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  • The final cut of TMC Podcast #34 is available now with topics timestamped. We covered Tesla's rollercoaster prices, Toyota pushing junk science, Mike's new Model 3, Optimizing track mode for snow driving, FSD V11 apparently coming by the end of this week, and more. You can watch and check out the chat replay on YouTube.

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  1. Red Sage

    Elon Musk vs. Short sellers

    Elon Musk said, "I don't care." Because he concentrates on the products the company makes instead.
  2. Red Sage

    Poll: What is most important to you in owning (or wanting to own) a Tesla?

    OK. I picked the first two options, then chose 'Other' -- with that meant to represent 'Select All'. What? It's a good list. A shame so many traditional automobile manufacturers overlooked the potential of 'TESLA' as a brand...
  3. Red Sage

    Supercharger - Santa Monica, CA (LIVE 18 Feb 2022, 62 V3 stalls)

    Well, technically... Santa Monica Blvd is CA HWY 2... :D
  4. Red Sage

    Saw the Model 3 at Monterey car week....thoughts

    I remember having reflexes. Then I had a knee injury. So much for that.
  5. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    The Pig, Dog, and Cow in this instance are 'independent franchised dealerships' via NADA, traditional automobile manufacturers such as General Motors, and the various State level regulators and elected officials on their lobbyist payrolls -- and they are actively preventing The Little Red Tesla...
  6. Red Sage

    Saw the Model 3 at Monterey car week....thoughts

    Sorry. Didn't get it. Went over my... uhm... head. I'm very literal on the internet.
  7. Red Sage

    Model 3 Battery Size

    Yeah... Though it seems the EPA treats electric vehicle charging as if you are spilling electrons on the floor of your garage during the process. Looks as though they estimate as much as 18%-to-20% 'spillage' in that regard.
  8. Red Sage

    Saw the Model 3 at Monterey car week....thoughts

    I understand that some would prefer for Tesla's vehicle delivery events to be more in depth, lengthy, and detailed. I would love to see Elon Musk, JB Straubel, and Franz Von Holzhausen go through every aspect of the vehicle design from stem to stern explaining every point from beginning to end...
  9. Red Sage

    Saw the Model 3 at Monterey car week....thoughts

    Me? No. That is rarely an issue for me in any car. I'm 6'-1" tall. But mostly, my height comes from having long legs. My torso is rather short compared to most people my height. Many people who are much shorter than I am sit taller when we are in similar height chairs. There is also the...
  10. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    I am a big fan of 'The Little Red Hen'. When you do everything yourself? Yes, you get to have your cake and eat it to. So there.
  11. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    Waitasec... You and others in this thread have admitted time and again that you don't trust Tesla, any of the terms of their current Purchase Agreement, any of the terms of their current Warranty, any of the terms of their Extended Service Agreement, any of their policies currently or in the...
  12. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    You would have to sue, or get a consumer support group to sue on your behalf, if you wanted to protest the cost of diagnostic tools, whatever it might be. Just because you might not like it, doesn't mean you automatically have a case against something you personally feel is 'unfair and...
  13. Red Sage

