Tesla Model S Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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You must have wi-fi to own this car.

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

Tesla

Model:

Model S

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Our car was not properly connecting to our home wi-fi which rendered it inoperative on an evening when we were going out to dinner. Very embarrassing! All of our home devices had NO problem connecting to wi-fi except our Tesla. My wife waited for over an hour for tech support.

Review submitted by:Jack

Pros:fabulous driving car.

Cons:not reliable due to obligatory wi-fi connectivity.

Bad Parts Availability Tarnishes Tesla Image

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Tesla

Model:

Model S

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

When I bought my new Tesla Model S in May 2016 and for months before I was proud to be part of “accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy.” I talked it up with my friends and family and even with strangers I met at Starbucks. I got 2 of

Review submitted by:tonyb48

Pros:No gas. Ever. Turns heads

Cons:No repair parts.

Not worth the price or up to Hype

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Tesla

Model:

Model S

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

You would think that for $80k plus, you would be able to turn off the radio, have the system actually dial a number from a linked phone, or have no bugs with mechanics (air conditioning, bumper etc). In the three weeks I have had the car, the rear bumper came

Review submitted by:Chaim

Pros:Excellent ride, great acceleration, nice screen

Cons:poor reliability, software and bluetooth interface

Computer on wheels

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Tesla

Model:

Model S

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Great performance, average grade interior, buggy software releases. Summary: computer on wheels. Must take software upgrades or no warranty. Software bugs won't get fixed. Need repairs? May wait couple of weeks just to get two battery bolts. CO2-wise it is a wash with regular car like BMW 5 since those

Review submitted by:Michael

Pros:Performance

Cons:Volvo-grade materials in 100K car. Poor software.

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