Tesla Model S Long-Term Test Exposes the Good and the Bad Sides of Owning the EV

Back in February 2013, the guys over at Edmunds decided to spend $105,005 on a Tesla Model S of their own and see how the electric luxury sedan fares on the long run. 17 months or so after the moment of delivery, the team returned with an article that highlights their experience with the Model S.
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The car in question is the high performance P85 model, kitted with an 85 kWh battery and 416 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque at its disposal, much like the same Tesla Model S P85 we've test-driven a little while back. Their car was kitted with all sorts of goodies such as the $3,750 Tech Package, $1,500 twin chargers and a $1,500 panoramic roof.

So what exactly did they like and hate about the iPhone 5S of the electric vehicle world? Well, if you take into account that the Model S has been recently sold after 17 months of ownership, things aren't as great as one might expect. In its in-depth wrap-up article, the motoring publication hints that a lot of bits and bobs failed, but most repair jobs were covered by warranty or goodwill. Curious about them?

The driver's door opened spontaneously and the fix was an all-new handle, the iPad-like touchscreen froze on a number of occasions, creaking sounds started to come from the steering wheel, the taillight fogged up and more. On two occasions, the Model S P85 simply turned off and was brought back to life thanks to a drive unit and main battery, while the vanity mirror hinges cracked twice.

Even the sunroof refused to open at one point, so clearly, there are a few glitches that need to be addressed by the Californian carmaker. If you want to find out the full story, including the good points of owning such a vehicle, then follow this link and read through to catch on what made Edmunds sell the Tesla Model S P85 after 30,300 miles for $83,000. You will be very surprised by some things.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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