I've placed a deposit on a Model S (60 kW, 19" wheels, leather) and I'm reading as much as I can about the car before I finalize my configuration and purchase.
Interestingly, on the Tesla Motors club forum, there are 100's of pages regarding mechanical glitches. Because I live in Savannah, GA, well away from any dealerships, I won't have the opportunity to do a test drive, so I'm buying the car on faith. To do so, I'm getting rid of my Porsche Cayman (my "fun" car: truly a marvel of engineering and handling) and my current daily driver, a 2010 Prius, which I'll give to my eldest daughter who's returning from a year of teaching in China. I've had 4 Priuses over the last 10 years and loved them all.
Since I'm so far from the nearest Tesla service center (Atlanta, GA is 240 miles away) I'm concerned about service. I'm told that service "rangers" will come to me with a loaner in the event of a problem. The simplicity of the electric drivetrain should lead to almost zero maintenance, but I am concerned about the multiple reports of glitches on this and other forums.
Can other owners who perhaps live in a similar situation, well away from a Tesla dealership or service center, comment on my situation? Is it reasonable to depend upon a Tesla as a daily driver? My commute to work is only 8 miles, and I don't plan on using it for long trips--for that, I'll use my wife's SUV.
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