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  1. Control buttons for vault bed - closeup pics 🔍

    No, I'm not claiming that. I'm claiming that one's own experiences may lead to prioritising things or not thinking of all the things that might impact a product in a different environment than what you are used to. Or you prioritise things that are important to you. That's just human nature, and...
  2. Control buttons for vault bed - closeup pics 🔍

    While I didn't come up with the phrase, and it was made in jest, there is some truth to it. From wipers that don't work in pitch dark & rain (ie. when you need them the most), to handles that break due to being iced up, to frameless windows, to heat pumps that break, Tesla hasn't often had the...
  3. Cybertruck suspension & brakes exposed on a lift (photos 9/16/23)

    So disappointing. I was expecting Tesla to one-up other cars on the market and have six brakes at least. Lame!
  4. Some Tesla engineers hated Cybertruck's design and secretly designed alternative -- says design chief Franz (in new Musk biography book)

    All I can say is that by far the biggest problems I’ve had with Tesla’s very sweeping low A pillars, much more than more vertical ones of roughly the same width.
  5. Some Tesla engineers hated Cybertruck's design and secretly designed alternative -- says design chief Franz (in new Musk biography book)

    I don’t think I was dismissing the deadliness of a rollover. Just that roof strength isn’t the only reason for thick pillars. I would still like to have thinner pillars if I could for better visibility (which is also important for safety).
  6. Some Tesla engineers hated Cybertruck's design and secretly designed alternative -- says design chief Franz (in new Musk biography book)

    Well, I think air bags are probably a big reason for the thickness. You look at race cars with space frames and they are actually thinner than many A pillars these days. Or even cars a few years back, and their frames were still sturdy enough not to get crushed.
  7. Some Tesla engineers hated Cybertruck's design and secretly designed alternative -- says design chief Franz (in new Musk biography book)

    The difference is that on many vehicles the A pillars are more upright. The long thick ones really can cover a lot. Even on the Model 3 the sweeping A pillars would constantly cover people and cars. Had a few close calls that way. I yearn for the days when A pillars were slimmer.
  8. Musk responds to Cybertruck pricing and specs announcement question (8/23/23)

    Just as a side note I don’t think the Model Y RWD was ever fully cancelled outside the US. It’s been constantly available in Europe, and still is.
  9. Cybertruck off road testing with lifted air suspension @ Hollister Hills OHV

    So someone just happened to bump into the most anticipated vehicle of this decade, not just anywhere, but off-roading, which it has never been shown attempting before, and they feel it’s only worth taking a couple of seconds of it doing … almost nothing? This ‘leak’ really stretches credulity!
  10. Some Tesla engineers hated Cybertruck's design and secretly designed alternative -- says design chief Franz (in new Musk biography book)

    Tesla’s basic vehicles are actually quite bland. So it was with great surprise and excitement that I witnessed the unveiling of the Cybertruck. Now we are currently quite starved for options when it comes to offroad capable abusable EVs (especially in Europe where there’s a grand total of 0)...
  11. Control buttons for vault bed - closeup pics 🔍

    Yeah… I can give you a nope on that one :D (Of course in theory it is less, but not by a big degree, you’ll still get a lot. Even pretty steep roofs get buildup, albeit less)
  12. Control buttons for vault bed - closeup pics 🔍

    Indeed. In the past Tesla hasn’t always been great at that. Round here they have a reputation of being a ‘Californian company’ ;)
  13. Control buttons for vault bed - closeup pics 🔍

    Sure, but if something is shaped in a way that collects ice, it becomes a more frequent nuisance. And if it has a zillion little gaps, like the vault cover, it could potentially be way more problematic.
  14. Control buttons for vault bed - closeup pics 🔍

    Sure, those places count. Sorry if I sounded dismissive, but sometimes people claim things about winter driving yet live in Miami :)
  15. Control buttons for vault bed - closeup pics 🔍

    I honestly don’t really care much for a motorised frunk lid either, but I know everyone seems to be frothing about it. Motorised lids tend to be slow and break. I’m really not sure what that significant utility is that you mention but I’d be perfectly fine closing a gate myself and to have one...
  16. Control buttons for vault bed - closeup pics 🔍

    Of course anything like that will require sometimes a fair bit of scraping to operate (the boot on the 3 would sometimes get thoroughly immobile). But if you have a concave shape it will attract even more ice and snow. Might just be something to live with, assuming the rubber and mechanism isn't...
  17. Control buttons for vault bed - closeup pics 🔍

    Gosh, do you remember when we had to use our own arms to operate something? It was horrible.
  18. Control buttons for vault bed - closeup pics 🔍

    I honestly don't know, because I don't know if trucks have these kinds of bed covers in cold climates. Here vans outnumber pickup trucks 30 to 1, and the pickups you see will generally have a reason to be a pickup (equipment or whatnot), so don't need a cover, or will have a cover that has an...
  19. Control buttons for vault bed - closeup pics 🔍

    Snow is relatively easy of course. Ice less so… Frequently you have to literally hammer it and the buttons look concaved so will be a magnet for ice. If ice gets between the gaps on the vault cover that could prevent it from working at all, and be very tricky to clear out.


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