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66% of Teslas need major repairs after just 60,000 miles

66% of Teslas need major repairs after just 60,000 miles
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Are you driving an electric car yet? Or, are you thinking about buying one, like this year's best-selling electric vehicle, the Tesla Model S?

If so, there are plenty of good reasons to consider buying one. It costs much less money to charge your EV than to gas up a regular car.

If you do buy one, you might qualify for some generous federal tax incentives. Plus, depending on where you live, you can probably drive solo in the high-occupancy lanes.

The Tesla Model S, which costs upwards of $71,000, also has incredible power (259-plus hp) and styling. However, it's hiding some problems you need to know about.

One, if you don't know it already, you'll probably have to replace your electric vehicle's electric battery in a few years, and they're not always cheap. Plus, the Tesla Model S appears to have a serious drivetrain issue.

The drivetrain controls the power from the transmission to your wheel's axles. As it turns out, up to 66% of Tesla Model S drivetrains need to be replaced before your car reaches 60,000 miles.

That's according to Plug-In America, which conducted a survey with a few hundred owners of 2012 and 2013 Tesla Model S. It's been trying to gauge the Tesla Model S's long-term reliability.

Another publication, Consumer Reports, recently removed the Tesla S from its list of recommended cars. Among its concern is also the Tesla Model S's long-term reliability.

Have you owned a Tesla Model S for a while? If so, let us know in comments if you've experienced any problems with it. Plus, keep reading Happening Now for updates on Tesla Model S.

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