Tesla Reliability Doesnâ€™t Match Its High Performance
J Thoendell stashed this in Cars
Tesla Motorsâ€™ all-electricÂ Model S sedanÂ got high marks in Consumer Reportsâ€™ 50-plus tests involving driving dynamics and livability, and it consumed energy at the electric equivalent of 84 miles per gallon (87 MPGe in theÂ P85DÂ trim). Itâ€™s theÂ best-performing car weâ€™ve ever tested.
But its predicted reliability is another matter.
As part of ourÂ Annual Auto Reliability Survey, we received about 1,400 survey responses from Model S owners who chronicled an array of detailed and complicated maladies. From that data we forecast that owning that Tesla is likely to involve a worse-than-average overall problem rate. Thatâ€™s a step down from last yearâ€™s â€śaverageâ€ť prediction for the Model S. It also means the Model S does not receive Consumer Reportsâ€™ recommended designation. (To be recommended, a vehicle has to meet stringent testing, reliability, and safety standards, including having average or better predicted reliability.)
The main problem areas involved the drivetrain, power equipment, charging equipment, giant iPad-like center console, and body and sunroof squeaks, rattles, and leaks.
Specific areas that scored worse on the 2015 model, compared with the 2014 model inÂ last yearâ€™s survey, were the climate control, steering, and suspension systems.Â