Delays delays delays.......gutted.

My original delivery prognosis when I ordered last year was Sept/Oct 2013. Today I was told it is currently planned for 18th November......gutted.
Like most here, I read the forums several times per day and I'm struggling to contain my excitement but today left me feeling deflated. In addition, my wife changed her job and had to give up her company car. Now we have just the one car between us and that makes life difficult. I know that is not Tesla's fault but their delays are not helping.
Sorry for the negativity I'm just feeling down. It seems like an eternity waiting for my dream car.

Forgot to add: P2144 vin 169xx. I'm not a troll.

If you think that's bad. I have to wait till middle of next year to get my second dream car (first was a Porsche 911 Turbo S, which I got already). I placed my order in the beginning of Summer, but decided to wait till my new house is finished. New house and new car - can't wait.

I assume "last year" was a typo, did you mean "last month?"

@Winnie796 Where, which country?

My VIN is 16942 & I ordered on July 5th, 2013 (delivered Aug 3rd, yay!)

I bet you ordered a 60... lower margin cars get longer delivery times from what I take.
But if you ordered last month then 3 1/2 months still sound a lot.

Sorry to hear.. I am working on buying a used one right now and have no ETA... so not even a day to look forward to.

@Winnie796 Bummed to hear your story. I think it would be helpful if you clarified your order for us. Is it a 60 or 85? Any odd options (this days are kind of gone)? If your in the US, unless you ordered a 60, that's really odd based on timing elsewhere in the forum. I ordered my 60 in March and was told three months and took delivery 47 days later! So keep your chin up - it will be worth the wait!

Clarification - I meant the days off odd options seem to be gone.

I ordered last December. Confirmed as quickly as humanly possible.
P85+ Full spec, the lot.
P2144 (EU) Norway


If you want the fellow MS owners to offer help or to share your feeling, you need to give the accurate info on your situation. If your VIN is 169xx, it cannot be a MS that you ordered in 2012, even if it is a 60kWh MS, unless you are outside US. In that case, the delay is not unreasonable since the MS has to be shipped from California to your country.


Since you are in Norway and your car is on its way to you in about two months, you should feel lucky rather pity because people in places like England, Australia and Hong Kong who reserved MS last year must wait much longer since their righ hand driving MS have not even begun to manufacture.

Ahhh.... forgot about Europe. Good luck with your new MS!

I feel for you - hopefully Tesla will surprise you the other way and get it to you earlier than November. I missed my chance to get a P85+ by about a month - got delivery in March, but the + version didn't start selling until about a month later. Sigh. So there is a benefit to waiting!

I feel your pain. I waited close to two years, and in the summer of 2012, the first cars rolled off the line. After the Founders cars, then nothing for months. My delivery was originally September/October. That moved to November. Then December, then January. I finally stopped trying to predict it's arrival. Finally came at the end of February.

Fortunately, you don't have the unpredictability of bringing up a new factory. They have gotten very good on their estimates. But I can tell you, it is worth the wait.

Winnie796 were you contacted by Tesla and updated as to the change in delivery date (email of call) or did you chase them?

I ordered end of December Standard S with 85kWh (not perf) 19" with heap of extras originally promised Sept/October. After chasing a rep got an email last week no date only Mid November.

Have had no emails from Tesla realated to delivery, without prodding them first.

Status still sourcing parts, been like that since beginning of July. Is your status the same or in production?

This is Norwegian delivery RN number 2356 Vin 190X

Ordered mine in july 2011. Yes you read that right: 2011. Delivery tomorrow!!!! One of THE first in THE
Can not eat,sleap.

@Griffo. I went into the Bergen store and asked. They didn't have much information because the car was still not in production. The projected delivery date was there though. I was advised it might move forward or it could be later but 18 Nov was there.

@everyone else. Thanks for understanding. Iknow I'm not alone and others have waited longer. I just hoped sharing this will hit a chord with others having the same frustration. Congratulations! It must feel like the night before you get your Christmas presents as a child.

I'm afraid Tesla is not doing the best job in Europe.

Under pressure by the stock-market, they have chosen not to honour long-time EU-reservations.
Rather deliver asap some cars to US-last minute orders.

