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Model X Overnight Test Drive this weekend: What should I be on the lookout for?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by Kcharwood, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Kcharwood

    Kcharwood Member

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    Final step of the process in confirming my Model X order is getting the wife on board. I've spoken with my sales specialist and he has arranged an overnight test drive this coming weekend where I'm hoping the car sells itself to her :)

    A few things already on my list to checkout:
    • Nighttime driving to assess the ghosting issue
    • Get car into the garage and check the FWD clearance. (Determine which direction I would park it, and if I need to raise the garage door rails at all).
    • Determine where I should place the charger socket in the garage.
    • We're taking the kids to San Antonio for the day, so it should give me some good first hand experience with AP 1.0 (and let the wife check it out as well). Also looking forward to using a super charger in San Marcos.

    Anything else I should keep my eye out for during the test drive? Just trying to make sure I get all the questions I have answered (as well as questions I'm not even thinking of at the moment!)

    Thanks!
     
  2. MXWing

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    Wow I did not even know you can do an overnight test drive. 15 minutes was enough for the wife after a store visit. :D

    The toughest decision was 6 seats or 7 seats.

    Overall, I feel with a Tesla given the high price of a deappreciating asset more of the decisions is financial.

    -Lease vs buy
    -Price of car with option choices
    -Alternative vehicles for the money
     
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    Unfortunately, there are NO comparable vehicles at any price. All other luxury SUVs are ICE powered.
     
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    Also no others with the windshield, or the falcon wing doors, or even something like bioweapon with the three filters.

    Even if one was willing to buy an ICE, there's nothing like the X.
     
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  5. Kcharwood

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    #5 Kcharwood, Oct 31, 2016
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    Wrapped up the drive this morning. A few thoughts/details:

    I drove a metallic black 75D for the weekend with white interior, PUP, carbon fiber trim, stock rims, and rear spoiler. 7 seat configuration. Car looked fantastic!

    I picked up the car with about 70% charge, and drove it around for a bit before bringing it home Saturday night. I was planning on charging it at home that night, but then I realized I hadn't done enough of my homework and that I had a NEMA 14-30 dryer outlet, not a NEMA 14-50 outlet. So I had to charge it in a regular socket, which only gained about 25 miles over night.

    We headed out Sunday morning with a bit of range anxiety but that turned out to be nothing. The super charger experience was great. Met 3 different Tesla owners and they were all great people.

    A few notes:
    • Drove it at night, and the ghosting issue was definitely present. It didn't bother me in the little time I had with it, but it was definitely present and I was "looking for it".
    • My wife was a bit disappointed with the leg room in the middle row, and the back row. Both kids are in car seats, and could easily kick and put their shoes all over the back of the seats. Has anyone had damage to the back of seats from kids? Scuff marks or anything? Just not sure how "brittle" they are to toddlers.
    • The back row in the 7 seater definitely felt like a kids row only. Would be difficult for adults to ride comfortably back there IMO. The 6 seat configuration however is a different story. I think thats the configuration I prefer.
    • The FWD's would not open all the way in my garage, despite plenty of clearance all around. No idea why.
    • The car was still running 7.1, not 8. Was disappointed to not have the upgraded software on it.
    • I wasn't sure about the PUP, but I got use to the self presenting door very quickly :). The trim and ambient lighting were also nice touches. The AC seats didn't seem to really cool that much for me. I'm on the fence about that upgrade.
    • Autopilot to San Antonio was fantastic. I felt refreshed and not mentally drained from navigating traffic. Didn't feel like I spent close to 4 hours in a car yesterday.
    • I was surprised how much I used adaptive cruise control on city roads. It does a great job. Got spoiled very quickly with that feature.
    • Overall, I think the technology overwhelmed my wife a bit. There is a lot going on with the car, and it can be pretty intimidating. Any tips for easing someone like that into a car like this?
    Overall A+ for me. Loved every minute of it.
     
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    The falcon wings default to opening half way indoors these days - there's an option on the center screen to override that for a given place, something like "always open fully at this location" - which still uses the sensors if it sees obstacles.
     
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  7. Kcharwood

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    Ah didn't realize that!
     

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