This is written one week  before the forth anniversary of
ownership of a 2012 Tesla Model 'S'.  The car has approximately 112,000 miles
and has driven coast to coast at twice, and Colorado to California
and back just less then a dozen dimes.







Overall we would not consider buying another Tesla  due to the recurring parts and
service issues, although we certainly enjoy early adapting &  supporting Tesla
and EVs in general.

Pro's and Con's
2012 Tesla Model S
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-- 4 windscreen replacements.  (one on warranty,
three @ +/- $1,500 ea.)

-- 4 sets of tires

-- 3 of 4 doors no longer 'present' on touch, one
door no longer opens from inside or outside,
Tesla declines to warranty.

-- Rear hatch leaks water.  warranty repair
ineffective.

-- Front window 1/4 glass howls in windy
conditions.  Tesla declines to warranty.

-- Front airdam failure @ 2 yrs.  One of four
airdams (two forward under grill, two rear in
wheel wells) failure.  Tesla declines to warranty.

-- MCU
/CID crash @ 3 yrs, 5% conductivity to
maps, internet, and other functions.  Tesla
declined to warranty until we refused to fund
repairs, then learned that they found MCU
/CID
physically damaged by Tesla personnel, either
on initial build or subsequent service which they
then agreed to warranty.  After repairs we then
found several important features
, including the
GPS,
non-functional causing more grief.

-- 4 auxiliary battery replacements (3 proactive
on failure warning, one from systems crash and
subsequent tow / rental car / weeks to repair, all
800 miles from base.

-- 80% failure rate on TPMS system.  After 3
years of failure warnings and subsequent crash
of whole system, Tesla admitted the early (pre-
56k units) system was defective and upgraded
the system to the new Continental brand on
warranty.

-- 1 traction battery pack replacement (proactive
on contractor warranty recall).  Received another
car's used pack, rather than new parts.

-- 1 traction motor replacement (proactive on
armature whine).  Recieved another car's used
motor, rather then new parts.

-- Original order not fulfilled correctly due to
salesman's terminology gaffe and Tesla's refusal
to correct same (a single 10kW A/C charger
rather then the "full charging capabilities" as
specified to Tesla salesperson).

-- Overall concerns about inability to replace
various components without Tesla service and/or
reprogramming of same.  This leads to Tesla's de
facto control of product from future 3rd party
repair, escalates cost basis, and leaves
consumers unavailable to non-Tesla options for
future viability.

-- normal EV benefits including quite running, no
gear shifting, smooth acceleration.

-- Range, range, range.  Testa certainly has the
market on range.  As noted above we have
traveled cross country and achieved +/- 225
miles of fairly 'secure' range when charged to
full capacity.  Sometimes less, sometimes more.

-- Cross country supercharger (DC/DC fast
charging) grid.  An excellent viable travel grid if
only we can keep the car functioning to use it.
Pro's
Con's
@
112,000 miles / <4 years
on reliability and service
&
Thumbs up
on just being an electric car