A Few Flaws in the Craftsmanship - 2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Tesla Model S: A Few Flaws in the Craftsmanship

March 19, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

As polished as our new Tesla Model S looks on the road, closer inspection reveals that it has some flaws in the craftsmanship. I noticed this the first time I adjusted the driver's side mirror.

As it panned across the side of the car, it looked like the driver's door was cracked open. I opened and shut it again to secure it tight and it didn't help. After a closer look, I could see that the door trim was not secured firmly so the edge was starting to fray at the end.

In another instance, I was walking up to the car and it looked like the rear hatch wasn't closed all the way. I slammed it shut, but it still didn't fit quite right. Not sure whether this is the way it's supposed to fit or not, but it looks misaligned to me. I checked a few more body panels and there were other signs of less than perfect fit, too.

There are two ways to look at this. On one hand, this is an all-new car from an all-new plant, so minor imperfections like this are hardly surprising. On the other hand, this is a $100,000 luxury car. It should be flawless. If I saw an Audi A8 or a Mercedes-Benz S-Class with these kinds of fit and finish problems, I would never drive it off the lot.

2013 Tesla Model S

2013 Tesla Model S

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 915 miles

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