axel_knutt wrote:Which have just published this year's car reliability survey from 47000 owners of 55000 cars.
Electric cars are the least reliable of all the fuel types, and the Tesla the least reliable of the electrics. The only reliable one was the MkI Nissan Leaf. Petrol hybrids are the most reliable, but mainly because such a high proportion of them are made by the most reliable brand: Lexus/Toyota. Plug-in hybrids aren't much better than electrics.
That's not too surprising if you put it into context.
Most EV's are pretty new models, in fact the majority have only hit the market in the last 12 months so there's no iteration of existing models.
As a rule a brand new model of anything comes with faults, like it or not the manufacturers don't get everything right from the off.
(And if we're going further back then there are so few models the stats would be massively skewed)
The mk1 Leaf has seen many iterations, the dodgy first models (of which there were plenty) have been replaced and updated so it has the benefit of being a mature car.
(Although the air cooled battery isn't great)
I bought my first Mini back when I'd never seen another on the road. It was a bag of poo. a few years later I PX'd it for another and that's been great, lasted 15 years with only a sensor failure at 110,000 miles that cost £60 to replace. (Would have lasted longer if some scally hadn't danced on the roof).
All the stupid faults the original had; leaking into the cabin, faulty steering pump, door electrics that rotted (amongst others) had all been sorted by the time I bought the second one.
Tesla has come from nowhere in not a lot of time so it's understandable if there are some issues.
But again the early Model S problems have all been sorted, ditto Model X, the early Model 3 issues are mainly sorted and the Model Y is new.
Disappointing given the price of the car but then some of the most unreliable cars are expensive BM's, Jags. Range Rovers etc.
What matters here is how good the company and dealership is and whilst I don't own a Tesla the people I know that do seem to think the response from them for any issues is second to none.
Ultimately Teslas are "so dodgy" they hold their second hand value far better than any new car on the market today which speaks volumes.
I think once you start to see decent numbers of EV's and iterations over existing models you'll see the numbers better reflect the reality.