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Nigel's Model S

Discussion in 'Model S' started by NigelM, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    #1 NigelM, Oct 30, 2012
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    The last weeks were frustrating, but there really wasn't much to be done about it and now the wait is finally over!

    Two years ago the Deepwater Horizon oil spill galvanized us to put solar on our roof and something just persuaded me to start checking out why there wasn't a decent electric car out there. I stumbled across the Tesla Roadster and Graham Carroll (I mention this because Graham is now coincidentally Store Manager in Florida) responded to my e-mail by calling me from California and persuading me to take a test drive at the St Petersburg Festival of Speed. That test drive was an hour long but tempted as I was I made the excuse that my wife would have to check out the car. Will Nicholas (now Regional Manager in the NE) brought a Roadster over to our house 2 days later but arrived just as my wife was leaving on the school run, lightening fast he just told her "Take the Roadster to pick your daughter up..." and gave her the keys. About 15 mins later as he and I were drinking a coffee my phone buzzed with a one-word text from my wife, it read "Orgasmic!". I signed the papers and we ordered a Roadster. It didn't take very long living with a Tesla (and I'd discovered TMC by then!) that we knew we needed an electric family car and so we signed up for Model S and later a visit to Fremont last October saw me hand a check to George and JB to upgrade to a Sig Special.

    Fast forward a year and my car was expected in early October; I signed the documents and handed over my money. Then things started to go wrong; problems in QC, parts on order, waiting, waiting, waiting. The people at Tesla were doing their best and it finally got sorted, followed by another wait on QC and then logistics and the car was on a truck heading east. I got the GPS tracker for the truck and experienced the exquisite pain of seeing it get closer and closer while stopping to drop off other cars in various States.

    At 11.00am today, Sarasota experienced it's very first delivery of a Tesla Model S. Ben Bird (TMC member, but he's not allowed to post here anymore!) pulled up with our car abut 5 minutes early; he's been doing a great job trying to keep us updated and as I knew Ben from his days as Sustainability Manager in Bradenton it was a pleasure to see him again. Larry and his wife were due to come over but although they only lives a few miles away he managed to get lost (blamed it on his GPS! Huh!) so we took the first pics ourselves.

    Car unloading:

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    It was a beautiful day. Sun shining, light breeze and 69F:

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    Ridiculously silent, she backed down the ramp. I think my Roadster was jealous as she had turned her back on us:

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    The dog came to try figuring out why this big thing was moving with no noise:

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    Happy wife, happy life...:

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    Larry showed up and brought champagne, so we forgave him for being late:

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    (Tesla management reading this: please note that Ben refused to drink even a sip of champagne as he was driving. He took coffee instead)
    Thanks to Mrs. Larry for being photographer!

    Sig Red looks great against a green background:

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    First drive was to Mote Marine Laboratory for a meeting with some VIP's, kinda appropriate considering Mote's key role in the aftermath of the oil spill. :smile:

    First music with pano roof open and windows down was Oxygene (live version) from Jean-Michel Jarre.

    First drive hit 96mph before running out of road (it was a private road so nothing illegal!). :biggrin:

    Due bill:

    1. HPWC
    2. Parcel shelf (it's being redesigned)
    3. Vehicle Guides (hard copy)
    4. Connector bag.

    Two minor issues that Ben brought to my attention: there's a small bubble in the paint armor behind the rear door and the mirror auto tilt isn't working.

    I do have the screen chin cubby. Not good pics, but someone asked so here it is:

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    Car came with the latest version of firmware (I.15.8 is that the latest?) already installed.

    Someone asked if it's possible for the driver to leave the car with music and a/c continuing working for passengers; the answer is yes. Apply the brake with the touch screen and you can exit the car with key and entertainment continues..

    Pairing with my phone was a breeze. Call quality is excellent.

    Homelink was also a breeze and took about 20 seconds to complete.

    Music sound quality from my phone (iPhone 4S), from radio and from slacker was first class.

    Software controls for the phone app is there so I anticipate the app itself coming soon.

