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What car did you have before ordering the Tesla?

I just finished watching a few of the motor trend YouTube video's about the Tesla model S and it got me thinking about who is fueling the fire with Tesla. They are all car guys and they voted it #1 (100% agree). But the amazing thing about Tesla is it has other categories of drivers that are fueling the fire. But where are the numbers really coming from?

I would say there is only 3 categories, you are either:

1. Green
2. Technology lover
3. Car lover

There is no category for "economical" because lets all be honest you could buy a used Honda civic with 40mpg and it would take a 1000 years for the Tesla to make sense financially.

I drive a Porsche Cayenne SUV now, but wouldn't consider myself a car guy. I am a technology guy and I am buying a Tesla because its technology is simply the BEST. I have every gadget there is and the Tesla is to me the best gadget on wheels. I'm in technology sales and spend a lot of time on the road, this was just something I couldn't resist (and I tried...)

So one vote for Technology lover.

My Model S replaced an Infiniti G37 IPL

I chunked down the $5K 3 years and 4 months before receiving mine as an early Xmas gift.
Couldn't be happier - I still have the Tesla grin on my face more than a month later.

Why? Green, sure. Performance, definitely. But mainly because I'm a tech lover - software engineer by trade. OTA updates (they aren't easy to manage, I know from professional experience), but a car that gets better, gets more features over time? Coolest concept ever.

Any other car you drive off the lot loses a third of it's value instantly. Not the Model S.

The small price to pay was giving up my '98 Jetta workhorse and my 33K miled '95 Blue 'vette.

Blue P85, Res #2003, VIN 1842

Tech lover.
(being a MSE , spec. on electrical energy-techniques I can't resist)

now driving a Saab 9-5

yep, I know...

Been driving a Jetta TDI MK4 @ 42MPG and my wife has a Smart CDI @ 52MPG. I always strived for the best MPG and have been a geek all my wife (currently working for a bank as system admin)

The Tesla is the future, no doubt about it after doing my research, it will be mine as soon as mortgage stops harassing me

Eliminating hydrocarbons from our personal road transport requirements, plus really charmed by the looks, performance, technology.

My Model S will replace a 2010 Jaguar XF S and my wife's Model X will replace a 2009 Audi A6 Allroad.

2, and 3 here. 1 is a added plus without sacrificing 2 or 3.

Replacing a 2007 CLS550. I feel like I'll miss that car, but part of me knows that once I finally get and drive the MS daily, I'll be in love, period.

I am replacing a Jaguar XJ8L, the last of the 3rd generation XJs, which I have loved for its feline beauty, decent V8 performance and lap of luxury comfort. Growing up in England, that was the prettiest sedan around. I have still not got used to the look of the new Jags.

The Tesla S in some ways reminded of certain Jag sports cars.

The S is beauty personified, outperforms my Jag and is the first car I have driven which gave me the same joy that my Jag did 5 years ago.

As for the categories you listed, I have always been #1 & 2 and a #3 off and on. I remained fully "Green" until I realised that I was becoming an old geezer and needed to enjoy some of the pleasures I had denied myself before the 6ft hole beckoned - especially after one of my colleagues popped off just after his 50th birthday.
- I was driving my Jag less than a month after that.

When my lovely Model S arrives, I plan to give the Jag to my colleague's son - they both were Jag enthusiasts.

I'm a car lover, selling my beloved 1998 Lexus SC400 to my son.

Car/Tech lover. Keeping the M5 while I get over the last of my range anxiety and the texas supercharger network is up.

2006 Lexus GS430...no comparison to my 60V
2006 Range Rover Sport....glad I don't HAVE to drive this, 15 miles per gallon

LOVE Model S and worth the 18 month wait!

Infiniti 06 M35x. Switched for the new technology, that acceleration, all that room, and even enjoy the cheap fuel with the variable rate meter.

Model S will replace my 13 year old Golf 1.6 estate car.
I am not a car person at all.
I may be not even need a car, but I need a Model S just because...

200 E320 MB Wagon. It went to its new owner this AM! Yeah!

For me...

1. Not a green guy - at least not yet. It is appealing to me to never have to go to gas station though...and I did recently switch out bulbs in the house and sealed doorways and such, but that was mostly economics.

2. Definite tech lover - which is why I can't have the iphone (I know totally different forum for that).

3. Mostly a car guy - I drive an 09 M3 with my minor tweaks.

Not sure I'm ready for it yet, but I'm anxious to see if a dev community of firmware tweaks for the Model S develops. I love tweaking my phone and stuff just for the phone of it, I think it'd be really fun (but potentially costly).

