But most customers didn't pay that recently updated price. They spent well over $130,000 before tax to get the all-electric sedan that, in theory, should be capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in two seconds. For example, in June 2022, the Model S Plaid had an MSRP of $135,990.
This buyer claims he's not the only one who found some serious problems with the vehicle, apart from the surprisingly generous price reduction. Over 7,000 Americans in a dedicated Facebook group have been discussing all the issues they discovered with the high-performance EV. Most of them figured out pretty quickly that the problems they identified were too common. That prompted them to suspect widespread production shenanigans could have been at play.
The man took delivery of his Model S Plaid in late 2021, three months before a silent facelift was introduced. After the enthusiasm associated with driving one of the world's quickest cars wore off, he started seeing stuff that could have been improved.
In some extreme cases, some buyers said they had to deal with a tire blowout on the highway. An unskilled or inattentive driver could suffer serious harm in such a scenario because it almost always leads to losing control.
But this particular owner is also upset about Tesla's promise that an EV is cheaper in the long run because charging is cheaper than gas. That's especially true today when fuel is over $6 per gallon in some parts of the US. But no one should expect reasonable costs when the car has an output of over 1,000 hp. We'd all be driving drag times monsters if they were cheap to buy and maintain.
The guy also mentioned that the steering wheel had to be replaced because of the poor material quality. That's something even Model Y owners had to deal with.
The man continued to warn users about financing practices and shared that he was never advised to get GAP insurance. That product protects buyers who finance their cars from rapid depreciation. In case of a crash that may total the vehicle, the insurer will write a check covering the vehicle's market price and not the entire amount that's left to be paid. GAP insurance covers that "gap," hence the name.
This person also said he has put down a deposit for the Cybertruck but will not move forward with building and ordering one. He advises prospective Tesla customers to consider all these issues before getting into a buyer's agreement.
But despite all these issues, the disgruntled Model S Plaid owner underlines that he still believes in Tesla and remains a dedicated investor. He also loves the car, regardless of all its drawbacks.