    Driving the Roadster is to be really in touch with the road; it's a sports car and you can throw it around and really have fun. Driving Model S is like riding in a very fast hovercraft; less pure fun than the Roadster but almost feels like a spacecraft, very special. Took a number of S curves and hardly felt any roll, even at speed. Seats are comfortable and saving driver profiles was very easy. Visibility out the back window sucks, but it's better than the Roadster so I don't care too much. The HD reversing camera is phenomenal.

    Experienced a few people pointing with outstretched arms as I went through town and a truck driver who stopped beside me at a light and proclaimed "That is one cool car, man!" :biggrin:

    Picked up my daughter from riding and she showed all her friends the key; they thought it was super cool. Everyone loves the car. :biggrin:

    My daughter had the idea that we now should buy an X so that my wife and I can drive the S and the X and she can have the Roadster when she's 16! Yeah right! (She's 9!!) :biggrin:

    My wife announced it to be "the perfect car". I found out this afternoon that tomorrows work has been cancelled due to windy weather so we're going to take a drive to Tampa and lunch at The Capitol Grille. :biggrin:

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    Oh, did I include enough :biggrin:'s in this post? Here's a few more:

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  2. DriverOne

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    Sweet! The reversing camera is great, definitely reveals all in the blindspots. (I'm hoping the SD camera does the same!)
     
  3. Norbert

    Norbert TSLA will win

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    Congratulations! Great photos and report!

    P.S.: :D
     
  4. TEG

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    Congrats! Thanks for the big "play-by-play" update!
     
  5. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Awesome Nigel!! Congratulations! It's a beautiful car (and you're wife's kinda cute too!).
     
  6. kcveins

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    Congrats!
     
  7. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    I should have added that Ben spent about 2 hours here. 45mins after he left I also received a congratulatory e-mail from Neil Joseph in Fremont. Nice touch!
     
  8. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    I wish you joy of your gorgeous new ride, Nigel! Great report, I can hear the enthusiasm in your voice clear across the country. I'm four weeks into the ownership experience and I still have the permagrin that arrived during my first drive.

    One thing you might check: your mirror auto-tilt feature may be working, but the mirrors may be set so there's no difference between the Drive and Reverse positions. Mine was that way. Try putting the car in Reverse and adjusting the rear view mirrors for the downtilt you want, and see if it doesn't remember that setting the next time you put it in Reverse.
     
  9. DaveVa

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    For the mirror auto tilt do the following to correct - (1) put the car in reverse, (2) set mirrors to desired "reverse" setting (3) re-save your profile. You will now have separate drive and reverse settings for the mirrors. :)
     
  10. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Thanks. The DS told me it wasn't working so I didn't attempt anything; I'll give that a try tomorrow.

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    I keep remembering things: the black support bar across the pano roof...it's really quite discrete, I actually didn't notice it until I went back to specifically look for it.
     
  11. STxTesla

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    Nigel....you can now rightfully say that you were once "The Happiest Man on the Face of this Earth".
    Congrats on a BEAUTIFUL car!!
     
  12. JakeP

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    Absolutely brilliant NigelM, so glad to see your beauty is home at last. I can tell from all your smileys that every last millisecond of the wait was well worth it!
     
  13. Zextraterrestrial

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    I have a Tesla grin after reading your story!:biggrin:
    Superb!
     
  14. Babylonfive

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    Congrats from Texas Nigel! Great looking family (cars and people!)
     
  15. Zythryn

    Zythryn MS 70D, MX 90D

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    Congratulations Nigel!
    And thank you for the fantastic play by play story:)
     
  16. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    So happy for you and your wife! Congrats!
     
  17. steve841

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    I had my Tesla grin going from the first pic posted! Enjoy!
     
  18. AnOutsider

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    Finally! Missing the red!
     
  19. xhawk101

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    Nigel, beautiful car! Glad to see them arriving in the region-somehow eases my wait. Enjoy capital grille tomorrow. :)
     
  20. Charged_Up

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    Nigel - (and Mrs. Nigel) - Congratulations - I felt your frustration and tomorrow afternoon I should feel your joy as my car is in Dania awaiting Brandon (my DS) late afternoon tomorrow. Salut! Enjoy in good health....

    Keith
     

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