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I dislike Tesla for this 6 things

These six aspects of my Tesla irritate me. 

In this piece, I’ll discuss six aspects of my Tesla that I dislike. I’ll be presenting an honest and complete appraisal of my Tesla experiences, covering anything from issues with the autopilot technology to worries about charging times. I’ll also go through any viable solutions or defenses against these issues. Anyone thinking about purchasing a Tesla or current Tesla owners who wish to understand some of the vehicle’s common issues should read this page. 

Before we begin, let me state that everything I’ve mentioned is based on my own experience; some people will not have a problem with it, while others will. Despite its flaws, my Tesla Model 3 is without a doubt the best car I’ve ever owned. The object I despise the least will be mentioned first, followed by the item I despise the most. 

Apple CarPlay isn’t available. 

Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 

Despite its excellent amenities and entertainment, Tesla’s absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is the first thing I detest about it. 

The most cutting-edge entertainment amenities are now standard on all automobiles, even Teslas. The massive 15-inch touchscreen controls everything in the car, including navigation and directions from Google Maps, entertainment applications like YouTube, TikTok, Netflix, and others, and music apps like Spotify, Tidal, and, most recently, Apple Music. 

With a controller, you can play full video games, access the internet, and even compose music with the Traxx program. You can also sync your phone contacts and calendar, allowing you to send SMS right from the touch screen. 

All of that sounds amazing, and trust me, it is, but there are occasions when you want to use other apps, like Apple Maps or Waze, which are significantly superior navigation apps that offer you more helpful information while you’re driving. If you want extra charging options, you may desire to use other charging network programs such as electrify America, ChargePoint, and plug share.

 With Apple CarPlay, you can access a few third-party programs, such as weather, music, and even WhatsApp, and get notifications from your iPhone, which is really handy when driving. This gets me to iMessage, which is my favorite feature. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, not having Apple CarPlay isn’t a deal breaker since the Tesla interface is absolutely enough, but the problem is that CarPlay is available in over 600 cars built by over 70 different manufacturers, and it practically comes with EVERY car except Tesla, so there’s that. 

Automatic Niggling 

Prompt for Tesla Autopilot 

The persistent nagging of autopilot prompts is the second thing that irritates me. 

If you’re not acquainted with Autopilot, it’s a Tesla technology that enables the vehicle to drive autonomously, which means you don’t have to steer, hit the gas pedal, or use the brakes—the Tesla does it all. 

Furthermore, if you have Full Self Driving, the car will journey to your destination for you—all you need to do is input the address. If you’ve watched any of my previous videos, you’ll know how much I love autopilot and how I depend on it for around 80% of all long vehicle rides. 

Autopilot is a safety feature, however, it may be uncomfortable. When the car is on autopilot, Tesla requests that you apply little pressure to the steering wheel or touch the scroll wheel to indicate that you are awake and paying attention, since unexpected occurrences may occur on the road while you are driving. 

The frequency of this notice will be determined by your speed. Because I usually use autopilot on highways, the vehicle is traveling faster, and the faster the car moves, the more often you’ll see the alert. Because you have to take the wheel practically every 10 seconds, this might render autopilot worthless. 

Despite this, I continue to utilize autopilot on lengthy rides since it is more convenient and less demanding on my arms and legs. However, I’m hoping Tesla can figure out a way to use the cabin camera to scan your eyes to show that you’re looking at the road instead. What do you think, Elon? 

False-stop braking 

Tesla Phantom Applying Brakes on an Empty Road 

While we’re on the topic of autopilot, there’s one more thing that bugs me: phantom braking. 

Phantom braking, which happens when your vehicle chooses to slam on the brakes for no apparent reason when you are on autopilot and on an open road with nothing in front, behind, or to either side of you, is one of the scariest things I’ve encountered while driving a Tesla. Now, I’ll confess that I’ve only encountered this a few times, largely when I initially bought my Tesla in 2021; since then, there have been multiple upgrades, and I’ve seen it. 

It might just be a small proportion of people since many Tesla customers have not had this problem at all. Hopefully, the problem will be fixed in a future edition. 

Supercharging Times 

Tesla Supercharger charging a Tesla Model X 

One of the things I dislike most about having a Tesla is the time it may take to charge your car at a supercharger station. 

For those who are unaware, a Tesla supercharger station is the electric vehicle equivalent of a gas station. With a supercharger, charging your Tesla is as easy as pulling into a place, plugging it in, and driving away. There are no buttons to push, cards to swipe, or any difficult processes to complete. 

This sounds fantastic until you realize that depending on a number of factors, such as the kind of supercharger you’re using, how much range you need to complete your journey, and how many Teslas are charging at the same station, you may be waiting anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour at a supercharger. 

Hear me out: depending on the type of Tesla you possess, you can go between 272 and 405 miles on a single charge. If you travel within the range of your Tesla every day, you won’t have to worry about this since you’ll most likely be charging your vehicle overnight at home and will never need to use a supercharger.

 But if you’re anything like me and often take long road trips, it really gets to you when you have to stop and charge many times along the route. Each stop may take anything from 5 to 1 hour, gradually turning an 8-hour trip into a very unpleasant 11-hour one. 

Tesla makes two attempts to alleviate the pain. 

putting superchargers near areas with things to do to pass the time, such as cafes, shopping complexes, and other places. 

I’ve even stopped by one at a bowling alley. 

providing a range of entertainment in your car, such as Netflix, YouTube, video games, a web browser, karaoke, and more. 

These goods are useful since you often need to stop for food and the toilet on long drives, but in this situation, I would prefer the speed of a conventional gas station. 

Batteries deterioration 

with 0% battery 

While we’re on the subject of batteries, I should remark that battery degeneration is the second thing I dislike about my Tesla. 

Battery degradation, for those who are unfamiliar, is the process through which a battery progressively loses its ability to store energy. The Tesla battery can go between 300,000 and 500,000 kilometers. However, the capacity will begin to drop with time, which may have an influence on the quantity of power, range, and overall efficiency. 

Battery degeneration is a frequent issue with EVs in general, not just Teslas, but the reason I despise it is that I like doing road trips, and with an EV, you already have to stop at superchargers to charge your vehicle, which adds time to your journey compared to a typical gas car. Now that I’m dealing with battery degeneration, I’ll have to make more stops to charge, which will increase the amount of time it takes me to reach where I’m going. 

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A squirt of Tesla washer fluid 

The thing I despise the most about my Tesla—and I know you’ve all been waiting for it—is that when you use the window cleaning solution to clean your windows, the liquid enters the vehicle through the driver-side window, completely soaks the door, and manages to get into the creases of the trim and window buttons. 

While some of you may think I’m crazy, everyone who owns a Tesla Model 3 will understand exactly what I mean. Some of you may suggest shutting your windows while spraying, and I do today. However, if anything gets in your window while you’re driving and you need to remove it, a quick spray shouldn’t completely flood your inside. 

My previous vehicles did not have this issue. I’ve been trying my best to avoid acquiring window guards, but I’m not sure how much longer I can put it off. 

Final Thoughts 

That finishes my list of six things I dislike about my Tesla. As I already said, all of the concerns I addressed came from my own personal experience. Despite these flaws, my Tesla Model 3 is without a doubt the best car I’ve ever owned. Tell me about the disadvantages of owning a Tesla, if you have any! Also, tell me which of these disadvantages would concern you the most if you didn’t own a Tesla. As is customary, if you like this post, please “like” it and keep paying attention to the site to get future Tesla-related articles.

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