Windshield Distortion - 2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

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2013 Tesla Model S: Windshield Distortion

April 9, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

It's one of those things that once seen, can't be unseen. At least this isn't as horrific as the untold volumes of random Google image searches that have been seared into my consciousness. At the very bottom of the Tesla Model S windshield, there's a distortion that refracts an otherwise clear outward view.

You can see how the paint stripes bend as they approach the bottom of the glass. Now that I know it's there, it's all I see. I'm sure after more time in the Tesla, it won't bother me as much (more time in the seat? Awwww, poor me!)

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 1,977 miles


  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    I hate you. This is exactly the type of thing that will drive me to distraction and somehow I never noticed it before. My drive home is going to suck.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    This is why contoured glass is a compromise toward aero and style. A flat plan of glass is more ideal from a visibility and fatigue perspective, such as on an airliner or space shuttle.

  • toto_48313 toto_48313 Posts:

    This is not a problem at all, once you figure it's there you pay a little bit more attention, but in less than 2 days you'll forget about it.

  • nanostream nanostream Posts:

    You might consider driving with your nose at a height greater than that of the dashboard. This can be accomplished with the adjustable controls located on the left side of the seat. Do you also find you have problems staring at the wiper blades as they travel through their full excursion? If you focus on the road ahead of the car instead of the hood as you're driving, the problem will (miraculously) disappear. There is also a small Tesla logo on the left lower corner of the windshield. Alternatively, if you stare at that you will completely forget about the area of distortion. I'm glad we could work through this together.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    My Leaf has some window distortion in its midsection. Must be an EV thing.

  • joefrompa joefrompa Posts:

    This is a glass manufacturing defect. It's actually not uncommon on a variety of vehicles when you have aftermarket glass installed. Nonetheless, it shouldn't be there - it's a problem with the glass itself.

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