I'm about ready to finalize my MS order. Has any current MS owner experienced "buyer's remorse" after owning their car for a period of time? Buying the MS is big expense with questionable residual value years down the line.
Vin #308. I have never been an early adapter. I am not a "car person". I have never paid this much for a car. I haven't even paid half of what I paid for my signature MS. But I believed in what Tesla was doing. Put my deposit down. And have been rewarded with a truly thrilling experience. A thrilling car. A thrilling experiment. A movement even. Maybe this is hard to understand if you aren't an owner yet, or a reservation holder but I guarantee once you own the car you'll understand.
Oh, and just to stay on topic, I've had buyer's remorse on many cars that I've purchased, but not for even one second with the Model S. I actually look forward to going to work on Monday mornings because it means I get to drive it. I do regret getting rid of my old car, wish I had it for days when it snows (just so my MS could stay away from the road salt).
pbfoot and ptdave, you guys are spoiled. there are no chargers within 25 miles of Northern Illinois where I teach and your have some in your parking garage and want more?
BTW JHU '69 Homewood
The only problem I have now is to decide whether I should buy a second Model S now or wait for the Model X. My mind is occupying with the pros and cons of a 2nd Model S vs Model X and it drives me crazy :) The a month ago I met an owner at Tesla Service and he told me that he is configuring his 2nd Model S (basically he said that he picks all the options that exist on the list: performance 85 and checks every option). I wish I could make that easy decision. Because if I buy a 2nd Model S now and the Model X turns out to be a much better universal car for my family, I would have huge remorse.
David I went to NIU. If you ever need a charge near Chicago let me know. My office is in Northbrook. I live in Glenview and have a lakehouse in Bristol WI. All locations have a nema 14-50 if you need it! I have 3,200 miles on my car and look forward to driving it everyday! In fact now I really dislike driving ICE cars. Had to take my daughters Honday CRV for gas today and could not understand why it did not slow down when I took my foot off the gas.
Vin#4461. 85Kw Air Tech Pano: After 3 weeks and 2,100 miles Our Model S is quiet, solid, comfortable, and carefree. Starting out each day with a full charge, never having to go to a gas station. No issues at all. I just wish I had more time to drive. The standard sound system is incredible. Instant acceleration, and completely steady. The grace of the regenerative braking is like downshifting without any effort.
I want Elon Musk to know that I feel privileged to share his dream.
Its the only car of its type, and when your unique, you get to write the rules. Note the interior has a very minimalist design. No dodads or frills to distract. Coatholders were likley left off intentionaly.
I have to admit, I had a bit of remorse today. Was traveling on a two lane road and a Porsche carrera 4S tried to get around me. Had to put him in the hurt locker for several miles. At one spot, there's a stop light and it opens up into two lanes at the light and then merges back in. He thought that was his chance... nope. Put him back in the locker and slammed the door!
So yeah, I felt should have given him a chance at the light. I would've had to let up during his lame 1-2 shift to make it a fair race.
That was the first time my wife had been in the car during a full tilt launch to 60. She couldn't believe the constant rush of power. Its BRUTAL!
I thought you were going to end that story with "and then a cop pulled me over" :) But that's another thread.
From reading this thread I get the impression that my story isn't that unique. Being the sole bread winner for a family of four with kids just starting school, this was not an easy decision and it's almost *four* times my most expensive (non-house) purchase.
However ever since the launch of AC Propulsion's Tzero (which begat
Tesla and the Roadster) I knew my next car would be electric (though
I feared I'd have to do my own conversion).
Got a fully loaded P85 and I love it! No regrets (but $0.34/kWh sucks, different story).
Picked up my car (85kWh, airsprings, tech packet) Saturday morning (3/2/13) and drove it yesterday and today for about 300 miles.. I am extremely happy, smooth delivery, everything works and the car is a blast to drive - not to mention the cool software features and user interface.
Rated mileage forecast is very close to actual, within about 5%. I am living on a 2000' hill and it is fascinating to watch the energy plots while driving up or down the hill. Regeneration seems to be 80% effective. Go for it!
