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Would You Buy A Tesla Model S?

Dan Lyons Publish date: 19, 2013 Section: Web Interaction 66

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Part of me wants a Tesla Model S. a bit of a car freak, and over the years owned a string of BMWs, an S4, and a vintage Porsche 911. days I’m just a suburban dad, driving a Outback wagon. But a few months ago I was to Vivek Wadhwa. who was about to delivery on a Tesla Model S. and he me I should consider getting because sure, it’s a bit expensive, but not crazy expensive, and you drive one you’ll want

I just laughed it off. But I started thinking.

The Model S is a car, and frankly, at $50,000 for the model it’s really not expensive, and most of my driving is to home. We’ve been to replace my wife’s old Subaru wagon, and she’s really this whole eco-friendly stuff, and some of the SUVs been looking at aren’t cheaper than a Tesla, if you go for the hybrid version. The Toyota Hybrid Limited starts at and if you throw in some extras you can it close to $50,000.

So, okay. I want a Model S. I Tesla’s first model, the and wasn’t impressed. But the Model S is a beast. I could put my kids in it. I use it as a daily driver.

It’s (sort of) and beautiful and green. not to love?

Can You Deal With A Few

Well, I fear that the S is still not ready for prime Those fears grew a bit I read Stalled Out on Tesla’s Highway, the controversial story in the New Times that has aroused so anger among Tesla The follow-up stories haven’t me feel any better.

The Times tried to drive from D.C. to New York in a Model S, and the car ran out of juice on the way and had to be towed in. Tesla CEO Musk attacked Broder and the article a fake. Then published a blog post in he announced that — — Tesla had been gathering data about aspect of the test drive, and Tesla’s data logs that the Times reporter had his facts.

The Times reporter, John M. fired back with his own saying that Musk’s didn’t really prove at all. The public editor of the said she would ask Tesla to all of the data, not just a few cherry-picked but Tesla declined. The public concluded that Broder faked his results, but that he hadn’t exercised good and had left himself open to criticism.

Victory for Tesla, Well, not quite. For one thing, the editor also points out Musk used his data in the damaging (and sometimes misleading) ways possible.

The Wire said much the arguing that Musk is, for overyhyping his claim for a breach of ethics.

I’m kind of put off by the that Tesla can spy on drivers. I was put off by the combativeness of Musk’s blog Most important, as Mashable out, the whole kerfuffle draws more attention to very real issues the Model S.

The thing is, Broder’s car really did run out of Tesla fans argue Broder should have more careful, and if he’d done this and that and this and that plus and that, well of course he have made it all the way from to New York. Even if you agree those fans, you start to that owning a Model S is to require some extra

Only One In Nine Breaks — Awesome!

Then, the weekend, in a show of solidarity, Tesla owners set out to take the trip as the Times reporter. A for AllThingsD ran into them on the way and time talking to them.

the thing. Of the nine who started only four actually the whole trip. Not because of problems, but because they didn’t want to make the trip.

But down low in the article comes the side note: One driver’s S stopped working at the Delaware station, due to what they was faulty circuitry. The owner Tesla support, the group and a software update was pushed to his car allowing him to drive it to Milford.

If a Tesla fan, you’ll say it was no big deal, and that Tesla great customer service and got software sent out right

If you’re me, you think, Wait, a chance my car will stop and I’ll have to call and get a update to get it running again?

you wonder what it says Tesla when you send cars out to make a simple from Washington to New York and one of breaks down on the way. One in does not seem like odds. One in four (if you count the cars that attempted the trip) seems even

Tesla’s Electric Halo

Can you if nine owners of the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 made the same trip, and one down and couldn’t get going until BMW beamed out a software Can you imagine this happening to any no matter how modest? I can’t. a list of the cheapest cars in the States.

Nine units of any of them make this journey incident or drama, I’d

For Tesla owners these apparently are fairly normal. A for Autoweek had a problem with his when it refused to disconnect its charger. Jalopnik says S owners are complaining about screens failing, doors and hatches opening on their door handles getting shut, cars powering randomly — and that’s only a few hundred of them in the

Jalopnik calls the Model S the most expensive beta

That’s a bit harsh. But the fact is, cars are not going to go mainstream and until they become as as gas-powered cars. For now Tesla a halo effect from a fan base and a tech press to give Tesla a pass of the audacity of its ambitions.

That’s enough to sell a few cars, but it will only Tesla so far.

Thing is, I want a Model S. But I will until I see thousands of them out in the before I leap. As with things tech-related, I figure safer to wait for version

How about you? Would you buy a Model S? And for the sake of argument, if money were not an issue? say you could get a Model S for the same as a Camry. Would you go for it?


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