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Entry level cost vs a similar priced BMW or Audi

This goes out to you owners that have had time to appreciate the positive AND negative aspects of owning the S model.
Apparently the vast majority of Tesla buyers have the financial means to plunk down somewhere in the ballpark of $100k for a car.. I am not in that position and had my eye on the original "Entry Level" configuration with the 40kw pack.. that's really about my "justifiable" upper limit on a vehicle investment. Now with the 40kw pack being kiboshed the entry level expense is beyond what I currently can justify if I use my practical brain.. if I use my "I'm a geek and a toy lover and a tech lover" brain, well sure I could afford the Tesla still, but it's a battle of my two "brains" considering what really makes sense. The base price increase really broke my heart since, even though I haven't driven a model S yet, I did check one out thoroughly in Scottsdale at the showroom (that's not yet a dealership) Anyway.. the point of this post.. I'm faced with comparing the $73k configuration that I would now pick at a minimum in the 60kwh model with how much BMW or Audi (my favorite "other" cars) I could buy for that coin.. and it's a tough choice, for me at least.. I currently have a 335i coupe and an Audi Q7.. but want something bigger, yet still a performer, to replace the 335.. I can configure a 550i with most of the desirable bells and whistles for the price of my current entry level Testla choice.. I can also configure a really decked out A7.. both are seriously delicious vehicles with a hell of a lot more cabin tech than the Tesla, a LOT more "fine driving machine" history than the Tesla and no question in my mind that they will still be around in 5-10 years as companies (no start-up auto company anxiety).

so the question to you is.. Is the E-Car euphoria (the "it" that you all talk about in "they get it" when referring to people understanding why you drive a Tesla) combined with the model S cabin tech/features/etc really so satisfying, so incredibly awesome that you don't miss the extra features you could have in a comparably priced BMW, Audi or even (gack) Mercedes brand gas guzzler? Is it worth the trade-off to be plugged-in?

One thought that crossed my mind is that most of you are affluent enough that if you drop $90-$120k on a car it's not that big of a deal if it turns out to be a bad investment down the road (in the event Tesla Motors fails in a couple years and you're stuck with a car you can't get repaired or buy parts for OR sell.. I mean that is a consideration in my mind when I buy a car)

On the flip side, I've thought is it truly just so f*#king cool to drive this car that all other risk is a complete don't care..

How did you determine/justify you wanted this car over a 550i, A7, other, and are you still so glad you did?
Was it mostly a penchant for plug-in driving that overrode the risks and the interest in the other car's "bang for the buck"?

Trust me I understand why there isn't more cabin tech and creature comforts in the Tesla for the price point.. it's a seriously expensive technology.. you are paying mostly for that battery/drive train substructure.. and I do "get it".. I drove an EV1 for a week back when it was the cutting edge tech.. I experienced range anxiety along with the awesomeness factor of driving a plug-in car.. anyway really interested in hearing other people stories and responses.
Thanks in advance.

I hate to be a downer but I have serious concerns about replacement parts and repairs. The company is still so behind at providing good service for us early adopters! I took delivery last summer - waiting over two years - and I've had numerous parts issues, 3G issues, arguments with the service center, etc.

As much as I have loved my MS85 Signature - I may just go back to driving a luxury ICE vehicle. I will definitely miss the drive and power - which is totally amazing - but it is just not reliable enough and my faith in Tesla and their franchised repair centers is really low.

'franchised repair centers'? That's new for me, I thought they were fully owned by Tesla.

Kk, what is your vin number and what state are you in...?

@Mel

Don't expect an answer from kk.

bigez1., looks like NickNikeTown got me. Thanks

I spent more than double what I have ever spent on a car before, but I don't regret it a bit. I still don't see what the point of comparing with other cars just based on price is -- do you compare an big SUV and a Boxster just because they cost about the same?

If you are worried about Tesla going bust or the car not being worth anything, use the Tesla financing and get Elon's personal guarantee to buy the car back at 43% of the purchase price in 3 years.

