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First impressions / new owners' driving experience

Don't see any thread for discussions from new owners about their Model S. I figure that perhaps those waiting for their car, may enjoy hearing what those of us lucky enough to have our car think about it. No bitching and complaining allowed. I know that we all have ideas for improvement, but there are many threads all ready for that.
Here's your chance to be a armature auto reviewer!
And for the benefit of those who are trying to read delivery date tea leaves, may I suggest the you state your reservation number, vin number and state?

I've had no problems with rattles or whistles from the (closed) pano roof in my first 1500 miles. The wind noise/buffeting does start to become noticeable above about 90 mph, though. ;-)

I was doing a posted 75 mph on the highway last night when I became aware of a loud roaring noise that I couldn't locate or identify. It seemed to be coming from everywhere, and nowhere. Then I spotted an afterburner trail through the top of the windshield: it was an F-16 launching over my head from Buckley ANG.

You're doing pretty well then, my average (about 1,400 miles now) is about 380Wh/mile.
The best I've seen is about 4miles per kWh, the worst is around 2miles per kWh.

I've now seen pixelation about 3-4 times, pretty much any time I use navigation.
I was able to reset the instrument panel in-flight.
That was not enough to fix the navi though, had to reset the main console/screen as well both times.
They do need to fix it, it's definitely a bug.

Brian is always good for grammar lessons. Next to talking about our cars what else would we come here for?

Can any owners comment on long term seat comfort? Ergonomically is the seat comfortable for a two hour stretch? Obviously not an easy question to address on my ten minute test drive.

My drivers door handle slid out but did not open the door. Later that day it worked fine, but I needed to open it up from the inside by crawling in the back door. I have only had the car 3 days. All else fine.

no wind noise from pano roof or elsewhere!
I did notice noise when you open the sunroof while driving, butonce opened it is pretty quiet.
but I usually drive with it closed.
I have not seen pixelaion on the screens
front seats are comfortale in long drives, no backseat experience for long trips.


I had this on the front passenger door, tesla replaced the handle and sensor.

The seats are very comfy, been driving for 4 hours a couple of days, at least 2 of them without a break - no problems whatsoever.

I agree, the seats are very comfy. Took a 2 hr trip last week and had no issues. I like the lumbar support - works well and is adjustable both in strength (i.e. how much) as well as height.

Seat heaters are great on cold days.

@sergiyz, it actually takes some patience to get a low watts/mile average. After I posted my long term results above, I started driving a bit more spirited and now my long term average is around 350 watts/mile. I have a feeling that I won't be able to sustain below 340 w/m since the car is just too fun to drive!

Yeah, the only real reason to worry about W/mi. is long range driving, hypermiling it. Cost and "incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons" from goosing it no longer apply! :)

I have been driving the car back and forth to work for two weeks. About 60-80 miles per day. I'm speechless--still. The numbers you read about just dont do the experience justice. The lack of sound and vibration combined with the low center of gravity and acceleration characteristics make for a very unique driving experience. My commute will never be the same. Its almost like a drug.

I've had the car for about a week know and all I can say is amazing. Performance and handle are the best I've ever driven before. I'm not a car expert, but I've had BMW 540,Audi A6 and this car blows them away. There are a couple of issues.

1) There is some left over glue around the rubber seal of the sunroof.
2) The breaks squeak/hum when I press of them hard at the end of breaking. I spoke to Tesla and they said this is normal, since the high performance breaks don't get used that much. Could take 5000 miles to break it, but Tesla is looking into the issue. They suggest I bring the car in to check that my noise is normal.
3) the charge port door is a little picky and sometimes I need to open it from inside the car.

The are lots of software updates they need, but they will come. I also got an RV extension cord and am using it and the mobile charger to charge the car during the day, but over night I just use the mobile charger.

The technology package is great, love the streaming internet. I also copied music to a usb drive and have been playing music off that.

After 1030 miles my average consumption is 362 wh/mi. I've given about 12 test rides showing full acceleration each time. Drove on the highway yesterday and obtained 302 wh/mi for a 20 mile trip.

Extremely pleased with the Model S.

Signature #121 - Performance

@Robert22 - No issues at all with the seals on the pano roof and with the non-stop rain lately here in Seattle, I've been perfectly dry!


Just today I noticed the windshield wipers going on when I open the driver's door. This didn't happen before. But then I noticed that I had left the windshield wiper lever in the "rain detect" position. I wonder if this is related. I've since changed the setting to off and will see if I have the issue.

I also had the issue of not being able to open the drive's door from outside. The handle came out but pulling on the handle did not unlatch the door.

These two issues occured at the same time. This was the first time I had to use the keyfob to get into the car once the door handles didn't work. All other times, I waited a few more seconds and was able to unlatch the door by a slight tug on the door handle.

Went down to the Menlo Park service center to have my brakes looked at and some interior spots cleaned.

1) Those guys are great...
2) The humming on the breaks is normal. Since the breaks don't get used that much (regen) they don't break in or heat up enough. I turned regen low and the sound went away after a few miles.
3) I also found out the chargpoint antenna is in the rear window, not near the charge port. I was having problems opening the chareport with the mobile cord since I was pointing it at the charge port. They told me to hold the cable chest high and aim it at the rear window. The door will open.

I took some guys out for a test ride on 280 in CA. They were blown away.

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