Consumer Reports, which last year gave top marks to electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc's Model S sedan, now says the car it owns has had "more than its share of problems."
While the car has impressed staff at the influential U.S. consumer magazine with its "smoothness, effortless glide and cleaver, elegant simplicity," there have been many quirks that might dampen consumers' experiences, Consumer Reports said in a statement on Monday.
Consumer Reports, which anonymously buys the vehicles it tests from auto dealerships, said the Model S it owns now has traveled nearly 16,000 miles. Its 2013 Model S was purchased for $89,650 in January of that year.
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"We've seen all different types of issues. Probably the most serious is that really large screen that's in the car, that's like the giant iPad, it went blank on us completely," which eliminated access to almost every function of the car, Consumer Reports' Jake Fisher said in an interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch."