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The Tesla Model S rewrites the rulebook for cars, as it's a different kind of car from a different kind of company, a Silicon Valley startup. The fully electric Model S is a remarkable car that combines performance, agility, styling, high-tech, no emissions and low operating costs. It's one of the best cars we've ever tested.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
NA
Engine Minor
NA
Engine Cooling
NA
Transmission Major
NA
Transmission Minor
NA
Drive System
NA
Fuel System
NA
Electric System
NA
Climate System
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Suspension
NA
Brakes
NA
Exhaust
NA
Paint/Trim
NA
Body Integrity
NA
Body Hardware
NA
Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
NA
Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Tesla Model S owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"While driving on highway, the display screen was frozen with speed of 58 mph. The car continued to operate. When I put the lane change signal, the signal status was not shown. In about a minute, the screen went completely blank as it did an automatic reboot. The screen came back within a minute of going blank. The same problem occurred again on the same day. I reported the problem to Tesla about a week ago. They have not responded to me yet."

George K., MD (2019 Tesla Model S 100D Electric)
Display screen goes blank

"Already discussed this problem as described below: While driving on highway, the display screen was frozen with speed of 58 mph. The car continued to operate. When I put the lane change signal, the signal status was not shown. In about a minute, the screen went completely blank as it did an automatic reboot. The screen came back within a minute of going blank. The same problem occurred again on the same day. I reported the problem to Tesla about a week ago. They have not responded to me yet."

George K., MD (2019 Tesla Model S 100D Electric)

"Several times the Tesla entire I terior screens would go black, the car would slow down, you have no blinker, you can't change gears. Once this happened on a 5 land highway and was very scary. Another time I was in a dark parking lot and it went black while I was reversing. I was then stuck, blocking several other cars from entering or leaving the parking lot until I was able to reset by pressing 2 buttons on the steering wheel in complete darkness."

Anonymous, CT (2019 Tesla Model S 100D Electric)
Hardware replacement

"The car was not able to communicate with the Tesla app. Tesla had to replace the dashboard electronic."

Anonymous, CO (2019 Tesla Model S Long Range Electric)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The onboard system was not able to update the onboard map."

Anonymous, CO (2019 Tesla Model S Long Range Electric)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Headlights are starting to dim. They are not as bright as they were when first purchased. Overtime the lights continue to dim."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Tesla Model S 100D Electric)
Wiper motor or washer

"The wiper motor could use more speed settings. When it downpours the motor speed barely keeps up with the rain. This issue has been voiced to Tesla and they have worked to send out updates."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Tesla Model S 100D Electric)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"body noise when driving slowing over bumps."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Tesla Model S 75D Electric)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"trunk (hatchback) stuck open. Couldn't drive because it would not have been safe. Was towed to service and fixed immediately"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Tesla Model S 100D Electric)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"a piece of trim under passenger front door came loose. Took into service. They felt I had driven over something that knocked it loose. Replaced it immediately."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Tesla Model S 100D Electric)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Being that the car is driven by software, often buggy software, the climate control is unpredictable and problematic with each software update. The thermostat in the car seems to be often impacted, causing a '65 degree' setting to sometimes blow A/C (as it should) and other times blow heat (not very pleasant when it's 85 degrees outside)"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Tesla Model S 75D Electric)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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