There are a few reasons why people tend to gravitate toward big names like Tesla. For one, the more popularized something is, the more that consumers seem to trust the quality of said product. However, time has taught us that this is obviously not always a good assumption to make.
Then there are those buyers that don’t even consider quality when shopping around for a vehicle, instead looking for what would project their desired image. Tesla fits nicely in most people’s minds because their cars are state-of-the-art, trendy, and expensive. Anyone who is image-obsessed is instantly drawn to products like Teslas.
But there are also plenty of consumers who genuinely prefer cleaner energy alternatives. Since Tesla runs on electricity, which can even come from a home solar array, for anyone environmentally-friendly, these cars are the ultimate choice. Still, there is a lot more to this manufacturer than meets the eye.
Not everything is unicorns and rainbows when it comes to an electric vehicle, and Tesla (undoubtedly) has a few kinks to work out. However, some of these flaws have seemingly been ignored or swept away from the public eye. There are some things that are never openly admitted or speculated about Tesla vehicles, yet we harshly criticize run-of-the-mill autos with ease. Out of fairness—and for potential buyers, necessity—we should take a look at a few of the complaints that current owners have raised about these beloved EVs.
25. THEY MAY NOT BE THE BEST QUALITY VEHICLES
If you have ever experienced difficulties with a Tesla, firsthand, then you probably know better than anyone how pricey repairs can become if they’re not covered by a warranty or insurance. This explains why insurance premiums are so high for these vehicles. However, the truth of the matter is that even if you’re not paying to replace those parts, they are much poorer quality than we’re all led to believe. If Tesla’s parts were, in fact, of great quality, then we wouldn’t have freak issues such as bolts rusting off after a mere few years of ownership, or falcon doors constantly misaligning themselves. Not everything on a Tesla is inherently low-quality, but Tesla is certainly cutting corners. The durability shows in the longevity of the parts and by how early rattling, squeaking, and other common problems seem to surface.
24. THE MODEL 3 SPEEDOMETER IS IN YOUR PERIPHERAL
The golden rule we’re all taught in driving school is to keep your eyes on the road. This is, obviously, why police have been cracking down on drivers who use handheld electronic devices while driving. You would expect that a carmaker would probably build a car with safety in mind and take things like this into consideration during the design process. But technology comes first for Tesla. Their (controversial) touchscreen is also the home for the speedometer, which on the edge of the driver’s peripheral vision, which means that they have to look away from the road in order to see what speed they’re going. It’s not necessarily the biggest problem, at least in hindsight, but it can become a dangerous feature for the unsuspecting.
23. MAINTENANCE COSTS WILL BURN A HOLE IN YOUR POCKET
Part of the appeal of buying something expensive is the expectation that it will save you money in the future. But Tesla has earned a spot in the hall-of-fame for overpriced vehicles, and that doesn’t just apply to the sticker price but also takes into account all of the maintenance costs that plague owners. Even though the Tesla’s don’t need oil changes, spark plug replacements, or oil filters, Tesla recommends drivers invest in their maintenance plans that include a thorough inspection of the vehicle every 12,000 miles. The prices vary based on the year and model of the car, as well as which specific plan the driver chooses, but standalone inspections range anywhere from $475 to $750 per visit (not including repairs). A four-year maintenance plan is around $2,500. Needless to say, you’ll need to have a good chunk of change set aside for these evaluations.