Wednesday the 27th of March, I took delivery of my 60kWh at Tesla's Lower Manhattan show room. First, I signed my documents, handed over a $50,000 check, requested copies of all documents and asked if our other vehicle was parked legally just outside the shop door.
1) I was told that I would receive a copy of the closing documents by email...it is now nearly thee days later and no email copy of closing documents.
2) I was told that the other car was safe from parking enforcement....a $100 ticket was waiting outside as soon as we stepped out for orientation. Tesla offered to pay ticket.
3) I drove the car alone, 65 miles to home, gave wife and daughter a quick spin, then garaged the S for a charge w/ NEMA 15 / 50 amp overnight.
4) Next morn, I depressed charger button continuously to uncouple the charger from the charging port ( as instructed ) and entered the cabin, sat in driver's seat w/ key.
5) 50 mile drive to work expended 60 miles of charge due to occasionally frivolous acceleration and powered off the car by touching "power off" button on screen.
6) I exited the car with setting to lock the car after leaving the vicinity of the car set and departed for my office.
7) I returned to the car eight hours later with boss & boss's brother for spin, doors did not auto unlock upon proximity sensor detection of key.
8) Double clicked on top of key to open doors. Opened driver's door, immediately noticed that display was blacked out instead of in standby mode.
9) I sat on the seat, hoping that depression on the seat switch would bring the displays to life but no.
10) Aimlessly touching the screen, depressing shifter and other brake pedal motions yielded giggles and comments from passengers but no joy from the electrical system. I had ink drying on check written 24 hours earlier...
11) We abandoned the effort to start the day old, $82,020.00 car and made arrangements to wait for roadside service.
12) Various telephone conversations yielded a free 50 mile taxi ride home, courtesy of Tesla. The car was left for a more convenient hour to relocate by flatbed next morn.
13) Next day, after explanations to various children, wife and others, I returned to the car with key, having driven other car to work and noticed that key was detected...
14) Upon looking inside, displays were alight, car started upon seating and shifted into drive for a three mile spin with 68 miles of range showing rather than the ~100 miles of range from previous day's reading. How did I lose 40 miles of range by just leaving the car overnight?
15) Car performed well despite going on strike previous night with a blacked out display. I returned the car to parking space after first test drive at 10:00am today.
16) Second test drive at 11:00 am yielded similar normal operation with sunny, warm conditions being enjoyed.
17) Third test drive at 1:00 pm yielded similar normal operation again with sunny, warm conditions being enjoyed.
18) Finally, at 5 PM when Tesla person arrived towing flatbed trailer behind Ford pick up truck, I had high hopes of the car starting so that we could try this onto the flatbed.
19) This was not meant to be, as the car decided to go on strike again blacking out the displays and ignoring the presence of the key.
20) The Tesla person opened the front trunk and removed the cover to the fuse panel and re-seated a fuse in the fuse panel when we heard a "click".
21) I asked the Tesla person if he had trouble with other cars' fuse boxes. He said yes, but never a car with only 100 miles on it.
22) The Tesla person drove the car onto the trailer and secured the vehicle and drove off with the intermittently functional $82,020, one day old car in tow.
23) I had the presence of mind to take plenty of photos since the was no exchange of documentation once again, despite the complete loss of possession of the car.
24) I was told that I would receive a call once the car had reached the service center, but there was none received. I asked for the car to be fixed over the next ten days while I will be in Florida. I even requested a complimentary installation of paint armor offered as compensation for the hassle.
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