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  1. csalvato

    FS: 2018 (Dec 2017) Model X 75D (with aftermarket extras) - $79,495

    We are the first and only owners of the car and have taken care of it with painstaking detail (manually detailing the car at least 1x/week). This is a car that falls into the 3% of vehicles with an “Excellent” rating on Kelly Blue Book. The car was delivered on December 26, 2017, which makes...
  2. csalvato

    NTSB Wants Information on Tesla Autopilot Accident

    HOw can I look at the tiles?
  3. csalvato

    NTSB Wants Information on Tesla Autopilot Accident

    A manual isn't the answer in terms of User Experience. Someone else suggested a required video course to be watched before using the feature...and while that has it's drawbacks, that's a way better UX and way more effective than hoping people go to the right page in the manual IMHO
  4. csalvato

    NTSB Wants Information on Tesla Autopilot Accident

    Expecting everyone to read every page of a dry-as-hell manual is ridiculous. There's a reason the phrase "RTFM" exists - because most people don't and never will. Personally, I think a major problem with the function is it's name. Calling it "autopilot" just sounds like you can set it and...
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    NTSB Wants Information on Tesla Autopilot Accident

    I'm really confused why anyone would go with any setting that's not 7 on a highway...? I want to be safe as hell in my car, especially while I'm not directly in control. It's best practice, anyway, to always follow at 1 carlength/10 MPH, and on the highway I can't think of any reason why I...
  6. csalvato

    NTSB Wants Information on Tesla Autopilot Accident

    I still feel way safer with AP2 on while driving, than not using it. It's good to see these stories to know the limitations of the tool I'm using, but damn that tool is still super powerful
  7. csalvato

    Questions before buying

    FRee supercharging is no longer transferable btw..
  8. csalvato

    What did you name your model X?

    Evie because she’s an EV
  9. csalvato

    Tesla Financing Tip

    Bingo - it's something I always struggle with because my risk tolerance is through the roof compared to most people.
  10. csalvato

    Tesla Financing Tip

    Generally, I agree with you. But it is important to note that just because you know wealthy people who didn't behave that way, doesn't mean that there aren't wealthy people who have over-leveraged themselves as a kick in the ass. In my network, there are quite a few people who have done...
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    Tesla Financing Tip

    This was the biggest shock for me. Apparently, never having a huge car loan is something that lenders don't like to see. Found that crazy since I have a mortgage, and 15 years using credit cards with never a late payment and carrying some pretty impressive balances (100k+ in credit card spend...
  12. csalvato

    2017 Premium Upgrades Package (PUP)

    So I went without the PUP, and the self-presenting door is the only feature we are sorely missing. It would satisfy the desire for me if the fob had a button to open the front doors, too. Of all the PUP features, this is the one we miss the most. So, in retrospect, it wasn't worth it because...
  13. csalvato

    Model X Delivery Checklist

    Autosteer popped in for me at about 60 miles. If it’s not there by 100 call the service center
  14. csalvato

    Owner Advisor Referral

    @Sgadhia: Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?
  15. csalvato

    Owner Advisor Referral

    Understood. Though service center staff isn't the question. I loved the service staff. Every OA I have worked with has been an asshat so far, though. And to get a sales experience that is commiserate with buying a $175k car, they've got a ways to go.
  16. csalvato

    Owner Advisor Referral

    Is that's what's required to have a good buying experience on a car that costs as much as a home in many places?
  17. csalvato

    Model X Delivery Checklist

    Btw should probably remove the unpainted door issue in the checklist. There’s nothing they will do about that and I don’t know why anyone would care about that.
  18. csalvato

    Model X Delivery Checklist

    I took delivery of my Model X on Dec 26th. For the most part the car was flawless. In fact everything “wrong” with it was minor nitpicks from my perfectionist wife For example, there were minor scratches from overbuffing on the back of the trunk, but I couldn’t even notice them. Still they...
  19. csalvato

    Owner Advisor Referral

    THey all pretty much suck. I got a referral to one that was better than all the others, but he still wasn’t amazing. Happy to DM the info to you, rather than bash individuals in public :) shoot me a private message if interested
  20. csalvato

    Model X Delivery Checklist

    I talked with my Delivery Specialist, and given some of the woes I have had during my ordering process, they are going to give me the older S/X charger that supported 50 Amp -- or at least try to when I pick up in 2 days. I highly recommend you ask your DS before delivery so they can have one...
  21. csalvato

    Tesla Financing Tip

    I never needed a loan for a car before, so this was the first one we've ever had. I've always just gotten lower priced cars. Based on my research, lots of others are in the same boat.
  22. csalvato

