List of minor annoyances and needed cool stuff for model S

List of minor annoyances and needed cool stuff for model S

Model S is a great car coming from a new company but still prone for electrical and mechanical problems. After many decades some cars (eg;Jaguars) are still prone for these issues (loose attachments of hinges, humming noises at highway speeds, rattling sounds from doors etc).

I request the current owners of model S to list few small annoying things you have noticed during your ownership.

Also few nice things I am used to with my Mercedes CLS 550 which i would like to see in model S; May be some are already available.

1) active seats with massage and active ventilated seats,
2) LED headlights,
3) heated steering wheel,
4) folding side mirrors when locking the car,
5) "hold the break" feature at traffic lights,
6) alerts from cell phone texts with ability to hear while driving,
7) Lane departure alert with steering wheel vibration
8) Blind spot detection
9) "Max AC" feature after a summer work out.
10) Easy Bluetooth and iPod integration with center console.

Thank you

jq5073 | 22 août 2013

What is "blind spot detection" or, for that matter, what is a "blind spot" ?

Model S comes standard with a rear view mirror and two side mirrors.

ChristianG | 22 août 2013

Actually it also Comes with a back camera as the visability from the rear view mirror isn't that great.

Wiki as usual can help you much better than I do ;)

so some cars do have devices that detect things (cars or People) in your blind spots.

ramtaz | 22 août 2013

Only issue is the poor FM reception , I have been to tesla service center , no fix :-(

2050project | 24 août 2013

@pramod1969 - you should check out the site: - they have an ongoing list of improvements/wish list for Model S.

And, go to as you can check for some aftermarket solutions as well.

Also, check out this list, you can add to it too:

mikefa | 24 août 2013

@ramtaz - i agree the fm receiver is lacking... at first i thought it was just a poor stereo system but the speakers actually are very good quality and sounds excellent when you play music from your stored device. The fm radio is adequate for listening to talk shows.

patrick.meier | 25 août 2013

@pramod 1969

My opinion on this is that yor're off the mark with some of your views. Firstly, after 15 years with Audi, BMW and Mercedes AMG I drove a Jaguar XF until I took delivery of my Model S early last week. In 3 1/2 years I put 120'000 miles om the Jaguar and I may say that never bevore have I had a car as reliable as this one. Without the Model S available, I simply would have upgraded to the facelift version of the XF. The worst car in terms of reliability I ever had was the AMG Merc.

When I compare the electric drive system of my S Performance Plus with the drivetrain of the latest E and S Series Mercs, every other option of the ICE cars available in this ballpark shrinks to insignificance. I don't want all this stuff in my car. The only exception being active cruise control, which I now see would be a great feature in the Model S. As for the rest, please spare me. These are all just clutter objects masking the fact that there is no more real progress in ICE drivetrain development.

So yes, I herewith confirm that if a future Model S will be offered with massage seats, lane assist, a sound module imitating the noise of a V8 engine and all the other stuff ze Germans consider to be important, while ignoring the fact that I drive a fulll EV now and that I am not their customer anymore, I will not order all this as it is of no importance to me.

The build quality of my Model S, btw. is outstanding. One can see that this car was put together by people who know what they are doing.

Brgds, Patrick

James- | 25 août 2013

Here are a few others:

- Locked Out!: It seems possible to lock yourself out. I left my key in the car and got out to check a charging station, when I turned around the doors locked before I got to them. Fortunately I had a passenger in the car to let me in.
- Key: Although novel it is not practical, it cannot be put on a normal key-ring and the bit of cord it has fitted is not as upmarket as the car.
- Media: I would really like my music or current audio book on my iPhone 5 to just play when I get in the car and not have to go to the menu and select the connected iPhone every time. The Bluetooth link too basic and have had it drop out once and fail to connect a couple of times.
- Phone: Needs a favorites list.
- Navigation: In Navigation view searching for a shop seemed to list results in random order rather than nearest first. For example I was in Los Gatos and a search for Staples came up with one in San Francisco as the first one.
- Navigation: Favorites, for example Home, Office or whatever I choose.
- Controls: The indicator, wiper control is hidden behind the steering wheel. It is in about the worst location.
- Trip Info: It would seem very easy to provide significantly more comprehensive trip information than at present.
- Trip Tracking: Given the always on GPS it should be possible for the car to track all trips and store that for review on the map. I would like to review my travel history like this.
- Voice commands: Siri understands me, the Tesla doesn't, I am still to get it to work.
- Charger: I would like a hook on the charger handle so it is easy to hang it up.
- Suspension: Option to have the suspension raise to 'highest' when 'P' is pressed to make getting and out a bit easier for people who have difficulty getting into and out of a low vehicle.
- Hill start assist: Prevents the car from rolling backwards when starting on a hill, this is standard on many cars.
- Heads Up Display.
- Cameras: All round cameras. BMW have got the idea and even offer side front bumper cameras to see around corners.
- Run-flat tires or a light-weight spare.
- Night vision.
- Window shades.

