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Discussion in 'Model X' started by Magus, Sep 3, 2017.

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  1. Magus

    Magus Member

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    Hello,

    Does anyone have a car second to your Tesla? Am thinking of getting a second car for situations I don't want to take my X (even though it is safest car to do so). Ex. during snowstorms people forget how it drive here. Every snow storm resulted in hundreds of car accidents- there were several of these events. Other situations: parking in cheaper areas, driving through downtown, etc. Places you don't feel comfortable taking your X and would rather have another car take the fall.
     
  2. ALLMYNE

    ALLMYNE Member

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    I use our 2005 Acura MDX when it rains so my X stays clean 365 days a year
    Well maybe not 365 but my wife still thinks I’M NUTS!!!
    :p
     
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  3. brucet999

    brucet999 Active Member

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    So, you want the automotive equivalent of a pair of rock skis? Maybe a used all-wheel drive Subaru?
     
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  4. hmcgregoraz

    hmcgregoraz Member

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    Maybe for things like hauling, but for that we picked up a decent trailer...

    IMHO, get better insurance, and use the Tesla, having had friends get into several accidents lately, my preference is to drive the safest vehicle at all times.

    If my wife does not have anywhere to go with the kids, I drive the model X, if she does have somewhere to go, I drive the Leaf, and the kids go in the Tesla.

    -Harry
     
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  5. dmd2005

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    My 2010 Toyota Tundra is my snow and sleet machine. Don't care if I get dings or scratches on it and I haul my plywood or 2x4's in it too for projects. Get a beater pickup for times when you don't want to ruin the interior of your X.
     
  6. gene

    gene Supporting Member

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    I am very happy with the Nissan Leaf I bought last year. It was used, 2013 with very low miles. $7200. I actually find I use it 90% of the time. It's very comfortable, great A/C, and easy to park.
     
  7. Freedom101

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    The X is our primary family car for almost all situations. We kept our 2003 Mazda 3 seater pickup for hauling and occasionally when we have to go different directions. It works great for what we need it for.
     
  8. vandacca

    vandacca ReActive Member

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    Problem is that the X works great in the snow. Traction control is superb. You are probably less likely to get into an accident with the X.
     
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  9. Sandiegodoug

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    Kept the 10 year old tundra 4x4 for hauling and towing duty.
     
  10. Saghost

    Saghost Active Member

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    I've given it some thought from time to time, mostly for neighborhoods where I feel like the X draws more attention than I'm entirely comfortable with and places where I know the parking is going to be ugly. So far I haven't done it; it seems like a lot of money and hassle - and I know I'll hate driving the other car instead.
     
  11. nikeykid

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    leaf is my beater until i get my model 3.
     
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  12. DrivingTheFuture

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    In early 2019 the Bolinger motors truck will be our beater
     
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  13. AlgaeHater

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    My Model X IS my beater car :D

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  14. Tony_YYZ

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  15. dreamwave6

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    Besides our 2017 Model X, we have a 2005 BMW 3-Series convertible and a 2014 Porsche Boxster. So, I guess our Boxster is our Beater car.
     
  16. number12

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  17. Sandiegodoug

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    Jeep jk rubicon. Beat the hell out of that on the trails and rocks.
     
  18. Eclectic

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    Since you said car, my beater is a VW Rabbit. Bone stock 2 door with the inline 5 and 5 speed manual, not a single option. It's small, fun to drive and I don't care what happens to it (as long as I'm not at fault). It's nice to get back to automotive basics every so often and a small hatchback with a manual can't be beat...and when it comes to going to Costco or airports, etc., it's a lot easier to walk away when you know that you're not going to be out much, financially or emotionally, even if the worst happens.
     
  19. Bonlaw

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    You do win, but our 2016 S will soon be our beater, although we do drive our 11 year old PRIUS to our golf club once a week.
     

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