    Saw the Model 3 at Monterey car week....thoughts

    I wouldn't worry about it. Someone at Tesla has probably already figured it all out. As for the inside of the car, the types of switches used to unlock or lock the door seem to be the same style as those used for the window switches. Though not labeled as such, I'd expect that for the...
  14. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    And... cheapskate you are. Enjoy!
  15. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    Likewise.
  16. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    The problem with the guys at InsideEVs is that they seem to have a problem with providing actual, real world, direct quotes of Tesla representatives for some reason. I believe I have queried them about it in times past. Essentially, if someone says something, even if it is on video, they don't...
  17. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    I agree. That is exactly what your post is composed of, from beginning to end. I'm posting from a LINUX computer I built myself, thank you very much. I find it strange though, that with the incredible amount of production capacity enjoyed by companies such as Volkswagen, Toyota, General...
  18. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    You wrote, "Tesla did promise the Right to Repair but so far hasn't delivered..." Please show me where they made such a 'promise'. Then, explain why you are dissatisfied that it 'hasn't been delivered' since said announcement. Did Tesla provide a certain date by which this supposed 'promise'...
  19. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    The false accusations keep on coming though. Because people have an agenda, because people want to make a buck, because people are stupid. The worst of the false accusations came from a guy who bought a Model S, then immediately began claiming it was a lemon. He hired a nationally famous...
  20. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    Precisely. There must be an iron clad case that can be brought to light that, "Some idiot did this to a Tesla." Just as there are plenty of examples of what idiots do to their Mustang, 911, Civic, or whatever. Tesla cannot afford the narrative becoming, "Just how unsafe are Tesla's cars?"...
  21. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    I apologize. I wasn't sure which of those it was, so I guessed. So... Perhaps you should point out to your State Legislature that access to vehicle manuals is not enough when advanced vehicles also require specific software to diagnose and remedy their repair needs...? Just find a concerned...
  22. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    Exactly. These guys all act as if that is not a valid concern. Tesla has specifically called out the possibility of someone making modifications to their cars as being a potential 'RISK FACTOR' for their company.
  23. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    So, if I understand you correctly, this 'Toolbox' software suite and associated diagnostic equipment is available to those who reside in Maryland, but you don't want to pay the amount it is offered for? Pardon me, but that certainly sounds like a personal problem. Tesla has the right to offer...
  24. Red Sage

    Out of warranty concerns about Tesla

    I'm pretty sure I told you already. I even gave a direct quote from Tesla's own 10Q forms, listed under 'RISK FACTORS'. You are correct in that 'If a Man can Make it, a Man can Fix it'. But I am also correct that people don't even take responsibility for their own farts -- If a Man Can Work...
  25. Red Sage

    PMAC vs induction motor for model 3

    Yeah. Goodbye.
  26. Red Sage

    PMAC vs induction motor for model 3

    I don't come here very often, Dude. And I stand by my position as stated in full previously. So, like, there, and stuff.
  27. Red Sage

