Pops’ Rants: Tesla Should Change its Name to "Fix It Again Elon"
Leave Tony alone, Fiats are actually nice nowadaysby Pops, on
Hey folks, it’s Friday again, and I’m here to say "I told you so!" Yes I know, you need more than that. Here it is: I told you Elon Musk has a hard time admitting that Tesla cars have certain issues that take several months to fix.
Not only did he ignore the fact that CR actually tested a second Model 3 loaned from a customer, but also openly admitted that Tesla sold a batch of faulty cars
Yeah, he did again. You may already know that Elon had a rough week with Consumer Reports releasing a long list of issues for the Model 3, also revealing that it won’t give the sedan a recommendation. There are too many issues to list in a single sentence, but the outlet’s biggest concern is the brakes, which are inconsistent and give the sedan a stopping distance that’s longer than a Ford F-150 pickup truck. You know what Musk had to say? That Tesla will fix it with a firmware update. And this reply came after Tesla tried to yada yada the whole thing by saying that internal testing revealed better braking performance.
And as usual, Musk rolled out an excuse about how the Model 3 purchased by Consumer Reports was an early model with certain issues and that they need to try another car. Not only did he ignore the fact that CR actually tested a second Model 3 loaned from a customer, but also openly admitted that Tesla sold a batch of faulty cars. Have you heard of recalls Tesla? And taking responsibility for what you build? It’s funny how they always claim there’s a conspiracy against them, but they always find excuses for their vehicles not being on par with the competition. Well, I said it before, fix your issues before you launch a model on the production line. It’s what automakers are supposed to do.
The funny thing in this new Tesla vs. CR debate is that Musk promised to fix the brakes with a firmware update
But we already knew that Tesla struggles to maintain a production schedule. The funny thing in this new Tesla vs. CR debate is that Musk promised to fix the brakes with a firmware update. Well, if this issue is fixable with an over-the-air update, why was it there in the first place? Aren’t these things tested before they leave the factory? More than once preferably, like Consumer Reports did? I thought that living in the modern era of over-the-air updates and state-of-the-art technology meant that some mechanical issues can be eliminated from the get-go. What’s the point in investing in so much technology when you need a few weeks and months to transfer an upgrade?
And call me old-fashioned, but I’m not very comfortable with firmware updates for a braking system.
On the other hand, I’m definitely anxious to see an over-the-air space mission to Mars, but it seems that Elon thinks he can fix just about everything with firmware updates. Heck, let’s also fix global warming and let’s turn North Korea into a democracy. Would an over-the-air update prevent Trump from becoming president? Can I get an over-the-air beer anytime soon?
What, am I talking gibberish? You’re damn right; I had a rough week. Now leave me alone, I have a Plymouth Cuda bumper to polish.
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