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  1. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Got partial PPF at Sunbusters (2623 Buell Ave) last month. Also got the tint (Llumar Stratos 70) done there as well. Their work is outstanding and i highly recommend them. Right at that location is also Texas Shine where Nathan does his magic with the Ceramic coating (CQuartz). This...
  2. pjoseph

    Geico refusing to pay out Loss of Use claim

    i'm fighting Geico in SCC on a DVC. They are the at-fault party's insurer. They have requested for a jury trial. Yes, LoU can be claimed as well. Don't listen to the lawyers trolling on Reddit or on here. The DVC laws are vague and so most insurers play dumb. Geico literally mocked and...
  3. pjoseph

    LR RWD Waiting Room

    Picked up ours yesterday. Car is almost flawless and so i did not bother with the checklist. Delivery specialist was an actual FSD Engineer and we spoke for more than an hour, mostly about Tesla's future. He was not rushed at all even when the parking lot was overflowing with new cars...
  4. pjoseph

    It’s financially insane to not buy a Tesla Model 3

    Here in Texas, we have a much more favorable electricity cost structure. All numbers are rough averages from my napkin memory method. Mostly unregulated markets. Lots of provider choices and flat rates of $0.09 /kWh Austin Energy is $0.12. Our ToU program has a flat rate of $30 /mo...
  5. pjoseph

    Naming your Tesla Model 3

    Abby Think i'll keep changing it depending on the crush of the week. Even when the color combo i picked is distinctly masculine.
  6. pjoseph

    LR RWD Waiting Room

    All happened this morning. Placed order just 6 days ago and made two off-menu changes since then (LR RWD, color). Best to everyone.
  7. pjoseph

    LR RWD Waiting Room

    Got my MVPA. VIN is 332### Delivery scheduled for the 28th.
  8. pjoseph

    What is acceptable in the world of disagree?

    Yes, Disagree (especially without anything to add) is the idiot button. It is the bizarre social media simulation we live in currently. Snowflakes everywhere who get upset at the slightest issue that does not conform to their worldview and have to run to mommy for their participation trophy...
  9. pjoseph

    sell my 2019 m3.

    Gridlock is right. But we have nothing on the rage, aggressive driving that is Houston. There is not a semblance of the Austin spirit from even 10 years ago. Too many posers, flakes and tech-bros. Californi-fication has almost destroyed the Texas spirit here. Am making escape plans..
  10. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Turns out there is an original Austin thread. Mods, can we merge with that one? Also, a quick update on the EV360 pilot program which started this thread. There are 100 existing customers on it. New users have to get on a waiting list. Got this tidbit from Austin Energy since we are...
  11. pjoseph

    sell my 2019 m3.

    Deepa, i drive a Leaf and can relate. But a man needs some adrenalin (some women do too). My teen boys think it looks dorky and are reluctant to be seen in it. So it is actually becoming a hand-me-down to them for now. Those Toyotas and Cadillacs have the spongy, grandma like ride...
  12. pjoseph

    LR RWD Waiting Room

    Going to replace our ancient ICE (14+ yrs old, our average for almost all the cars we've owned). Likely will never buy another ICE in my lifetime. Finally becoming an all-EV household. i can speak from 7+ years of EV driving that the joy is real. And once you get hooked, there is no...
  13. pjoseph

    LR RWD Waiting Room

    The world's longest fence sitter is finally in. Reserved in Dec 2016 Invite received in Feb 2018 Ordered today Off menu modification tbd by sales advisor tomorrow morning. i previously know him from the Service Center and he mentioned that they usually find a way to fulfill all orders during...
  14. pjoseph

    LR RWD Waiting Room

    My sales advisor tells me they sell the walls during the EOQ frenzy. If the past is any indication, Tesla will have no trouble churning out a batch of LR RWDs.
  15. pjoseph

    LR RWD Waiting Room

    The LR RWD is likely off-menu because demand is too much (not too little as they are telling us). However the range is too good for the money compared to the S & X (even after their recent range improvement). As an aside, i notice several new or recent 3s on the road everyday but no new S &...
  16. pjoseph

    Supercharger - Austin, TX

    Austin Energy's residential rates are an average of $0.12 /kWh with my napkin method of aggregating summer and winter rates. Tesla might be charging twice that just to keep the wait times reasonable.
  17. pjoseph

    NIssan Leaf is a Better Car Than the Tesla Model 3?