    PMAC vs induction motor for model 3

    Man... [FLOG] you.
  28. Red Sage

    PMAC vs induction motor for model 3

    My guess is that the obvious typographical error puts the whole notion of Tesla using permanent magnets in their motors in question. On page 3, in a section labeled "Hybrid Electric Vehicle And Fuel Cell Information" there is a line for: Motor/Generator Type 1 | AC 3 PHASE PERMENANT MAGNET |...
  29. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    Well, that is again why YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, and other accounts exist, along with the Tesla website itself, and fan sites like this one. If someone has enough interest to do a bit of research on their own, all they need to know is easily found. And those sources of false...
  30. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    Here the thing is... Advertising obfuscates. Marketing illuminates. There is no 'education' that takes place in traditional advertising. It's all about attention getting. And Tesla has plenty of attention right now. I like Coca-Cola. I like the San Francisco 49ers. But in an apparent bid...
  31. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    What the Flaming [FIG] do you mean by, "Be fair, and use street prices."...? We are speaking of the manufacturer's price for Tesla products, so it is perfectly fair to go by the manufacturer's prices for Fusion Energi and VOLT. Those cars cost 'about the same' as the base Model 3. Shall I...
  32. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    I am not aware of any vehicle being called a 'hypercar' prior to their being capable of 0-60 MPH in less than 3.5 seconds. As I've already pointed out, the Tesla Model S P100D is a bargain. I absolutely despise the term 'Sports Sedan', because I personally prefer Coupes and Two-Seaters. So...
  33. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    Thanks for the correction. I'll keep that in mind for future reference! :)
  34. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    In auto racing, there has been a constant move to prove the theorem, "It's not the MACHINE, it's the MAN." But over the years, it has become clear in certain instances, that it was indeed the MACHINE that was best on the track. Each time that happened, there has been a move to handicap the...
  35. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    I guess it depends upon what one calls 'throttling'. To me, that means the ability to randomly, almost instantly, set the output to any point between zero, maximum, or 'overdrive' at a whim. You cannot do that with power plants that use fossil fuels. There is a certain baseline minimum they...
  36. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    Fossil plants are being closed, all the time. At an industrial level, as coal plants are put out of service, they are generally replaced by natural gas (methane) turbine generator plants. Because they cost less to build, are cleaner to operate, and are far more energy efficient than coal...
  37. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    The 'peaker plant' is not the POWER PLANT. It is a site that is used during peak periods to handle loads above and beyond the norm. The regular Power Plant, depending on its design, takes anywhere from hours to days to shut down completely. The use of solar power with industrial level battery...
  38. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    Correct. Rally races are a type of endurance time trial done over multiple stages and over various types of terrain and in a range of weather conditions. There is even a race called simply 'One Lap of America' that was begun, I believe, by Brock Yates, a longtime Editor-at-Large for Car and...
  39. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    No it doesn't. The power plant uses fossil fuels all the time, 24 hours per day. They don't stop. They don't shut down. They don't throttle back. Your photovoltaic energy generation goes into the grid as surplus, allowing some of the energy used in your region to be clean, or clean(er) than...
  40. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    topher wrote, "Once we all agree that EV is the eventual end goal, hybrids just delay that." Wait... I've said the same thing over and over again. You never agreed. You just kept saying you think that PHEV is a good idea. Delaying the transition to fully electric transportation is NOT a...
  41. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    I've told my Mom, my Aunts, my Cousins, and my Girlfriends the same thing: There is no difference between something being 'ON sale' and 'FOR sale'. The only way to 'save money' is to not spend it. The same philosophy applies to using 'less gas' for the sake of conservation. The only way to...
  42. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    If that was what the story was about, Volkswagen paying penance by building multiple stations of multiple charging points capable of 150 kW fast DC charging...? I would be celebrating it as a marvelous move toward an EV filled commitment for their product line and those from other automobile...
  43. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    Yeah, well this is precisely what I was speaking of in another reply above. The constant need to move the goalposts in order to protect territory once owned by ICE. No one else in the Top 100 at Nürburgring had to 'prove themselves' by running multiple laps. The benchmark has always been a...
  44. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    Yes. PHEV is absolutely NOT the answer -- unless you can figure out how to combine it with a Mr. Fusion. What 'cost difference' are you speaking of, anyway? The difference between a Ford Fusion Energi or Chevrolet VOLT and a Tesla Model S 75? C'mon, MAN! The Tesla Model ☰ arrives --...
  45. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    No, you claim it is 'reductionistic'. I disagree. It is a long held tradition in 'run what ya brung' automotive enthusiasm that 'bang for the buck' performance yields serious bragging points and awesome kudos. When Honda/Acura hung a $55,000 price tag on the NSX, fans of the Mitsubishi 300GT...
  46. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    Uhm, NO. That wasn't Tesla's doing. It wasn't even Tesla fans' doing. That was done by automotive enthusiast magazines and their fans -- long ago. There was a point where pretty much anything under the sun that could achieve a 0-60 MPH time below 6 seconds was considered a Supercar. Then...
  47. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    OK, so that calculation is not as ridiculous as when Chevrolet VOLT owners claim to have bought only six gallons of gas over the course of 12,000 miles driving and that means they get 2,000 miles per gallon... But it still irks me somewhat. Mostly because the Tesla Model S 85 had a 265 mile...
  48. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    Heh. It may not even take a 'few' years. I suspect BMW 3-Series fans will find it has taken place... THIS year.
  49. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    It is the bare minimum negotiated POS that traditional automobile manufacturers requested of CARB so that they wouldn't have to worry about surpassing the Chevrolet VOLT's ~16 kWh battery pack capacity when building a plug-in hybrid. This version of the Prius made the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In...
  50. Red Sage

    "Even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car!"

    Thanks for the explanation, but the way you posted before, it seemed you were speaking of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rating for the company, Toyota, not the environmental impact of a Family that owns one of their plug-in hybrids. My point is that in regard to CAFE, MPGe...

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