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Tesla Model S: The Best Car Ever?
Wall Street Journal ^ | May 9, 2013 | Tom Gara

Posted on 05/09/2013 12:46:45 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist

Consumer Reports went big on the Tesla Model S today, announcing the car had scored 99/100 on its rating system – the highest rating of any vehicle the magazine has ever tested. It’s “truly a remarkable car,” an excerpt of the review concludes, although one still limited by the inherent constraint of any all-electric vehicle: a battery that can take hours to fully charge, complicating long distance travel.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: car; electric; tesla
Feeling skeptical and smelling leftist, NYC-based bias. But dissenters are welcome.
1 posted on 05/09/2013 12:46:45 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: BlueStateRightist

Ask Jeremy Clarkson what happens if you give Tesla a poor review.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 12:48:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Typical “non biased” consumer reports.

Chortle


3 posted on 05/09/2013 12:50:29 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: cripplecreek

I recall that he caught flak for it.


4 posted on 05/09/2013 12:50:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: BlueStateRightist

CR has been full of lefties for years, especially the dumb ones who can’t locate the on button on a coffee pot or a sweeper and then moan loudly about their own ignorance. They never met a government regulation they didn’t like and, like their DC brethren, are constantly on the hunt for a freebie.

When people tell me they make buying decisions based on CR ratings I steer well clear and advise them to remove all sharp objects from their homes.


5 posted on 05/09/2013 12:51:53 PM PDT by relictele (A place dedicated to economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Tesla sued the BBC and lost.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/mar/05/top-gear-tesla-jeremy-clarkson

They were especially unhappy with the photo of the crew pushing the car into the garage for charging.


6 posted on 05/09/2013 12:51:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BlueStateRightist

This is a Ninety Thousand Dollar Car.

In a matter of moments I can pick out (from among dozens of cars) three $30,000 cars that are better than the Tesla. In terms of economy, mileage, value, reliability, resale, insurance costs, and so on and so on.

But who am I? I will defer to our CR overlords.
/s


7 posted on 05/09/2013 12:52:05 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Look at that S car go!


8 posted on 05/09/2013 12:52:23 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: BlueStateRightist

IIRC Consumer Reports got busted years ago for uprating certain Japanese cars for financial gain.


9 posted on 05/09/2013 12:52:50 PM PDT by bereanway
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To: BlueStateRightist

All it needs is a gasoline engine - even a Prius-like hybrid system - and the car might even be worthy of that praise.


10 posted on 05/09/2013 12:54:23 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Consumer Reports lost any remaining credibility when they endorsed ObamaCare. They are for the elites and not for the middle class.


11 posted on 05/09/2013 12:55:22 PM PDT by BigBobber
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To: Responsibility2nd

i would take any ford escape over a tesla any day.


12 posted on 05/09/2013 12:56:43 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: BlueStateRightist
Hmmm. Wonder what the "S" stands for.

I have a suggestion...

13 posted on 05/09/2013 12:56:52 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: BlueStateRightist

If they were trying to make it look like every other bland luxury sedan on the market...they succeeded.


14 posted on 05/09/2013 12:57:57 PM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: BlueStateRightist

It is an amazing car. however, it is strictly for around town and is for this who want another bobble that demonstrate a certain exclusivity ...

I’ve been in one and a Fiskar. Beautiful but, i prefer CO2generators


15 posted on 05/09/2013 12:59:13 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: MrB
Look at that S car go!

Does it move at a snail's pace?


16 posted on 05/09/2013 1:05:56 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: BlueStateRightist
Might be hard to pay attention to the road?


17 posted on 05/09/2013 1:07:46 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Vendome
The Tesla is a CO2 generator.

It just generates its CO2 over at the power plant.

Given the immense horsepower of this beast, I suspect if you run the numbers it actually releases considerably more CO2 per mile than my Vibe. If you factor in transmission losses, charging inefficiencies, etc.

18 posted on 05/09/2013 1:10:23 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: BlueStateRightist

I dropped Consumer Reports years ago due to their extreme left leaning reviews.


19 posted on 05/09/2013 1:12:17 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: BlueStateRightist

I dropped my subscription to CR after several years because their parent organization continually spammed my mailboxes (email and snail) with propaganda for leftist causes, especially Obamacare. They are not for the consumer. They are for big government control.


20 posted on 05/09/2013 1:13:32 PM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: F15Eagle

0-60 in 4.5 seconds.


