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Model 3 old seats vs new seats

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by gfenn, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. gfenn

    gfenn New Member

    Aug 17, 2018
    Nashville TN
    I got my M3 RWD in late March and have always had a serious problem with the seats (first gen seats), which are super firm and honestly I think very uncomfortable - enough that they legitimately give me a bit of lower back and neck pain after more than a 15 minute drive or so. I've always though maybe I'm just crazy and it's in my head... that is until I got in my friend's newer M3 with the gen-2 seats...

    And let me tell you - they are a dramatic improvement for me personally. I spent an hour or so driving around in them, and didn't experience any discomfort (probably worth noting that I've never had a problem with car seats in general, which is why I kept thinking I was just crazy). We even parked them next to each other and bounced between the old seats and the new seats and the upgrade in comfort/support was pretty obvious.

    I went to the Tesla store today, and they said they can put in a retrofit request for the new seats, but apparently it can take several months before they even respond yes/no, and he didn't seem too convinced that they'd do it at all. If they come back saying yes, and it's free or affordable, this would be a great potential scenario.

    That said... I'm also seriously entertaining the idea of getting an AWD with the new seats so I can get the white seats and EAP/FSD (I didn't get it in mine, so saving the $1-3k late upgrade fee would help subsidize the transaction cost slightly). Unfortunately the Tesla rep also said that they don't have a trade-in value for the M3 yet, so I'd have to sell it on my own.

    Of course I'd only go down this road if I can get a reasonable value for the vehicle without too much loss (only at 3,500 miles so far so who knows). And if I'm seriously entertaining the idea of upgrading the car, I'd want to do it soon since the full tax credit expires at the end of this year, and if I get convinced to get a performance M3 then I'd need to order by the end of the month to get the lifetime supercharging.

    Anyway, just trying to figure out what makes the most sense, so any advice or opinions would be appreciated.


    Note: I know there are people who actually like the older more firm seats more, so I think this is more of a personal preference sort of thing.
  2. Jedi2155

    Jedi2155 Model 3 has Arrived.

    Jul 6, 2018
    Diamond Bar, CA
    It seems your other thread link is also not working.

    If you are looking to do a trade in through Tesla, I heard they will price match (from time to time) other car shops for trade ins. I would try at least Carmax and to get you an idea of your trade in value. Then you can ask if Tesla is willing to match the trade in.

    I went RWD, and after testing the AWD-P, they sold me on it for sure. Its just such a fun car. Your best bet economically though is still to stay with your RWD and fix the seats, but if given the option many RWD who can, and want the additionally performance definitely suggest the AWD-P. The standard AWD still gives you the same instantaneous kick though thats all your care about, and more affordable at $5k more but you're also eating the depreciation cost of your previous trade in for a $5000 AWD upgrade, vs the AWD-P upgrade.

    If you are seriously considering the Performance, please consider using my referral code =).
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  3. insaneoctane

    insaneoctane Active Member

    Apr 6, 2016
    Southern California
    I don't see how you can change from RWD to AWD (P) without losing serious cash....paying taxes TWICE, increase in options, depreciation, seems like we're talking $20K delta minimum. Also the first car ability to qualify for Fed tax credit due to short ownership is a bit grey...

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