OK, I don't post here much but read almost every day. I thought I would bite on this one, enough to change my password that I did not remember.
I don't know what is wrong with Consumer reports (I am a member), but after reading this post, I sat here wondering "hmm, when was the last time I was able to do something useful with one of their reviews?". I can't remember. I joined originally to compare appliances for my house, not sure what an alternative for that would be. For cars, I think you spend more time trying to interpret what their reviews "mean" than actually being able to use it in a purchasing decision, unless it is clear-cut and uncontested. Closest you will get to a car they consistently love, Lexus maybe? (what I was going to get if I did not go Tesla). But that is really boring if there is nothing they don't like about it.
They really liked the Model S at first, then they (now they) say it is unreliable. Based on that, I am not completely surprised about what they are saying about the Model X. I almost bought one, but my use case is better for a sedan and the doors scare me. Even Elon said he went overboard with the doors, just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD. Aside from that, I would prefer to let a model X owner chime in and offer their side of it. Or check the forums and ask.
I have owned a Tesla Model S 60D (fully loaded) for about 3 months now. Not sure what to actually say here that won't get me flamed, so I will just try to offer some helpful first-hand insight.
TL:DR - I have a Tesla and I am a regular guy, ask away.
For example, I am a little bothered by this negative post from the "Tesla builds shitty cars" guy, so I will pick that:
I know nerds obsess over them, but Tesla builds shitty cars. Trim falling off, panel gap issues... as someone who purchases cars around $100k, these are just unacceptable. The Model S is fast but handles like a pig. It's not fun to drive unless you like stop light racing teens. Nor are they luxurious compared to a similarly priced Merc or Audi...
- The only thing in the paragraph that is even partially true might be the last statement. I have been in / owned cheaper cars that had better interior or features that I miss or wish my Tesla had / got right. Is it that bad? No, but people expect a car THAT expensive to perfect. I have sat in even more expensive cars, that also have this problem. I think it is more of a problem of expectations than any actual deterrent to buying or owning the car.
- There are people who have had problems with Tesla cars, lots of them. Maybe some of them think they are shitty as a result. I know I had trouble with this when I was researching if I should buy one or not (1-2 months of research I would say, two test drives, 5 or so trips to dealer) mostly because I had to filter through them for some real information. And to be fair, I have had it for only 3 months. Ask me again in 1-2 years or longer. I am asking myself all the time - would I dare to keep this car past the 8-year warranty?
- Fast but handles like a pig? It weighs 5,000+ lbs: so, you would expect that it would not accelerate well and would be too heavy to stay on the road because of things like that pesky F = ma. I could write pages on this, I am an engineer, but this is not a problem. Not only does it not have this problem, but it even exceeds the performance of much lighter cars that really SHOULD handily beat it. If you research why this is, it is because it is one of the things they got right, the short version is put all the weight at the bottom. I think the biggest limitation is actually the limit of my driving skills. I don't even own a "P" (performance) model, those one's that go 0-60 in 2.5/3.0 seconds or so (Yes, I did test drive it). Mine is a regular all-wheel drive with the smallest battery they currently sell. My 0-60 is 5.2 seconds. God bless those people who buy those $110K+, or the $150+ P100D, for me that would be at least $20-$30K over what I already spent, for a feature you will probably get tired (sorry) of before you have had the car a year, probably much less than that. And there are a list of other cons I won't get into, and very few pros over my car. Mine goes 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, how fast does your car go? How much do you care? If you do care, honestly I think it starts to be be fun below about 8 seconds.
- Not fun to drive? I LOVE driving this car, I have only had it three months, so I still find myself looking for excuses to go for a drive. If you do not own one, or AT LEAST test drive one, I think it is fair to say STFU and don't C&P what others say. I was already at 75% leaning to buy when I did my first test drive, but it is one of those moments I will always remember. So, I don't know, if you had a top-10 list of those things most memorable in your life so far, and the first few obvious items might be love, sex, witnessing your children being born (These first few are related, but your ordering might differ), weed, etc. My first Tesla test-drive would probably be #8 or so, followed by the reaction of my wife and kids might be somewhere in the teens.
- Speaking of teens, no-one has tried to race me yet. My car is silver and very stealthy to those who don't notice them, and I like it that way, such as police. I did not buy it to show it off to anyone, when I test drove a red or white car, I got very noticeable reactions, which was neat but a little embarrassing. I don't have any testosterone issues that I am aware of, but in most cases I probably wouldn't race you, mostly because of safety. I am very likely to survive a crash in my Tesla (just ask the NHTSA, or those curious folks at Consumer Reports if you must). But, I would not want to explain this to the parents of a teen car enthusiast.
Feel free to ask me any questions you want, even the obvious ones are OK. I will answer truthfully, including any bias or association with Telsa in writing this. I have none, but I suppose I have no convenient method of proving this.