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Another boring delivery in Fremont

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by toddklaus, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. toddklaus

    toddklaus Member

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    After reading all of the horror stories about ordering and delivery on this and other forums, I prepared myself to be patient. I reserved in July 2017, ordered June 30th, 2018, switched back and forth between RWD and AWD several times on July 5th, and took delivery of my beautiful blue RWD today, July 31st. His name is Nik.

    I financed with a credit union that required a copy of the contract before they would fund, so that was my first source of worry. When I told my ISA about my nervousness, she signed the pro forma MVPA herself and sent me a copy which my credit union accepted. I had my cashier's check in hand 5 days before my scheduled delivery. Tesla did send me the contract to sign 2 days before my delivery, but I did not get it back with their signature until after delivery. I feel for those of you in Texas!

    Financing complete, I switched my worry to finding flaws in the vehicle at delivery. I studied the checklists folks have posted on the forums so I would know what to look for. Honestly though, the value of this car to me is under the skin, not on the surface. Being a autonomous vehicle software engineer myself and having friends in Tesla Engineering, I am very excited about the powertrain, battery, and software in this vehicle much more than the quality of the paint job. Tesla has recruited an awesome engineering team that have invented some cool stuff after the old school automotive industry told them they couldn't. That's what I feel like I am buying with my $60,000. That said, I didn't want anything to fall of on my way home :)

    Lastly, there have been reports of big delays and unhappy customers at the delivery centers so I took the day off from work and wore comfy clothes.

    I arrived at the delivery center at 11:00am, 15 minutes before our scheduled appointment. We quickly found our car and fawned over it while waiting for our delivery specialist, who was 5 minutes late. They were busy, but not chaotic. Smiles all around. If I haden't already had my morning coffee, I would have tried the Tesla Blend. I set my 8-year old son loose to inspect the vehicle in detail and report back. We found a small glob of something on the inside glass that I could not scrape off. The delivery specialist brought out a small spray bottle (secret Tesla solvent?) and a hand towel and cleaned it up quickly. There was also a rough spot on the bottom edge of the front passenger side door. The paint was not scratched so it looks like minor damage to the door before painting. It's tough to notice unless you run your fingers over it. I elected to not do anything about it. I consider it to be a badge of courage indicating that Nik survived his trip through the Fremont factory :) We were out by 11:45.

    This is an awesome car! My only complaints are the lack of detailed energy info (no instantaneous Wh/mi??) and the fact that I have to wait up to 48 hours for the app to start working on my phone. The key cards work very well though, even from inside my wallet (I made sure it was close to the outside of the wallet when folded and with the 'Tesla' label on the card facing inwards.

    I come from 7 years in a LEAF so I already had the EV grin, but this car is something else. My LEAF topped out at 94 MPH, but it's easy to get to 100 quick in the Model 3 and without feeling like you are going that fast if you don't watch the spedo. This car wants to go! I've read that an update nerfed the RWD from a 0-60 time of ~4.6-4.8 up to the adverised 5.1. I have only experienced the nerfed version, but full acceleration really pushes the stock 18" wheels to their limits (a bit of slip) especially if not going straight. Steering feels a little bit loose to me, even in sport mode, like there's just a bit too much play. It's very subtle though, and I may just need to get used to it.

    We live about 20 miles from the Fremont factory and the autopilot camera calibration was just finishing as we approached our exit. Because of that, and the fact that I still had plenty of range left (delivered with ~180 miles), we decided to keep going down 101. I engaged longitudinal control (TACC) and lateral control (auto-steer) and sat back to enjoy. Auto-steer tries a bit too hard to stay in the center of the lane, even if the 'lane' is extra wide because of a merge lane. Nothing so bad that I had to take over though. It was great fun to watch Nik learn to drive and I will be using this feature extensively on my rush hour commute.

    Ok, I'm done typing. I'm going for another ride!
     
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  2. timk225

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    His name is not Nik. His name is Model 3.
     
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  3. 0ptions

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    Uhhhh, what? When I took delivery, they had me open my app and log into my car before I even saw the car. Why do you have to wait 48 hours?!
     
  4. WileyTheMan

    WileyTheMan Peanut Gallery Member

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    I took delivery at that same location and it took about 24 hours after delivery for my app to start working with the car. That was also on a weekend so maybe they were slammed with activations? System hiccups? Who know. Point is it is not unusual.
     
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  5. toddklaus

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    Nikola "Model 3" Tesla
     
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  6. toddklaus

    toddklaus Member

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    They had me do that too, and the app worked briefly, then it stopped :( I was told it has something to do with transferring ownership in the system. I guess it's not really mine until the app starts working again :D
     
  7. btews

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    My app also worked immediately when I took delivery.
     
  8. toddklaus

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    Did it keep working? When did you take delivery? Maybe this is a new problem. My VIN is 58xxx.
     
  9. woodisgood

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    Expecting to take home delivery today and I was told by my ISA last week (proactively - didn't ask anything about it) that the app will be working within 48h of delivery.
     
  10. Trevor B

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    Lots of words in there.

    The app was working for me just a few mins before my scheduled delivery appt.
     
  11. Ormond

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    Post a photo of Nik!
     
  12. novox77

    novox77 1.21 Gigawatts

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    I don't think you will miss this stat in the long run. I use the current drive avg efficiency to regulate my driving habits. instantaneous efficiency is pretty erratic and more info than you really need.


    Kinda silly that this is an issue, but pretty common and widespread. Good news is that weeks into ownership, you won't really remember this issue :)

    pretty sure there was no such nerf; and the real issue is that motor performance is inconsistent between individual cars. There are still people reporting faster than 5s times on their LR RWDs.
     
  13. btews

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    Yes...it kept working. Took delivery Monday 7/23 in Rockville, MD.
     
  14. brobinson

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    The app not being set up right at delivery must be a function of how busy they are. When I picked mine up in Cleveland, the DS stepped away for a minute to make sure it was associated with my account. They probably are doing these in bulk after finishing deliveries for the day.
     
  15. Rich966

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    I had my Model 3 delivered in Texas and the contract was supposed to arrive via FedEx the day before my Saturday delivery but did not arrive until Monday (two days after delivery). I signed on one line on a sheet of paper at delivery and drove home. Signed the rest of the contract later in the week and sent it back. I even got my license plates withing 30 days.
     
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  16. Dr. J

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    You need to meet the family:
     
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  17. EVnut

    EVnut Darell, the EVnut

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    Good, and boring!

    So... are they still offering tours when you take delivery there? That was the entire reason I decided to use Fremont instead of my slightly closer "local" SC. Of course I made that decision back when deliveries took like two full hours... well before the current "get 'em out the door in five minutes!" process.
     
  18. xpitxbullx

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    Did you get the die cast model car?
     
  19. ForeverFree

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    This has been my experience with all three Tesla purchases.
     

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