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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


  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

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

  • 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.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    Still it could be worse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWmNIgKlsEA

  • cobryson cobryson Posts:

    Sounds like your standard "leaned on the keyfob and accidentally rolled the windows down" to me. Happens fairly often to people with various cars at my office...

  • tokyorush tokyorush Posts:

    Cobryson is likely right. If you hold down the button on the key fob (the roof of the car), it will roll down all of the windows. Easy to do by accident.

  • ^ If that's true, then there's probably a way to disable it in the settings. Or at least I hope there is, because I would find myself accidentally rolling down the windows all. the. time.

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    What the others are saying on here is probably what happened to you, if you hold the top button down for 2 seconds all the windows roll down. I love the feature, but not the way it is executed here. For example, on my S550 the key has to be physically pointed at a sensor on the door. That dramatically lessens the chance of an accidental use of the feature. Similarly, Tesla doesn't provide a means to roll all the windows back up once they are down. With the Benz, you just hold the Lock button and they all go back up. Tesla nailed most things on the Model S, but there are still obvious areas where you can tell they are new to this.

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    Fix coming to allow disabling of this feature. This is a common problem as evidenced on the forums.

  • vwkidd1 vwkidd1 Posts:

    I bet i know what happening... Do you keep you key in your back pocket? If you do you may be sitting on the key. If you press and hold on the top of the key fob - the windows roll down.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    The accidental key fob explanation is probably right, but for the sake of whimsy I'm going to accuse Mike of taking advantage of the fact that he works at techy-kind of company and convinced one of your tech guys to hack the app and add that functionality in, just to mess with you.

  • ^ Actually, that was my first thought after reading the original post. :P

  • shatner shatner Posts:

    That will come in handy when it is raining out... I hate new cars for reasons like this, just a lot of useless stuff to go wrong.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    it's the new insecurity feature. naw, somehow he's playing with you

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I know Honda Accords have a similar feature but there is a special sequence and it will also roll back up too. I found that out explaining how it happened to a co worker who thought her 2011 (was having a problem. And it worked on another co worker's 2004. You have to read the manual.

  • dubartimus dubartimus Posts:

    I have a Tesla. Chances are you are hitting the top of your key (the roof) and holding it down for too long. Or you wear really tight pants...:). If you hold the roof part of the key down for a second or so all the windows go down. Let me know if this helps.

  • evjuice evjuice Posts:

    It's the key fob in your pocket Dan.

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