Front windshield blurry at bottom edge

Has anyone else noticed that the bottom edge (about 2") of the front windshield appears blurry and makes objects distracting?

Yes, mine has the blur at the very bottom inch or so. I honestly don't see it from my driving position. I've had one passenger notice it, but I don't notice it after the first month.

Mine is also quite distorted (I'd say the bottom 2 or 3 inches are the most affected). Since I am tall, this primarily affects my view of the hood and a small section of the road immedately in front of the bumper.

Same here -- bottom 2 inches or so. I have to really look for it though (in most cases).

This seems to be a general issue that has been reported by many if not all Model S owners and actually was already present on the beta models as well (at least the red one I saw in Geneva in March this year). The rear window has the same issue. I'm not sure what to think about it. Maybe it's normal, but I cannot remember noticing it on any other car so far. Certainly annoying to some degree.

I have noticed it, but it is minor in my car and not a distraction for me. I am not sure I would even accept an offer to have it swapped out for free. That would mean a day without my S, and that's unacceptable. ;)

Finally there is thread for this topic.
I've had my S since October (VIN 13-something) and the distortion drives me nuts. In fact, driving the car gives me motion sickness. Other than the fact that I'm prone to get it, I'm not sure what is causing it. It could be the wicked acceleration, the tight suspension... or the window distortion. I'm curious to know if anybody else is experiencing this. I'm 6'6', so i really notice it.

When I pointed it out to the guys at the service center they told me that all the cars have it- in varying degrees.
As always, they are super nice and eager to help, so they offered to replace it, which i did. Ops! The new window is worse than the first one. I figure I'll live with it a while and wait until they, hopefully, figure it out. Unfortunately, though, this may not be fixable. A while back, I was researching "drag coefficient" and came across an article that said that although a gently inclined windshield decreases drag it may result it some distortion. So, I guess the good news is that this may not be a Telsa manufacturing flaw; but the bad news is that it may be unavoidable. However, given the apparently wide range of the amount of distortion, I hope they can improve the manufacturing to minimize the problem.

Love my P85 and live Tesla!

Also, speaking of distortion, does the distortion around the edge of the side mirrors bother anybody as well?

Yes. seeing same distortion in front and back. that really should be replaced. seems like a glass manufacturing defect.

i just got my model-s today, and in fact posting this on the car's browser. What an amazing car. I also noticed the distoration on vin 3203. When driving i notice on the passanger side about 2 inches across the bottom. i didn't rememer seeing such a distoration during a test drive at an AMP event.

I see distortion in the bottom inch or so of the windshield. The entire rear hatch glass squishes the image vertically, but that is probably a good thing since you get more visual coverage of what behind you out of what is already a pretty poor view. So, neither one bothers me (the front you can't see while you are looking at anything other than the hood).

Every other car I have had has had some distortion around the edge of the windshield, though certainly not as much as the Model S.

@tcunning - congrats. The windshield distortion has been discussed at length elsewhere and is a 'feature' of the cars shipped so far.

I've got that too - but it is in no way a detraction for me.

Tomas, I'm willing to bet that your motion sickness is caused by none of those things...My prediction is that your body (specifically, your stomach) is reacting more to the regenerative braking than anything else...The regen braking is a fast deceleration that slowly tapers down, whereas standard braking is a slower deceleration that gradually increases. This difference is harsher on your body, and almost certainly the cause of your (and my) motion sickness. Just think, you probably have a lot more instanced of face deceleration due to regen braking than you do quick, stomach-dropping acceleration during the course of a normal drive.

Someone said this was standard on late-model premium cars, intended to break up sun reflections off the hood when it is at low angles to the horizon. Cracking is a flaw; the distortion is not?!

Yes, the front windshield and vanity mirrors are distorted on my Model S but I can live with it. Much worse is the limited rear view. I've adjusted the seat to the bottom stop and still can see no more than the grill of the car behind me at a stop light. Can't see much of the road behind me at all while driving. It's like driving a panel truck - you have to rely on the side mirrors. I love the car but this is a safety issue, especially for the occasional driver. Tesla should add a longer focal length rear camera to use in lieu of the rear view mirror.

@RickT - I just leave the rear-view camera on in the top half of the display. Combined with the side mirrors and the rear view mirror, there are no blind spots. I don't really see the need for longer range on the rear-view camera -- to me it seems perfect as the rear window takes over where the camera fades out.

Would it be useful to display the rear-view camera on the dash, instead of just on the main screen?

No! Never! The more suggestible might get confused about whether they were going forward or backward! There're already too many accidents with people confusing the goose pedal and brake!

I discussed the front windshield distortion issue with a Tesla service advisor today. He indicated that while the distortion was not intentionally designed, it is not considered a defect. Tesla would consider replacing the windshield if the distortion was excessive, but would not guarantee that it would be any better afterwards due to the curvature of the windshield and since it cannot be observed until after it is installed. Since Tomas mentioned above that the distortion was worse after he had it replaced, I am going to stick with my windshield as is, since it only appears on the bottom inch in my car.

>> In fact, driving the car gives me motion sickness ...

Had the same issue, although at the time of the test drive I couldn't figure out what was causing it. I suspected the air suspension, until my wife (who was in the backseat) pointed out afterwards that the windshield distortion really made her feel queasy. Hope they come up with a fix for it in time for my reservation, because right now I won't get any passengers in the car.

Block it?

Im wondering if a small strip of dark tinting might do the trick?


That might exacerbate the problem actually.

Not if it's opaque.

I would rather have the opaque tint with dot transition than seeing the distortion. All of my cars have had this, albeit only for about an inch or so.

Even if the solid and dotted region extended up 2" from the bottom it would look better (and make you less dizzy) than the distortion, which I'm afraid is going to attract my eye merely because it's "there".

I hope the windscreen distortion matches my eyeglass prescription ;0

You'd be seeing about like this: O j[e'r yjr eromfdjoy;f fodyptypm ,ysyvjrd ,u rurh;sdd [trdvto[yopxzm/

That was your post re-typed with my fingers starting out in different positions on the keyboard. <8-{

i notice it only because i know to look for it. when driving and looking forward i never notice it.

Just got my 60 kw MS a week ago. I noticed the distortion immediately especially on the freeway where the white strips of the road where curving at the bottom 2 inches of the windshield. I am very sensitive to visual cues due to my motion disturbance problem and this is not helping. I'm going to have it checked and replaced if possible.

I was RainX'n my windshield the other day and noticed it curved back towards the roof line about four inched down from the top. I then looked up traveling under a road sign and noticed the sign "bent" just like the center line "bends" at the bottom of the windscreen.

The top bend is definitely there to keep flow attached when transitioning from the windscreen to the roof line. I suspect the compound bend at the bottom of the screen that is driving a similar distortion is likewise an effort to control flow. Heck, once you have put on non-standard bend into the glass you might as well do two.

That's my guess.