Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register

Search results

  1. sillydriver

    A yoke or a joke?

    I would much rather buy the new S than what I think are the alternatives: a loaded EQS580 or e-tron GT RS. The S has better performance, is cheaper, has more cargo space, a better charging network, and looks better (or may be tied on looks with the GT). But the thing I can't get over after...
  2. sillydriver

    New Model S concerns.

    I've come to the conclusion that Tesla's problem is that it's a $40B revenue company that's run like a start-up. I see now that back in 2015 when I bought the Model S that I still have and love, all the inventive energy of what was then a much smaller start-up was focused on inventing the key...
  3. sillydriver

    Yoke Steering

    If you love it, then more power to you: you have the car controls you want. But I’m too old to try to change my muscle memory on the hope I won’t make a mistake in a difficult driving situation. But the right aftermarket wheel lets us each have what we want.
  4. sillydriver

    Yoke Steering

    Ever since Tesla decided to return my $1k deposit after the plaid-plus-cancellation-debacle where they initially refused to refund, I have been feeling better about Tesla and the possibility of buying a refreshed model S. The problem is the yoke wheel, where even though I respect the opinion of...
  5. sillydriver

    Tesla Wins Exhibition Section of 2021 Pikes Peak Race

    I guess it's not too embarrassing for the race-prepped version of a large, roomy, family luxury(?)-sedan to lose a few places up a twisty road to the race-prepped version of a Porsche GT2 RS (the Clubsport).
  6. sillydriver

    Tesla Wins Exhibition Section of 2021 Pikes Peak Race

    A Continental GT speed (their fastest model) weighs 2273 Kg. https://www.bentleymotors.com/en/models/continental/continental-gt-speed.html A Continental GT3, designed for endurance racing, weighs "significantly less than 1300 kg" and has an aluminum body. It makes 550hp in race trim...
  7. sillydriver

    Unplugged Performance Pikes Peak Plaid (Plaid Peak) Testing - one interesting note

    Great panoramic video of the run. Move the frame a little to the right of dead ahead to see the cliff he was running next to higher up the mountain.
  8. sillydriver

    Model S Plaid Performance Thread

    And if you frame-by-frame the video, 0 - 100mph in a hair over 4.5s. Amazing!
  9. sillydriver

    About that "yoke" steering wheel

    From the article on plaid in today's WSJ: "But on a planet with parking decks and drive-thrus, the yoke is a visionary pain in the ass. It is actually quite hard to turn from lock-to-lock with one hand, as you might if you had just bought a cup of coffee in the drive-thru; or if attempting a...
  10. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    They just came through by email with a refund! My attitude toward Tesla is improving. I wish they were not wedded to the stalkless yoke, but perhaps that will change. Separately, I just stumbled on the Plaid's Pikes Peak hill climb practice videos on Randy Pobst's Youtube channel. Its...
  11. sillydriver

    Unplugged Performance Pikes Peak Plaid (Plaid Peak) Testing - one interesting note

    I just stumbled across the video of yesterday's practice on YouTube and came back here to see if there's a thread. Even though I hate the way Tesla handled plaid+, I've got to admit the performance of the plaid on track looks amazing. Of course if I ever tried to explore that performance...
  12. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    No response to my website chat with them yet. We will see.
  13. sillydriver

    Corrective steering ruining everything

    This thread is an eye-opener for me. Like David29 I have a 2015 AP1 car (P85D). In all that time, the car has only wrestled me for control once (when not on autopilot) and that was only weeks ago. I was on a divided highway in the Virginia countryside that is not limited access so there are...
  14. sillydriver

    Tesla changed my Plaid Plus to Plaid

    If I had put down either a $50k or $200k (I think there were both) “refundable” reservation a few years ago on an as-yet nonexistent roadster, I would feel a little nervous right now.
  15. sillydriver

