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100 Reasons to Love the Tesla Model S

Discussion in 'Model S' started by AllDigital, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. AllDigital

    AllDigital Member

    Feb 27, 2013
    #1 AllDigital, Apr 1, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 1, 2013
    Below are the top 100 reasons I love my Tesla Model S.

    In the past 100 years the automobile has seen little innovation. There have been good incremental improvements, but the basics of a combustion engine vehicle have remained the same. The Tesla Model S is going to change all that. Tesla didn’t invent the electric car, but they are the first to prove that an all-electric car can better any combustion car ever made. From this point forward the combustion engine vehicle is dead. Batteries will get better, ranges further, charging shorter, price points lower and in 10 years why would anyone want a gas vehicle as their regular car? The Tesla touch interface will transform the user experience for all cars (gas and electric). The simplicity of an all-electric vehicle will reduce maintenance needs and cost of ownership, while increasing reliability. Entire industries related to fuel sourcing, production, distribution, auto maintenance and parts suppliers are about to be turned upside down. Utility grids will be stretched to new limits. Alternative power generation capabilities will improve. This is truly an exciting time in history!


    1. The fastest sedan I’ve ever owned - zero to sixty in 3.9 seconds
    2. The 17” touch interface is mesmerizing
    3. The car is always connected to the internet
    4. Enough room for a surf board or skis in the car
    5. The design styling rocks
    6. The car firmware updates automatically over wire like an iPad or iPhone
    7. Disappearing door handles (so cool)
    8. Free super chargers
    9. I can drive solo in the California carpool lanes
    10. Stereo volume goes to 11
    11. Internet radio with no need to pay Sirius XM!
    12. Google maps in the console
    13. An internet browser in the dash
    14. Room for seven passengers
    15. Free charging at the airport
    16. No oil changes
    17. Adjustable ride and steering – from land speeder to lazy-boy
    18. Drag and drop sunroof
    19. Full Panoramic roof
    20. No state smog check
    21. The car is silent
    22. Rock star looks everywhere I go
    23. California Rebate
    24. Electric utility time-of-use rates save me over $200/month
    25. Awesome customer service
    26. No dealers involved in the purchase (suck it used car sales guy!)
    27. Homelink garage opener detects when I am home via GPS
    28. No hot greasy engine, transmission, muffler, or other 3,000 parts to break
    29. 100% torque off the line
    30. My kids will never need to know how to drive stick, or that transmissions had gears or transmissions ever existed.
    31. Nobody ever has to sit on the hump
    32. The key looks like the car (yeah, that is so cool)
    33. WYSIWYG view of the car in the console
    34. It is all digital - user experience is now software not hundreds of buttons, knobs and levers
    35. The Tesla did to cars what Apple did to cell phones. Every other car is an old school flip phone now.
    36. 300 Miles of range
    37. Federal Tax Credit
    38. Pause the radio. Skip a song. Resume song after returning to vehicle
    39. Bluetooth music streaming from your phone
    40. Hidden charge port (sneaky!) with cable lock
    41. Walk away door locking. Walk up unlock
    42. Personal delivery of the car to the house - classy!
    43. No need to start or turn off the car. Just get in, just get out
    44. Rear camera view anytime, not just in reverse.
    45. It has a frunk for your junk instead of an engine that goes clunk
    46. Twice the cargo volume as a BMW 5 series
    47. I will never say “damn, the price of gas is high” again
    48. I will never need the Jiffy Lube 27 point service. 23 points don’t even exist on the Tesla.
    49. The only fluid is windshield wiper cleaning fluid.
    50. Midas muffler shop? Aamco transmission shop? Yeah, you can also take them off the holiday card list.
    51. Gas stations only exist for their bathrooms and snacks
    52. Custom driver profiles - Like having a Wii Mi for the car
    53. Every over-air update comes with release notes - that makes my inner geek so happy
    54. Need new spark plugs? Radiator fluid low? Yep, those will be “olden days” stories our kids tell their kids.
