Tesla is jerry-rigging its cooling systems together with wood

Did you hear the joke about the wooden car?

7w ago


A Tesla owner who paid $55,000 for his Model Y was understandably less than delighted to discover his cooling system had been cobbled together with Bunnings off-cuts. He made the discovery after spending more than 10 hours removing panels to repair panel gaps that the automaker refused to fix.

It took less than three hours for a pair of Model Y owners to respond to the original poster on the Tesla Motors Club to confirm that their cars were built in the same fashion..

And several more curious Tesla owners chimed in to confirm they had just removed panels to find the same issue:

The part in question is the liquid cooled condensor which functions as a heat exchanger for the Model Y's cooling system.

As expected, Tesla fanboys rushed to the internet to defend their Lord and Savior Elon Musk. One of the funniest responses came from one keyboard warrior who questioned how the owner of the car could possibly know that the wood came from Home Depot (America's equivilant to Bunnings, but without the snags).

Tesla has dodged questions about paper thin quality control and shoddy engineering since their first car was released in 2008. It's unknown how long they've been using wood to hold parts in place but it's thought it's a fairly recent practice, and they simply hoped their customers wooden notice.

I'll see myself out..

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Comments (48)

  • What a surprise. Tesla having issues with quality. Didn't expect that.

      1 month ago
    • Yeah, It’s not exactly something you would find on a Rolls Royce.

        1 month ago
    • The suspension has catastrophic failure at 0 miles on the clock, the rear bumper falls off if you do more than 30 what are we going to find out next.

        1 month ago
  • Cool, I use a Marigold rubber washing up glove and a polystyrene block to insulate a battery in my Tesla in case it hits metal stuff kindling a fire.

    No one has commented on that super cool zip tie that looks out of whack? Apparently supper cool Gerbils that Tesla trains to hold this stuff in place went on strike when the little guy had his grass seed increase rejected by Elon, hence the woodwork strap on.

    Let's hope the Tesla Roadster that Elon famously shot into space isn't jerry rigged in the same fashion because either god or aliens Elon hoped to impress when they found it are going to piss themselves laughing.

      1 month ago
  • That's environmental friendly harvest Bamboo from organic grown bushes where the farmer fertilizes the soil with the sh*t from Elon Musk. So it's allright (according to the Tesla fanbase).

      1 month ago
  • What “issue” though? It’s cost-effective, environmentally friendly and easy replaceable. It’s wood because wood is a fine insulator, which is something you’d probably want on a heat exchanger.

      1 month ago
    • But you don't want "cost effective" on a $55,000 car. Also, it may be a "fine insulator", but it's still flammable. It could be dangerous.

        1 month ago
    • The problem is that it isnt in any way dignified engineering, it seems like something that’s more in place on a mid 70’s Chevy nova. For a company that prides itself in innovation and forward thinking it’s quite disappointing especially at...

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        1 month ago
  • Problems

    1. Fixing his own panel gaps...what!!! On a $55k car!

    2. Wood.... flammable material on a heat exchanger which is just stupid

    3. Fanboys.... get a life, drive something different to compare as they clearly have no valid opinions, good at reading brochures!

    This is the reason Tesla does doesn’t want you to tinker/service yourself as you’ll find every floor in their design/manufacturing of their cars. Give it a couple of years and watch rivals get their tech together and surpass Tesla on all fronts.

      1 month ago
    • Oh and by the way I’m bored of their designs now, they all look like pregnant fish and tinkering with lights and minor details does not constitute a facelift!

        1 month ago


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