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4 kids: Minivan -> X...?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by ammulder, May 12, 2019.

  1. Mrcook4590

    Mrcook4590 Member

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    I also recommend using duffels instead of hard side luggage. We took a trip to Florida last year from Virginia, and I had both frunk and trunk full of stuff for the seven of us. We had no issues either finding a charger or having to wait a long time to charge. As a matter of fact, our car was usually ready before we were. AP definitely makes driving much less tiresome! Once we even charged so long that we skipped a charge point - getting seven people in and out of the car, using the restroom, and getting food can take a little while, but it always did even in the Nav. Our only regret is the battery size; a 75. It was a demo, so we still received the full rebate as well as a huge discount. We are actually thinking about trading up to get the bigger battery. Ours is a 2016 with the old version of pedestal chairs, but the new interior sounds nice with features such as the lower middle headrest and slightly larger leg room in the rear. I would miss the auto seat function of the middle row, through, but that's a completely different dilemma than you have right now. ;)

    I think it's interesting that so many people think there is so little storage area in the X. This baffles my mind. I have also had a minivan in the past (town and country), but even so, the X storage is on par if not better than those. I always had a hard time getting in the under seat storage in the t&c - the lid would close on me or I would have to move the seat out of the way, and it was always gross from crumbs and dirt getting all over anything stored there.
     
  2. aagosh

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    Couldn't agree more - especially when a family visits - it was not so much fun to have two cars driving to same destination. Not anymore with our ModelX. Travelling together is so much fun.

    This car has everything for everyone in the family.
     
  3. ammulder

    ammulder '98 GS400 -> P3D+

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    For sure. Let's say it got half the range of a sedan, due to weight and aerodynamics and all. Right now, at ~150 miles, that would be a hard sell. If batteries keep advancing for the next few years... 200 miles? 250 miles? There's got to come a point where it works. Just like a gas car, the efficiency is lousy, except in return you're carrying so many people/things...

    I guess the better question is: can Tesla make a Suburban cool?

    I guess I'd say I'm not so much trying to reason my way into an X, as to be sure there's not a hidden dealbreaker. If not even kids could be comfortable in the back row, or the cargo space really was terrible, or whatever... we can't bring 2 cars on a family trip, and I don't see my wife agreeing to buy a super-expensive car with the understanding that we'd rent the car we already have to go on trips.

    It's been encouraging to hear so many people say they can make it work, though for sure this is going nowhere until we get an extended test drive and trying some packing jobs and see if the little guy can operate the seatbelts and doors on his own and whatnot.

    Very encouraging to hear your perspective on the storage.

    I would like to be in complete agreement with you! But... four kids. Could the X possibly magic all the crumbs away? (I mean, If so, we'll put a deposit down TODAY!)
     
  4. Zaxxon

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    As cool as the S/3/X? No. Way cooler than an actual Suburban? Without really even trying.

    FWIW, I'm about 5'10", and I could ride in the third row of the 7-seater for short trips without going insane. For kids under 5', no worries at all. My kids are 7.5 and 5, and are insisting that when our X arrives their car seats both go in the third row. We'll see if we allow it (sibling disagreements may intercede), but that tells me they'll be fine in terms of size back there for some time to come.

    I definitely recommend the overnight test drive. We took advantage of that and it was a huge help in getting my wife on board. (I'm such a Tesla obsessive that I was fully prepared to jump off the cliff first and figure out any required parachutes while in the air...)


    If my experience cleaning my 3's interior this week is any indication, that feature is not yet in production. Oh, well. Maybe a future OTA?
     
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  5. mickeyme123

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    Thanks! This is great information!
     
  6. Dazex

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    LOL. Too funny.
    Typo... I meant the OP family of 6... that the six seater X may work out.
     
  7. Yinn

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    I was picturing an X towing a camping trailer with the rest of the family in tow.

    Does anyone know what are the seat belt laws with that btw? Is it any different in an RV vs Trailer?
     
  8. ammulder

    ammulder '98 GS400 -> P3D+

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    LOL. When we first got the 3 my wife said ‘we can’t take it on a road trip’ and I was so sick of reading about range anxiety that I said ‘wait a minute, it has almost 300 miles of range and we’ll be fine stopping every couple hours for a break to supercharge!’

    She just gave me The Look. ‘And who would you put on the roof?’

    Oh. THAT can’t take it.

    The good news is, we’re now over a week with the car and now she’d probably say ‘in the frunk.’ ;)
     
  9. Uncle Paul

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    Most Moms will make a strong case for a Mini-Van. Their top priorities are space, comfort and convenience for loading the kids.

    They do not care how it handles, how it looks, how much gas it sucks, how it rides, how it depreciates...it is all about how it helps Her move the kids around.

    Points for a Model X is that it does not pollute. It will help provide a cleaner Earth for her kids to grow up in. It has prestige and is perhaps the safest vehicle on Earth to transport a valuable family.
     
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  10. MXWing

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    This man knows.

    However there is a way to defeat the practical tactician.

    Buy the X without telling her and profusely apologize after the fact.

    You know what they say about permission and forgiveness..

    Wife thought my 3P was “around” 35K. I mean, how much more could it be over Elon’s announcement? Right???

    Bwahaha
     
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  11. ammulder

    ammulder '98 GS400 -> P3D+

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    Yeah, there was apparently some confusion over AWD vs. P in this household. :)

    But I would never be so bold as to take her minivan away without permission. The first and only thing I’d hear after that would be, ‘Any last words?’

    I’m just darn lucky that after driving the 3, she doesn’t want to drive the minivan any more either. Hope springs eternal...
     
  12. yerEVan

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    I just pulled the trigger 2 hours ago. Had an existing inventory specialist reach out an gave him specs. And he found a crazy good deal on a 2018. If all works out, then, goodbye Sienna.
     
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  13. Zaxxon

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    Awesome!
     
  14. Mrcook4590

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    [QUOTE="Very encouraging to hear your perspective on the storage.

    I would like to be in complete agreement with you! But... four kids. Could the X possibly magic all the crumbs away? (I mean, If so, we'll put a deposit down TODAY!)[/QUOTE]

    The crumbs are there, but they don't get all over my stowed stuff like in the minivan. Those wells got NASTY! Lol!!


    Oh, and I'm a mom who tries to encourage all other moms to ditch the minivan! If people show interest, I will show them my car and talk about the company. I have given several friends test drives. They're amazing cars. Once you drive one, you don't want to go back.
     

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