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How many people actually test drove before buying?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by Jimmy T, Aug 5, 2018.

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Did you test drive before you purchased a Model X?

  1. Yes, of course I did, it's 100k!!

    76.0%
  2. No, I could feel the connection through the internet!

    24.0%
  1. McManX

    McManX Member

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    My order and delivery were before test drives were available
     
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  2. KerryOH

    KerryOH Member

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    Drove the S first, also tried a friends P90D S. I loved the car but had trouble getting in and out due to back and neck stiffness. Test drove the X twice. Second time with my wife who loved it as much as I did. Still love the X.
     
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  3. puritan

    puritan Member

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    Thanksgiving 2017: Rented the Jeep Wrangler for an enormously fun road trip that spanned mountains and coastlines. ~2000 Miles.

    Christmas 2017: Decided to wait for the 2018 "JL" Wrangler.

    Jan 2018: Pop into a Tesla Showroom while out for lunch.
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    ~30 minutes later: Ordered 100D. Forgot the rest.
     
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  4. ModelX

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    I had reserved years before, but was lucky enough to go to the reveal. I was able to ride in the X there, but not drive. Very short ride, but that made me comfortable in ordering before test drives were available.
     
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  5. MiningEng

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    Never test drove, never even sat in one.

    I did have a chance to get a factory tour befoer ordered but that was coincidence, but definitely made me want one more.

    Ours was delivered on Saturday and it was the first time either of us had driven or sat in a Tesla of any kind. We do have another electric car, so not unfamiliar with regen braking, charging systems etc.

    No regrets.
     
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  6. DCGOO

    DCGOO Active Member

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    UhHuh.... funny how it *always* works out that way. (My history below)
     
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  7. Krazaak

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    Took a test drive while I was shopping for a BMW i8 because I was debating whether I needed to keep an SUV for the occasional Lowe's or IKEA trip (came from a BMW X6M). Once I was seriously considering the X, I got an extended 48hr test drive to make the final decision.

    For the Model 3, I reserved but met up with a local owner so my wife could sit in and look at the Model 3. He offered to let us drive, but neither my wife nor I felt comfortable driving somebody else's car that (at the time) couldn't be replaced if something bad happened. I configured once I was convinced she wouldn't be bothered by everything being on the center screen.

    I think it depends on the type of driver. I absolutely fell in love with the looks of the BMW i8, but I still wouldn't have bought one without driving it. The Model X gave me most of the handling from my X6M, all of the cargo capacity, a little more power and that EV oomph off the line. It's not as nice to look at as the i8 would have been, but I think I made the right choice.
     
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  8. macacovelho

    macacovelho 2018 X100D

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    Did not test drive, had never gotten inside of one. I just knew i'd fall in love with it. I was going for a used 2017, but for aprox 20k difference I figured, I'm almost 50, never bought a new car in my life, so I went YOLO. It helped that I made a nice profit on some bitcoin holding, which I used for a big downpayment...
     
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  9. MXWing

    MXWing Well-Known Member

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    Due to accessibility, there is no reason NOT to take a test drive. Superfan or not.

    Tesla’s don’t have competition so if I had to pick - test drive or not buy at all I’m ok with going in blind knowing it’s a Tesla.

    Though first time I sat in a 3 was after I owned it.
     
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  10. Big John

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    I'm also Jumbo sized. I'm also 140 miles from closest dealer. In addition I'm home bound in caring for my terminally ill wife. Tesla drove out a MX so I could test drive it at my home. What car dealer does this? It was an easy sale. Love my X--and even the SC!!
     
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  11. l4sythe

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    I went to the mall to have dinner at California Pizza and came home with a MX, Tesla had a store front in the mall and cars outside for test driving. I bought the MX off the showroom floor and waited 2 weeks for delivery. (Had to wait for another MX to replace the one I bought) . After I signed for it, they locked it up and there it sat waiting for replacement. Tesla contract with mall required 3 cars in showroom at all times. So I guess if you don’t mind a showroom car, and if you have a mall showroom near you, it might be quick. The mall store is a lot like an Apple store.
     
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  12. K3Man

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    Hehe.

    l4sythe: "I will take this one."
    Tesla OA: "Great. Let me show you the website and we can sit down and order it for you."
    l4sythe: "No. I will take *this* one here!"

    ;):D:)

     
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  13. Matutino

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    I sure did.
     
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  14. Volki

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    I have done the test drive before ordering however I ordered a 75D and the test drive was on 100D and OA said it is the same thing just longer range on 100D. I hope he didn't lie to me. :)
     
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  15. Anzir

    Anzir Supporting Member

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    I actually did it twice... the second to try out the 22" wheels. It was fine for me so I ordered them.
     
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  16. l4sythe

    l4sythe Member

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    Hahaha! They didn’t even offer the website, only for setting up my account for the down payment and to set up the delevery info. All I asked was how soon, and they lead me down the path after my test ride: I read all the long wait stories on here and realized the luck I had.
     
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  17. bdambrosio

    bdambrosio Member

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    I test drove, but mostly because I was coming from an AP1 MS and wanted to verify a couple of things about AP2.
     
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  18. nilspjac

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    I test drove, but mostly to have an excuse to get the wife into the car. She liked it, car ordered. Win! :)
     
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  19. Mrcook4590

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    Test drove, but it was unnecessary. I fell in love with my husband's S and knew I would love the X. We watched ev-cpo until a nice demo came available. It's been a great car, so fun to drive!!
     
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  20. HugoBoss

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    My wife test droved the X i didn't. My license was suspended at the time for marijuana use.
     
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