Hi Folks, This is a bit of an introduction as well so please bear with me... I've been following Tesla since 2009 when I first learned that the Tesla Roadster had the body structure off of one of my favorite auto makers...After learning more about the company (and falling in love) and graduating college in 2010, I promptly took part of my sign on bonus and purchased some Tesla stock. I purchased a bit more, not with the goal of making some short-term money (or even making considerable long-term money) but for being RIGHT. I became a believer in Tesla and a believer in the Model S. When initial pricing came out, I was a bit dismayed because I was holding out hope that I could potentially afford one (regardless, I couldn't help myself and placed a reservation). I have been wrestling with the idea of purchasing a Model S. Here are some facts: 1. I'm 23 years old. 2. I live in San Diego, CA with my family but recently moved to Chicago for a one-year assignment (I come back in the summer...potentially for good). 3. I don't expect to receive a Model S until April 2013, and I'm not sure if that affects the production schedule for my specific vehicle (or if it follows the schedule for whichever battery pack I choose). Regardless, I expect to have around $25K of my own money to put down for the vehicle ( including the $5,000 reservation) 4. I drive maybe 20 miles per day in San Diego because everything is so ridiculously close by. My workplace is about 5 miles away from my home. I plan on using this as a daily driver. I do not take long road trips, and if I do, I'm too paranoid to be driving in a $50K beauty. 5. My parents seem to be unsure about the lifespan as well as the kinks that the first wave of Model S vehicles may have. I completely understand that, but I was hoping that the signature editions would provide enough data to calm them. And I'm really really impatient. If their concerns are quelled, they're fine with paying the difference. 6. I currently don't have a car in Chicago, so when I move back to San Diego, I'll have to find a temporary solution. I was planning on picking up the cheapest and shortest term lease I could find (most likely using a website like Swapalease.com | Get Out of A Car Lease or Take Over A Car Lease ). 7. I'm REALLY impatient. I don't want to wait for the $30-40K 3 series competitor that is supposed to hit the streets in 2015 or whatever. 8. I fully expect myself to pay the majority back to my folks for the vehicle. 9. I fully expect myself to keep this car for as long as I can. I know I probably come off as some spoiled brat but I assure you, I don't live out of my means. I have a stable career plan. My previous car was a Toyota Camry, and I try to save wherever I can...including living at home with my folks (especially since it's more convenient). Do you think this is viable for a 23 year old like me or am I reaching too far? I don't care about perception, just actual dollar amount. The way I see it is that the Model S, in a way, is the biggest bang for the buck. It seems that most of the physical cash outflow on a car (I use the term physical cash outflow so that people don't consider depreciation in this equation) is maintenance and fuel consumption. For the most part, it seems that Tesla vehicles are not supposed to have high maintenance costs because of the lack of a combustible engine. In fact, I read somewhere that the average Roadster maintenance per year was $675 (I'm not 100% sure on this figure). That mainly included tires and brakes...on a roadster, I would imagine it's a bit more expensive to maintain than just a daily driver that probably has more cost efficient parts to manufacture. My plan was to either purchase a 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium/Sport or a Tesla Model S. I compared the two cars from a physical cash outflow perspective to see what the costs would be to fuel, maintain, and insure the vehicles. I was pleasantly surprised that after 5 years, the Model S did not do as badly as I thought it would...or at least it didn't seem like that. I have never done this type of analysis so I'm sure my calculations were incorrect but it seems like the ownership cost (again from a physical cash outflow perspective) seemed around 10-15K higher with the Model S than the Fusion. This did not take into consideration that the Model S is considered a premium car, has the super cool and unique factor, is far more green, and has better performance. So again, I ask. Am I living out of my means? I know that's a tough question to ask because every person is different blah blah but I'd like to see what complete strangers think. I won't be basing my entire opinion off of what you guys say. ***Take into consideration the 40 kWh battery purchase vs. the 65kWh battery. Also, I'm assuming I'd be able to somehow cash in on the $4k rebate that Illinois is offering before I move back to California (I have family in Chicago that I could put the purchase under). This puts the cost at $45,900 (40kWh) and $55,900 (65kWh).*** Thanks again guys, and regardless of my decision, I look forward to chatting all things Tesla!