Consumer Reports isn’t thrilled with its new Tesla Model S P85D.
The non-profit publication praised the Tesla Model S in the past, once calling it the best vehicle it ever tested. That’s not the case with the new Model S P85D. According to a new blog post, the publication ran into problems with the sedan’s automatic door handles, an issue that owners are also complaining about with the Model S. “A new car shouldn’t have problems when you’ve owned it for less than a month,” Consumer Reports said. “Yet Consumer Reports’ brand-new $127,000 Tesla Model S P85 D, with the fancy retractable door handles refused to let us in, effectively rendering the car undriveable.”
After fighting with the door handles and not able to get the driver door to open properly, a tester managed to open the passenger door using a smartphone app. Unfortunately, the Model S P85D sensed a problem after the car started up and it only remained on for two minutes.
Ultimately, Consumer Reports had to contact Tesla to have the vehicle picked up on a flatbed trailer so that it could be taken to a dealership for repairs. Although reviewers were pleased with how the service problem was handled, it’s unfortunate that a new car is already having issues, one that wouldn’t even allow its owner to get into the cabin.
“We’re far from the first Tesla owners to experience this problem,” the publication reported on its blog. “Our car reliability survey shows that doors, locks, and latches are the biggest trouble areas with Teslas and that the Model S has far higher than average rates of such problems.”
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