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Model 3 LR for LONG daily commute?

Jericho574

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So that’s like a 3 month old car to you :p
Exactly! lol

Thats why getting a car with super low miles for the warranty didn't make sense. Paying an extra $5k for an extra 30k miles is like $5k for 6m of additional coverage. The one I got just happened to be priced right and have low miles.

Although now I need to figure out how to unload this car without losing my shirt so I can get the AWD version. My drive is long enough that I have a lot of fun driving. That being said, I think the extra power from AWD + Boost would make my experience that much better.

I've seen enough of the AWD vs. RWD videos but a lot of times those RWD versions are the SR+. So, is the AWD THAT much quicker than the LR RWD?
 

Big Earl

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I might recommend keeping the RWD car for a few weeks to see how it works out for you in terms of range (RWD has better range than AWD). It will also give you a better appreciation for the dual motor car when you upgrade. Carvana and Vroom are pretty good options - you might also want to look into a private party sale.
 

Gasaraki

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What? Why did you pay 40k for a 2018 with 23k miles on it? No wonder why you are getting such a low number when you are trying to sell it.

How did you buy a 2018 directly from Tesla? In 2021.
 

Jericho574

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What? Why did you pay 40k for a 2018 with 23k miles on it? No wonder why you are getting such a low number when you are trying to sell it.

How did you buy a 2018 directly from Tesla? In 2021.
1) Because the going rate for that vehicle is $40k and above
2) The vehicle is used (obviously) so I went to their used car section, found it, and bought it.

I suppose I could have gone with something newer but here's reality- My payment, insurance, and electricity costs less than what I was paying in gas on my previous car. Also, I put on 1300 miles per week, thus will destroy any car I get, so why get anything new?
 
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GZDongles

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1) Because the going rate for that vehicle is $40k and above
2) The vehicle is used (obviously) so I went to their used car section, found it, and bought it.

I suppose I could have gone with something newer but here's reality- My payment, insurance, and electricity costs less than what I was paying in gas on my previous car. Also, I put on 1300 miles per week, thus will destroy any car I get, so why get anything new?
This is a bit off topic, but what do you do in the car for those long commutes? It seems like that would be a perfect opportunity to cruise through some audiobooks or podcasts!
 

polyphonic54

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275 mile daily commute and the problem is acceleration? I wouldn't last a week on that commute in a model 3.
Way too noisy for that amount of driving.
 

Jericho574

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This is a bit off topic, but what do you do in the car for those long commutes? It seems like that would be a perfect opportunity to cruise through some audiobooks or podcasts!
Great question- The morning I talk on the phone with my wife and/or kids. I don't see my 4 yr old a whole lot because shes in bed before I get home. Also when i get home, I head straight upstairs to workout while the wife does her work. So when normal people catch up with each other in the evenings, I do it the following morning. Or I listen to music. The morning drive is actually very easy and peaceful. Not many people on the road in the 5 o'clock hour.

In the evening, I listen to music, podcasts, or chat with friends. Again, my life isn't ideal but 1) No one knows what I went through previously, 2) I do it for a lot of money (not to sound like a jerk), 3) It's hopefully not forever, 4) See #1, and add that my wife refused to move, 5) My career died if I didn't move, commute, or change industries and my wife wouldn't move, I'm too far into my career to change industries.
 

Jericho574

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Mar 16, 2021
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275 mile daily commute and the problem is acceleration? I wouldn't last a week on that commute in a model 3.
Way too noisy for that amount of driving.

With that much driving, I'm having a lot of fun. Charging is no longer an issue so I can be as inefficient as I want with range :) I always had sports cars before kids and have been sidelined for 8 years so having some torque again...leaves me like a kid in a candy store.
 

GZDongles

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Great question- The morning I talk on the phone with my wife and/or kids. I don't see my 4 yr old a whole lot because shes in bed before I get home. Also when i get home, I head straight upstairs to workout while the wife does her work. So when normal people catch up with each other in the evenings, I do it the following morning. Or I listen to music. The morning drive is actually very easy and peaceful. Not many people on the road in the 5 o'clock hour.

In the evening, I listen to music, podcasts, or chat with friends. Again, my life isn't ideal but 1) No one knows what I went through previously, 2) I do it for a lot of money (not to sound like a jerk), 3) It's hopefully not forever, 4) See #1, and add that my wife refused to move, 5) My career died if I didn't move, commute, or change industries and my wife wouldn't move, I'm too far into my career to change industries.
Thanks for sharing. It sounds like you are using the drive time really well. The grass is always greener on the other side I suppose. I was flying almost every week for work, and I was initially thrilled to take some time off and work from home. However, a year into it, I've discovered that I listen to fewer podcasts and audiobooks without the enforced non working time that I used to have from a commute and work travel.
 

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I’m currently using a Honda Accord getting 30 mpg. Sure there are hybrids that can get 40 or 50 mpg but after doing the math, it’s not much of a savings when you add in the price of a car.

Current setup: $600 gas, $50 oil change, no car payment

Proposed setup: $830 for car, electricity, and increased insurance.

So for an extra $180 all in, I’d be driving a Model 3 LR. Getting a hybrid type car would save me $240 on gas but then I’d still have car payment and regular monthly oil changes. If the finances were a wash between the two, I’d still be hitting the gas station 3x’s per week.

I just need to get an outlet installed at work and I can charge literally all day. I’m the CFO so would only have to convince one person 🤞
The last sentence sold me….
 

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