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Thank you to all Tesla Owners

I have been following everything Tesla for some time now and dream of owning a Tesla EV some day when I can afford one. That's where you come in... a big thank you to all the early adopters. Without you, Tesla would not be able to go forward to produce EV's for the masses. So, congrats... your early involvement and endorsement are much appreciated. You are paving the way to the future of transportation. I'm excited!

Thanks Tom!

I look at it as buying the first Apple Computer. You're buying the absolutely worst product that Tesla will ever put out and you're paying the most for it. The next models will be more reliable with better features at cheaper prices.

But you are behind a cause. You are part of the revolution. You can make a difference.

I hope in 30 years I'll tell my grandkids "Oh hell yeah, we bought the Model S the first year it came out."

And I hope it means something!

It's a small price to pay to be part of history.

What Thomas N. said. As a car, the Model S is way overpriced. But as a mechanism to help usher in a grand change that humanity very much needs, it's a bargain.

Agree with Thomas N, but I must add that the absolutely worst product Tesla will ever put out is already the absolutely best car ever made. Happy to be an early adopter (though not as early as many on this forum.)

@cfOH

I disagree the Model S is way overpriced as a car - I think it's well worth the money :)

Way more important than the car is the supercharger highway, once it is built out, there won't be any going back. A true option, like paper or plastic, it'll be gas or electric. The supercharger highway couldn't be built without the mass adoption of the car and there won't be mass adoption until the supercharger network was built. I already had my order in for the car but the electric superhighway was a stroke of pure genius on Tesla's part. Tesla is winning the future. The true winner is me, it is the feeling I get every time I slide into the cockpit, accelerate leaving other commuters at the green light, or blast down a winding mountain road, the feeling I miss inside of anything else on the road. This early adopter sacrificed nothing, people who are waiting for one reason or another are sacrificing the Tesla grin which I've enjoyed for 15K miles and nine months. The Model S is truly the best I have ever driven and IMHO the best car on the road at this price point.

I've never had a material possession bring me actual joy until I owned the Model S. I am very lucky to be able to buy this vehicle. I am not wealthy. In fact, I'm quite average. After witnessing all of the political nonsense in Washington in the past year, I decided that I wanted to become part of the solution. I voted with my money. We cannot depend upon our government to do what's right, so we must do it ourselves.

Tom - umm, yeah, that's exactly why I'm buying it :) Glad it helps everyone out, but if I were to be honest with myself, I'm mainly buying it for selfish reasons. It just helps me justify it to myself (and The Boss) that Tesla is a strong force for positive change, helps the budding EV leader, yadda yadda yadda...

...but mostly its just an insanely kick-@$$ car, and as others have mentioned, there is no car for any price I would want more for all that it is and does.

Can you put a price tag on safety? I think that the Model S is a great value, even at the 60kwh. compared to a Mercedes E class, you get better performance, efficiency, safety, utility, for almost the same price. Well a similarly optioned E class is 68k and for the amount of money, Model S has more features

I think Tesla's first Model S's are going to end up excellent investments. How much a Model T costs these days?

Tom P, you are welcome. I'm excited too!
Completely my pleasure. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a Tesla Ambassador.
I am proud and comforted knowing we own not only the safest car in America,
but also a fast, efficient, sexy vehicle.

Still Grinning ;-)

+1 mrspaghetti
When I got the Model S in hand I thought it was a steal! Exotic supercar performance and no gas or expensive high maintenance parts to boot.

@ Tom P
Happy to do the pleasure. Being a part of Elon's mission has been something to be proud of. Special thanks goes to the Roadster owners who blazed the trail for us.

@chOH

Here is an old thread called "This car is a STEAL!"

http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/car-steal

Thanks Tom

My wife, who is not a car person, told me a high school kid gathering up shopping carts in the grocery store parking lot stopped to thank her for being an early adopter and making it possible for him to own one someday.

She was a little taken back by the experience.

