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Will power folding mirrors ever arrive for this wide car? At least 'wide' by European parking standards......

The Tesla Ownership Experience Team verified that the Model S does not currently have the mechanical components necessary for power folding side mirrors. So, this feature cannot be implemented via software only and therefore cannot be added.

Well, they should make it available before the S goes onto the EU-market next year......

I am waiting on Volker's words of wisdom.....

I use when VolkerBerlin isn't available I and found the following thread where we discussed the mirror issue and discovered that they were recruiting a design engineer for exterior mirrors.

That doesn't mean that it will happen, but we are hopeful that this is an indication that they are working on it.

yep, remembered that....

vouteb, I just recently had an email chat with "the" Tesla guy responsible for Europe (at least that's how I read his business card). When I met him at Geneva's motor show earlier this year, he had offered me a personal bet of ten pound sterling that the Model S would have power-folding mirrors when it arrives in Europe. The same guy now conceded that not unlikely he is going to lose that bet (which technically means he owes me a beer or two, which is a small quantum of solace). Mind you that was no official information from Tesla, and certainly not the final word on the issue. Hope is still there, but slowly vanishing...

Thanks Volker

Bad news for a car at this price competing against European luxury cars. Even if ICE


Was it Steve?

That's a bummer. I think it's in their best interests to add it at some point. There are many old garages out there that are not very wide. I wouldn't worry so much about it if it were a narrower car.

Ditto that, Cap. It looks like I'm only going to clear my garage by about an inch on both sides. I guess I can't be in too big a rush to arrive or leave.

Are they manual folding?


Manually flipping back just the driver's side should give you a couple more inches. Or you could try my "bumper" idea: strategically placed rubber bumpers that force them to fold before you reach the garage door ...

rtesta, yes. A forum member has actually verified (by way of tape measure) that the "Width (mirrors folded)" as indicated on the Specs page is accurate. (Even though the image seems to suggest that the fenders may be wider than the folded mirrors, this is not actually the case but seems to be an artifact due to the perspective of the image).

Or plan C: just 'bump' the passenger side, since the driver side is accessible by rolling down the window. :)

Brian H: I like the rubber bumber idea. I have a friend that is skilled enough to do it in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. Will have to look into it now. Thanks. I just don't see myself getting in and out of the car to manually adjust in every scenario. That torrential rain from the recent storm here on the East coast comes to mind.

Excellent; pix when complete! I think I'll retain Industrial Design rights for the idea. Maybe request $10 fees from future adopters. Only 8,000 of them and I'll be able to afford a Perf.!

Brian, I back into my garage. Think your bumper idea would work? ;)

A very carefully angled one might; it might have to be spring-loaded, though. |9-/ More of a pusher than a 'bumper'.

Got it; a two-step! Backing past them releases the bumpers, then going forward a few feet again folds the mirrors. Then resume backing.

Unfortunately, re-cocking them, and opening the mirrors again once you leave the garage, is still "hands-on". At least you're spared half your work and the loss of a mirror from time to time!

There are two downsides:

1. I need my mirrors to back into the garage.

2. I'm sure I would rip at least one mirror off the car if I tried this trick.

I did a width measurement today using a small plumb bob and thread.
Measured 86 5/8 inches mirrors out (tesla literature mentions 86.2 inches)
Mirrors in was 77 1/2 inches

Measured "hip" of car at widest point over the rear tire and got 77 1/4 inches or
almost identical to the mirrors" in " width. With 19 inch tires the outside of the tire
is the same width as the fender hip

Accuracy probably a little better than 1/4 inch

What's the legal situation for in Europe WRT replacing the side mirrors with cameras? There's been a lot of talk that the Model X will use cameras to reduce Cx, but there are some legal issues with that in the US.

No idea

but the lack of automatic folding mirrors for a while, has been confirmed

Two related threads:
- No Power Folding Mirrors for Model S in the future
- Cameras replacing mirrors ("private", i.e., owners and reservation holders only)

I again confirmed no power folding mirrors. Unfortunately, with a 9ft wide driveway with walls on either side and a 93" garage opening, without power folding mirrors I think I will have to return the deposit and move on. I am waiting until the next announcement of possible package changes (hopefully in early December) before I throw in the towel. Not happy about this, but it is also not worth losing a mirror over. I know many must be in a similar situation.

The Model S is 86.2" wide with the mirrors out. If you reach out and pull the driver's mirror in it is 81.75" wide. I have faith in you - you can do it!

I am on the point of throwing in the towel as well

Paying 100k and then bumping, or getting the mirrors bumped/broken in Parkings is a waste

I have a faint hope that by the time it gets here(UK) it 'might' have it, but its faint

brianw31, vouteb, as another European, I'm in the same boat, and I certainly did may fair share to raise this issue to Tesla's attention. In any event -- be sure that you do not cancel until the very last moment!

That's what you indicate, anyway, but I want to stress it once more. Cancelling early won't buy you anything (especially not in the current financial markets), and we won't know for sure before the Model S is in fact "there". There have been positive surprises in the past, be careful not to deprive yourself of a positive surprise in the future. :-)


maybe,just maybe, there is a reward of having to wait this long.

Separately I got a message from a friend in Atlanta who test drove the S , since I have been pestering him over the last 2 years and he was seriously impressed!
He drives a big ass Merc right now.

@vouteb and brianw31, keep the faith! I did a test drive last week and the smile still hasn't left my face. The car truly is incredible. I won't even attempt to describe what it was like to drive it because I won't do it justice, however the first words to escape my grinning face was "holy sh!t"!!! I'm still trying to convince my wife that this is the car for us, so I'm jealous to hear from all you reservation holders and saddened that you’re considering dropping your reservation. I would gladly risk losing the occasional mirror to own this truly spectacular car!

Or you can be crazy like me and pay to modify your garage to make it wider. :-)