I am considering buying a Model Y. What annoys you about your Tesla?

Numerous Tesla owners have responded to a potential new customer of the California brand to answer the question: What annoyed you about your Tesla?

It’s an interesting question to ask, especially since there’s a degree of “Tesla fandom” that some see as a blindness to the famed brand’s flaws.

But there are flaws, as the 150 or so comments in response to the question tell.

“I’m planning to buy a Model Y and I’m booked for a test drive in a few weeks,” the potential customer said in the Tesla Owners Australia Facebook group.

‘I’m sure I’ll love it. I’m not worried about range anxiety or the normal crap people go on about, I just want the upgrade on my PHEV.

What I really want to know is what really pissed you off about Tesla cars afterwards that you didn’t know before you bought it. I’m just trying to make sure there isn’t a scam I can’t live with,” he said.

The answers were varied, ranging from software updates and Autopilot to windshield wipers and blind spots.

Blind spots, automatic wipers, no heads-up

“The only things that annoy me are the rear-view mirror and the blind spots. And the random windshield wipers,” said another Tesla owner. “Worst wipers of any car I’ve ever owned‘, agrees another.

“100% the automatic windshield wipers. 2 drops of rain. MAX SPEED MUST CLEAN WINDSCREEN! I personally disabled the automatic feature on my windshield wipers and changed things manually as needed,” said another.

The automatic wipers, 2 drops of water and the wipers are on full, spitting rain and they are like no mate, you don’t need wipers”, laughed another.

(Note: I often ignore this by pressing the button at the end of the left lever to activate the wipers. After that, they seem to automatically change speed as needed.)

Tesla has also recently added a “blind spot camera” option to its cars, but the placement for both the left and right blind spot views is in the same place on the dash screen. Compared to, say, the Audi e-Tron S’s digital mirrors, which are located to the left and right of the car, Tesla’s choice of blind spot camera placement can be confusing until you get used to it.

“Oh, and when it rains, the rear camera becomes difficult to see, making reversing/parking difficult and sometimes obstructing the side cameras. But that is very rare and 9/10 is not a problem,” she added.

No heads-up display,” said another owner.

“Yes,es, no instrument panel is something I think would be the hardest to get used to. I really thought a projected heads-up on the windshield would be something Tesla would do,” the original poster said.

(There are several third-party heads-up displays. If anyone is considering this add-on, there are many YouTube videos explaining how to do this.)

Tesla Autopilot

There were also discussions about Tesla’s Autopilot, which includes adaptive cruise control and automatic lane control, as well as emergency braking.

We’re quite happy, but don’t trust the autopilot – something about the decision to brake fairly quickly in the pouring rain on the right lane of a 110-speed highway held us back a bit,” said another owner. “So we won’t be using it in less than perfect conditions for the foreseeable future.”

In my experience, if it’s not sure of what it can see in heavy rain, then I probably can’t see anything with my eyes either. And I’m probably going to drive 50k per hour on the highway,” another Tesla owner commented.

Others weren’t thrilled with Autopilot’s cornering behavior.

Autopilot is great, it keeps the center of the lane rock solid. What are you talking about?” said another.

“TThat’s the problem, it doesn’t straighten corners and constantly adjusts the wheel to stay right in the middle of the lane. That causes extra wear on tires‘ was the reply.

One thing that actually annoys me is that on autopilot it takes too long and goes too slow when the vehicle ahead takes off and everyone takes the opportunity to jump into my lane in front of me. I wish it was faster from takeoff,” said a fourth.

This Tesla owner also finds the car’s tendency to corner close to the middle of the road very disturbing – as if the car thinks it’s still in a left-hand drive country and on the cautious side, but wrongly.

Over-the-air updates, and no 360 degree camera

For some, not having a bird’s eye view of the camera — like on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 — on an eight-camera car is a disappointment.

“To me… it’s not a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the car on obstacles while parking. I have the Model Y, it’s a big car, so parking takes some getting used to. My old 6-year-old Nissan had this feature, it’s pretty much the only thing I miss… but boy, do I miss it.”

Constant software updates. It breaks something that worked perfectly and then fixes another. People like the software update like “new car feeling” but whatever. My boot worked and now it’s temperamental as I wait for the next software update to fix it,” said another.

(Note: Owners can set the car to receive updates as soon as they are available (“Advanced”), or to “Standard”, which ensures that updates only occur after they have been manually accepted by the car owner.)

Most of the time, though, the comments include how much they love the vehicle. You can read the rest of the thread here.

Not getting full PPF was my only annoyance. The car is great,” said another, referring to the wrap some owners pay for to protect the car’s paint (and in some cases change the car to a different color!)

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