    We have had a Leaf for 7+ years (VIN 1186). It is on its second battery (after the Nissan PR fiasco). Carefree to drive around town and easy to park. Nicks & scratches galore but not a care in the world. 0 to 60 in 9.5 sec is plenty fast :) from a stop light competing with the $100K ICE...
  18. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Another shout out for the Austin Energy ToU program. Have been on it for 3+ months now. $30 /mo for all-you-can-use charging (restricted during peak hours) on two EVs that we own is just awesome. Likely the most generous program in the world. The initial posts in this thread has the...
  19. pjoseph

    Defective battery, Rude Service Center - Lemon Law time

    The Austin service center has been EXCELLENT. And so was Tony. Are these reports on the BMW forum? Electric driving certainly needs a bit of a different mindset. Glad you are enjoying the BMW.
  20. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Had another great experience at the Service center. My car is about to go out of warranty, so a few components were replaced, some that i request for. Never owned another high-end car and have been told that Lexus usually goes above and beyond expectations. Tesla most certainly did. And...
  21. pjoseph

    Supercharger - Austin, TX

    Free SC was great during the road trips. 40 min is a-plenty. For home charging, i am thankful to be on Austin Energy's ToU program. $30 /mo includes Unlimited charging (except during peak hours of 2 to 7 pm on weekdays) at home L2 & L3 charging all over the metro Likely the most generous...
  22. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Pull it up to the tire center bays and they will fill up the nitrogen as a complimentary service. i usually keep cold tire pressure at 10% higher than what is on the door jamb, although Costco sometimes insists on the guidelines. Note that slightly higher tire pressure means even more of a...
  23. pjoseph

    Post AutoPilot purchase after delivery increasing by $2,000. Now $7,000

    Tesla changes pricing and configuration by the week, as we now know. Potential tax break and saving money. No, that cannot be allowed in the Elon world where accounting gymnastics is religion. But they desperately need the cash flow. Especially now that they don't have the FSD deposit...
  24. pjoseph

    TSLA Market Action: 2018 Investor Roundtable

    260 mile range model announced, and the stock closed exactly at $260 on Friday. 420, Elon? Just so i can skip multiple superchargers :)
  25. pjoseph

    Conventional cruise control?

    It is very easy in software to split up the various features. And charge them a-la-carte prices. Bet Tesla would generate much more revenue that way. My second comment was firmly tongue-in-cheek. Trying to automate every function (i know folks love rain wipers here) is just ridiculous...
  26. pjoseph

    Conventional cruise control?

    Would be nice if TACC is broken up as a separate option. i can live without everything else (ever growing list). Oh, and while you are at it please take away those pesky auto rain wipers. Let me get back to the joy of driving :)
  27. pjoseph

    Why did I buy a Tesla ?

    Beautiful car and road presence. Instant torque. Why i like to race those other cars from the stoplight. Economics. It is going to be ~ 600k miles before i break even on this one :) Minimal maintenance. Downsides Expensive cars (my first one) stress me out. The beater Leaf is my daily...
  28. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    i've had the best experience during the few times i've been to the Pond Springs Service Center. Great, upbeat employees (with one or two rare exceptions) and i too got a brand new 100D loaner when my lowly 75 was in for a couple of days. No sense of any up-sell whatsoever but i was tempted...
  29. pjoseph

    What, what!? $850 for annual service!?

    One of the big promises of EVs is low maintenance. i have not paid ANY maintenance costs to Nissan on my 7 yr old Leaf. Replaced tires twice and the 12 v battery once. Warranty replacements include the traction battery (widely known issue with the original car) and the onboard charger...
  30. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    i don't understand the usefulness of the Powerwall in the USA unless you go off the grid or become a prepper. We have been blessed with a stable grid that has an uptime of >99%. Where i grew up in India a generation ago is a completely different story. The grid there is unstable even to...
  31. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Wrap Dynamics in Pflugerville. They do excellent work. They are also super-busy and work on a lot of Supercars. Am torn about Chrome delete in general. Chrome on Red looked terrible to me, but now Black on Red reminds me too much of the ubiquitous Camry.
  32. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Re: Tint % 30% is awesome for the Texas heat (car is 20 degrees cooler) and right at the stat's minimum limits. But it gets the darkened, drug-dealer look (from the outside, interior is fine, posted photo earlier in the thread). Maybe other brands are better (i have F1 Stratos). -----...
  33. pjoseph