As a reservation holder/soon-to-be owner, I have to love a thread in which the entire community is asked if they have buyers' remorse, and essentially not one "yes." It justs makes waiting for my Model S that much harder!
@riceuguy - Ditto!!
I hate to say this, but it only gets worse :) In fact, during the last few month before delivery, I had to stop using it from time to time. The only cure is taking delivery :)
No remorse after 4300 miles over 3.5 months. In fact I have renamed the accelerator "the invigorator"!
I find myself using the invigorator because the rest of the car is so smooth and quiet! (the cops don't even know I'm speeding)
It's the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde.
No remorse, although I'd prefer a smaller car.
Its hard to have remorse when you don't own the car...
Love the car! All you have to do is get behind the wheel once...and you'll be sold! Yes, there are risks with a start-up company, and with being an early adopter...but this is a risk worth taking. Finally, sitting in traffic is fun! Breaking out of traffic is liberating. You are part of a new revolution. Tesla really built a beast of an electric car...I'm so glad I got one.
So far I have not heard anyone who owns or drives a MS saying that he or she dislikes MS (or feels remorse of having the MS). People who claim not like MS are only those who do not own MS or biased against EV or Tesla (including John Broder, Steve Funk, John Peterson and this Forums frequent poster-NNT). It is laughable reading NNT shamelessly posts in this thread talking about "remorse" of buying a MS when he does not even drive a MS (oh, excuse me I forgot he has a fantasy brother in Canada owning a fantasy MS and NNT has driven the fantasy MS perhaps on Mars).
bradslee, it seems we can kill off nnt by flagging everything he posts as inappropriate. After enough flags (two or three?) the system automatically deletes them. Note all the responses to him here, with no actual nnt commentary remaining visible. We should avoid responding. He will probably register under a different name, but his English is easily identifiable, so we will be onto him quickly.
@Pungoteague_Dave - No MS for me yet, at least two more years, or GenIII. Two kids in JHU, I spend one nice loaded 85 every year, two more until the younger graduates. But I am not in rush...
The thing about this car is that it truly is unique. And it is a good unique. There is no other car on the road like it. The way it drives, the touchscreen interface, lack of fumes, no gas stations, quiet, power, smooth ride, no gear progressions, superchargers, etc., etc.
An analyst on Seeking Alpha, I think it was, made the observation that you could buy another me-too Lexus, Mercedes or BMW, each of which is another variant on the other. Like a slightly less crappy nav user interface. Or you could buy an even more awesome car that is so different from all the rest.
Easy choice, really.
@P_Dave, I noticed that NNT's posts were removed, thanks for the community's action.
You obviously haven't heard. It's called, "the goose pedal". For goosing it, of course.
I am an avid golfer and every time I finished the game, even a bad round, I couldn't wait to play the next game. I have my MS for a month now since Super Bowl night (how can I forget, although it was not a pleasant delivery experience), I cannot wait to drive my MS every morning. Interesting enough, I found myself talking to strangers who came to me asking about the car and somehow I became Tesla's unofficial salesman. I couldn't stop talking about the car, strange!! I can neat pick the lack of CCI, blind spot monitor and all but buyer's remorse? No Way.
"Go pedal" Brian, it's easier to remember! :P
None and would do it again in a heartbeat. Took delivery 12/14 and have a little over 3k miles so far. It's a great car that happens to be electric!
I've had the car for almost 2 months, and absolutely no regret (other than the fact that I haven't ridden my bicycle to work in 2 months as a result.)
I sold my motorcycle. Model S feels like a motorcycle off the line, so why bother with a crotch rocket? And it made my wife very happy to boot.
The car's configuration was also spot-on (Standard 85, pano roof, 19", air, tech pkg, leather). I had been looking at stepping up to a "nice" ICE car for the last couple of years, including the Jaguar HK, but could never justify in my mind the expense and the extra pollution against the small incremental benefit.I feel that my Model S is twice any of these cars for less money.
Over 3k miles and more then 3 months of ownership and I had to take out a big loan to buy this car. Only remorse are the 2 speeding tickets but that's my fault, not the Model S... unless she was egging me on to make her speed... oh you naughty Model S, it IS ALL YOUR FAULT! :)
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