fuellss | 25 août 2013

pramod1969-Whats the point of your question? I'll play along. I would love sensors for my 21" rims, opps, I mean my husbands 21" rims. Keep forgetting its his car..I cant stop driving, We had several MB, worst cars we ever owned...

mshore | 17 septembre 2014

James- there is an extremely easy fix to your locked out problem, which is login into the app where you can do the following.
lock/unlock the car
turn on the ac
and many other things.

hpjtv | 17 septembre 2014

@pramod1969 Why would you want heated steering wheels? You have automatic climate control from your phone prior to entering the vehicle.

s.grot | 18 septembre 2014

I think the heated steering wheel is a must option in cold climates, Ive had several trips when trying to eek out the most range in the winter you shut down the cabin heat to get more range. Then Your hands are the first thing to get cold.

genedr @ny-us | 18 septembre 2014

Sorry, but seems that a lot of these suggestions are trivial conveniences that add more systems (to fail), weight, circuitry and driver-confusing controls than are remotely necessary or will ever be used on any consistent basis.

Maybe ACC, and some of the browser tweaks are reasonable
Otherwise, perhaps a) check the 3 mirrors for 'blind spots, b) buy a nice pair of gloves for a cold steering wheel, and c) pick different passengers to obtain seat massage and ventilation.

Red Sage ca us | 18 septembre 2014

Why not just... Make the Tech Package standard issue... Add the wintry things to the Cold Weather Package... Then offer a couple of Convenience Packages that include these other things? Personally, I prefer options to be entirely à la carte, but... Meh.

Brian H | 19 septembre 2014

eke out

Unless you're female, of course. ;p

Haggy | 19 septembre 2014

Run flats are a pain to deal with. You don't have to change a flat right away, but you do have to go to a shop that can fix them, and those are few and far between. I have Michelin run flats on one car, and there's only one shop within 50 miles of me that services them, not counting car dealers. A dealer will charge $3000 to replace a set of them. Fixing a flat can cost close to $100, not counting a 1.5 hour round trip.

Four run flat tires and wheels weigh as much as five regular tires and wheels, so a lightweight spare is no worse than a full sized one compared to run flats. A lightweight spare would be good to have so I don't need a flatbed truck for something I can fix myself.

I agree about ACC. I've never had a car with blind spot detection, but in just about every car I've had, I push the seat back far enough that when I look over my shoulder I get a good view of the B pillar. I might be able to get a view of a sliver through the back passenger window, but nothing that will help me when somebody insists on following somebody too closely and lingering in my blind spot. The DMV manual in California says (I'm paraphrasing here) "even though you'd have to be a complete moron to drive in somebody's blind spot for any extended period, there's no law against it, so if you don't mind getting into an accident you can blame the other person for your stupidity."

Interestingly enough, the rental that Tesla is giving me has blind spot mirrors and after a day or two of getting used to them I found that they work quite well. If you look at the Chevy Equinox blnd spot mirrors, there's nothing elegant about them but they do solve the problem without complex electronics.

windex | 19 septembre 2014

How about adding waypoints to navigation or send to car functionality from Google maps since everyone is abusing the new calendar feature in 6.0 to essentially do this?

genedr @ny-us | 19 septembre 2014

Jj.T. Is right...I think I've done that mirror adjustment intuitively since drivers ed decades ago.
I mean, are we so lazy that we can't drive safely using 3 mirrors (and a continually active rear cam if you have that option).?
I'll weigh in on the browser when I get mine next week.