    Tesla changed my Plaid Plus to Plaid

    Exactly the same thing happened to me a couple days ago. Plaid+ reservation was involuntarily converted to plaid, at which point i cancelled and the refund was refused without explanation. It‘s unfortunate that such great cars are made by a company that I will never do business with again.
  16. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    Well i think we can now all see. Look at the new thread: https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/tesla-changed-my-plaid-plus-to-plaid.231477/ starting with post #4: According to the posts there, all of us whose plaid+ plus orders were involuntary converted to plaid somehow lost our promised...
  17. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    The value I put on avoiding aggravation is so high that I will probably die poor. Nevertheless, let's try the experiment. I just had a friendly chat on the support page. Because the conversation was in a small window, my screenshots of the dialog overlap a bit. The only part of the...
  18. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    Good luck to you if you think that. I clicked "submit cancellation" and it gave me a screen saying "Refund $0.00" or Total "$0.00" [I should have screen shotted that one but I was too annoyed to have the presence of mind to do so]. And now if I go to my account page my existing P85D is still...
  19. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    I looked at my account today and saw the plaid+ was changed to plaid (no surprise) and cancelled the order. Their response is in the screen shot below. So much for my refundable deposit. Everything I said in my earlier rant quoted above now goes double. Goodbye Tesla.
  20. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    This morning I was thinking about why the subject of this thread still really annoys me and I realized that I've been entirely too rational. I've posted on the need for range, and that plaid (as opposed to plaid+) might not give me what I need for my maximum use case - which is a 160 mile round...
  21. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    On the range discussion, real range is neither the EPA nor the more liberal European standard. Range is what you get at the worse end of the weather conditions for your particular situation. This is a non-issue in, for example, CA, and not a big deal where I currently live in VA, but I'm...
  22. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    I think your comment is very perceptive and true.
  23. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    I plan to say nothing, keep my deposit in place and see what they do.
  24. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    This is so very true and is the reason why I will not pay for a "full self driving system" that requires constant monitoring against fluky edge cases. The highway combination of autosteer and adaptive cruise control is lower stress because the risk of failure is only high in situations you can...
  25. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    At fast highway speeds power is needed continuously. In city driving you are constantly speeding up and slowing down. In ICE cars, energy is wasted by friction brakes. Electric cars have regenerative breaking. I think regenerative braking is what produces better city mileage than highway...
  26. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    Great poem, by the way.
  27. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    Please don't make me worry about them and further ruin my day - I'm really looking forward to watching the WWDC keynote this afternoon.
  28. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    Despite the rant I wrote upthread, in a sense I don't think the plaid+ is canceled. Will they not make 4680 lower cost million-mile tabless batteries in a year or two? Of course they will. Will they not put them in their high-end, high gross margin car once they are making enough of them? Of...
  29. sillydriver

    Plaid+ CANCELLED

    So I signed up for plaid (no plus back then) on battery day. Company shifted my order to plus when that car was announced without asking whether I wanted to, where that car then got delayed for the better part of a year, but then I was glad to sit with the order because of the range. Now they...
  30. sillydriver

    Call from Tesla asking me to cancel Plaid+ and take a Plaid

    Just saw this thread. I also received the same call and refused. Like others upthread I have a P85D that I love but is long in the tooth. My real-world (as opposed to fantasies bout the Nurbergring) justification for the plaid+ is also range. I also don't want to be an early-adopter (guinea...
  31. sillydriver

    Do I Virginia emissions stickers for a Tesla?

    I live in VA and have a P85D. I live in Fauquier County where cars don't require annual emissions testing but they (including the Tesla) require an annual safety inspection to get a front window inspection sticker. Even if you live in a county where emissions testing is required, you take the...
  32. sillydriver

    Wiki Model S Delivery Update

    I just got a call that I picked up because it said "Freemont, CA." Tesla rep wanted to know whether I wanted to change my order from plaid+ (placed on battery day before anyone knew there was a difference between plaid and plaid+) for a regular plaid that would be delivered within two months...
  33. sillydriver

    Model S Plaid vs Plaid +vs Raven

    I ordered plaid on battery day. When the actual plaid was introduced months later my order (and I suspect others from battery day) was listed as plaid+. I decided to keep it that way because of the 520 mile range promised for plaid+. If delivery shifts too deep into 22 or beyond 22 there...
  34. sillydriver

    So what makes a Plaid + worth $30k more than a Plaid? [Update: Plaid+ canceled]

