Tesla's not perfect, but it isn't a terrible stain on the motoring world either
Tesla don't appear to be the most well-liked car brand on Earth, but why? Tesla are no worse than any other car company...
Tesla produce high quality cars. Cars that the critics (for the most part) seem to can't get enough of. So, why does Tesla have such a poor reputation amongst some car enthusiasts? It's simple. Tesla make electric cars. That's it. Tesla were only founded in 2003 so are still very much the new kids on the block.
Tesla challenge the status quo car manufacturers. Tesla's innovation and quality cars have forced the likes of Audi, Jaguar, Porsche and anyone else to respond. Tesla are largely responsible for the shift in recent years to electric (or at least hybrid) cars. However, I think had Tesla never be founded, this still would've happen, just a few years later. The change towards electric cars has always been coming, so it's a tad wrong to direct all the blame towards Tesla.
Without Tesla, the world of cars right now wouldn't be as interesting. Perhaps something else would've come along to also challenge the status quo, who knows? But if Audi had taken Tesla's place and had become the mainstream electric car producer all those years ago, would people direct their rage and disappointment at Audi? No, or at least not in the same way. A large part of why Tesla gets so much flake, is because it has made the established car manufacturers sit up and take notes. Tesla has come and let's be honest, livened things up a bit.
Tesla have made the established car manufacturers; make their cars more efficient, make better infotainment systems, make their cars have a smoother ride. Frankly, the list goes on.
Cars enthusiasts may well vent and rage at any minor thing Tesla does, but normal people, the people who make up the overwhelming majority of car owners, really seem to like Tesla. I'm speaking anecdotally, but I've seen a huge surge in Tesla ownership over the last few years. If Tesla was so terrible, nobody would buy them and there would be a poor reputation that would be hard to remove. But reality couldn't be further from that.