Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s newest model at the time, the Model S received a glowing recommendation last year from Consumer Reports, which praised the electric sedan for its smooth and effortless ride, and elegant simplicity, among other things. A year later, however, the magazine admits that their Tesla Motors Inc’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S, which has now logged nearly 16,000 miles, has suffered a series of quirks that range from relatively minor to majorly annoying.
Speaking to CNBC, Consumer Reports’ Jake Fisher commented on yesterday’s update on the Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s Model S, explaining some of the problems that have plagued their car (which they buy themselves, anonymously, from regular dealerships).
“This car has had more than its fair share of problems. We’ve seen all different types of issues. Probably the most serious is that that really large screen that’s in the car, that’s like a giant iPad, it went blank on us completely, and they had to pick up the car and basically reset the car, give it a hard reboot”, Fisher said.
Another issue that has affected not only their car, but has been known for some time and remains unresolved by Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is the matter of the automatically retracting door handles not coming out as needed for the driver to get into their vehicle through that door. That problem could be fixed on the Consumer Reports vehicle with an over-the-air programming update beamed to the car by Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA).
Whether or not the quirks could be enough to impact future sales is uncertain. Despite those and other quirks, Consumer Reports still loves the car for the overall package it offers to drivers.
“Overall, it’s one of the most phenomenal cars we’ve ever tested, I mean the car, it drives and performs very well, it’s fast, it’s fuel-efficient, it’s roomy; in terms of the way it performs, it’s been very impressive,” Fisher added.