Tesla buyers call for hunger strike until Elon Musk fixes their cars

Details are scarce, but it appears that a number of Tesla buyers in Norway, tired of ongoing customer support and vehicle quality issues, have gone on a hunger strike in an effort to bring the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, fixing their cars.

Like, that’s literally the plan. The website reads:


We are a group of disgruntled Norwegian Tesla owners.
We believe that if Elon Musk is made aware of our problems, he will resolve the situation. Help us get his attention.

[email protected]

Depending on how far this thing eventually goes, it will be the latest in a growing string of service criticism against Elon Musk’s trailblazing brand, which consumer reports named the second-worst brand in all of consumer reliability surveys last year (and that was before customers started complaining about their cars‘ steering yokes disintegrating with less than 30,000 miles at the counter).

For their part, the people behind the website seem to have legitimate complaints, as this isn’t the first time I’ve read of several of the complaints voiced in the long list of issues the band is asking Musk to address. However, it is clear that not all of these issues affect all customers, or even most customers. However, it can be assumed that at least some of the owners engaged in the hunger strike had these problems. Namely, this list includes:

  • The car does not start in cold weather

  • Door handles do not open in cold weather

  • Intense squealing noise

  • The car does not start in hot weather

  • “Bubbles” in the seats

  • Loose front seat

  • Trunk lid filled with rainwater

  • The autopilot is not working properly

  • Internet is slow and not working as it should

  • Windshield wipers don’t work (good enough)

  • The car squeaks when passing speed bumps and other bumps in the road

  • Decorative moldings loosen

  • Lights don’t work properly

  • Doors stop working properly

  • Doors that open by themselves

  • The computer does not work

  • Yellow edges around display screens

  • Windows that do not close completely

  • Systems reset themselves

  • Charging issues

  • Reduced power

  • Rust problems on new cars (especially Model 3)

  • Poor quality paint means the car needs to be repainted

  • You were promised free charging for the life of the car, but the new charging stations are not suitable for the car

  • Battery life less than Tesla claims

  • Problems with the air conditioner

  • Not all problems are solved during car maintenance

  • Tesla promises to contact you, but you haven’t heard from them

  • You have to wait a long time on the phone before Tesla answers

Norway is by far Tesla’s number one country in the world,” the website reads, drawing attention to the country’s status as a market leader in electric vehicles. “We are the canary in the coal mine.

Whether you believe it or not is up to you. For my party, I have the impression that a hunger strike is a serious thing – even if it is only threatened. On top of that, it seems like a pretty overkill answer to a problem that could easily be solved by buying another car. Kind of like the “If you don’t like what’s on TV, switch channels” argument — you know?

As such, my inclination is to give this one a 60/40 against a true hunger strike. And, frankly, I had given him a worse chance of being real (close to zero) until Elon started tweeting about the supposed health benefits of fasting, which a Redditor passing by u/pdq thought to be an effort to optimize research from hunger strike.

I emailed [email protected] asking for more information, but I don’t know how long I have to wait for a response. I thought about calling Tesla’s public relations department for a comment, but that’s not a thing. So trust that we will update the post as soon as there is some kind of official comment and/or we hear from Tesla/the strikers.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think about all of this. Is this real? Is Erlend Mørch (the band’s apparent voice) a parody narrative? Even though these guys are serious, should they be taken seriously – or is this a level 5 panic in response to a first world problem? Scroll down to the comments and let us know what you think.

Tesla buyers in Norway launch hunger strike

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