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New Guy: General Tesla Questions

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Buster1, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. Buster1

    Buster1 Member

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    Hi folks. Thanks for having me.

    I am very interested in a Tesla Model S, and hope to purchase one in the near future. I have done a bit of research, but would like the opinion of some real Tesla owners regarding a few questions I have. Thanks for taking the time to reply!

    1. How good is the Model S Air Conditioning? I live in Vegas and when it hit 119 F, the A/C in my current car is on max.
    2. Should I not consider a dark color car due to the heat?
    3. How does the Pano roof work with the sun and heat? Is it a greenhouse?
    4. Any advice or issues with the 21" Turbine wheel for daily driving?

    Probably my biggest question:
    5. Buy a CPO car or new? What are the differences or drawbacks with the CPO warranty?

    Thank you!
     
  2. habanero69

    habanero69 I Dont Need Cialis. I Drive an EV.

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    I'm in S FLorida,I know decent heat too.

    1) Seems to be OK. I can be quite comfy in the front with fan on 8 or 9 (11 is max). Not sure about back seat, although it has a vent for them. Mom didn't complain. Highest I have delt with is about 105, so your 119 might be pushing a bit. Others from your area will know.
    2) Maybe. I've always had black cars with black interiors in FL for 25+ years. It's a little hotter, but I cope. I just like black on black.
    3) You can get shades for them. I notice some heat, but not intense. It already has a UV blocker built in. My tint guy wouldn't tint as he said he'd been told it might crack the glass. Others on here have tint an no issues...


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  3. callmesam

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    #3 callmesam, Oct 13, 2016
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    1. Good. I live in SoCal and have driven to Vegas in the summer often. Precool your car before you get in and it doesn't matter what color you get which gets to
    2. Choose your favorite color.
    3. Pano roof does a great job of reflecting and shedding heat,
    4. 21" are fine for daily driving as long as your roads are excellent. The minute you start to introduce potholes and curbs, avoid. They cost much more and have a much shorter lifespan.
    5. Most CPO still have existing warranty left. CPO warranty supplements that beyond 50K miles.
     
  4. Jason Shelton

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    1) Decent. Not as good as other luxury cars but give it a few weeks and you will get use to it. When I'm the only one driving I do close all the other vents so I can get more air flow. Usually I have it on max for about five minutes then I put it to 50%.
    2) I love black and will only buy black. Heat doesn't seem like an issue.
    3) It does have factory tint but I did tint the pano roof and no heat gets in, it's incredible. I do have my whole car tinted as well as the front windshield. I just like the look of tint.
    4) If you are going for look then YES it's a must. Just be prepared to get new tires every 15-20k miles. I have them and I think the look is well worth it.
    5) I purchased mine brand new and pick it up from the factory. I am going to always purchase new, that's just me though.

    Below are some pictures of the beast!
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  5. steve841

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    Heat ..... use that app to cool her down.

    Also, the new protection feature (105* cabin max) should also alleviate that hit on a hot sunny day.
     
  6. MichFin

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    1. How good is the Model S Air Conditioning? I live in Vegas and when it hit 119 F, the A/C in my current car is on max.
    A/C is fine b

    2. Should I not consider a dark color car due to the heat?
    Same as any car

    3. How does the Pano roof work with the sun and heat? Is it a greenhouse?
    I heard some complain about it.

    4. Any advice or issues with the 21" Turbine wheel for daily driving?
    In Michigan where we have potholes everywhere I would not suggest 21"

    Probably my biggest question:
    5. Buy a CPO car or new? What are the differences or drawbacks with the CPO warranty?

    Lease the car... I've had my car for 18 months and I'm already jealous of the new stuff.
     
  7. Sir Guacamolaf

    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    #7 Sir Guacamolaf, Oct 13, 2016
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    1. How good is the Model S Air Conditioning? I live in Vegas and when it hit 119 F, the A/C in my current car is on max.
    -- Its bad. The AC is hella weak. So is the heat. You can use the app to remotely cool/heat the car, but it just doesn't keep up when its really hot, and on top of that it sounds like a jet engine. So much for the quiet peaceful EV drive, with a lawnmower strapped to the front doubling up as an AC.

    2. Should I not consider a dark color car due to the heat?
    -- Personal choice. Definitely tint all glass though.

    3. How does the Pano roof work with the sun and heat? Is it a greenhouse?
    -- Not quite a greenhouse, but it does let in some heat. I put transparent tint on my car's pano and it helps.

    4. Any advice or issues with the 21" Turbine wheel for daily driving?
    -- 19's are better. 21's are the high heels, look cute, but super impractical. Northeast, I'd say stay away from 21's, but las vegas, maybe your roads are better.

    Probably my biggest question:
    5. Buy a CPO car or new? What are the differences or drawbacks with the CPO warranty?
    -- Can't buy extended warranty on CPOs. And I'd suggest not getting a very old CPO, the newer cars are more reliable and better.
     
  8. Sir Guacamolaf

    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    Uhh no! If you buy a CPO at 35K miles, you are covered until 85K. Not 100K.
    So 50K/4 years from the date of purchase (basically same warranty as new) - except you cannot buy extended warranty on top on a CPO.

    And given Tesla's ludicrous repair costs, extended warranty or selling the car in 4 years are the only two sensible choices. But your risk tolerance may vary.
     
  9. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    I'm surprised it took that long for someone to say how bad it is.

    My wife's ICE has a MUCH stronger AC. That being said, it's usable.
     
  10. Sir Guacamolaf

    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    ^^ That's a better way to put it. AC is not great, but it's not unusable, just don't expect the comfort of a 100K car.
    In Las Vegas, where it gets REALLY hot .. it may matter though.
     
  11. calisnow

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    Personally OP I think the A/C is just fine here in So Cal on even the hottest days (and I've driven it to Phoenix as well) but I need it at 10 or 11 to stay chilled. Which is fine - I don't see the issue. To me that means the a/c is just fine but the lower settings are not that great.
     
  12. Sasmania

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    1) I live in Phoenix, with a 2012 dark blue P85 with Pano Roof. The AC works great in my opinion.
    2) The car can handle the heat, but yes, a lighter color might be a bit cooler and easier to keep clean.
    3) Do NOT skip the Pano. You will love it, and it doesn't add to heat much if any.
    4) 21s look amazing, but 19s are WAY more practical. I started with 21s, but switched.
    5) I bought my used before there was even the CPO program which offers even better warranties and have had no problems.
     
  13. calisnow

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    OP - yes go for pano. I have it and even though I almost never open the roof I enjoy the more airy feeling the cabin has, and occasionally looking up at the sky, buildings, etc.
     

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