@unclegeek, I like to buy and keep the car for many years so I did extensive search for my right sport sedan over 2 years span. I test drove the BMW 3 and 5 series, Mercedes C and E-class, Audi A6, Lexus ES, GS and hybrid, Acura TL, you name it. Until I test drove the Model S and she met my requirements of a sport sedan. I now own S60 for 2 months and every morning I couldn't wait to drive her. She is quiet, well performed and very fun to drive. I also compared my electric bill last month against the same month last year. I have the KW almost twice as much but due to my time-of-use meter, I pay only 80cents more. My savings on fuel is estimated to be $2700/year or $27K in 10 years (assuming the $/G is at today's cost for 10 years) which I plan to keep my MS that long. My $73K configuration becomes $46K with fuel savings, not a bad deal.

@unclegeek
I'm sure you know about preaching to the choir. Nearly all of the people here are so in love with the idea and the fact of Tesla , that they would still love it even if it had three wheels and no doors. That being said, I am spending more than twice as much as I have ever spent for a car. Or than I would ever spend for any other car. Its not that I couldn't afford it, I am just to damn cheap. As for not yet getting a test drive, I would suggest a trip to the Park Meadows store in Denver. It is my impression that if you are really interested, they will get you behind the wheel pronto. Caution, bring a credit card with a $5000 limit, because there is a 90% chance you will be leaving with a reservation and an estimated delivery date. And a Tesla Smile.

We're getting pretty jazzed and wish we could test drive the car. I'm going into the (non-sales) showroom in Scottsdale tomorrow for some more eye candy time and q&a (as much as the reps can talk about not having their dealership license yet).
This Saturday is a local club event ("100 electric miles" event) and I plan to go to last stop in order to socialize with owners and, who knows, maybe get a ride if someone there is feeling generous.

I am now waffling between battery sizes.. the extra $8k (I would still pay for supercharger on a 60) seems to only yield an additional 57 miles range EPA.. but it also cuts a half second off the 0-60.
ahhh decisions decisions.

@unclegeek - if you can afford it, I would say go for the biggest battery. There are a lot of things that deplete the battery faster than you would like, such as running AC, driving fast on the interstate, etc.

Test drive complete! (as I posted on the "Get Amped Scottsdale" thread).. we had a great experience.. I can't say enough about the crew in Scottsdale.. Jason, if you read these forums.. I thank you so much!! The P85 was everything you all have described and more.. My wife is even sold.. even with the somewhat disappointing back seat in the car. Really? no cup holders? We are both tall people and the pano is a must for rear seat headroom, but even with that our heads hit the roof behind the pano section. She also felt they could throw in some "oh shit" handles.. especially knowing how I drive. Other than that.. everything else was a dream ride. It takes about 5 minutes to adjust to having regen slow you down like a set of automatic brakes.. but it's a nice feeling seeing the current flow back into the battery pack on the dash display. I would still leave regen at normal. My wife even told me over dinner and a beer at the Yard House right next to the drive event, "we should get the 85 kwh battery since I want to take weekend trips to CA and Vegas.." YES! So seems like my tune has changed just a tad since I posted this thread, eh? :-)
We're talking about placing an order in July to time the financials right, deliver in September.. gee my Birthday is in September.. Happy Birthday ME!
Thanks everyone..

Just read through your thread and I am satisfied it will have a happy ending! To put my $0.02 in, I am also spending WAY above my previous comfort level for a car. But a few years ago I would never thought I would have spent $400 for a phone, either. For me with the Model S, it wasn't about relative cost or absolute cost-savings. It was about wanting to buy into a new business model, a new technology. I think the car is amazing and I made it work financially and logistically. Have you seen the documentaries 'Who Killed the Electric Car' and 'Revenge of the Electric Car'? My wife and watched those and were EV converts. I had already reserved a Model S by then, but the day after we watched those we went out and got a Nissan Leaf to tide us over! Sold my beloved 370z, and when I pick up my 2013 red MS 85 IN TWO DAYS!!!!!!! we'll sell our old-faithful Scion xB and be completely ICE-free.

Getting an EV was important to me, it fit our lifestyle with no compromises, the MS is a gorgeous car, and a thrilling machine to drive. For me there were no 'cons' other than the cost... and it will be worth it! Life's too short to not enjoy it!

Seems like red Teslas are bustin' out all over. The color is a real hit, a hot seller! Next, gold, orange, sky blue?

@joshuaeven, yes have seen the movies.. I actually got to demo the EV1 for a week back in the day, when Saturn was leasing them . That's when I was hooked.

on your new red baby! :-)

That should say, "congrats on your new red baby!"


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