Bad choice.

I don't think there will be any more X-reservation.
Especially Sigs. Why pay for no honour ?

Elon says that forward produstion will go 50-50 to Europe and US...good for our friends across the pond, but not so good for those folks just ordering now in the US. TM is really production constrained...

Well, Wiinie, at least your situation is better than us. Those of us in Asia, we have NO test drive, no physical car to look at.

AND we ordered in June 2012. (right hand drive)
The upside is...we are immune to the price change.XD

"no honour" is juvenile and foolish. There will continue to be many X reservations, especially Sigs. Loser.

The people who were getting the early cars in the US were annoyed at delays as well. I bought a LEAF in Aug 2011 because I did not believe Tesla would achieve their then-stated goal of 1Q2012 deliveries (I figured I could get in at the tail end of the signatures and get it in early Summer if that held up), but given other delays I didn't think there was any way they would hit that. They just barely hit the revised date of 2Q2012, and only by delivering a handful of founder's cars. Building a new product, or starting to deliver them in Europe is a complicated thing, and estimates are often low. Just deal with it.

As it was, I drove my LEAF for 14 months and then got my Model S this January, and now my wife drives the LEAF. Everything, including the minor glitches, has been exactly as expected (actually, much better than expected), so I think you guys complaining just don't have the proper perspective.

At first I felt empathy for Winnie796, but then I realized just how many incentives Norway has for Electrical cars and just how awesome the Tesla MS is for someone in Norway.

Now I don't really feel bad, and in fact kind of jealous.

I waited almost 4 years for my Tesla Model S.

dirk.saenen Under pressure from the stock market seems to be the obvious reason for the delivery date delays we have in Norway.

Producing say 1000 cars in August/September that do not reach customers in Norway or other European markets until Late October, November, I assume means no revenue recognition in Q3?

Production cost would hit the bottom line in Q3 it would help vehicles out the door for the Q3 production number, but revenue would take a hit, creating a gross profit issue.

I am not an accountant, but I know that revenue recognition in the USA is a CFO's big nightmare. Tesla being as inventíve as it has been to show a profit in Q1 and Q2 (currency gains, CO2 credits) knows every revenue cent counts. So fulfilling oders ASAP in the USA where the cash for the car hits the account the day the car is delievered makes financial sense for Mr. Musk and his band of merry men.

1000 cars is 40million USD so delaying sales deliveries to Europe until Q4 looks definitely a Q3 results driven decision. I would also think that pushing out high spec'd cars is also a priority.

Even if its only 500-800 cars and not a 1000 delayed to Europe until Q4, with a Gross Margin of 25% that's a chunk of money not hitting the right side of the bottom line. So could be that large part of production early October is for Europe. For Norway rumour is aprox. 1500 cars to be delivered before the end of this year.

All these ordered vehicles would need to be produced in October to see them shipped, delivered and paid for before 12.31.13. Revenue would then be recognisable in Q4.

Additionally the changes to the options prices has only affected the USA market, so new orders being fulfilled in the USA probably have a better margin than European models. Financial engineering is also an area Tesla excels in, so interesting to see what is in the small print when the Q3 results are announced.

@Brian H

You have no idea what you are talking about.

1. Why would anybody (in Europe) today do a downpayment of 40.000$ (30.000€) for a Sig when you receive your car at the same time as the regular P's.
This is what is happening in Europe with the S today...

2. Why would you even do a downpayment of 5.300$ (4.000€) years ahead, to receive your car 1 to 2(max) months earlier than non-reservations holders in Europe.
( Or worse : to see that you get your car months later then non-reservations holders in US.)

You are free to do so, I don't mind... Blessed are the simple-minded.

Well Well Well. Delays can occour. The Things that is bothering me is the lack of communication from Tesla to their customers. It is nonexistent. You have to drag them all to the phone to get some sort of explanation.

@Griffo; thanks for the details...very interesting.

@Griffo; although a sort of conspiracy theory, it does seem plausible.

I reserved and paid deposit in Dec. 2012. Estimated delivery sliding from summer to now maybe Nov 2013. At the same time I read on this forum 'ordered in July, got the car in August'. Depressing.

Clearly US market is prioritized over Europe...

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