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Help me decide: 2017 Model S 75D (or 90D) vs 2018 Model 3 performance

Apprunner

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Two words....Track Mode. Only the MP3 has it and its an absolute must if you do any track days. Model S is ridiculously limited on high speed runs. It putters out after a lap or two making it a worthless track car.
 

augkuo

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The Model 3 Performance is probably closer to what you've driven than a Model S - think of a Model S as a BMW 7 series or
a Mercedes Benz S class. The Model 3 Performance will definitely out-handle the Model S and has the latest technology.
 
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Zcd1

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Wow, I'm curious how comfortable you find the 3 compared to the Audi you had? Doesn't the harsh ride and cabin noise bother you?

I'm actually considering giving up my S to move to an A7...

My last car was an Audi S6. The 3P is firmer, but never harsh. It's quieter around town, but noisier on the highway. I enjoyed the S6, but overall prefer the Model 3P, despite the fact that the 3 was nearly $30K less expensive.
 
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jimtelsa

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I have to still say Model S
The ergonomics are better than the 3 for me
Cant get use to the screen in the middle, i need my additional screen right in front of me
I have driven all models of the 3, its a different car, smaller lighter and quick. Ride is rougher than the S
I love the Stop mode. Regen was taken away and I hope to get the update where it brings some back
I probably will move someday to another Tesla, But Im not ready to give up the S yet.
You have to test drive both models
Each has a different ride
My model S has free maps and Supercharging
PS my son has a Model 3 and I drive this at least once a week, again its a great car, just not for me.
Thanks tesla for awesome choices
Once you go electric your dont go back
 

BJD3388

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Jan 17, 2018
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As a household with both these cars in the stable, I'd say in your situation with the car being your only vehicle, for sure go for the Model S.

First, the S has a bit more "Gravitas". As someone said above, it is like a BMW 7 Series vs a 3 Series. If you only have one car in the household and need to go to a business event, wedding, reunion, etc., I think the S is the better choice.

The main, overwhelming reason I would choose the S is its huge cargo capacity. The fold-down seats combined with the hatchback allow you to carry and load almost anything. It's almost like an SUV. Need to carry a mattress, Christmas Tree, 5 Suitcases, etc. it's no problem in the S. The 3 can get a bit tight and the trunk opening is tiny (compared to the S's huge opening).
 

ljbad4life

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Honestly, If this is your only car, get the car with the most range. FSD (which I paid for and just got the computer upgrade installed), it's not really worth buying right now. EAP is worth it. FSD.. not so much. You can always buy it later.

I was in the same boat as you when I went for my 3. I could have bought a 75D. 90D was pushing the budget a bit.

The model S-

- has far more storage room
-Is a larger car
-Less headroom than the 3 (I thought I was crazy when I had the model s loaner, but cars.com backs me up)
In a straight line the Model S is a blast, but come to the corners, it handles well, but its size and heft let themselves beknown. I wouldn't classify the S as a "driver's car"(the performance models are a different story).
-Air suspension is nice, but I've had some bad experiences with air suspension once the warranty was up.
-A new Model s powertrain is in the works, which makes buying now... less than optimal
-The Model S even with the raven drivetrain still reduces power if it's on the track for a long time.

Model 3

-sedan, confined trunk (but still a huge trunk by ice standards)
-Lighter and nimbler in cornering and handling
-More range for less money
-chargers faster than any model s
-you can track the performance model 3.

You can even buy the LR AWD Model 3 then have it upgraded later to performance.
 

Apprunner

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Honestly, If this is your only car, get the car with the most range. FSD (which I paid for and just got the computer upgrade installed), it's not really worth buying right now. EAP is worth it. FSD.. not so much. You can always buy it later.

I was in the same boat as you when I went for my 3. I could have bought a 75D. 90D was pushing the budget a bit.

The model S-

- has far more storage room
-Is a larger car
-Less headroom than the 3 (I thought I was crazy when I had the model s loaner, but cars.com backs me up)
In a straight line the Model S is a blast, but come to the corners, it handles well, but its size and heft let themselves beknown. I wouldn't classify the S as a "driver's car"(the performance models are a different story).
-Air suspension is nice, but I've had some bad experiences with air suspension once the warranty was up.
-A new Model s powertrain is in the works, which makes buying now... less than optimal
-The Model S even with the raven drivetrain still reduces power if it's on the track for a long time.

Model 3

-sedan, confined trunk (but still a huge trunk by ice standards)
-Lighter and nimbler in cornering and handling
-More range for less money
-chargers faster than any model s
-you can track the performance model 3.

You can even buy the LR AWD Model 3 then have it upgraded later to performance.

You cannot make the AWD version a performance. You can get boost mode to get 0-60 to about 3.5 seconds, but the Performance model does it in 3 seconds and has track mode which enables cooling for longer track days without overheating.
 
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