Thanks Tom! I echo all the warm sentiments stated above. I also believe there was no sacrifice. I don't believe the car is over-priced. All the money I would have been spending on gas and maintenance is going somewhere much more important. As it stands, I think the car is a steal. But I also hope future owners are able to enjoy a lower price. It's all just a matter of perspective.

I echo the previous posts, I have owned Corvettes and Porsches and never had as good a driving experience or nearly the joy I get from driving mu MS. I personally think it is a bargain when you factor in gas, insurance, maintenance, & convenience (every 3 months I had to drive 100 miles round trip for service and lose the car for a full day). The moral issues are self-evident.

Thanks Tom P.! I liked the way Tesla referred to us early adopters on the badge they provided at the Model S Beta Ride Event in October 2011: "You're not just a Reservation Holder, You're a Visionary."

As much as I like to be praised, I don't think I belong to the small group of real visionaries, who believed everything Elon said, waited for years and put down substantial deposits and at some point watched Tesla to go near the bankruptcy. I understand that my contribution to EV revolution is still somewhat important, but there is no comparison between what I did by making relatively safe purchase of a problem-free Model S last month and what those early adopters have done. I would draw the line somewhere around, say, February-March 2013. I would rather join @Tom by thanking them.

This is the only car I ever purchased that gets better with time. Like wine.
Worth every single penny.

Thanks Tom. We are all Official Sponsors of the Future. :)

A special Thank You goes to those at Tesla that worked long hours, extra days and went the extra mile to get our cars to us and their continuous work to make the Model S better every day. I think the car is more successful than they originally anticipated in its first year and it's amazing what they managed to accomplish.

I've sent messages to Tesla in the evening and I have gotten responses immediately and well into the late hours. I've seen our ideas integrated into the car over and over again. I even got a special Thank You note at home from Jerome this week for a specific suggestion I made on a survey that they are implementing.

There was a long "Thank You Tesla" thread but I can't find it now. Most of the messages were thanking Tesla for an awesome car.

From my first my Compaq suitcase computer to my Apple II to my 128K Mac to my first laptop to my USB drive, people have always wondered why I buy these things. The Model S is a little different.

I still feel like I'm living a dream every time I drive my Model S.

I grew up in Detroit and worked my way through high school and college in my dad's body shop.

My dad is 90 now, lives in Detroit, and still drives. One of the proudest moments in my life was the day I drove up to my sister's house where he now lives and invited him to drive my Model S. To experience that moment I drove my Model S from Atlanta to Chicago to Detroit and back to Atlanta. He absolutely loved it. He thanked me for letting he experience his first electric car. He actually owned a Model T when he was in his twenties.

I feel special to be an early adopter of this technology, but unlike some of my other experiences the Model S has been a complete pleasure.

I think we are all different in our expectations when we buy cars. These forum are full of those differences and expectations but there is one thing we all have in common and that is the pure joy of sitting behind the wheel and experiencing a truly NEW driving sensation.

CapZap
Dozens of such threads according to Volkerize! Anything unique about the one you remember?

@Captain_Zap - What was the suggestion? Share!

I've gotten a letter from Jerome Guillen last week, thanking me for "tirelessly advocating for Tesla".
Did anybody else get the same?

In any case, it is much appreciated. We care about Tesla and Tesla cares about us.

Yep Chris. I suspect it's sent to people who post often on the forums and try to assist others as much as possible.

It was definitely appreciated.

As others have stated, this car is NOT over priced, but is a bargain given it's superb engineering, safety, sexy looks and driving characteristics. I love my MS, and placed my order over three years ago, and waited impatiently for my delivery (1/2/13)after following the development through status reports on Tesla website and forums. The general enthusiasm of early adopters and shared experiences with our cars make us EV Teslaholics. I fully embrace Elon Musk's vision of an EV dominated future. If this car represents the worst that Tesla will produce hold on, as the future will be incredibly positive for future Tesla buyers/owners. I am confident that future Model X and Model E owners will also sing the same positive praises.


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