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What's YOUR reason for getting/not getting the tech package?

Here is the feature list for the tech package:

Xenon headlamps
Electrochromatic side mirrors
LED foglights
Convenience lighting
Power rear liftgate
High definition back-up camera
Turn-by-turn navigation with seven years of free map updates
Automatic keyless entry

Xenon headlamps and Homelink are must-haves for me, the rest is just gravy adding to the "wow" factor.

What's driving your decision to include/exclude this package?

Garmin, not German.

Garmin, not German.

Sorry for dupe. Thought it had jumped threads.

I bought the tech package, but it was a close call for $3k+

Electrochromatic side mirrors - no comment
LED foglights - didn't get these
Power liftgate - no feelings about this
HD Backup cam - HD doesn't give me anything SD doesn't. Useless
Homelink - Press button on screen or visor clip remote...same to me
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ - All non-factor

Automatic keyless entry/auto-present - the real reason for me
Nav - I used 2005 mappoint for 7 years without issue, so the updates are a non-factor, and anything on the screen can be done by a stand-alone product for a reasonable price. Having the additional nav elements on the instrument panel is what I wanted. If only I could pay more for customized voices... :(
Convenience lighting - OEM style instead of DIY for the convenience.

TBH, I don't think the tech package was worth the money, but I still get it again. I loves the door handle auto-present and side nav!

For what it's worth, I think a MS without the tech package would be a lot less desirable at resale time and hence will have a diminished value. Most people buying this car used one day would expect the tech package to be there as they are much more likely to appreciate some toys in the car than the general population.


I don't think I can agree. I have had my non-tech car for two months now, given dozens of test rides. Everyone, without exception, is amazed by the acceleration, handling, 17-in touchscreen, etc. For them, the "user experience" is off the charts. When they really start asking more detailed questions about the car and features, I explain that I didn't get the tech package and let them know what is missing. The overwhelming response is "meh". Those features are not a big deal to them in the context of the overall experience of the Model S. I will say I believe the auto presenting handles would provide more wow factor to their first impression, but they seem just as impressed by the regular operation of the handles.
Once I tell them the cost of these extra features (almost $4K after tax), nobody thinks it's worth it, or at least, not a big deal.
Based on my experience so far, I think people's first thought is to always get the tech package or regret it later because for most other cars, bundles like the tech package are the discriminator between their new car and the 100's of other cars on the market. Specs are so close that the tech package stands out against the noise.
For the model S, however, everything else about the car is so over the top, that the abscense of homelink, Nav, power liftgate, etc is not a big deal.
That will change of course, when all other cars come up to par with the Model S. I think it will be a while though.
BTW, the Xenon HIDs were the only feature to make me really consider the tech package. I did an aftermarket xenon HID upgrade for less that $70 and am more than pleased with the results and my savings.

I did get the package and am happy with the features I received for the price. Also, it appears that some of the possible future retrograde fits..parking sensors/blindspot detectors may need the tech package for the retrofit to be easily (less expensively?) added.

I ordered tech package for nav, keyless entry, and homelink.

* GPS navigation system with onboard maps and free map updates for seven years - I want this
* Automatic keyless entry - don't care
* High definition back-up camera - don't care now that I know you still get a back-up camera regardless
* Xenon headlights - don't care, confused why anyone cares
* Electrochromatic side mirrors - I assume this means they have automatic dimming. That would actually be very nice.
* LED cornering lights - don't care
* Ground lighting under door handles - sounds cool, nice extra, but not a big deal
* Power rear liftgate - don't care
* GPS-enabled Homelink system - much nicer than having to keep separate opener(s) in the car, though I don't get what "GPS-enabled" means. Does it open the garage door automatically? That would be annoying to me.
* Memory seats - I definitely want this, and don't know why this thread has generally ignored it completely. My wife and I share vehicles and we are always adjusting the seats.
* Auto entry? - this isn't listed as one of the components of the tech package on the order page. Regardless, don't care.

