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SR+ impressions after the first 3000kms

It’s now been two months and I’ve travelled 3000kms in my SR+, and I thought I would try to capture some of my thoughts and experience with the car.

The transition to the Tesla way of doing things has been easier than I had imagined, interestingly the multifunction stalks required more thought and ...

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Possible Solutions for the New User Interface UI 11?

Many of the complaints about the new UI 11 focus on the controls that were removed from the main screen:
  • Driver Seat Heater
  • Front Passenger Seat Heater
  • Charging
  • Wipers
  • Windshield Defroster
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Trip Odometer
  • Dashcam Recorder
  • Driver Profiles
  • Tire ...

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My 1 week review with the M3LR, compared to the BMW M135i

So I’ve had my Model 3 LR for a week now and I’ve done a few miles in it, so I thought I'd share my initial thoughts compared to my F40 BMW M135i that I part-ex’d. Just to note, this is the first Tesla I've ever owned.

  • The ‘touchscreen for everything’ is taking some ad...

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Tesla Model 3: Three Year Review – Energy Used & Emissions (Part 3)

Part 3 of my three-year review covers: Energy Use and Carbon Emissions from driving 42,500 miles in our Model 3. Links to Parts 1-4 of the review are at the bottom.

We drove 42,500 miles in the first three years. I calculated how many kWh of electricity were sent to my car to charge the battery pac...

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Tesla Model 3: Three Year Review – Driving, Charging, and Battery Status (Part 2)

Part 2 of my three-year review covers: The places we’ve been; Where we charge; and Battery pack status. Links to Parts 1-4 are at the bottom.

1) Where We’ve Gone

80% of my mileage has been commuting back and forth to work and running errands. During normal times that was 50 miles a day on w...

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Lots of refinement between 2020 and 2022 Model Y

I just took delivery of a 2022 MYP. Having come from a 2020 MYLR, I wanted to share my thoughts on the many refinements that I’m experiencing with the new car. Before my new delivery, I also had a 2022 MYP test drive vehicle (VIN: 2942xx) for a couple days where I noticed these refinements also.

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V11 Transition Guide

I wrote this up as a guide for myself and my SO to help transitioning from V10 to V11. Thought it might be helpful to others. I know many folks feel that V11 is a mixed bag at best. This isn't intended to address that, just to help find and do things that we were used to doing a certain way in V10 a...

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First 24hrs with my Model Y Performance (spoiler: full motor failure)

Backstory

I've always been into cars, and I was looking to get a new vehicle as my winter/practical car. I'm keeping my S4 and 718 Cayman S as well, so this was going to be in addition to those 2. I've been in enough Audi/BMW/Mercs/Porsches and wanted something different. Smooth power, roomy...

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Kicked out of the FSD Beta! (Long Post)

Hi everyone, apologies for the long post, but I feel like my M3 investment deserves this airing! I’m not a super-frequent visitor here, but have read many threads over the 2.5 years I’ve had my beloved Dual Motor Model 3. I’m posting today to explain how I was unceremoniously booted from the FSD b...

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Vendor TWRAPS Introduces More than 20 products for the refreshed Model S

Hey there!

In the past few months I became known here as the guy who does things for us. My name is Iliya and I started my company TWRAPS a couple of months after I took delivery of the refreshed Model S.

I love my car, but I have a long history of doing minor customizations on my ...

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A couple lesser known differences with 2021 refresh vs Raven

We got our 2021 refresh Model S yesterday and while we have both our 2019 Raven (will be selling) and the refresh 2021 I thought I would compare some less discussed differences for those that might be considering the upgrade.

* The frunk has quite a bit less usable space. It is a few inches less w...

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Understanding The Decline In Tesla’s FSD Take Rate



On August 31st, 2021, “Troy Teslike” tweeted data from his long running survey of thousands of Tesla vehicle buyers, showing a low take rate for FSD, Tesla’s “Full Self Driving” software add-on offered since late 2016. For Q2 2021, that survey shows a worldwide FSD take rate of only 11% across a...

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Testing The Limits of Winter Driving in a Model X

My wife Karen and I have opposing viewpoints on winter driving. She likes to drive an expendable vehicle in case something bad happens. I like to drive a capable vehicle to minimize the odds that something bad will happen. Her choice: a 2004 AWD Sienna with all season tires. My choice: a P90D Model ...

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Invisible Benefits of Electric Vehicles

EV benefits are hard to see. I do not mean to say that EVs don’t have benefits, or even that their benefits are slight. My point is simply that most EV benefits are not at all obvious to most internal combustion engine (ICE) drivers – a serious issue that is easy for us EV drivers to forget. Tesla i...

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EV Myths From ‘Our Side’

EV myths abound. Most of them spread by EV detractors have been covered in these forums in great detail – some, perhaps, in too much detail.

Just for a change of pace, I’d like to open a little discussion on some EV myths that I often hear uttered by EV advocates. I’ll suck some of the fun out of i...

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The Rules of Model S Road Tripping

Driving a Tesla is a bit different from driving a gas car, or even most electric cars. On a daily basis, there is no concern about “range anxiety.” Owners expect their car to have a full “tank” every morning, and have enough range to do whatever they want. After a while they never look at the gauge....

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