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2013 Tesla Model S: Power Window Poltergeist?

September 18, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

What the...? This is the second time this has happened. The morning of our recent Monterey road trip I walked out to our 2013 Tesla Model S to find all four windows fully open.

After I checked the interior for cats, my next thought was directed at Mike Magrath and his itchy trigger finger. He has the Tesla app and this car's login profile on his iPhone, too, and he's been known to remotely honk a horn or three at inopportune moments. He must be up to his old tricks again.

But then I studied the app on my smartphone once more. I can honk the horn, flash the lights, tilt open the sunroof, lock or unlock the doors, open the charge port door or manipulate the climate control system. And I can do all this from anywhere in the world, in fact, if the app can connect to the Web. So can Mike.

But there is no button for rolling down any windows. He's off the hook.

So now I'm back to square one. What the...?

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 8,550 miles

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By zimtheinvader
on 09/18/13
11:13 AM PST

It is the built in demo mode on the car. It rolls down the windows so passers-by can get a closer look at the car. And take home souvenirs.

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By quadricycle
on 09/18/13
11:08 AM PST

Good thing you guys didn't get rained on during the night. Otherwise, the "What the..." might turn into a "Son of a..."

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