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Horrible Second Week of Ownership (rented an ICE while on vacation)

Discussion in 'Model S' started by jsalvage, Apr 10, 2013.

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  1. jsalvage

    jsalvage New Member

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    While I thoroughly enjoyed receiving my Tesla Model S and the first week I drove it, my experience during the second week was in stark contrast. While I blame it all on Elon Musk, it’s not what you think. Our Tesla Model S has ruined me. We cheated on her and went to Maui without her. Left in a cold garage, we were in the warm sun of Maui driving an internal combustion rental car.
    After only one week driving Elon’s dream machine my relationship with cars has changed for life. It’s amazing how quickly you can adapt to a better way of commuting. Almost every part of the rental car driving experience seemed pathetic, old-fashioned and of the last millennium. It all started with the key. A key, what’s that? As I approached our rental car it just sat there, dead to the world. No auto presentation, no door handles popping out, and certainly no lights illuminating my way. Then, once I sat in the seat, I had to put the key in the ignition and start the car. The engine turned over in what sounded to us as an almost primal belching adding as much noise pollution as air pollution out of the exhaust pipes. One could accept the primitiveness of a key if it worked reliably, however his car had a key and a fob. When our fob died, we tried to get in the car with the key. We succeeded in accessing the car and tripping the car alarm. We called Chevy and the rental car company, but neither could remotely shut off the alarm. Instead, the solution was to tow it away and get a replacement car. No nice Tesla people to call who could remotely access all aspects of the car.
    Our uncomfortable experience didn’t end there. Forget for a moment I had to turn the radio on and that it wasn’t waiting on my favorite station, I can excuse that. However, once on, we had to listen to terrestrial radio. Granted an invention of Nikola Tesla himself, but very passé nowadays. Ear rupturing dribble spewed out of one morning DJ’s mouth after another. Where was slacker or at least a USB stick to listen to unencumbered by the dumbed down speech of morning jocks?
    I would love to say our pain ended there, but once the drive began I had to contend with using the brake. A brake, really? Sadly, instead of the one-pedal driving I became accustomed to with my Model S, I had to constantly shift from the gas pedal (ok, that’s another issue), to the brake and back.
    The icing on the cake was we had range anxiety! When headed to the Road to Hana, one review after another warned you to fill up before you left because there were no gas stations in route. The irony was that had we run low on electrons there was electricity in the far off towns. Score another for Tesla.
    I could go on and one about the countless features the Model S has that our rental car didn’t (auto dimming mirrors, rear view mirrors that reposition on reverse, etc), but it’s obvious: the Tesla Model S has set a new standard. Sure there are some considerations when you drive an electric vehicle, but there are always considerations when you drive. Pick your poison, I’ll pick the one that doesn’t pollute the air.
    Jeff Salvage
    Loving Life with my New Tesla
    Check out more of my story and tips at http://www.jeffsalvage.com/jeffsalvage/Tesla/
     
  2. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Very amusing. I'm wondering if all hell will break loose when people see the thread title, but for now I'll resist the urge to update it.
     
  3. MarkH

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    Yeah, you got me with that title. Also followed the link, nice detailed story on the purchase process. Enjoy!
     
  4. AMPd

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    Elon should be ashamed of himself
     
  5. Rifleman

    Rifleman Now owns 2 Model S's!!!

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    It does not even take owning a Model S to ruin all other cars for me. Before my 2 test drives of a Model S, I could enjoy driving almost any decent car. After my test drives, nothing else compares. There are cars, and then there are Teslas. Even my Volt, a great car, and easily the best car I have ever owned, is outclassed by the Model S in just about every way, and virtually every time I hop into it, I wish I was driving a Model S instead. I am starting to think that the worst thing I ever did was drive the Model S, as I was happy in my ignorance beforehand.
     
  6. dflye

    dflye S Sig Perf 414, VIN 814

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    This thread really makes me reconsider our plans to vacation in Hawaii for Thanksgiving! The belching and lurching of a rental ICE may very well spoil our visit.

    Does Tesla offer a rental / exchange service there? I'll gladly let someone back home drive the heck out of my Model S if I can have the use of a similar vehicle while visiting Hawaii (which isn't exactly within range of any Supercharger in the mainland 48 states!)
     
  7. Iz

    Iz EVs are here to stay

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    After having read Swegman's latest posting I saw this and thought "Oh no, another one!".

    Glad you are enjoying your S. I've had mine 5 weeks now and cannot stop smiling :biggrin:
     
  8. Discoducky

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    I'm dreading driving a rental car for only one day on Friday since I have to leave ours at the Seattle service center for a new 17" panel assembly.
     
  9. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    8 days driving my wife's Highlander Hybrid was aweful, the sound of an ICE is like fingernails on a chalk board to me now...great story.
     
  10. Arnold Panz

    Arnold Panz Model Sig 304, VIN 542

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    You didn't mention the WORST part of rental cars -- having to go to a gas station and get gas! They smell, the pumps are full of germs (I assume they are, anyway), you're subject to the elements (cold, heat, rain etc.), and have to spend so much money just to go a couple hundred miles! I dread going on trips and having to rent cars -- it's made doubly awful because I'm away from my MS during that time :(
     
  11. 100thMonkey

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    ...and I was avoiding this thread, wondering what the issue was, LOL!
     
  12. dflye

    dflye S Sig Perf 414, VIN 814

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    Thanks for the flashback of having to stand outside next to my old ICE on cold windy days, waiting for the pump to finally complete delivery of inflammatory material needed to power my noisy ride!
     
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    I'm sure that the ICE loaner car you receive from Tesla has been picked out to help drive home the difference!
     
  14. jsalvage

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    Glad everyone took it in the vane it was meant. Forgive the dramatic license on the title, but there's really nothing to complain about. It is so rare that a product so hyped and pricey actually live up to it's reputation.
    Jeff
     
  15. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    #15 Lyon, Apr 10, 2013
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    Seriously, this is what every ICE starting up sounds like to me now.
     
  16. hershey101

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    Lets try not to let the reporters take a quote like the one above and spin it into a story about how the Model S is a terrible car to drive, and why they think Tesla is going to go bankrupt.
     
  17. ClearwaterBchSteve

    ClearwaterBchSteve P445 / VIN 1794

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    Still, after 3 1/2 months with the Model S, one of the most amusing situations is when friends or interested parties say "let me hear how it sounds when you start it". Of course that just causes me to giggle and silently move the car... Jaws drop.
     
  18. kruecab

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    Maybe you can pick up one of the new P85 loaners?
     
  19. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    Dr. Sherman drives a Highlander Hybrid as well. She never wanted to take the Prius. Now her new Mantra is "let's take you're car."

    I agree with all the sentiments here. It's hard to explain to the uninitiated but driving an ICE now really does seem dirty, and antiquated among other negative adjectives.
     
  20. iridium

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    I feel your pain. We're on vacation in Scottsdale, AZ right now and I'm stuck driving a rental Taurus. Oh yes, its the new Taurus, but it still sucks. Everything about it sucks. Even driving my Volvo XC70, a pretty decent car imo, to the airport was like being in a blender. I'm forever spoiled.


    And as if to tease me, I walked out into the hotel parking lot the other night to find a beautiful white MS parked next to me.

    Oh well, at least it is sunny!
     

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