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Sun visors -- why are they so terrible?

Just because I haven't seen it commented on anywhere else...

The flip-down sun visors in the front are a complete joke. Just a few inches high, and mounted so far back from the windshield itself that they are basically useless. Anybody have any thoughts on why these weren't made better than this? And for a car in this class, shouldn't they have vanity mirrors in them too (lighted, even)?

I never even touched the visors myself so I have no idea. On the same note, does the car have a slight 4 to 6 inch tint on the top most of the front windshield to block out the sun? That is something I also completely forgot to look into.

I don't understand why we even have sun visors. Shouldn't we have automatically dimming windows by now? My eyeglasses automatically dim with the light, so why shouldn't car windows?

@jerry3, like my transition lenses, YES, I like it! ;) Wonder if that's an aftermarket option that a tinting place can add to all my windows?

I'm not saying the visors shouldn't be excellent but for supplementary sun blocking I keep a baseball cap tucked between the drivers seat and the center console on my current car. You can rotate it to just block the sun no matter what angle it is hitting you from. It's especially nice to intercept those rays that come in just over the rear view mirror.

I thought the visors were nice. I noticed they were thinner than the average and frankly I felt this was appropriate to preserve visibility. Perhaps they were too small to put mirrors in. Also lighted mirrors adds another layer of complexity. For me I want the car to to Elegant and simple. The more simple the less to break or wear out.

P2576

Wait, seriously? They don't have vanity mirrors? That's lame. Can they be extended horizontally once they are flipped down?

What!?!? No vanity mirrors?

How am I supposed to shave or check for lettuce in my teeth while driving?

8^p

Yes there are vanity mirrors in both passenger and driver seat. Didn't notice if they were lighted or not.

The Specs page just says "Front sun visors". Seems like I remember it used to say with lighted vanity mirrors. If anybody printed the old page, would appreciate a check on that. If there aren't lighted sun visor vanity mirrors, it would be just more fodder for the detractors to point out why the interior amenities on the S fall short of other cars in its class. They have to run wiring to power the auto dimming rear view mirror and map lights. Seems like it wouldn't be that difficult to extend it over to a couple of LED lit sun visor mirrors.

Teoatawki,

You can't just shave by feel? You need to practice more :-)

stevenmaifert@a

"They have to run wiring to power the auto dimming rear view mirror and map lights. Seems like it wouldn't be that difficult to extend it over to a couple of LED lit sun visor mirrors."

Good point !

I stand corrected.

P2576

Olanmills!
I thought the visors to be narrow. I rotated the left one to the side window and found that even though it did not pull out, it did extend past my side vision. I assume it will block the sun from the side. I did not notice a mirror although I honestly did not look for it.

If not, aftermarket clip-ons are available at your nearest Dollar Store. ;)

Maybe the safety agencies convinced them to strike a blow for non-inattentive driving!
>:\

The sun visors are wider than most cars and therefore shade more of the side window when turned 90 degrees to block the morning or afternoon sun than usual. Unfortunately for long legged people with the seat back, there is still a 2 1/2" void from the end of the visor to the "B" pillar and the visor does not slide to cover this gap. It can't be very expensive to make the visor slide 3" for those of us who drive with the seat set to the rear. In my book this is a safety, not a convenience issue like a vanity mirror. People are going to ask why I have the 3" square of tinfoil duct taped to the window.

Can't say that I have ever looked at the visors of any car before buying it. Never even occurred to me.

RobQ;
As I suggested on your other (!?) post on the subject (unnecessary, btw; everybody reads everything!), an opaque Tesla logo Krazy-glued down would surely be more tasteful. ;-p

I forgot to look also. So do the visors have mirrors or not?

The Specs page just says "Front sun visors". Seems like I remember it used to say with lighted vanity mirrors. (stevenmaifert)

I'm pretty sure I remember the same. Seems like they changed a couple of things since the Specs page went first online, and this is one of them. I can live without the mirror but its definitely a nice-to-have, and a lighted mirror is practically expected in this class.

I would also consider roller blinds for the rear side windows, if they were available (as they are for other cars in this class, heck, even an Audi A4 has them!). I'm afraid I shouldn't even think about it b/c Tesla consistently disappoints in the convenient-little-things department.

As I suggested on your other (!?) post on the subject (unnecessary, btw; everybody reads everything!) [...] (Brian H)

There's an ironic twist to your comment that obviously escaped your attention. >:P

VB;
Or so you assume. The recursive nature of the comment was left as an exercise for the student.

"Recursion" being an euphemism for "I am disregarding my own advice"? That's pretty far-fetched.

("euphemism" needs to be pronounced the German way to justify the "n" of the "an". I apologize.)

VB;
Once again, it was in your humour blindspot.

On saturday drive, I checke and the visor has a mirror. It had a power button for the light, but I did not test it. The height did not seem to bother me. Acutally, sometimes the "regular" size visors block out too much visibility. I would rather invest in a good pair of sunglasses.

In Canadian specs...sun visors come with led illuminated vanity mirrors.

mbcaffe, thank you for confirming the lighted mirrors.

Yes, thanks for confirming, but deep down I think we all knew it had to be there. It wouldn't be the best car in the world if the woman in your life needed a gas station restroom to put on her lipstick.


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