, screen, etc, etc
     

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