After spending a week without my Model S, I found I missed the following features: (putting aside the fact that it is quiet, fast and has great handling)
- I listen to Slacker radio often. (Signal quality is way better than the Sirius radio on the Ford fusion loaner)
- Twice a day I plan my route to avoid traffic, very convenient with an overview of the Ottawa city on the 17 inch screen.
- I use the backup camera in traffic to cover the famous dead angles.
- I was not getting the regular thumbs up from the enthusiasts 🙂
I was also very surprised to notice how much we use the break pedals with a regular gas car. The Model S one pedal driving is very efficient and convenient.
The service centre kept the car for a week because they ended up replacing the whole drive train. The service centres are not allowed to open the drive train nor the battery pack. If either one needs special attention, they replace it. Once the work was completed, they returned the car home on a flat bed trailer. Isn’t that great?
I left my car at the service centre in Montréal, Québec during a business trip. The service was booked a week earlier.
Surprise #1: No Model S loaner for me available. Surprise #2, No vehicle loaner available at all! They called me a taxi.
Are they too busy? Was it a lack of planning? I had a strange feeling, the lady looked at the manager with an unusual look. The next day, someone brought me a Ford Fusion. (Really?)
I was contacted later telling me the strange high pitch sound coming from the drive train needed attention/help from the Tesla engineers. That meant coming back to Ottawa without my Model S.
Because they brought me an half full tank car, I had to stop at the pump on my way to Gatineau. Ford fusion seats are way too soft for long drives, my back is soar! 🙂
I called Tesla in California to describe the experience. To be continued.
A lot of people in California are working hard to make everything perfect. It’s unfortunate that the Montreal service centre is not following the same standards of excellence. Although, Kathy at the front desk, was very professional.