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Will you use the "low" setting if and when it becomes an option?

Apparently some time in the future (January?), TM will introduce the "low" setting as an option, under which presumably it will behave as it did prior to 5.8.

So... if and when this happens will you elect the option? For my part, it's a no-brainer: I absolutely will use the "low" setting at highway speeds.

Yes, definitely.

Yes, absolutely. I can count the number of times I've run over something that would cause any sort of damage IN MY ENTIRE LIFE on *zero* hands... Though my folks did once.


Yes, it's windy today. I can feel it.

Yes, I will!

Yep, more often than not.

How much was the car auto-lowering at speed before the 5.8 firmware, something like an inch? Of the three notorious fire incidents, only the third (the trailer hitch) *might* have been prevented by a trivial increase in ride height. The first involved a projectile flipping up from the road and the second was a major crash. Removing auto-lowering has a lot more to do with PR than with actual vehicle or occupant protection.

Long ago and far away I ran over something that flipped up from a tire and punctured the rear-mounted gas tank on my car, which was conveniently full. It didn't ignite, obviously.

Yes. Definitely!

Of course I will use it, at highway speed. The silly "fire panic" is just that - plain silly.

Yes. Totally blown out of proportion.

In 24 years of driving I've never once come across a trailer hitch in the road. I will be lowering my suspension at freeway speeds if that ability returns as promised. I see no reason not to do so. The 3 collisions with trailer hitches, two of which resulted in a fire and the third required a battery pack replacement, represent unusual circumstances per my personal driving experience.

Surprise, folks, surprise.

Yes, I would.


Yes. Most of the time.

Untrustworthy, but amusing calculation:

If Model S's driven 120M miles hit three hitches, then my Model S, driven 120K highway miles will hit 0.003 hitches.

If hitting a hitch costs $50K, then my expected cost will be $150.

I'll pay that $150 (as a small part of my car insurance) for the advantage of driving in "low".

No - ride quality and noise is much better now.
Also traveling well know routes for a week I get more actual miles out of the car then before.

How could you not?

We chose to buy the Tesla.

We chose to pay extra for the air suspension.
I, for one, am very upset that my choice to use the air suspension on low has been stripped from me.

I have been very happy with my Model S, but this move is in very poor taste. I hope Elon Musk and his team realize this and bring that update sooner rather than later.


@nabeen - "How could you not?" because the car is better for me now, much better. And I am allowed have my own opinion and preferences.

@nabeen - "How could you not?" because the car is better for me now, much better. And I am allowed have my own opinion and preferences.

Of course. My only request is that is added as thumb control option. Not only would it be a lot more convenient and safer while driving it sure would be nice not to have to go into the control menu every time I park to put it in extra high. Just a flick of the thumb.

I have said in other threads - this is a big opportunity for Tesla to improve the car by making the air suspension with user settings like comfort, standard, sport...

I would as long as it is an option such as the creep setting. Meaning I do not want to manually place the car in low every time I am on the freeway. Now, Tesla could avoid liability by simply placing a disclaimer on the selection to enable low mode on the freeway.


I suspect that the way TM will implement the option is to allow the user to elect to have the car lower automatically when at highway speeds. I bet that a huge proportion of users will elect "yes"!

I will let it lower if it's just a matter of enabling an auto function. I doubt I will remember if it's not automatic.

Hopefully no more Tesla's hit anything or they will update the suspension so it only rides at 7"s.

At least we should be able to agree on one thing:

This matter, following the huge debate, is not trivial for Tesla owners, and ought therefore not to have been done unannouncedly, whatever the merits or demerits of the action per se.

When I started yada-yadaing about range and efficient coasting, I was slightly ridiculed in the beginning. Now read the enormous amount of threads discussing range, batteries, etc., incl. decreasing range with the abolition of the Low setting.

These are important questions for many people and should be treated with the respect they deserve.


Yep, I will.

Yes, and in-fact, I feel the MS reacts FAR less safely without it!

I have over 18k miles on my P85 Sig, and after owning my MS for well over a year, it now feels far less stable at freeway speeds, due to the higher ride height. At first, I thought it was just me, however, after a few trips now, it really makes a difference when cornering or changing lanes quickly, at freeway speeds. The stability is not as sharp, and gives the car much more of a 'floaty' less stable feel at freeway speeds :-(

NOTE: If you haven't owned your MS for very long, don't have active-air-suspension, and or have the 19" wheels, it likely won't affect you as much.

Yes I will.


I believe Tesla would have to change the name from 'active-air-suspension' to 'manual-air-suspension', if they don't return it to the way it was before.

Right now it's officially called 'fixed-air-suspension'.

"User selectable active-air suspension"

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