BMW M5....car and tech lover...cant wait for my MS to arrive minus the kinks

Replacing a 10 year old RS6 Avant. Mainly because of more space, as child seat no. 3 (arrived 7 weeks ago) is crowding up the back seat in the Audi...
and maybe also because of the slightly better performance... that is if the boss agrees with me that it is the Performance we should get :D

Well, testdriving next week in Copenhagen, we'll see if the MS is good enough for jazz! I certainly hope so otherwise we will end up browsing for a people-carriers...

Desperately needing P85 with jumpseats!

I am not a car guy nor do I need many toys. I am very comfortable however, and I, like Larry David, have driven a Prius with LES GAS on the tags for years.

I like the technology and could own any car I wanted. So when I learned about Tesla, it was a Fisker toss up and boy am I glad I made the right choice. Tesla, after Romney's gaff, became a symbol for me that USA can do the right thing. Tesla is the future, and even if it were to fail, it has spun us into the right direction. I just bought a butt load of stock, so please dont fail.

New loaded S arrives in two days and my tags will read GAS LES.

2005 bmw m3 comp package- awesome car. I do experience a twinge of nostalgia ever time I see one, but really love my performance S, no regrets

Tech & Green here.

Bought a Prius without ever sitting in one and regretted once I got it. I'm 6'2" and barely fit.

Bought the Tesla 5 minutes after sitting in it. Don't think I'm going to regret this one!

My last car was a '93 Toyota Celica. When it died several years ago, I decided I'd wait for the EV that could get me the 180 miles to my cottage on one charge.
Put the downpayment on the Model S the night I discovered it online. Called my husband who was at the cottage to tell him to have a look at my next car. : ))))
I'm a retired school counsellor who is learning to fly the ultralight my husband built for me several years ago. I'll be taking it up on skis next week to try some lake landings.
I'm also heading a committee to get a large solar installation put on the roof of our church.
Our other cars are a 2011 TDI Golf Wagon (greenest car that can take a trailer hitch), and a 1993 Miata.
I know very little about cars, my family laughs at my attempts to be technical with my computer and I recently purchased my first smart phone (first cell phone actually), so I guess I'm just green.
But I love to drive fun cars, and I can hardly wait for the delivery of my Model S next week.

I replaced a Merc S65. Goodbye to $10k per year in gas. The Model S actually drives better for half the price.

Audi A6. Performance, geekiness.

'05 MINI Cooper S

More a tech guy but intrigued by the liberation of a totally electric vehicle. First interested when mini did their mini e field trials in '09. Couldn't get one then, still can't and no longer practical for my needs anyway. Father worked for one of the big 3 and feel nostalgic/proud to support a new American car co. Excited also to be a relatively early pioneer in the EV revolution.

On second thought, maybe I'm more of a green guy. Either way its an awesome car.

After driving it 10+ yrs, I'll be saying goodbye to a 1999 Accord. Loved the reliability & just not having to think about it much, but it's time to upgrade.

Reasons for MS: love the technology & styling of the car, want to be part of the future/solution to foreign oil dependency & the national security consequences, hate sending money to oil companies, hate sending money to foreign oil powers who seem to cultivate terrorists, less pollution/green benefit, LOVE that it's made in the USA & supports jobs here!

I looked at lots of hybrids...but they are all ugly with the exception of the Optima & new MKZ and I still didn't really want either of those.... or not really great on MPG (Porsche etc). I like the simple elegant design of all-electric vs hybrid. The MS leap-frogs hybrid technology. After researching the options, the MS was the only car that I truly wanted. It's more than double the cost I had in mind when I started my search, but in the end I judged it to be justified in the long run.

I have been following the company since the inception and like all of you I can't wait to be driving my own MS.

Electric;
Very nice, but don't spread misinfo. Less than half of oil is now imported (and falling) and only about 20% of that comes from the Gulf. Actually, the US is on track to become a new Oil Empire. Even California!

To add to Brian's point, out of the oil we do import, our largerst supplier is Canada. They don't produce terrorists, but they do produce socialists, hockey fans, and some really good beer. We've been fortunate here to have Vancouver and Victoria a Tesla ride away, as well as our Canadian friends as all around good neighbors.

I'm a green, tech lover. Kept my last car for 13 years. I don't want to be purchasing gas for another decade or so, so I decided to kick the petrol habit now.

Green and tech
Solar Panels - Environment, Compost - reduced waste, artificial turf -reduced water, using windows instead of AC etc.
BMW ActiveE will be replaced by Model S but still will not get rid of MB because of tech - Hill Assist, Lane Assist, Colission Avoidance and lux and perfection.


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