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Model X Replacement for Mercedes-Benz GL550

Discussion in 'Model X' started by SaniDel, Sep 11, 2019 at 1:29 PM.

  1. DoctorVenkman

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    Unless you're going to be hauling around furniture the MX has plenty of storage space. I've gone on week-long camping trips with 4 adults and comfortably fit all of us, plus all of our gear, in my 6 seat MX. You can fit long skinny things in between the two middle seats. The only thing that I've had trouble with was a bulky dresser but I'm not sure if that would have fit in other luxury SUV's.

    I disagree with the above poster about it feeling light. It's quick to accelerate, yes, but in terms of handling it's a land boat. You will not be making sporty turns in this car. The ride will be very smooth if you are ordering a new MX (the suspension was upgraded a few months ago).

    Also, the point about safety is ridiculous - someone's wife's irrational fear because the vehicle "feels light" doesn't change the fact that this car has been given the highest safety ratings from multiple agencies. You have a much lower center of gravity than other SUVs due to the battery pack, so there's basically zero roll risk. It's also much heavier than other vehicles so your momentum will win out over anything but a truck. I feel very comfortable driving this around the chaotic streets of LA.
     
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  2. alcibiades

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    You're welcome. In case I wasn't clear, I think the 6 seat X is perfect for my three kids and they don't mind sitting in the third row. Road trips are a blast (but we sure do fill up the back and frunk with our stuffs). One kid gets the way back and the other two ride in the middle two seats. No touching. So peaceful.

    Good luck on your decision. For all its many, many faults, Tesla ropes me in because I can't go back to an ICE.
     
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  3. SaniDel

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    Thanks, Richt!

    Haven't heard about 'Chill' mode ... is that the opposite of Ludicrous?

    What do you know now that would make you want the seven-seater?
     
  4. SaniDel

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    Thanks, Richt!

    Haven't heard about 'Chill' mode ... is that the opposite of Ludicrous?

    What do you know now that would convince you to get the seven-seater?
     
  5. Zaxxon

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    I didn't come from a Merc, but from a Volvo XC90. We got the 7-seat option for flexibility. It folds flat through the 2nd and 3rd row, unlike the 6-seater pedestal 2nd row seats that do not fold. That said, the 2nd row in the 7-seat variant isn't as 'cool,' as it's a fairly standard 3-wide bench seat.

    Yes, Chill is basically the anti-Ludicrous. It just 'cools off' some of the acceleration so you can use the pedal more like a gasoline-fueled vehicle without scaring your passengers. :) I virtually never use Chill, as there's nothing that Chill gives you that you can't also do yourself with judicious pedal use. But some folks prefer to just remove the crazy acceleration from the table, and Chill gets you there. It should also be noted that in a Tesla, virtually all of your settings choices stick to your user profile. So it's simple, for example, for you to prefer Chill and low regen, while your wife prefers Ludicrous and heavy regen. If you get in the car with your fob, it'll automatically apply your settings. If your wife gets in the driver's side, it'll swap.

    Whatever config you choose, welcome to the club.
     
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  6. SaniDel

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    Thanks, Zaxxon!

    A Volvo XC90 is a worthy competitor for the M-B so your decision to switch to a Tesla Model X endorses our intent.

    I'm impressed to hear that not only are there multiple profiles, but also the the vehicle can determine who is driving and which profiles to apply, which is something else our M-B can't do. Over the past four years of ownership our M-B seems to have become more 'unruly' ... the truth is we are growing older and more cautious. Knowing that 'Chill' mode is available is reassuring as we would seldom need 'Normal' mode and won't pay for Ludicrous ... we would scare ourselves!
     
  7. DoctorVenkman

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    The vehicle doesn't determine who is driving; the profile detection is done entire based on key fobs. If your wife takes your key fob the car will select your profile and vice versa. Sometimes if both of you are in the car and you both have your keys the profile selection can pick the wrong person. That being said it's two taps to change the driver profile so not a big hassle at all.
     
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  8. SaniDel

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    Thanks, DoctorVenkman ... much better said than I could!
     
  9. Zaxxon

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    Agreed, it's not perfect. But we've found that in general if the person who's going to be driving is the one who approaches the driver's door (with their own fob), the car will pick the correct profile the large majority of the time even if the other fob is somewhere else nearby.
     
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  10. SaniDel

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    Thanks, Zaxxon!

    My wife and I may fall afoul of this! We own only one vehicle, we intend to own only one when we trade it for a Tesla Model X and we almost always drive together. It is typical for us to approach our vehicle together, each with our fobs on our persons ... mine in a pocket, my wife's in her purse ... and to get in our vehicle at the same time.

    In addition ... we deliberately switch drivers after lunch as we go out for lunch every day ... it's "our thing"! So, every day after lunch our "Tesla-to-be" will have to decide who gets into which side and to pick the correct profile. Good to know if it decides wrong a "double tap" will change profiles.

    P.S. I hasten to add that none of this is possible with our current vehicle ... our fobs are identical and interchangeable although both are 'keyed' to our vehicle. Tesla's fobs are apparently unique and non-interchangeable in addition to being keyed to one vehicle.
     
  11. Zaxxon

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    Yeah, it's a super-simple 'fix' if the wrong profile is chosen--just tap the name on the screen, then tap the name you want. Changes in < 5 seconds. Which is a stark change from my Volvo, which took upwards of a minute to change everything over when a profile was chosen.

    Have you test-driven the Tesla yet?
     
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  12. SaniDel

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    Thanks again, DoctorVenkman!

    One of the reasons we are delaying purchase of a Tesla Model X is to keep our M-B GL550 until our downsizing. Once we are relocated its cargo hauling capacity will no longer be required and it will be time to trade.

    Still, there are those occasional times when you need to haul something and it is good to hear that the MX "... has plenty of storage space ... " even in the six-seat configuration. That is my preference, but we are a long way away from configuring a specific vehicle!
     
  13. SaniDel

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    Zaxxon ... not yet, but soon!

    Our son is also shopping for a Model 3 and we want him to be the "guinea pig" to lead the way for the rest of the family. He's certain to get a Model 3, but the big issues are the same for all Teslas. We're just as certain to get a Model X ... assuming we find no "show-stoppers" on this forum.

    Thanks for the procedure for changing profiles ... my wife and I are relieved to know it is that easy.
     
  14. Richt

    Richt Just traveling down the road...

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    Yes chill is the opposite. It turns the power down. I think I read to half of normal. We find that for lost trips we don’t need anything like 0-60 in 4.4 seconds.

    The net effect is a much more mellow ride. I probably drove 95% in that mode. When I now I’m getting on the freeway or there is the need to pay more attention I switch to the sport profile. This also loves my seat up a bit so I can focus.

     
  15. Richt

    Richt Just traveling down the road...

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    And the other posters are right about how profiles work.

    As for why the seven seat version. After having the five seat version for two years, we never used the extra cargo space that the five makes available. Also the folks who sit in the second seat are small enough they don’t need the extra room.

    And we do have times when we need to have six people in the car and this solves the problem.

    Finally unlike the six, you can fold the middle seats down when you have a monster Costco load. :)
     
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