    Tesla Financing Tip

    In my experience, there are very few banks who are going to be able to do financing on a car with Tesla's value if you've never had a huge car loan before. Even with impeccable credit, few lenders would give me a loan without requiring 50k down because I never had a big car loan before. I...
  23. csalvato

    Model X Delivery Checklist

    Just a little annoying that I paid extra to install a 50 Amp NEMA 14-50, instead of a 30 Amp, and I am not going to be able to use it without spending additional cash on another charger. Oh well, such is life. Nothing to be upset about when there's so much more to be grateful for ☺️ Not much...
  24. csalvato

    Model X Delivery Checklist

    I emailed my Delivery Specialist to ask for it up front. Will let you know how it goes. Pretty annoyed that they try to sneak in this downgrade without calling it out specifically on the home charging website: Home charging installation On that page, it makes no mention that the second...
  25. csalvato

    Model X Delivery Checklist

    So they will try to give me this one... But I want this one: Right? And the reason is because it's faster (and, on the store, it's more expensive), right?
  26. csalvato

    Model X Delivery Checklist

    What's the difference, visually? I want to make sure I know the difference when asking for new vs. old one...right now I have no idea.
  27. csalvato

    Tesla Paint Color (Pantone 186) from a store?

    For anyone who cares, I found the color from someone else who has done this:
  28. csalvato

    Tesla Paint Color (Pantone 186) from a store?

    I am planning on painting a wall in my garage in Tesla red. According to their brand manual, this is Pantone 186. To match the color, I would need to buy Pantone's Chips/swatches and compare with swatches in Home Depot (or do a custom color computer match)... But the Pantone chips cost ~$200...
  29. csalvato

    Blog Fisker’s Battery Breakthrough Claim: 500 Miles Range, 1-Minute Charging

    Don't be so hard on yourself boss :) At least you're in the game. Most people are too scared to try.
  30. csalvato

    Blog Fisker’s Battery Breakthrough Claim: 500 Miles Range, 1-Minute Charging

    Sounds like more Fisker bullshit to me.
  31. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    For anyone playing along at home, the call with the regional sales manager went well. Still no $1000 incentive, but was very receptive to all my feedback about how they can make the purchasing process better for future buyers.
  32. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    This part of your post seems really incongruent with the rest of your post (i.e. being so happy, not being able to go back to gas, etc.) Why are you not as happy as on the day of pick up?
  33. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    Really helpful, thank you! I'd rather get the lump sum, and just put the whole thing behind me. But good to know I have options. I just had a long conversation with the regional manager for my territory and she assured me she will do whatever is necessary to make sure I get the $12.5k for the...
  34. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    Awesome feedback. Why the 100D? Seems the only difference is range + .2 sec 0-60 time for about $10k
  35. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    @Pentium2004 I don't see it in this thread...have a link?
  36. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    Thanks for sharing that story @comanchepilot ...I have a call with regional sales manager to talk about my experience. I'll make sure to bring up stories like these.
  37. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    Yes, exactly. And they have made it so OAs are the bottleneck you must go through to get things done, with no alternative. So it's a low touch company trying to be high touch, and having no idea wtf they are doing, imho.
  38. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    This would be helpful, though I have no idea how it would be circulated. :)
  39. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    Thanks for your thoughts @RVD98072. Some replies for you, conversationally, of course :) Pre-amble: I put my deposit down on a Model X yesterday. To me, this isn't a problem. I'm an entrepreneur and acting CTO for a small startup company. I love and embrace the concept that it's all in beta...
  40. csalvato

    2017 Premium Upgrades Package (PUP)

    Just about to put my order in, and considering the PUP. We originally decided to not get the PUP because the standard car includes so many features that used to be premium (ambient LEDs, turning headlamps, etc.) there's only 3 features that are even remotely attractive: Heated...
  41. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    I misspoke, it wasn't CPO, but inventory. If those are also not eligible for referral credit, then that's another area where my OA misinformed me.
  42. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    ^^ If it makes any difference @Canuck , this community has really turned my opinion around. I realize now this is where I should have started, and not the Tesla store...
  43. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    I was going with an inventory car, because with their current sales process it's framed up as somewhat stupid to NOT go with an inventory model. The inventory cars can have additional features for the same cost as a custom build. When I started looking, several inventory models were a much...
  44. csalvato

    new model X actual reliability, if you live far from a service center

    Wow, sounds like if you buy a Model X, you need to be ready to visit the SC at least once a month. :o
  45. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    Also just saw this. Super freaking helpful, because Tesla's inventory search on their site is terrible.
  46. csalvato

    Terrible Buying Experience - Should I be as turned off as I am?

    Are you advising to not put down a deposit then, to keep the pressure? Or put down the deposit and hound them for inventory deals closer to the date? Sounds like the former.

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