    2017 Model S 100D - WHITE interior - Babied and garaged

    This. Photos look good. But you do realize there is depreciation, tax break and such to account for?
  34. pjoseph

    J1772 Adapter

    Yes, it's in there. No reason for Tesla to not include that. i even got an extra one (for my EVSE) from the online store for $95.
  35. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Almost exactly what happened to me. First month, 1,400 miles, rear bumper replaced, minor damage (thankfully), color matched pretty good. Hope you are at Autocraft Bodywerks or another equally reputable shop. i complained to Texas Department of Transportation (TDI) and that nudged Geico to...
  36. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Here is my tint (and chrome delete). Yep, going to spruce up my garage soon.
  37. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Powerwall is really for those who want to go off the grid. i know some hippies in Dripping Springs who live like that. Austin Energy requires its customers to be grid-tied for 7 years in order to qualify for the rebate (which has been scaled down considerably in recent years). My solar array...
  38. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Yep, i too have got work done at Autocraft Bodywerks and it all went smoothly. There were plenty of Teslas in there along with other high-end cars. Tire rotation at Costco (south) for $20. This is the only service i have done other than checking fluids and such. Will take it in for...
  39. pjoseph

    Texas Hold Up!

    The silver M3 looks awesome. Still on the fence with midnight silver mettalic, which has its own personality (changing colors with shades of light). Still a bit apprehensive that 50% ~ of the cars on the road are silver, gray or white. Black is likely another 30%. Tesla, where, oh...
  40. pjoseph

    I'm going to get eaten alive on Texas State car tax!

    No way around sales tax when you buy a new car, unless you live in one of these 5 states.
  41. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    i'd suggest getting a quote from Sunbusters. Not exactly in south Austin, but worth a trip. They have plenty of experience with Teslas. Note that i got just the tint from them (see my post above). Called them this summer for one of my other cars and their appointments were two weeks...
  42. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    DVC * Had a minor accident during my first month of ownership. Geico (the other party insurance) offered me $400, a pittance compared to the potential lost resale value of the car (it is on Carfax). i contacted TDI** and they in turn notified Geico of the complaint. The law is vague...
  43. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    This is a sweet price and a quick ROI especially if you make some long trips. Meter location variance is what stalled us for a while. Turns out this was not such a big deal after all, just took some persistence. EV360 is a hedge against gas prices going up significantly. Back in late...
  44. pjoseph

    Tesla autopilot free over the air autopilot trials

    Maybe, just maybe Tesla is in a bit of a financial crunch? Musk's bi-polar tweets are ominous. My 60 to 75 kWh battery OTA upgrade was only $2k. Prior list price was ~ $8k.
  45. pjoseph

    Tesla autopilot free over the air autopilot trials

    EAP price cut coming shortly. The incremental production cost for software is zero.
  46. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    We still have our ancient (~7 years old) Schneider EVSE. Works like a charm, but charging is limited to 30 A (sub panel capacity limits). This translates to 21 mi/hr on the Tesla (and 13 mi /hr on the Leaf) which suites our needs. Backup is the clothes dryer outlet (same charging rate)...
  47. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Tint Sunbusters 183N & Research April 2017 Llumar Formula One, Stratos, 30% $699, 4 side & rear windows Interior is now 20 degrees cooler $150, Air 90, windshield Cuts glare and has been awesome overall This price included a $50 discount (with windows) Recent quote was $250 (without...
  48. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    Wraps Anybody found a reliable service, and if so can you post the cost? The MC red is a bit too bright for my tastes (after the paint correction & sealant) and the current colors all seem uninspiring to me. i even tweeted Elon recently about the boring, bonehead color choices.
  49. pjoseph

    Rear ended by uninsured driver.

    Yes, Geico is likely the worst. It took a lot out of me to deal with them (other party's insurance). Still have a DVC and they are offering a pittance unless i go to court. Berkshire and Warren can take a hike but they keep spamming my mailbox every week.
  50. pjoseph

    All things Austin

    $900 for the sub-meter install. My napkin math saves me $100 /mo so the ROI is 9 months. It really depends on the number of miles one drives. i can post my math if anyone is interested. We are using our existing EVSE, but new ones have rebates from Austin Energy. You made my point...

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