2.5 weeks after delivery, I am at 1,250 miles. To put that in context, I have been out of town 4 days since taking delivery. So, I've put 2 times my normal mileage on my car in the time I have owned it.
The bottom line so far:
it's my favorite car, ever
Prior cars from beginning of driving:
'79 Monte Carlo
'94 Infiniti G20t (first car I bought and paid for)
'98 Mercedes SLK
'01 BMW X5
'05 Infinity G35
'09 Toyota Camry Hybrid (amazing how children and start-ups change things)
In May, I sold my company and my gift to myself was dumping the Camry. I looked at BMW 5, 6, 7 series and Audi RS5. My wife was against the cost of the Tesla on principle (thinking $100K). I never liked my Camry, but I could not reconcile myself to returning to 20-30 MPG (I regularly got 35 MPG with the Camry Hybrid). I just could not bring myself to by one of those gas-guzzling German cars (my wife's gift to herself ended up being a BMW X3, but she was coming from a Honda Odyssey, so she got BETTER gas mileage with her BMW).
If you look at my purchase history, I've bought a lot of first generation cars. The SLK and X5 were first generation. And my wife got an Infiniti FX35 around 2003-2004. So I know to expect imperfections. Also, I am an entrepreneur and I know what it's like to grow a company and the pains that can come with it.
In short, I jumped in eyes wide open. And I think that's important for anyone buying a Tesla in 2013. You should expect the best car ever made, but it will have warts you aren't used to seeing in cars and delivery and service.
On the other hand, it's also important to note this: I've never owned a car that didn't have a recall during my ownership tenure, and I've never owned a car that did not, at one point, make me want to go Aaron Hernandez on someone. That includes my prior favorite the Mercedes SLK.
What I got:
VIN 116xx, 60 KWh, Blue, Pano, Tech, (everything but the suspension and HPWC)
I got the supercharger and dual chargers, but I did not get the HPWC. Both were future-proofing decisions, but I have no use for them today.
* Acceleration (OMG)
* General driving experience
* Driver console
* 17” console
* Panoramic roof
* First usable driver profiles in any car I have had
* Lack of certain common high-end options (HUD, lane departure warnings, collision warnings)
* Rear-wheel drive
* Back seat head rests
* Heat dissipation (window tinting is a MUST in this car)
* Windshield wiper max speed
* Support for iTunes on the iPhone
* Center console area
* Homelink programming
Delivery communication was generally poor, though I did enjoy working with Andy out of the Oakbrook, IL sales center. Todd at the Eden Prairie service center has been very helpful. As some of you may have noted, I have had absolutely no luck in getting owner access to these forums despite talking with Andy, the 877 number, the owner email, and other emails people have suggested. In fact, the guy at the 877 number suggested I should just use the TMC forums.
One thing I never realized is that there's a natural clock that evolves in your head when you start driving a car that says "it's time to get gas". Around 500 miles into my ownership experience, I started feeling that nagging in the back of my mind. It faded around 750-1,000 miles.
You just can't appreciate how fun it is to never go to a gas station. In fact, it feels wrong even going near one.
* I bought the service plan for 4 years, no ranger service (nearest service center is 8 miles away). I've never owned a car more than 5 years.
* The family has altered our driving practices to favor using the electric car. That's why I have incurred so many miles.
* Dual chargers may prove to be a waste. There's no need for a HPWC in your house. A NEMA 14-50 is sufficient.
* I still think the superchargers will prove to be a good investment.
* The pano is amazing. Best decision I made. No noise so far.
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