21 posted on 05/09/2013 1:18:43 PM PDT by willk
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To: newheart

I agree, and it is too bad. Back 20-30 years CR was truly a guideline for objective purchasing.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 1:22:50 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Proves that just because an organization refuses to accept advertising does not mean they don’t have an agenda


23 posted on 05/09/2013 1:23:51 PM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: bereanway

I recall that too, although it wasn’t Consumer Reports. May have been Consumer’s Union. I can’t find the story now.


24 posted on 05/09/2013 1:24:13 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: BlueStateRightist
And if your needs are confined to the Tesla’s driving range, it just may be…

Hmm...so, either it's the greatest car ever or it's completely useless to you. Not much middle ground there...

25 posted on 05/09/2013 1:29:33 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Yo-Yo
I dropped Consumer Reports years ago due to their extreme left leaning reviews.

I met a kid @ the E-box stores one day that gave me the full Shaboygan as to how and why their product recommendations suffered from Cranal-Rectal-Inversion Syndrome and he made sense, and showed me.

You are not the only one to question them as a Bible like source for everything consumer based...

26 posted on 05/09/2013 1:33:33 PM PDT by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: Billthedrill
...either it's the greatest car ever or it's completely useless...

It's a wealthy person's toy, not transportation. For most buyers, I'll bet it's at least the third car they currently own. Consumer Reports may think it's the world's greatest toy, but it's still a toy.

27 posted on 05/09/2013 1:35:22 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: BlueStateRightist
Ok let me get this straight...

Over @ BI they are having a Telgasam about the profit numbers not being bad and the stock went nuts...

* Yet Ford's P/E is no where near the market average, and they are really challenging Toyota's Hybrid Dominance...
* The Telsa is a glorified Lotus Elise with an E-Drive Train, which to me is like many women in Hollyweird, better bodies by Dow-Corning if ya get my drift.
* My auto gnome has noted those that really know their stuff laugh at this crap, and don't even get me started on the Fisker...

28 posted on 05/09/2013 1:38:38 PM PDT by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: headstamp 2

Consumer Reports?

A wholly owned subsidiary of the DNC.

30 years ago I had a subscription with CR that was worth every penny. Dropped it a long time ago.


29 posted on 05/09/2013 1:42:44 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: taildragger

The original Tesla was Lotus Elise based.
The model S (which is the subject of this article) is a completely new design done by Tesla.

My buddy’s daughter bought one, it’s impressive but way over priced. It is wicked fast, especially up to 100 mph.

The humorous part is she gets free juice at work (she’s a drug salesperson) but another guy bought a Volt and they’re squabbling over who gets the plug-in.


30 posted on 05/09/2013 1:47:48 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: willk
"0-60 in 4.5 seconds."

On a nice paved road, maybe. Get back to me when a Tesla can go here...


31 posted on 05/09/2013 1:53:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: BlueStateRightist

An All-American Non-union product that is years ahead of its nearest competitor. I agree with CR on this one.

Model S is the Model T for the coming generation of electric automobiles.


32 posted on 05/09/2013 2:04:06 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: Cool Guy

“Model S is the Model T for the coming generation of electric automobiles.”

Except the Model T cost like $400 bucks.


33 posted on 05/09/2013 2:16:12 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: Sherman Logan

Doesn’t sound the same as gas engine.

Drove the Tesla and it’s a beauty but, i see it as only an around town car.


34 posted on 05/09/2013 2:21:15 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: DaxtonBrown

In 1925 you could buy a Model T for $260.

Of course in that year a bricklayer made $65/week.


35 posted on 05/09/2013 2:27:55 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
CleanCar photo IDriveACleanCar.jpg
36 posted on 05/09/2013 2:31:51 PM PDT by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: Sherman Logan

That is, a union bricklayer in NYC. Less elswehere, no doubt.


37 posted on 05/09/2013 2:36:48 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: MrB

I saw what you did there... :)


38 posted on 05/09/2013 2:38:49 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: DaxtonBrown

If price is your only concern, they have a $30K priced model in the works for release in 3 to 4 years. Total cost of ownership of the current Model S equals a $35K ICE automobile. So the $30K version will be like owning a $15k - $20K priced ICE auto.


39 posted on 05/09/2013 3:30:02 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: Joe 6-pack
On a nice paved road, maybe. Get back to me when a Tesla can go here...

Their next model (Model X - 2014 delivery) will go there.

http://www.teslamotors.com/modelx

40 posted on 05/16/2013 9:28:38 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: BlueStateRightist
Consumer Reports said it was the best?

That is the absolute mark of death. That group should be renamed "Collusionist-Insider-Communist Reports".

41 posted on 05/16/2013 9:32:53 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Hmmm. Wonder what the "S" stands for.

Sucker?

42 posted on 05/16/2013 9:41:03 PM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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