Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register

Buy a used 2019 Model S P100D 11,000 k's or new Model 3 Performance

NigelE

Member
May 6, 2021
9
13
Auckland, New Zealand
Hi all,

I am looking to buy my first Tesla and have an option on a 2019 Model S P100D with only 11,000 kilometres with every option ticked (was an ex Tesla demo car and sold in 2020 so warranty until Aug 2024) or a brand new 2021 Model 3 Performance. The price difference between each car is an extra $40,000 NZD for the P100D (approx $29k USD).

What are the thoughts here on which one to choose? I have only ever driven a Model 3 Performance on a quick demo and loved it, but I do like the idea of having more luxury driving in the Model S

Thanks all! :)
 

El joe

Member
Jan 29, 2019
495
380
Bay Area, CA
I may be biased, but I love my Model 3 and I don't know that you'd regret it too much given the speed of the Performance. Plus, that price difference and extra warranty would push it over the top for me.
 

PCMc

Member
Jul 1, 2016
144
129
Columbus, IN
I think part of this comes to several preferences. In general,

Model S smoother, more a touring car, type of ride. Model 3 more nimble, but harsher ride.
Model S larger overall; Model 3 little smaller. My wife for example does not like driving my Model S; too larger for her as she prefers smaller cars.
Model S gives utility of a hatchback versus Model 3 more of a traditional trunk/boot.
Model S has separate "instrument panel" display versus Model 3 has single center display that serves both infotainment/nav/instrument panel displays
Model S has more options for configuring how buttons/scroll wheels function from the steering wheel. Model S need to do more via the center screen.

Neither is really better or worse as most of these get into personal preference items.
 

NigelE

Member
May 6, 2021
9
13
Auckland, New Zealand
I think part of this comes to several preferences. In general,

Model S smoother, more a touring car, type of ride. Model 3 more nimble, but harsher ride.
Model S larger overall; Model 3 little smaller. My wife for example does not like driving my Model S; too larger for her as she prefers smaller cars.
Model S gives utility of a hatchback versus Model 3 more of a traditional trunk/boot.
Model S has separate "instrument panel" display versus Model 3 has single center display that serves both infotainment/nav/instrument panel displays
Model S has more options for configuring how buttons/scroll wheels function from the steering wheel. Model S need to do more via the center screen.

Neither is really better or worse as most of these get into personal preference items.
Thank you for taking the time for that reply...very helpful!
 

dk10438

Member
Dec 23, 2016
359
177
Ranch Palos Verdes
Honestly it really depends what ur coming from and what ur looking for... M3 is/was too Spartan for me so I opted for P100DL

but In retrospect kinda wish I had gotten M3p

model s is big and handles like a boat
 
  • Like
Reactions: NigelE

NigelE

Member
May 6, 2021
9
13
Auckland, New Zealand
Update on which way I turned:

I opted for the P100D as it was truly incredible to drive, immaculate condition and fully optioned. Clearly it had been looked after. The advice on trying both is key, you will see what is right for you (or not). The comfort and size made the difference and it is more of a family car we can use on longer distances.

Thanks everyone for your feedback, it was truly appreciated. The Model 3 Performance is another exceptional car and I am sure I will end up with one another day.

:)
 

Jpandes

Member
May 3, 2021
21
3
Redwood City, Ca
If you consider buying a used P100D vs. a new M3P, the cost differential is really close. I test drove a new M3P(~$60k USD). I ended up buying a 2017 P100DL w/ 17,600 miles for $72k. I liked the look of the MS better along with all the other features; Air suspension, additional cargo space, instrument panel etc.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Art_Vandelay

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top