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Converted Ferrari Fan Seeks Advice

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by Vegas, May 7, 2016.

  1. Vegas

    Vegas Member

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    Hi, I have just joined the forum and should introduce myself. Until about four weeks ago I had lived the life of a V-8 loving, wide tired, high performance petrol head. This culminated in me buying a 360 Ferrari couple of years ago which I have subsequently sold. My plan was to buy a Ferrari 458 next 12 months. However, fate would have it otherwise; I visited a mate of mine in Melbourne (also a high performance car enthusiast) who had recently purchased a P85D. After I drove his car, I could not stop thinking about its performance, its benefits, the mind blowing technology and environmental considerations. Suddenly loud petrol engines and screaming tires no longer equated to high-performance - a paradigm shift that I am still fighting to get my head around.

    Long story short, from that drive I have been fully converted and obsessed with what Tesla is doing. On Friday I pulled the trigger on a P90D - yes I added the Ludicrous upgrade :)

    I'm in Brisbane and I would like to have the car fitted with a clear bra/stone chip protection. Does anyone know of a competent and well priced place where I could get this done? From the experience of my other cars prices vary from as low as $700 up to $2500 (which I was quoted for my Ferrari) - I went with the $700 option and it was a very good job; however that was in Sydney. I'm now in Brisbane and would like to seek your advice/guidance on where I should go.

    Looking forward to e-meeting and personally meeting other Tesla owners in the future.

    Regards Vegas
     
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  2. lolachampcar

    lolachampcar Active Member

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    I found that a well depreciated MP4-12C goes nicely with a PD_L :)
     
  3. alpal

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    Welcome Vegas. It's been six months since my last petrol fill up.

    My particular supposed high performance car of addiction was the Jag XKR! Drove them for many years until my first, and quite incidental, Tesla test drive. The rest is history ...

    Savour the wait for your car delivery. It's worth every second!
     
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  4. ecarfan

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    Welcome Vegas. It's been 589 days since my last petrol fill up. You can do it. We're all pulling for you!

    (I don't live in Oz but just wanted to say that @alpal's post made my wife and I laugh out loud, and I wanted to contribute :)
     
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  5. NovoCasGreeny

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    Get it done in Sydney? It is free to drive down there with the Superchargers which should have linked Sydney-Brisvegas by the time your car is delivered, although I am sure you can find somewhere in Brisbane. I too have been in some very fast cars but a Tesla is an entirely different beast. The whole ethos....the sheer power, instantaneous torque, 'refilling' in your garage, the silence, the technology, the lack of fumes......and never ever having to fill up again. I cannot wait to own mine, my wife asks every week when I am going to buy it....she loves the environmental benefits and safety features. Every few weeks you see an accident that some idiot has tried to obliterate themselves and have practically torn the car apart and I look at and say 'they walked away from that!!!' Just a different in soo many ways to ICE cars.
     
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  6. doctorwho

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    Welcome Vegas, there's no going back now! When I bought my S, Richmond offered that service themselves. Tesla in Sydney can probably organise it for you prior to pickup
     
  7. Vegas

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    Thanks all, I'll post any new info I get and some photo's when she arrives...2 very long weeks away.
     
  8. AndrewNSW

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    Hi Vegas - you made the right decision for sure. I got mine wrapped by http://www.ozicozi.com.au in Artarmon about 5 mins away from Tesla (who took it there and brought it back for me). They used Stoneguard and so far at 19,000 kms mainly highway driving not one chip. Nobody realises its wrapped unless I mention it. Couldn't recommend them more. Cost around $3,500 and in my opinion was worth every cent. They also tinted my windows and put some type of coating on my windscreen which keeps it much cleaner.
     
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  9. paulp

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    Hi Vegas
    Nice to hear you have evolved from those inneficient, noisy, vibrating, slow off the line, obsolete, planet destroying lumps of money pits designed to make mechanics rich.
     
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  10. doctorwho

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    Yes I think that you'll notice rather a big difference in service requirements. You won't even get Xmas cards from the Tesla mechanics
     
  11. Vegas

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    Thanks AndrewNSW, I'm going in to see a place that does wraps tomorrow - they have Tesla in there atm, so I can assess how neat their work is.
     
  12. Vegas

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    What are your thoughts on the service plan? $1500 for 4 years - worth it or not? BTW, Ferrari service $2k-4K each year.!!
     
  13. Homer

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    I am also a "converted Ferrari fan" - actually I'm still a Ferrari fan - and I have a clear "bra" on my California which was highly recommended by the dealership at the time of purchase. But Ferraris are much lower to the ground than Teslas, with a more exposed bonnet. I don't know how necessary this is in a sedan-style car such as a Tesla. I had never added such a thing to any of my previous cars and I don't feel it's necessary on my Model S. But then I don't have any stone chips on it yet and if should get one then I might form a different view;). In any case, welcome to Tesla, Vegas! I hope you enjoy the ride! :)
     
  14. raynewman

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    Actually the service plan is $2,375.00 for 4 years but remember that includes most things the rest charge for.
     
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    If you've got the money, do it.
     

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