    Agree. I was recently driving my old P85DL on a two lane country road with a 55 speed limit and passed another car faster than I had to out of sheer exuberance. I decided to brake hard afterward - also just for the joy of driving - and I was nearly back down to the limit when the brake pedal...
  35. sillydriver

    Mercedes EQS Sedan: Rival to Tesla Model S

    Sigh.. I've loved my now six year old P85D and have a deposit on a plaid+ that I put in on battery day, but the EQS is the first car that I can see pulling me away from Tesla. First, I'm about to move from the Virginia countryside (where I can drive fast) back to crowded New England. If I get...
  36. sillydriver

    So what makes a Plaid + worth $30k more than a Plaid? [Update: Plaid+ canceled]

    I assume it's brakes, some aero (probably a larger rear diffuser) and whatever it takes to sustain performance over the 7 or so minutes needed to lap the Nurburgring, i.e. a better cooling architecture for a 4680 structural pack.
  37. sillydriver

    Carbon-sleeved Rotors

    Very interesting find.
  38. sillydriver

    Model S Refresh Spotted in Ohio

    It's an LR. The low 3 seconds to 60 for the LR is the same time as for the P85D's original insane mode. They even mention "insane" acceleration when they described the LR on the Tesla website.
  39. sillydriver

    Who ordered S Plaid/Plaid+

    I suppose the optimistic view for reservation holders would be that the plaid+ will be introduced much sooner than the mid-22 date that's in effect for new orders, and the $10k price increase just put in coincident with the appearance of the mid-22 date means that the orders on the book already...
  40. sillydriver

    Who ordered S Plaid/Plaid+

    I also ordered that day, but looking through my account pages I don't seen anything indicating a delivery date. I do see mid-22 in the ordering pages.
  41. sillydriver

    Very strange service center experience center with odometer - did I get someone else's eMMC daughter board?

    Your experience is consistent with mine when I brought my 2015 P85D into service to replace the failing center screen and MCU a couple years ago. When I picked up the car the odometer had 12k miles less on it than when I brought it in. They obviously replaced mine with a unit salvaged from...
  42. sillydriver

    2021 Refresh Model S Discussion

    I like carbon fiber and have it coming on the plaid+. But I ask in all seriousness: is Tesla's CF trim real, or does it have the relationship of typical automakers' wood trim to real wood. I ask because I saw some posts years ago where the CF spoiler on Model S showed wear for some people...
  43. sillydriver

    2021 Refresh Model S Discussion

    Here is an example of what I think overall is a very pretty car (although I would rather have the plaid+, which I think will be around the same price). But even though it's more flashy I think the MS, particularly with dark window and T as shown, is just as pretty if not more so than the rear...
  44. sillydriver

    New S: Yoke or Nope?

    Then if someone didn't like it they could reinstall it upside down and they would have a conventional round, flat-bottomed steering wheel.
  45. sillydriver

    2021 Refresh Model S Discussion

    I love the nosecone. It's the thing I will be most sad to leave behind when my plaid+ order is filled (and the yacht floor too, although many people now probably aren't even aware of what that is). I have always disliked the slot with that little bird's beak detail in the nose of the current...
  46. sillydriver

    2015 P90DL Fan Behaviour (Please Save my Sanity)

    I've noticed my P85D doing the same thing when I leave it charged 80% or more. I wonder whether the fans are put on to cool the battery to avoid thermal runaway, or whether they are put on simply to waste power and run down the battery state of charge until it's brought below the level where...
  47. sillydriver

    Model S Plaid+ order updated - now shows 'Yoke Steering'

    Here's mine - no indication of yoke. Also no picture. Decided not to go for FSD since I enjoy driving myself - especially in this kind of car. Edit - thinking about it I wonder whether yoke steering correlates with ordering FSD?
  48. sillydriver

    Ordered my MS Plaid

    I see the option file includes: PMAB Anza Brown Metallic Color PMBL Obsidian Black Multi-Coat Color PMMB Monterey Blue Metallic Color PMSG Green Metallic Color PMSS San Simeon Silver Metallic Color PMTG Dolphin Grey Metallic Color PPTI Titanium Metallic Color I wonder if these are all old...
  49. sillydriver

    Ordered my MS Plaid

    Mine has no picture either, which makes me happy because it implies the plaid+ will be visually distinguishable.

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top