    55. Phone photos of contacts show up on the consoles
    56. Album art displays on both consoles
    57. Lose your Tesla? Use the mobile app to track it and “Find my Tesla”
    58. Internet purchase, custom configuration and tracking through the factory
    59. Tesla Rangers – will pick up car and deliver it to service (haven’t needed them yet!)
    60. Tesla owners are fanatical and friendly – need a charge? Stop by for lunch.
    61. It is designed and made in California
    62. Every morning I have a “full tank”
    63. Fit, finish and materials are meticulous – as good as Mercedes or BMW
    64. Full size keyboard to type in a map address or browser URL
    65. Brakes last longer, since most breaking is regen
    66. Turn-by-turn navigation done right (multi-screen, birds eye view)
    67. The car is intuitive
    68. The headlights are badass
    69. I can plug in a mouse and keyboard to my car. (Ok, not recommended)
    70. Tesla customer service can do remote diagnostics, troubleshooting and hot-patch over the phone
    71. People in Oregon are allowed to plug in their car themselves
    72. Folding rear seats
    73. All it really needs is a Flux Capacitor and they can call it done
    74. Full charge at home in 3-4 hours and 45 minutes at a super charger
    75. I can tweet from my seat isn’t that neat?
    76. You know those snobby condescending smirks you get from Prius drivers going 35 in a 50? Yeah, now who is driving the gas guzzler?
    77. I am no longer blowing 10 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year while driving
    78. It is Motor Trend and Automobile Magazine car of the year
    79. Out living large while getting a charge? Use the Tesla mobile app to track charging status.
    80. The batteries are guaranteed for eight years and unlimited mileage
    81. If every car was a Tesla then living next to Pacific Coast Highway would be quiet on a Saturday night
    82. You know how you sometimes spill a little gas while pulling it out? Yeah, those days are done
    83. I don’t miss the “Pump Station TV News”
    84. You can read the New York Times from the console after driving three hundred miles, unless your name is Broder.
    85. Bad spark plugs? Slipping fan belt? Yep, those hundred year old problems are history
    86. Going downhill is strangely more fun and rewarding than ever before
    87. Pairs nicely with Solar
    88. My car knows my name
    89. 1,000 miles on $40 of electricity
    90. Oddly, everyone is quick to let you charge for free. I don’t ever remember anyone offering me free gas before
    91. Movie scenes depicting heroic escapes from exploding cars will be a thing of the past
    92. Mobile app remote climate control
    93. “Whoa. What kind of car is that?”
    94. Real-time energy consumption visualizations
    95. Heated seats
    96. LoJack? Yeah, that won’t be needed anymore
    97. Real-time traffic via Google Maps
    98. Just for laughs, pull into the full serve gas station and ask them to check the oil and filler’ up
    99. Front row EV parking at the mall
    100. Never buy gas again! (suck it OPEC!)

    101 anyone?
  2. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    Skaneateles, NY
    You must have been really bored today :p
  3. Electric1

    Electric1 Member

    Dec 18, 2012
    NJ/Lehigh Valley PA

    71. People in Oregon AND NEW JERSEY are allowed to plug in their car themselves.
  4. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX;S90D;XP100D;3LR

    Nov 13, 2009
    Now, come on yobigd20, let's give our new OP a proper welcome...

    Good list, AllDigital, and welcome to this oddly addictive corner of the internet. Stick around and keep us posted.
  5. Merrill

    Merrill Active Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    Sonoma, California
    Great list, love all the positive thoughts with so many negatives lately. Think about why you are buying this car, I could add many more good things. Keep your perspective on what Tesla is doing, there have been no independent car companies that have survived, let alone all electric state of the art magical incredible looking technical masterpieces!!!! All the other issues are insignificant in the total scheme of things. In the end everything that Tesla has done that is not quite up to our standards will be worked out.
  6. sp4rk

    sp4rk Banned

    Apr 25, 2012
    Schaumburg, IL
    Welcome AllDigital!!!

