Consumer Reports Declares Tesla Model S P85D 'Undrivable' Due To Glitch

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
consumer reports declares tesla model s p85d undrivable due to glitch

The thrill has gone for Consumer Reports‘ review team over the Tesla Model S, declaring the P85D “undrivable” in a new blog post.

The publication said its tester was described as such due to issues with the automatic door handles, The Detroit Bureau writes. The handles were supposed to extend when someone with the vehicle’s keys walked up to the car, failing to do so with the model in review.

With repeated attempts to enter the car in the traditional manner failing, one of the reviewers opened the front passenger door with a smartphone app to fire-up the EV. The success was short-lived, however, as the onboard electronics limited driving time to two minutes before shutting down.

Ultimately, CR called up customer service — which continues to receive high praise according to the publication’s reviewers — to haul the ailing P85D to the dealership for repairs. Despite the woes suffered prior to rectification, though, the publication continues to give the Model S a strong recommendation to its readership.

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    TESLA ROCKS! (The band, not the car...) Keep it Simplicity... The outside door handles on my three Toronados, the 1975 Riviera and GMC Motorhome all work just fine after an average span of forty years!

  • Bee Bee on May 18, 2015

    All this talk of flush mounted door handles and no mention of the Subaru XT?

  • Ponchoman49 Ponchoman49 on May 19, 2015

    And here we have what one can call a stupid use of technology. When a consumer must depend on Chinese parts bin electronics just to enter there vehicle there is a huge problem. It will be a cold day in hell before I plunk down this kind of money when there isn't even a fail safe way to enter my own vehicle without relying on technology. So much for CR and there so called highest ranked sedan.

  • FreedMike FreedMike on May 19, 2015

    So...this is a problem area and needs fixing. Move on.