There Seems to Be No End to the Ways in Which the Model X Doors Can Malfunction

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In the one hundred plus years of experience the humankind had with building automobiles, you'd think it would have sorted out the basics related to this activity.
Every now and again, though, one manufacturer feels like reinventing the wheel - figurately speaking, because their roundness has actually been one of the constants throughout all these years. Things that have always worked very well are changed just for the sake of novelty, and sometimes, that can backfire.

Surprisingly, the simple doors have been subjected to this treatment more often than one would suspect. We've had front-hinged doors, rear-hinged door, sliding doors, scissor doors or gullwing doors, and all have served their purpose well enough.

Recently, Tesla wanted to make its electric SUV a technological powerhouse, and that included fitting a set of electric falcon doors at the rear. As spectacular as they might be - and quite useful when they work -, they've been the undoing of the company's third model, causing way more problems than a door should.

First off, a problem with the supplier caused a significant delay to the market launch of the Model X, and when deliveries did start, their speed was quite low due to manufacturing issues. One particular owner was so upset, he filed a Lemon Law suit against Tesla asking for a full refund while more recently, it was discovered that parking the car on a slope will prevent the falcon doors from shutting completely, which results in the front doors slamming into them.

However, the latest issue isn't with the rear doors, but the more mundane front ones. The frontal pair also has electric motors that activate them, but at least they open the classic way. However, the Model X owner that runs the "Like Tesla" YouTube channel has now run into a problem: the latch on the right front door refuses to engage, meaning that the car sees it as being open.

It appears the problem is not that uncommon and Tesla had a fix for it in a matter of hours by replacing the latch with the one that goes into the Xs that are coming off the line now. The owner gets asked in the comments section of his video whether he would still recommend the car considering its "reliability track record." We won't reproduce his whole answer, as it's quite long, but here is the essential: "More than any other car on the road (including the S)."

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