Monthly Update for October 2016 - 2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

Where Did We Drive It?
Following last month's Hydrogen Highway vs. Tesla Supercharger experiment, our long-term Model X has returned to its regular commuting duties. The big news for October was a service call to address 16(!) minor issues that had piled up. As fate would have it, yet another isolated issue arose after the service that may affect us on the few rainy days we get here.

Maintenance and Upkeep
According to Mike Schmidt, we let some minor issues pile up before taking our Model X in for service. It took the shop nine days to sift through our 16 line-item invoice. Tesla Santa Monica did an excellent job of keeping us updated on its progress and addressed all of our concerns. All work was covered under warranty.

The complete list of items:
1. Replace key fob battery
2. Reposition A/C condenser pipes and replace desiccant bag
3. Inspect front halfshaft (no replacement needed)
4. Adjust front door glass and belt seal to reduce wind noise (Service Bulletin 16-45-001)
5. Chassis and subframe inspection for reported shudder (no issue found)
6. Calibrate door drive units and update firmware to remedy door power-assist issue
7. Replace center console assembly to remedy broken cupholder door
8. Confirm reported HVAC rattle (considered normal)
9. Replace outer belt seal to correct window operation
10. Apply Krytox to remedy driver seat creak while long-term solution is determined
11. Replace trunk floor cover due to broken handle
12. Replace broken Apple lightning dock connector
13. Replace outer belt seal, which fell off
14. Perform an MCU diagnostic check following occasional screen freezes (system operating as designed)
15. Replace/calibrate right front window regulator after window reportedly would not go down when in open position
16. Replace applique seal on the side roof pillar and adjusted front windows to remedy report of excessive wind noise

Logbook Highlights

Miscellaneous
"Beads of rain on the back window made the rear wing freak out this morning. It wouldn't lower completely until I dried off the glass. Reminds me of that stretch when our Model S driver door used to open automatically when it got wet, except a lot less worrisome." — Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager

2016 Tesla Model X

"I drove the Model X for the first time and it took me awhile to get the hang of not closing (or opening) the doors and letting the Tesla do the work. I was so paranoid about the falcon-wing doors that when I stopped at the grocery store on the way home I parked in the far reaches of the lot, with a space on both sides. (I posted the below photo on my personal Facebook page with the caption: "The 'don't come near the Edmunds Model X' parking job at the grocery store.") Thankfully I had no issues." — Kathleen Clonts, Copy Chief

2016 Tesla Model X

MPG
"This was my first time using a Tesla supercharger. It wasn't quite 7 in the morning on a Sunday, and already nine of the 10 chargers were occupied. I took the last one, lowered the bill of my cap and napped until the specialty doughnut shop across the street opened. It was a stress-free experience good for 100 miles of range and a serious sugar rush." — Mike Schmidt

2016 Tesla Model X

  • Full Review
  • Pricing & Specs
  • Road Tests (1)
  • Comparison
  • Long-Term

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