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2013 Tesla Model S: Most Annoying Feature

March 11, 2014

2013 Tesla Model S

Excluding multiple drive unit failure, the 2013 Tesla Model S's most annoying feature, or lack thereof, is this: no volume knob. Elon and friends have over-thought many aspects of this car, some for good (giganto multimedia display, acceleration as dreamy as a box of Whip-Its) and some for ill.

When you absolutely must pummel your eardrums to the first wails of "Immigrant Song" for example, it's very soft-rock to reach down for a twist of the old touch-sensitive volume icon. Cadillac and Ford fare only marginally better here, too. Even the iPhone has tactile volume control.

Sure, there's the left-thumb dial on the steering wheel. There's also cholera, Bieber, and cesium-laced bluefin.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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By rock2155
on 03/11/14
11:18 AM PST

Left-thumb dial.

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By nukeedmunds
on 03/11/14
11:26 AM PST

Isn't it curious... this one Tesla post alone is more critical of its subject than all posts involving the repeated dangerous faults and failures in the Dodge Dart. Sounds like Elon needs to bump up his Edmunds advertising budget to match Fiasler's.

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By fordson1
on 03/11/14
2:00 PM PST

"Excluding multiple battery failure..." I'm seeing in these most recent posts a lot of staff disenchantment with the Model S.

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