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Any configuration regrets?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by xrayvsn, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. xrayvsn

    xrayvsn Member

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    Curious if after living with your car do you have any regrets on how you configured your car (added something you now think was not worth it or more likely wish you added something that you didn't at the time of order)

    I will start off and say my only regret was that I did not get the winter package option with the heated steering wheel and heated back seats. What was worse was I actually had it configured this way and was basically set to submit order when the salesperson actually said he would favor not getting that option and saving $1000. Living near Nashville he didn't think the winters justified that as an option. I do regret it because I find myself keeping the car heater at a lower setting than I did on my regular car (69F vs 72F) trying to get most efficiency with the tesla and find that with my seat heater on this is a great compromise. However if and when I have passengers in the back it would have been a nice feature to offer them. Plus heated steering wheel is always nice. For all three back seats and steering wheel heater $1k was also a reasonable ask (plus I got the $1k discount for being referred). Other than that I have no regrets
     
  2. Entaum

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    Red brake calipers.... Wish I'd gotten them... And they were free, but I thought it would look too aggressive. After getting my P90D I realized I was wrong...:)
     
  3. smsprague

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    Should have ordered Upgraded sound
     
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    Wow. Me and you are in the same boat. I am actually waiting for delivery still but I regret not adding the upgraded sound. How bad is it?
     
  5. Chris TX

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    I wish I had gotten Twin Chargers for the first year or two of traveling. Before the Supercharger network was built out, I really could have used 80A charging on a few long trips. It's been a while since I've had a need for it, though.

    Everything else is great about the car.
     
  6. xrayvsn

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    Did they take money off your order because you didn't go for the red calipers? I wish that was an option for the non performance cars because I would have jumped on that too. Now they are offering the carbon fiber spoiler to non P vehicles so maybe red calipers can be offered too eventually
     
  7. smsprague

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    I find the standard sound to be pretty awful. It was a big mistake on my part.
     
  8. BertL

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    #8 BertL, Feb 17, 2016
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    I have no major regrets, but then, I have all options except the rear jumper seats.


    • Happy with my optional MC White -- it sparkles in the light, and makes me happy because it feels and looks much like I paid attention to the detail a lot more when selecting the color of my best toy, than the standard white MS' I see running around town. Not dissing others choices, am just used to having standard metal flake in my last 5 Lexus over the last 20 years. Yup, I'm spoiled.
    • Love my 19" Cyclones and happy I didn't go with the 21" even though I liked their looks better -- I just know I would already have had a failure of some sort with the bad roads and potholes in the City with them, and honesty I don't want to put up with Tesla Service perhaps being concerned with aftermarket rims like some people have encountered. They are not too hard to detail, so that pleases me as well every week taking care of dust and grime when I'm washing my ride.
    • Glad I have air suspension to automatically deal with bumps around my Parent's home when I check in on them each week, and a parking lot where Trader Joe's is that I don't have to worry with hitting the floor pan after the first time I took my MS there. Also happy I bought the extended warranty so I have no concerns for 8-years if something goes wrong with it, except perhaps a $200 deductible 1-time in years 5-8.
    • Premium interior was a good choice in part because I love my black headliner matching the black strip in the pano and I have received many positive comments about the dash that comes with it (but I'm glad I also don't have to worry about grimy fingers possibly touching the alcantara sections most of the time either ;))... the interior lighting is not very fancy and I miss the elegance I had in my previous Lexus and MBZ with their optional interior lighting. Disappointed in the headlights not being LED and not auto-adjusting up/down as my former 2 Lexus and MBZ did to keep people from flashing me as often as occurs. I expect my rear hatch will have power assist, so that was an expectation and another primary reason for this option.
    • Extremely happy with the pano roof ... Rear seat passengers comment on it every time, and I've found it to be just fine from a coolness perspective without applying additional tint to it as I did to the sides and rear hatch. It does not add too much light to drive me mad even with sunglasses on as I was so worried it may, so that was a huge plus.
    • Glad I got UHFS for the improved sound. I appreciate there are better after market solutions perhaps but they were not for me. I am disappointed the UHFS does nothing to add e.g. an auto sound leveling capability I've been used to for years in all my former vehicles the last 10 years or so, and that it has no surround sound synthesis system that my former vehicles provided with their upgraded audio systems for stereo sources. Also disappointed no physical iPod/iPhone/MP3 player option came with the base of this optional sound package to be up-to-par with the competition.
    • I didn't really need the Cold Weather Pkg where I live. It's a pure luxury, but honesty got it so the few times a year when I'm playing chauffeur to my aging mother, she has a "butt warmer" in the back that she never ceases to complement me on. VERY disappointed there is no way for the rear passengers to control it themselves. Have remembered to turn on the steering wheel heater a couple of times and it makes me happy for the little while i use it -- but again, not something a SoCal guy really MUST have.
    • I bought the Range Upgrade Option, aka a 90kWh battery. Given the choice today, if there was one, I would not do it again. $3K for 16 miles of rated range, where Tesla knows they have a problem reporting the right numbers, but has not provided a fix after more than 6 months -- creating concern if I have a physical battery problem or not is ridiculous.
    • Happy with my Next Gen Seats given the alternative with the standards, but they are not as comfortable as my former several Lexus, and they have some design issues dealing with wider torsos. Despite that, I'd still buy them again if I only had the two options. Disappointed the rear seats even with buying the upgraded seats don't tilt back and do not have a flip-down center console integrated into the center back seat like ALL my former vehicles have had for years. It is a lot of work to take out and put in the optional rear console -- I feel like I'm preping an old family camper for a long outing every time it needs to go in or out.
    • Really like my carbon fiber decor. A really nice blend of something that is elegant and a bit modern at the same time. It's just not as common in other competitive vehicles. Just wish the optional (!) front center console matched without my having to do a DIY.
    • and lastly, glad I bought Autopilot, even knowing what I have hardware-wise will never be fully autonomous. For me, TACC was the requirement to at least match what I had in my former Lexus and MBZ, and being able to be part of the future as new features come out to try was a great plus. Unlike many that do a lot more freeway driving than I do these days, I don't find Autosteer of great use -- it's more of a novelty, except in heavy stop and go freeway traffic where it is simply AWESOME. Summon is a parlor trick, although I will admit to having used it once when an idiot parked on my drivers side while I was gone, so close I couldn't get in unless ai crawled across from the passengers side, so Summon to the rescue worked like a charm. Auto high beam does not work well enough for me... Needs plenty of refinement to approach the level I had in my Lexus or former MBZ.
    • Added the dual-chargers. A pure luxury that I can't cost-justify looking back on it, but glad I did, since with my 100-amp circuit I know I can almost fully charge my MS in 5 hours if I needed to.
     
