I’ve been a faithful and happy owner since Elon personally delivered my car to me in March 2013. This year though, I’m struggling to keep the faith. It’s all software based. Since about February, or the last major update, my GPS and center screen have been completely bugged out. The GPS shows me siting at home when I’m on the road, or shows me flying over the Sierra Nevada mountains. The screen keeps blanking out completely. With each new minor update, I hope it’s fixed, but nope, it’s even worse. Has Tesla forsaken backward compatibility to old models? Today, the piece de resistance, the GPS clooges out again, and I reboot, but my center screen never comes back on. The A/C is still set and running on high, because it was hot as hell when this happened. Now, I can’t reboot, or turn A/C off. Not anyway or anyhow. Roadside assistance tries to help over phone, but fails, so I have to wait for service center on Monday.
So, my car sits in my garage, A/C blasting, which actually heats the garage and makes for a vicious cycle, and it’s got to sit there doing that for the next 36 hours. What’ll happen to my A/C system? In fact, I’m afraid it’ll burn up and burn my house down, so I’m going to move the car outside, and unplugged, so what’ll happen to my battery? Either way, it’s major wear and tear on my car generated by an unwelcome software update.
I hated the last major update when they took away my ability to organize the windows on my center screen, and made the maps harder for my 53 year old eyes to read. Now my car manufacturer unilaterally reaches out and deletes the features they sold me, and breaks my car?!!! This is beyond unacceptable. I want the car I bought, you don’t get to take things away that you sold me, and make my car unusable.
Tesla must allow backward software downgrades, and the ability to lock in software versions and refuse updates! Updates have been nothing but a nightmare for me, and none of them even apply to my car.