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First impressions, Model X versus 3 year old Model S

Discussion in 'Model X' started by Cosmacelf, Jan 1, 2016.

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  1. Cosmacelf

    Cosmacelf Well-Known Member

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    So, yes, just for you, I tried it. When I back into the garage, the falcon wing doors clear the garage doors. I have to back in a few inches more to clear the garage door motor, so ymmv.

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    Note that the FWD completely ignored the attic pull rope I have.

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  2. MrBoylan

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    Thanks so much, Cosmacelf, for sharing your impressions!

    Have you had any middle or rear seat passengers in the car for long trips? We do an 800-mile trip twice a year and a 300-mile trip many times a year. Would love to get a sense of how comfortable (or not) the 2nd and 3rd row seats are for longer trips and potential sleeping kids (or adults!). Since the middle row seats have a fixed angle of seat bottom to seat back, without the ability to recline (though I understand they do tilt slightly back), I'm wondering how comfortable passengers will be for extended periods in them.

    Thanks!

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    Haven't done extended trips with passengers, but so far people have told me that the second row seats are more comfortable than the original Model S seats. Reclining isn't really an option with the second and third row seats. Sleeping horizontally across the second row seats doesn't work either since they are so sculptured.

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    Seems about the same.

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    By the way, I drove right past a roadkill skunk today and had to strain to smell anything at all, all on auto climate mode. Very impressive. I turned on bioweapon mode just for fun and it puts the fan to 11, so too noisy for normal use.
     
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    If a conventional garage door opener and chain system is a concern, consider a $500 Liftmaster jackscrew opener. In anticipation of my MX P90D, I installed these on my two garage doors and they are amazing. Liftmaster 8500 Jackshaft Complete Install - YouTube
     
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    Those do look cool. Other than no motor in the middle of the garage ceiling, why did you call it amazing?
     
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    I've had these in previous homes. They're pretty great from a noise perspective as well, and they generally have locking lugs that insert themselves into the tracks in the doors.

    That said, I don't think the overhead motor is much of a limiting factor in the falcon wing doors. At least with a 7' door, you're probably looking at overhead tracks somewhere around 7'3" - 7'6" and those are likely to be your main obstructions.
     
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    Hmmm, but without the need for the drive shaft for the opener above the opened garage door, you could raise your tracks up closer to the ceiling. Could gain another 4 - 5" of headroom easily.

    Actually seems like a _great_ option.
     
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    Good point. I'm thinking about my low ceilings, but you're absolutely right. If you have clearance, it might help quite a bit.
     
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    I have a 7 foot tall door (84") with 8 foot ceilings (96") in the garage. Currently my tracks are at 88". Model X FaWD need 90" of clearance above to open fully. It looks like I could raise my tracks 4" more to 92" with a lift system like this, which would still leave 4" of clearance above the opened garage door for the exterior handle and 2" of room above the FaWD. This would solve my height clearance problems totally.

    Now, I just need to cope with the fact that my doors are only 8 feet wide (96"), and the Model X mirror-tip to mirror-tip is 89". That leaves only 2.5" of margin on either side for pulling in. Sure, we could press the button to fold in the mirrors every time we pull into the garage, but the mirrors auto-extend when turning the car back on, so we'd also have to push the button after putting the car in gear to reverse twice. That's too much hassle.

    Tesla needs to geo-fence mirror activation like they do air suspension activation. Or tie it to Homelink garage door open/close button presses - press the garage door open button and the mirrors cycle. Fold in if they are out. Fold out if they were in.
     
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    This may be a stupid question; forgive me as I am not a Tesla owner yet. But since the charging port is at the rear of the car, do people have to back in to the garage to charge the car at home?

    I have a 3 car garage and was planning to put the charger in the middle stall. Bad idea? Better to utilize one of the side stalls and mount the charger on a side wall so I don't have to back in? Or non-issue?
     
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    http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/downloads/universalmobileconnector_nema_14-50.pdf
     
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    In most cases, you have to involve an electrician to either install an 80A wall charger or a 40A outlet. I had ours run conduits on each side of the garage almost to the garage door. It costs money but so worth it both functionally and aesthetically. If you are bored, you can come take a look. I am on Lake of the Isles.

    Cheers!


     
  13. madodel

    madodel X at the end of a rainbow

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    Great idea. I will need this as well. I'm passing it onto my DS. Be good if others did as well.
     
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    My EVSEs are mounted at the rear of the garage, but even if they were in the front, an HPWC cord is ~21 ft long.
     
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    Thanks, andrewket and Vizir! This is exactly the info I needed. (BTW great win by the Jayhawks last night! Epic! Rock chalk....!)

    @AMN: wow! Thanks for the offer! I might take you up on it! Do you have your X yet?
     
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    Lift.jpg TeslaCharger.jpg TeslaCharger2.jpg Vizir, we installed ours in the center back wall of the garage. The cord can reach to any bay of the garage. We have always backed in all of our cars into our garages. It is much safer! Also, in this garage, we have installed Liftmaster screwdrive motors that mount on the side on the door, at the spring. There are no motors or chains or bars above. Now, we are just waiting on our MX P90D. Confirmed 12/15/2015.
     
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    Nice looking garage. Just a note - I'm assuming you're saying it's safer because you don't have to back out into traffic. If you have a turnaround in your driveway, I don't believe there's any safety benefit to backing in vs. pulling into a garage.
     
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    ohmman - we back into our garage because it is safer when you go to leave, as you won't accidentally back over toys, pets or kids. We have a circular driveway, so traffic is not a concern. It is a thing I learned years ago - avoid backing up if at all possible. What is funny, is that there was a news article on one of the wires the other day that said most Americans park the wrong way. They say we shouldn't be pulling into a parking spot. Instead we should back up or pulling through upon arrival, so that you can exit going. This is also taught in a lot of commercial driver's training/safety courses.
     
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    Mike, the Tesla rear view wide angle back up camera may change the way you park. [emoji6]
     
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    PeterK Model X & 3 Owner

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    It changed the way I park - made it easier and more precise to pull up and then back into spaces, or to pull through and stop when the center line is just visible.
     

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