Why Consumer Reports Says Tesla’s New $127k Car Is ‘Undriveable’

A Tesla Model S P85d car is displayed at the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai on April 20, 2015. Global car makers showed off hundreds of vehicles in China's commercial hub Shanghai on April 20, as the world's biggest auto market continues to attract despite a sharp deceleration in sales growth.  AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

A problem with the door handles locked testers out after 27 days

Tesla might be in some serious trouble with owners of its new Model S P85 D. Consumer Reports, the venerable product review organization, is reporting that it was effectively locked out of the $127,000 car after just 27 days of owning it and 2,300 miles of driving.

In case you haven’t seen it, the Model S P85 D has some snazzy Jetsons-style door handles that are flush to the door, creating a sleek, space age look. When someone with the car’s key approaches, they pop out to allow the person in.

Except for when they don’t. Consumer Reports found that after less than a month, the doors stopped popping out, leading to some creative problem solving to get into the vehicle:

And significantly, with the car sensing a problem, wouldn’t drive. We were able to move the car a short distance, thanks to the smartphone app that allows us to unlock the car and authorize two minutes of keyless driving, requiring a spry staffer to crawl behind the steering wheel from the passenger seat.

Consumer Reports did note that Tesla’s service was excellent, sending a representative out to fix the problem the morning after it was reported.

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