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How long do you plan on keeping your Tesla?

How long are you keepiing your Tesla?


  • Total voters
    269

2krazykats

Member
Aug 20, 2015
289
26
CO
Yet another poll. :smile:

I recently read several comments from people who were discussing how long Tesla owners are keeping their cars and wondered how long do people plan on keeping their cars? Or if you're in the enviable position of owning 1+, just answer an average. If you've already sold one, please answer based on the one you sold (again average if you sold more than 1).
 

mwulff

Member
Jan 15, 2015
348
25
Danmark
If possible I would keep it for 15+ years. With battery upgrades along the way. But I might be tempted to switch to a Model 3 simply due to size of the S.

I Would love to buy a car that I could keep for life. Simply buy 1 car and then have the car problem be solved for good.
 

AMPd

Active Member
Nov 27, 2012
4,444
3,668
Northern California
This is tough to answer, I've been having a serious urge to trade up to a p85d, however having paid off the car and not having monthly payments sure feels nice.
But on the other hand, I'd love the p85d

Im on the edge, one visit to a service center and a test drive of the p85d would probably send me over the edge and make me upgrade
 

dirkhh

Middle-aged Member
Jul 7, 2013
3,638
126
Portland, OR, USA
This is tough to answer, I've been having a serious urge to trade up to a p85d, however having paid off the car and not having monthly payments sure feels nice.
But on the other hand, I'd love the p85d

Im on the edge, one visit to a service center and a test drive of the p85d would probably send me over the edge and make me upgrade
Had my first one for 18 months and upgraded to the P85D. TBH, wish I hadn't done that. Lots of money lost and after the initial rush... I don't know. Definitely drive the 85D, too.
 

2krazykats

Member
Aug 20, 2015
289
26
CO
I Would love to buy a car that I could keep for life. Simply buy 1 car and then have the car problem be solved for good.
That would be ideal for me too... providing the body and interior components are still in good shape, it would be much desired if we could upgrade the battery once better technology comes out. Certainly retrofitting the screen might be more difficult but if that could be done, would be something people would want to upgrade too. At least one component of the car that is "replaceable" is the SW which is a nice benefit. It seems like they could still make money on this by charging for upgrades to certain components and it would keep the customers loyal.
 
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AMPd

Active Member
Nov 27, 2012
4,444
3,668
Northern California
Had my first one for 18 months and upgraded to the P85D. TBH, wish I hadn't done that. Lots of money lost and after the initial rush... I don't know. Definitely drive the 85D, too.
A 90D is also in the mix, I would like the extra range but at the same time I'd like the extra power of the p85d
It's definitely something I need to think about, I don't want to rush into it, and will definitely try to test drive a 90D before making the final decision

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Had my first one for 18 months and upgraded to the P85D. TBH, wish I hadn't done that. Lots of money lost and after the initial rush... I don't know. Definitely drive the 85D, too.
A 90D is also in the mix, I would like the extra range but at the same time I'd like the extra power of the p85d
It's definitely something I need to think about, I don't want to rush into it, and will definitely try to test drive a 90D before making the final decision
 

Jool

Member
Jun 26, 2015
285
6
San Diego, CA
I will probably upgrade to a performance model whenever the autopilot 2.0 hardware and software rolls out. The P85D loaners spoiled me with their added power!
 

GeekGirls

Kid in Candy Store
Dec 30, 2012
312
91
Seattle
We've had our Model S for three years so far and don't have immediate plans to replace it. I'm sure at some point there will be a significant refresh that prompts us to finally trade in. Perhaps another generation of auto pilot? Or finally updating the aging Tegra chipset running the touchscreen? We're a hair away from 50k miles and plan to supplement our Tesla family with a Model 3 at some point but I expect we'll want a newer Model S as well. A replacement in the 4-5 year range seems inevitable.
 

KJD

Supporting Member
Dec 14, 2013
1,332
992
SLC, UT
I voted 10 years but that could change. I do lust after the D option, but really 2wd is fine 90% of the time and the new ones are so expensive.

Now if they start building a 120D before that 10 years is up, that could push me to buy a new one sooner rather than later.
 
Oct 25, 2015
242
143
Chicago, IL
3 year lease. After turning in the S, I will get whatever car has the best autopilot implementation at that point - where "best implementation" is skewed towards handling my daily commute.
 

russman

Member
Nov 12, 2013
394
48
California
Wish we had AP, but we tend to drive cars for as long as possible. The Accord we sold after 15 years and 220k miles on it. We have 2 other ICE cars now, one is 12+ years with 200k and another is 10 years with 120k miles on it. The miles have dropped since we have the Tesla as most miles are moved to that car now. So hoping this car lasts as long as these with little after warranty issues....
 

thecloud

As rhythm raced inside, the ship came alive
Nov 24, 2014
1,772
1,627
Sunnyvale, CA
Owned my first car for 4 1/2 years.
Owned my second car for 9 years.
Owned my third car for 18 years, then got the Model S.

Extrapolating from this data, I will be driving the Model S for 36 years.
 

cmu5p

Member
Feb 3, 2015
233
44
Shenandoah Valley, VA
I seem to get the itch for new vehicle with every decade birthday, so I'm hoping 10+ years. That said, my firstborn has earmarked the Tesla for her hand me down car in 5 years, so the switch may occur sooner. (She is only 10 but has her eyes on the prize.)
 

Discoducky

P100DL, 2021 M3, 3 CT reservations and counting
Dec 25, 2011
3,540
4,426
My mountain
Hmm, the only way I'd sell is to upgrade. But feel that the upgrade needs to be substantial by either having a big increase in safety, cargo or functionality in autopilot. All of these remain to be seen for me in the X.
 

dsm363

Roadster + Sig Model S
May 17, 2009
18,278
151
Nevada
Hmm, the only way I'd sell is to upgrade. But feel that the upgrade needs to be substantial by either having a big increase in safety, cargo or functionality in autopilot. All of these remain to be seen for me in the X.

Me too. Waiting for next gen autopilot and a bigger maybe 110kWh battery. P110D
 

DillyBop

Member
Sep 24, 2015
173
80
Middleburg, VA
i'm on my second Model S and i'm already thinking about getting out of Tesla and into the new Porsche 911.

Tesla has kinda jumped the shark, you know?

if only that sweet, sweet, smooth electric motor was easy to give up. it is not.
 

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