Brand new Tesla Model X six-shaft delivered with mismatched tires

the face! Imagine you’re eagerly waiting for your new 1,020-horsepower, $13,190 electric performance SUV finally arriving straight from the factory with seriously mismatched tires? According to Twitter user @EZebroni (Ethan Joseph), this actually happened. The Tesla Model X Plaid has been ordered back in August 2021. After some estimated changes to the delivery date, Tesla has finally set aside a car for Ethan for delivery in March 2022.

Upon the arrival of a new Tesla, Ethan once got around to his new $131,190 Tesla Model X Plaid and noticed something very strange about the tires. Naturally, he immediately tweeted about it, asking the internet “Is it normal for a Plaid X to have two different brands of tires on delivery? The front group is Michelins. The rear group is Continentals.” Somehow, no one at Tesla discovered the error before the buyer went to pick up his new car (again, after waiting months to get it).

Searching for tires on tirerack.com, Ethan noticed that the two front tires were Michelin Latitude Sports 3 UTQG 220 (knit) AA (traction) A (temperature) summer sports tires. breezes? that incorrect A set of Continental CrossContact LX Sport UTQG 480 AA All-Season Touring tires. These are two completely different types of tire compounds with drastic differences in grip that will vary greatly in cold weather, as summer-spec front tires will stiffen and provide less traction than the rear. This is a safety concern, given the potential impact on vehicle handling. In warmer weather, the traction issues are reversed, as all seasons of less traction can give up in the rear long before the front tires—again, which can cause a skew in the handling balance.

A quick vehicle dynamic lesson: When the rear wheels suffer from much less traction than the fronts, it will be easier to oversteer in a difficult corner, even without raising the throttle or sudden braking (which shifts the car’s weight more onto the front tires, dumping the rears). The opposite is the case in cold weather, when the tough front tires provide less traction and therefore an unexpectedly low bump. Certainly, on a skid plate or similar closed track, little of the motion generated by the tail is gassy; It’s less likely on public roads and when the driver isn’t expecting it (you know, nearby vehicles, trees, or other objects may be around).

Of course, we’re talking about limit processing here; This owner’s exact mismatched tires wouldn’t be an instant crash in typical driving, but unexpected shift or swerve maneuvers to avoid a collision, an animal on the road, etc. would bring out the unusual tire arrangement at the front. That is why cars are delivered with four identical tires.

Some might say “it’s not a big deal on an SUV” to have funky tires, but remember that all-wheel drive can compensate you to a certain degree, but only if you’re actively accelerating. Under braking and off-throttle cornering, all-wheel drive is simply an extra mass to handle.

So how did this cute frame come about?

In an age of supply chain constraints, manufacturers may understandably need to use partial substitutes to continue producing cars. Because of how this change could affect safety, we hope that the fitting of the individual tire was a mistake and not an intentional decision to deliver a vehicle to a customer with whatever tires they had.

Unfortunately for Ethan, the issue of customer satisfaction wasn’t limited to seriously mismatched tires. He also discovered some scratches, uneven panels and black marks on his white seats “supposedly straight from the new Fremont Factory Model X Plaid,” as he puts it. Ethan says MotorTrend He believed the car might have been rejected by another buyer and was subsequently given up. But a Tesla representative insisted to him that the car was shipped directly from the factory after the other buyer failed to schedule a delivery three times. Tesla offered to install the correct Michelin tires on the rear wheels at a later date, as they were not available at the time. Ethan stated that he is a huge fan of Tesla fans. But even his enthusiasm could not help him ignore the flaws, so he decided to refuse the extradition. Tesla promises he’ll be quick to find another one.

We wish Ethan good luck with his next high-performance SUV, though his experience raises questions (many of which have been asked before) about Tesla’s quality control efforts. Because, after all, new vehicles from all manufacturers occasionally appear at dealerships with strange problems or are damaged during transportation. These defects are usually discovered by dealerships or service centers, and they are usually fixed before the buyer can see the vehicles, or the vehicle is recognized and sold at a lower price. So the next time you buy a new car, no matter what auto maker you buy from, remember to do a thorough check before you pick it up. If the dealer or manufacturer agrees to send in parts to fix certain problems at a later time, you might consider going ahead anyway, although who knows when the parts will show up in times of supply restrictions.

As for the last question stuck in your mind, what would happen to the troubled Model X that Ethan didn’t accept? Will Tesla fix problems first, or will it push the SUV to the next buyer in line? Whatever happens, let’s hope you eventually get the right set of tires.

Photos submitted by Ethan Joseph

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