  9. Beryl

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    Winter package because in Houston I don't need it. However, I'm thinking that I might venture out into the snow eventually.

    I didn't upgrade sound deliberately. I heard that there are better aftermarket systems at the same price or less.
     
  10. AEdennis

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    Have Tesla really improved the premium audio than what it was from early on? Many opted to go outside of Tesla for upgraded audio...

    The guys from Reus sound great (they have been at TMC Connect, RushX, and others.)

    I wanted the premium to get access to the Satellite Radio... But the price jump from when I was configuring my car in 2013 was approx $1500 price change with no real benefit.

    Personally, the one thing missing for us was the Parcel Shelf... (it was an add on when we ordered) and we rolled and purchased this at the store at Fremont as we rolled off from our factory pick up in November 2013.

    The other thing that I wanted to pick up and lost out on was all the various UMC adapters for the car. I picked up the NEMA 6-50 when I purchased the car and noticed that many of the other original adapters are no longer available.
     
  11. sbportech

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    I wish I would have spent the $3000 for the power lift gate, not for the closing but for the limit at the top. My gate will hit the garage door at the top and I already have put a dent in it when I forgot.
     
  12. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I got everything except the the winter pkg and a few things that I thought were dumb, like ambient lighting. When I bought, the cold pkg did not have the heated steering wheel. If they had, I would have sprung for it. Though 1K for a warm wheel is ridiculous. I'd still really like it. But I just use nice driving gloves, which work just great. I rarely have peeps in the back, so no issue there.

    That's about it for me.
     
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    Is the NVX not treating you well?
     
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    Nope, exact same price... :(
     
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    Ditto. I wish I spent the extra on the premium interior to get the lift gate. A $110k care with a manual lift gate. Seriously???
     
  17. Shortmanz

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    I originally thought the dual charger was a must-have option, but I ended up getting a car without it and don't miss it at all. Fortunately, it is one of the few post-purchase upgrades available, should I ever decide I need it. I am also happy that my wife held the line on not getting the 3rd row seats. She wasn't going to let our grandson ride back there for fear of a rear-end collision. I feel the car is very safe, but I can't really argue with her on this one. Good thing I listened since our grandson has only ridden in the car twice and both times it would have been too hot back there without adequate ventilation. No regrets on this one.

    I will opt for the upgraded sound next time, though. The standard sound isn't bad, but it isn't great either. I am much happier with the standard system after I set the bit rate to thei highest setting.
     
  18. GasKilla

    GasKilla No Gas Know Peace

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    I live in LA and ordered the cold weather package just for the heated steering wheel. I had it on my last car and knew I'd miss it during the winter because my commute takes me through a canyon that is regularly in the 30s during the winter. My sales specialist also tried to move me away from the cold weather package but I was certain I wanted the heated steering wheel. Also go the UHFS package and couldn't be happier with my configuration.
     
  19. CygnusX1

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    #19 CygnusX1, Feb 18, 2016
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    I miss the cold weather package, too. But I bought a pre-produced car from the pool so I could't change anything.

    I really love the interieur package (which was kind of a compromise, first I didn't want it, but it was too tempting to see a pool car which had ALMOST my desired configuration). Now I would never miss it, fog lights, cornering light, nice interieur accent lighting in the doors, lighted door handles, power liftgate, nappa, alcantara. Adds a fair amount of "optical luxury" and "real" benefits (fog lights and liftgate).

    Maybe I wouln't choose "white" again... always dirty :crying:, which of course I knew before... But in winter it's really awful. But I love it when the car is washed! :love:
     
  20. David_Cary

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    A relatively minor one....

    I've been driving slow cars for awhile now. My history is RX-7, modded 300TT, 545, Civic hybrid, Leaf, now 70D. Well you guessed it, yes the 70D is fast, but sometimes I wish I got the 85D. The few extra miles would have been nice - like save me a total of an hour over 8 months of ownership. And even that is stretching it. The lease payment was $180 a month difference. Not worth it at all for me. But the acceleration would have been nice....

    So slight regret over he 85D because of acceleration.
     

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