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Exterior Bits freezing in cold weather

I took delivery of a P85 on 24 December 2014 in England UK

I've noticed big problems with door handles freezing stuck, mirrors the same and tonight my windows. The driver window had a 1/2 inch gap between it and the vertical rubber it sits against by the wing mirror end of the door. This was quite literally a gap to the outside world and the inside of the car.

Also when it's cold the doors don't seem to shut without a unhealthy sounding clunk.

Assume others in cold weather are having the same?

One of the reviews I watched prior to purchase was on the tesla website. It was a guy in Norway using one most of the time in harsh weather.

Personally I'm finding mine seems to have been built for the calafornia homeland more than -5 UK winter.

Love this car but finding it uses 445w per mile round town. When I charge at home it cost me 98.37p per hour for 20 miles but you can half that round town so it's still 10p a mile.

LegalCounsel | February 21, 2015

I had similar problems with my Mercedes CLS I used to have years ago. It had similar frameless windows as the Tesla that are lowered when you open the door. The problem with my Tesla and my CLS is that they freeze and then you can't open or close the doors. The window usually gets stuck in the up position (does not come down) and when you try to close the door, it bangs against the door frame. Did not have this problem with my S-class.

The solution I used for my CLS and now use for my Tesla is that I spray de-icer liquid on the lower part of the windows where the rubber seal is (and where it usually freezes up if there was moisture). The de-icer melts the ice and prevents the windows from freezing up again.

Mikemcfarlin | February 21, 2015

My right side mirror does not extend and retract properly when it's too cold. Scheduling a service call for the third time to have it fixed or replaced.

Brian H | February 22, 2015

Preheat the car with the remote app for ½hr and the ice will be gone.

dborn @nsw.au | February 22, 2015

Or move to Australia!!

steilkurve | February 22, 2015

Anyone in Canada noticing the same cold-related problems? Am in Montreal and seriously considering a Tesla.

TMCproud | February 22, 2015

@steilkurve

Two winters with my P85 and as Brian H says I have found that pre-heating with the app goes a very long way in addressing these issues.

Go for it!

David Trushin | February 22, 2015

There are extensive threads on winter travel and preconditioning the car. Any car needs to be warmed up for optimal performance. Check out the Chicago threads. In the meantime, mind the gap and keep your exterior bits covered in the cold weather.

Tstolz | February 22, 2015

I've had these issues (or similar issues) with every car I've owed in Canada. The trick is to warm them up or, even better, get a heated garage if you live in a cold climate.

Mikemcfarlin | February 22, 2015

My right side mirror does not extend and retract properly when it's too cold. Scheduling a service call for the third time to have it fixed or replaced.