Tesla removing turn-signal stalks, but some owners are re-installing them

Tesla has recently removed control stalks from their Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles, leading to some customers opting to add them back using aftermarket parts. These aftermarket stalks are available for around $400, and there are instructional YouTube videos to guide users through the installation process. However, this process can be somewhat complex, involving the removal of the steering wheel and the connection of wires to controllers in the center console.

### The Highland Model 3
One video specifically details the installation of aftermarket stalks in the refreshed Model 3 Highland, a version of the car that eliminates both the shift lever and control stalks. This model has been on sale in the U.S. since early this year, prompting owners to seek out ways to revert to analog controls.

### Model S and Model X Modifications
Owners of Model S and Model X vehicles also found a workaround in 2021 by using parts from the then-current Model 3, such as the clock spring, stalks, and Steering Column Control Module (SCCM). Special software was required to allow communication between the Model 3 hardware and the Model S/Model X interface. This modification was a response to the Consumer Reports critique of the steering yoke, which was deemed difficult to use and potentially a safety risk.

### Complex Interfaces in EVs
Multiple studies have highlighted that EVs tend to face more issues than traditional vehicles, often due to overly complicated interfaces rather than the powertrain itself. While most automakers are inclined to introduce high-tech features in EVs, Tesla has taken a unique approach with their removal of analog controls. However, instead of embracing this change, it appears that Tesla customers are advocating for a return to familiar controls.

### Pushback Against High-Tech Features
It seems that Tesla owners are not alone in their resistance to overly complicated interfaces in vehicles. Automakers in general have a tendency to overload EVs with high-tech features, potentially alienating customers who prefer simpler controls. This shift in consumer preference may prompt automakers to reconsider their approach to interface design and prioritize user-friendly features in future models.

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