I recently posted a thread about being on the fence between an 85D and a 911 GTR. The BLUF: always wanted a 911, saved up a big pile of discrretionary dough (~ 85K as of today). Called Tesla and they brought over a beautiful 85D for a test drive. Amazing car and I thought I was done w/ my car search.
Well, in breaking news that is certain to annoy my wife and cause a collective, "Pssshh. Whatever, dude." here on these boards, I'm officially back on the fence. The reason? My buddy, who initially infected me w/ Tesla fever, has had four separate maintenance issues that has left him stranded in the last month, caused by (apparently) two distinct problems. One is apparently a software issue (a bunch of error codes flashed before car shut down) and the other was apparently due to a parking brake issue. In all instances, the car was left undrivable and in one case, he was stranded on the side of a highway for 2 hrs with his little boy. In the first instance, the service center couldn't replicate the problem and released the car to him, only to have the problem reappear about a week later. In the second instance, they apparently found and repaired the issue, again, only to have it reappear a short while later. My buddy, while still a huge Tesla fan, has demoted his car to second string and it's no longer his daily driver. In lurking on these boards, it seems like at least a few folks are having similar issues. While I'm totally tracking on the fact that regardless of manufacturer, there will always be a small percentage of folks who end up with problematic vehicles, I have no sense of how prevalent this is in the Tesla community. This car, regardless of what I end up with, will be counted on to be a daily driver and it will need to be reliable. My nearest Tesla service center over an hour and a half away, whereas I've got numerous options for air breathers close by.
I love the engineering and philosophy behind Tesla products. No question. But all things considered, I'm a bit hesitant to jump in. Any insights from you folks, who have much greater perspective on the vehicle than I?
Full disclosure: my plans are to order a vehicle in Oct/Nov with a Feb -16 deliver, so I've got some time to continue research.