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Doing the math on the mileage.

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by mgodfre3, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. mgodfre3

    mgodfre3 Member

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    I love my model s, my wife and I bought it when we found out we would be working across the street from each other, so it has become our everyday car. In the 4 months we have owned the car, we have driven 11,000 miles, which is great, but now I'm doing the math, and starting to freak out. We average 85 miles a day in this car, which is 31,000 miles a year or by the time the loan is paid off, 160,000 miles+. ugh my poor Tom Morrow is getting used!

    i know I should calm down and just take care of him and use him, it's a car not a collectors item, but I still worry.

    Tell me im crazy and I should just enjoy this amazing car, that only gets better with time. I can change the battery in a few years, hopefully with the giga-factory that will be more affordable, and the motor should last and last. Am I crazy, or is it fine.

    We we have a 60kwh so no unlimited mile warranty unfortunately.
     
  2. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    Why are you freaking out? The more miles you drive in this car, the cheaper the total cost of ownership. The battery pack will last longer than you think, too.

    Just realize that the more miles you put on the car, the closer it gets to the total cost of ownership of a Toyota Corolla :).
     
  3. CanuckS#69

    CanuckS#69 Member

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    The only way to get decent value out of a car this expensive is to use it. I've had mine for over two years and 110k kilometres, I intend to enjoy every km!
     
  4. rogbmw

    rogbmw Member

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    In justifying the S purchase, I plan on having the car at least 10 years. Next month we are coming up on 2 years with just under 1000 miles/month average, and love it. Energy costs (electricity used vs gasoline used for the same mileage on our prior car) is 15 - 20% of what Gasoline was costing us.
     
  5. arijaycomet

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    As others have said-- a car this expensive is meant to be driven and enjoyed. You'll actually lower the cost of ownership anyhow, because in 8-10 years the resale value on high end cars sucks. In which case the more you drive this and not a gasser the more $ you save. So drive it, use it, enjoy it, but take good care of it. Just because a car has been driven and enjoyed doesn't mean it isn't worth owning. And your battery will prob last much longer than you seem to think-- don't lose any sleep! :)
     
  6. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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    #6 ItsNotAboutTheMoney, Jan 28, 2015
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    This. Batteries do degrade with miles, but mainly they degrade with age. The 85kWh's unlimited miles warranty doesn't warrant against battery degradation.

    The question is what _else_ will go. I think the OP should remember that Tesla's business model recognizes the high up-front cost of BEVs, so they aim to sell direct and minimize costs (including repair) in order to maximize competitiveness. Lots of reliability complaints from 60kWh owners in a few years would be bad for business, so I think that by the time the warranty expires the car will be reliable.
     
  7. galangg

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    Enjoy. I have had mine for about 4 months with 9,000 miles. The battery is doing great with daily charging and I love the OTA updates.
     
  8. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I got an EV energy plan though PGE here in CA and after changing the way I use energy for the home appliances, my bill dropped 100/mth compared to before I had the car. So not only am I saving on gas (now zero), I am actually making 100/mth in savings. I am shocked and so happy. I am now working locally, which helps. But before that, I was spending 650/mth in gas that dropped immediately to 105. So the savings alone make it a great buy. Re: battery life, if you charge properly and take good care of your battery (85% charge for most use, not regular full charge), you should get very good life. Nobody really knows how long right now, because this is all so new. But I bet, as you mentioned, that a battery swap will be easy and cost effective. Remember that the Model S has practically no maintenance at all. A huge savings over the life of the car.

    Drive, drive, drive and enjoy!
     
  9. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Active Member

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    I would not want to burn through my bumper-to-bumper warranty that quickly...
     
  10. mzpolo

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    Drive the car!!!!
    31000 miles a year you are not spending over $3500 per year in gas. There... you paid for the battery replacement that wont happen until about year 7
     
  11. Liz G

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    I've got over 71K miles on mine, working my way through the extended warranty.

    I've enjoyed every mile. Not overly worried about running out of warranty but planning on putting some money aside just in case.
     
  12. mgodfre3

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    Thanks everyone, it's really encouraging. It's the only car that gets better with time. Loving the software updates and you are right. I bought it to enjoy not put in a museum. I will cross the battery path when I get there and buy a model x at the end of my loan!
     

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