For me, it's all about the memory seats and nav system, plus a couple other nice-to-haves that come with it. But a lot of it I don't care about. For the current list price, I would probably order the tech package. But if the price goes up any before I get around to ordering, I may reconsider.

Update on my previous post -- I questioned if auto entry was listed as part of the tech package. I see it is, I even have it listed twice in my prior post. Idiot mistake. No need to point it out further.

I think this one is easy. Honestly liked the car because of these add-ons. Like the others said, I wouldnt miss these on an average car, but on a high-end, you have to get it if you can afford it.

If you're thinking if its worth it, get it. If you're thinking if you can afford it then skip it.

Xenon headlamps - These are just great when traversing highways without lighting and I this is just one of those things that impresses people when they first see it. These are just head turners.

Electrochromatic side mirrors - To me this is a +1 on safety. Something I'd rather have as a plus.

LED foglights - More lighting means safer ride. I don't want to meddle with having them installed later on.

Convenience lighting - This one makes the inside of the vehicle pop. Its trivial but just think about how much I'd have to pay if I wanted it installed on my own.

Power rear liftgate (nice to have) - I use this feature daily to charge and get stuff out. I appreciate not getting my hands dirty and just be able to make sure it closes shut the right way everytime. I honestly won't be able to pull it down (im short) if it wasn't automatic.

High definition back-up camera - This is again another safety feature for me. For someone who isn't used to it, I like that fact that I have it when backing up since our garage backs up to a street right away. Given that the back window of the Model S is relatively small, i really cant judge the back reliably and the last thing I want to do is hitting the trash container on trash day. Plus, it entertains my 3 year old nephew on trips.

Homelink - I visit a couple of places where I sleep in. I think most people forget to mention you can program multiple ones. So I can just drive up to my brothers garage/ relative's, park and charge without having to ask for him to open it or open it myself. It is so convenient. Besides you normally only have a few controllers.

Turn-by-turn navigation with seven years of free map updates - With this car you're bound to go places and this one seems a no-brainer. I do have a smartphone, but why would i need it if my car can do it? You can save money on this, but for something you will use ALOT of times during the lifetime of your car, why would you. It allows you to enjoy the 17 inch screen more.

Automatic keyless entry - This is one the coolest feature on the car for me. I don't like meddling with the keyfob. I just like it to open. Trust me when I say that this doesn't get old easy and everyday you'd thank yourself having it. Its like the first thing people will see when you show it off.

Having just a few of these installed aftermarket would cost you close to that figure anyway (assuming its installed perfectly and in the least amount of time). Otherwise you'd just be wondering what if you had it.

@ LuvTesla, fog lights are not part of the tech package. Tech package lists LED cornering lights but no fog lights. I believe fog lights were removed quite some time ago.

A car like Model S almost requires the tech package to be standard equipment. Most of the non-driving wow factor comes with the tech package.


Sounds like every feature is a must have for you. In that case, I would agree with springing the 4 grand.
Couple of clarifications on your rationale:
1. You don't use the 17" screen for turn by turn Nav. Only on the instrument cluster.
2. The SD backup camera is more than adequate for the use you describe. Service tech told me he could t tell the difference. I can't imagine it being much better than I experience now.
3. Not sure how the convenience lighting differs on the tech package, but my non tech has all the described interior door lighting, side mirror lighting, etc

I will caveat the my previous statements: I was grandfathered into seat memory with leather seats. If I didn't have that feature as standard, I would have seriously considered getting the tech package.

I actually just copied somebody else's list and wasn't sure if they were the complete one. I am sure there were more that I didn't include. But thanks for the clarification.

I am not rich by any measure, but the set of features as a package is just something that you don't want not to have in the future. Might not be now for some, but at some point you will want it. For the price, I think its a hefty sum, but its alot of features, that you will be using every single day.

I think the pricing for the whole package is reasonable when compared to ICEmakers... e.g. BMW 5 series top-line/fullscreen navigation upgrade was about 3K EUR alone, iirc.

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