will you go with standard suspension or air suspension

will you go with standard suspension or air suspension

I would like take a poll

air suspension Or standard suspension

mrspaghetti | 22. November 2012


skystream3.7 | 22. November 2012

Air (1)

standard (0)

undecided (1)

Brian H | 22. November 2012

Some feedback, reviews, performance specs etc. will likely be needed before many can make up their mind.

Ceilidh | 22. November 2012

For me, Air all the way. It will be my 1st car with this type of suspension. The reason is the precious battery tray that rins the length of the bottom of the car. I'm not too excited about unnecessarily smacking/jarring/puncturing something that costs $20K to replace. A bit more than a typical oil pan.

If I think back to the number of times I have hit driveway ramps that exit the street at sharp angles or smacked a speed bump because I wasn't quite slow enough it was a few too many to be comfortable risking the expensive battery in this car.

I figure that the ability to raise up over things in anticipation of risk to the battery is enough to justify the upgrade for me.

Opinions will certainly vary, but low cars are very prone to undercarriage hits. I would think that given the design of this car it would be more concerning than most to hit the underside. I am sure Tesla has anticipated this with a strong bottom, but $h!+ happens.


mbarontseff | 22. November 2012

Air. I want the really smooth ride, and think that it will be safer. It will also help me raise the car when needed (when those snowbanks come around).
I've never had a car with air suspension, so I don't know what problems come with it.

skystream3.7 | 22. November 2012

Air (3)

standard (0)

undecided (1)

nickjhowe | 22. November 2012

Air all the way. Got it on my Range Rover. Even after needing repairs 9 yrs in I still love it,

EcLectric | 22. November 2012

Here's an idea: raising the car automatically when a potential dent / scrape situation is detected. Possibly part of adaptive cruise control system...

EcLectric | 22. November 2012

I'm going with air, by the way. My current car scrapes on my driveway if I go in straight.

TINO F | 22. November 2012

Air for certain.. My driveway at the beach makes it mandatory, plus the ride difference makes the car that much more enjoyable.

stephen.kamichik | 22. November 2012


john.m.hennessey | 22. November 2012

I was concerned that I would not be happy with the 21" wheels for everyday driving, but after a test drive with the active air suspension I realized they would be fine. Now driving for about two weeks on CT's pot hole covered roads, I'm very happy with both.

skystream3.7 | 22. November 2012

Air (9)

standard (0)

undecided (1)

lightly | 22. November 2012

Air suspension here too. It will hep extend the range when the car is lowered at highway speeds.

Mtlord | 22. November 2012

Air. Heard Tesla engineers call this the one "must have" option.

Velo1 | 22. November 2012


DouglasR | 22. November 2012

I'm sensing a trend here. Where's Nate Silver when we need him?

MB3 | 22. November 2012

I'll be floating on air!

TonyF | 22. November 2012

Air. Wouldn't have ordered air but did so because not ordering air would have delayed my delivery. Reading about 'air vs. standard' after the fact, it appears to be a good decision.

dborn | 22. November 2012


Curmudgeon | 22. November 2012


BYT | 22. November 2012

Mine came with air... :)

STEVEZ | 22. November 2012

Air here, too. My first car with adaptive air suspension, and except for the couple of times it's settled onto curbs after I parked nose-in (still no word from Tesla as to whether that's expected behavior) it's been a real treat.

skystream3.7 | 22. November 2012

Air (19)

standard (0)

undecided (1)

David70 | 22. November 2012

Air is what I want, even though it may be a long time before I can get it.

AaronX | 22. November 2012


Volker.Berlin | 23. November 2012

I'm sensing a trend here. (DouglasR)

Keep in mind that all cars delivered so far are Signatures, and Signature reservation holders are very likely strongly overrepresented in these forums when compared to the general public. They get air suspension "for free" (or at least they cannot opt out), so statistics are skew and this poll may not be as representative as you may think.

ddruz | 23. November 2012

I will be getting the standard suspension.

solarpowered | 23. November 2012

Ditto on the standard suspension.

JOHN HOLLINGSWORTH | 23. November 2012

I'm getting air on my general production S.

skystream3.7 | 23. November 2012

Air (24)

standard (2)

undecided (1)

jerry3 | 23. November 2012


Volker.Berlin | 23. November 2012

undecided -- I need to test-drive each to decide whether the higher upfront cost plus the higher potential maintenance cost (including the inconvenience of experiencing a break-down) is worth the obvious advantages of a smoother ride and adjustable ride height.

Brian H | 23. November 2012

ddruz and solar;
Wassamatta? Don't wanna spring for the air? So to speak....

Volker.Berlin | 23. November 2012

In reply to jerry3 in this thread:

If Tesla offers to extend the service plan beyond four years without changing conditions and pricing, I'm all-in on air suspension without hesitation! However, I have my doubts. It's one of those ideas that have that "too good to be true" smell to them.

jerry3 | 23. November 2012


This is one of the risks of being a first adopter. I've done reasonably well with my other first adoptions and I think there's a reasonable chance of success here--even if the air suspension seems to have a lot of shortcomings compared to the DS-21 suspension.

In any event, it's like the pano roof--if you don't get it you'll be hating yourself for as long as you own the car.

Volker.Berlin | 23. November 2012

jerry3, I agree wrt the pano roof. Regarding air suspension, I currently remain undecided. I think it may as well be possible that I'm gonna hate myself for getting it -- if/when it breaks down, forces some "down-time" on the car, and costs serious money to restore the car to a drivable state.

DouglasR | 23. November 2012

OK, I'll vote: Air

I'm getting a Performance, and I think Air comes with it, but I would have wanted it anyway. More for the adjustable clearance than the ride.

Motoring | 23. November 2012

Air for sure.

jerry3 | 23. November 2012


My main concern in that area is that it's from Continental.

conrad_damon | 23. November 2012

Standard. It'll be a commute car on smooth roads.

noel.smyth | 23. November 2012

Air. | 23. November 2012

Air for my Production Model S

Pungoteague_Dave | 25. November 2012

Air - after having it on my MB GL320, no other way to go - especially since it is the only way to get ride height adjustment - almost everyone will eventually face a ramp or speed hump that will whack the bottom.

robert27 | 25. November 2012

Its mercedes-air. rumor has it they help that part of the design. get the air, its a dream.

TeslaLABlue | 25. November 2012


was never a question in my mind

joesontesla | 25. November 2012


skystream3.7 | 25. November 2012

Air (40)

standard (4)

undecided (3)

Captain_Zap | 26. November 2012

No Pano
No regrets.

Getting Amped Again | 26. November 2012

Air (42)

standard (4)

undecided (3)

I think the ability to raise the car for steep inclines or driveways makes this a necessity that is worth the long term risk, but I will be selling my Model S before the warranty expires so it's an easier decision for me.