Submitted by kevin on November 6, 2016
Amid all the Tesla hype on this site, I think that some things need to be said about the disappointing aspects of Model S ownership:
My Model S didn't make me any younger.
I have not lost any weight.
Model S requires significant maintenance: I've had to wash it at least once a week.
The car dents when you back into things.
I have to plug the car in repeatedly
My power bill went up.
It has consumed significant time and energy participating in Tesla forums
It has consumed significant time and energy replying to individuals saying "Oh, is that a Tesla? Does it really ... ?"
It does not fit in "Compact Car" parking spaces.
My wife and I cannot drive it at the same time.
It has only one glove box (my former Prius had two).
When I press the door handle, it doesn't recognize my thumbprint like my phone does. I have to carry a key fob around.
At Version 8, I can no longer nap while driving.
I can't legally drive it any faster than my old ICE car.
There is no refrigeration in the cup holders.
Summon doesn't work when the car is plugged in.
I have to make an extra stop to get a gas station breakfast burrito.
It doesn't show a special badge on the instrument cluster when I am driving "where no Tesla has gone before."
Voice command will not "Play Koyaanisqatsi" (try it).
I cannot install my car apps on my phone or PC desktop.
Cannot use my ringtones for the horn
I hope this will embolden others to speak frankly about their own experience.