    Great first post.

    One question ... 69 ... how do you do that ...
    I plugged mine in and got no response from the console.
  7. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    Skaneateles, NY
    I definitely don't miss waiting for gas station attendants to fill up my car. Many drag their feet and worse, many would remove the nozzle in a manner that would get gasoline all over the side of the car. On my old silver camaro there was actually a yellowish stain from the gasoline because of it. I've even seen shut off valves fail and gas come pouring out all over the place and they don't notice because they are busy with other cars or chatting it up with the coworkers waiting to hear the 'click' of the shut off valve.

    lol sorry didn't notice. Don't mind my sarcasm around here :p
  8. deonb

    deonb Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2013
    Redmond, WA
    "98. Just for laughs, pull into the full serve gas station and ask them to check the oil and filler’ up"

    Ohh... Great idea for today. Too bad no full service stations in WA, but if someone is in OR, you GOT to try that today :).
  9. elecblue

    elecblue Member

    Aug 16, 2012
    Singapore (for next 2 years) previously Chicago, I
    Good one!

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    #82 - hey now, please keep my private life out of it!
  10. highfalutintodd

    Oct 19, 2012
    Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
    Well, there's a dangerous question. ;-)
  11. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    CA CA
    101 Honk the horn to drive someone batty.
  12. EarlyAdopter

    EarlyAdopter Active Member

    Jun 24, 2012
    Redmond, WA
    101. I can turn on the car and heat the cabin from my phone, inside the garage.
  13. joefee

    joefee 3M+ page views on TMC Threads

    May 29, 2011
    Welcome to TMC! You may have an early case of TDS (Tesla Derangement syndrome (;
  14. sp4rk

    sp4rk Banned

    Apr 25, 2012
    Schaumburg, IL
    Guess I could have worded a little better but glad it appealed to your filthy mind! :)
  15. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

    Nov 29, 2012
    Batesville, IN
    Great first post indeed. Enjoyed it very much. Welcome.

    55. I haven't noticed this. It does this with ALL phones? Maybe I simply missed it. I'll have to have Dr. Sherman call me today and see if the pic of Kate Upton comes up.:wink:
  16. toto_48313

    toto_48313 CAN P #5

    Dec 14, 2012
    Montreal suburbs
    I did it with my USB mouse andkeyboard, just plug the usb key in the usb port, and use the mouse.

    It works very well to allow passengers on the back seat to browse the web while driving. I still need to find out how to zoom in/out with the mouse or keyboard.

  17. MarkH

    MarkH Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    Well I compared my list to yours (yours was more extensive) and have the following additions:

    1) On track for possible 5-star score in NHSTA crash testing
    - Front crumple zone larger since no ICE
    - Roof crush resistance double government standard (broke the crush machine in testing)
    - Rigid battery pack resists side-impact intrusion

    2) Lowest luxury sedan center of gravity - 17.5 inches
    - Best handling luxury sedan
    - Along with weight, provides acceptable performance in snow for RWD car w/o snow tires

    3) Lowest drag coefficient (.24) of all production cars

    4) No nag-ware / nanny-ware / lawyer-ware - the car respects it's driver

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    Oh, and also I think the following needs to be at or at least near the top in bold:

    Designed and Built in USA!
  18. wycolo

    wycolo Active Member

    May 16, 2012
    WA & WY
    132. Altitude immune.
    133. Short trip immune.
    134. No need to rewrite the lyrics to our favorite song: "Get your motor running, head out on the highway, looking for adventure, . ." because EVers understand, a Mantra is a Mantra!
  19. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    CA CA
    Of any car ever made!
  20. peahle

    peahle Member

    Feb 20, 2013
    San Marcos
    69 works exactly as Toto... says, plug it in the USB port keybord or even wireless mouse with the little USB receiver works great.

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