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No gas makes driving a lot "easy" -- are you concerned about mileage?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by gnychis, Mar 24, 2014.

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How concerned are you about mileage?

  1. I drive it wherever, whenever. No worries.

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    89.0%
  2. I try to keep my mileage reasonable

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    6.6%
  3. I proactively try to keep my mileage low

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  1. gnychis

    gnychis Member

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    #1 gnychis, Mar 24, 2014
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    Without having to shell out a lot for gas and simply plugging in every night, I've found that it's easy to drive a lot in the car and not think much about it. In my first month, I put almost 2000 miles on the car. High mileage on cars traditionally lowers their resale value. A lot of moving parts and a lot of wear and tear in traditional ICE cars makes mileage a good reason to decrease the car's value over time. With the Tesla and significantly less moving parts and wear and tear, maybe it does not correlate as much. On the other hand, the Tesla's battery range can/will decrease over time. Keeping mileage relatively lower could prolong battery life. Last concern is still the 50k mile warranty.

    All of that said... do you ignore the mileage you're putting on your Tesla and rack the miles up, or are you still mindful of it? I'm torn. I'm sure it varies by person.
     
  2. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    The low cost of electricity and the fun-to-drive component means I invent reasons to drive places.

    I'll drive 20 minutes one way to pick up a soda for my wife in the Model S. :)
     
  3. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    I was shocked to learn that in about 15 months I'd put 25k miles on the car. Not bad for a car with "limited range". I'm not really looking at resale, so not too worried about it.
     
  4. Liz G

    Liz G P03056

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    When I was a kid, my grandmother and I used to hop in the car and just start driving. At each intersection we would randomly pick a direction. Got to see a lot of Wisconsin countryside that way.

    Haven't been able to do that kind of exploring in a long time, but thanks to my Model S, now I can.

    39K+ miles and still loving it.
     
  5. GlennAlanBerry

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    Well, if you are afraid to drive your Model S because the resale value might be marginally lower, that sort of defeats the purpose of having it, at least to a certain extent. I think condition generally trumps mileage, so taking good care of your Tesla by keeping it garaged and clean, inside and out are good ideas. But I am not going to hand wash and detail it every day either.

    I would rather enjoy my Model S rather than worry about putting too many miles on it... :)
     
  6. dhrivnak

    dhrivnak Active Member

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    I am VERY Concerned with mileage when going on a trip as higher speed charging is still a distant dream.
     
  7. Brass Guy

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    For the most part I don't worry about it. My plan is for this to be my last car, so resale value doesn't matter to me at all. What does concern me a little is the 50k mile warranty. I've always been in the 20k-25k/year bracket which makes my warranty about 2 years. After the warranty's up though, I'll definitely be doing some touring!
     
  8. CanuckS#69

    CanuckS#69 Member

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    I've got nearly 70k km on mine already. I'm unconcerned with resale value as I'm not planning on selling. Pry. Cold. Dead. Fingers.
     
  9. Johann Koeber

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    I think this is the first car I drive for pure pleasure. And I don't even feel bad about it. If it is worth my time, it is certainly worth the little less in resale value.

    Enjoy.
     
  10. Gizmotoy

    Gizmotoy Active Member

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    No particular worries, here. IMO, any resale value hit from mileage is going to be dwarfed by being among the early generations of electric cars and by being an expensive car. Resale values on existing EVs are bleak, and high-dollar ICE cars take huge hits. I expect the Model S to fare better, but I'm not expecting much.
     
  11. brianstorms

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    I was showing my car to a Tesla factory manager the other day while I was charging at Fremont, and he remarked in passing, "Your car will last for a million miles."

    But I try to keep the mileage to 12k or less, annually.
     
  12. mkjayakumar

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    And I can easily see that the resale value will largely be dependent on the available range rather than the miles on the odo.

    A 100k miles S with 220 miles range is preferable to a 70k miles with 190 miles range.
     
  13. JPP

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    Not worried about mileage and resale value at all. Find that I am driving about 20-25% more than I used to because it is so easy, so effortless, and so cheap.
    Scheduled for my 12k mi service this Thursday (will be at 13k by then) in only 10 months.
     
  14. Jess

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    Not worried about resale or mileage at all. I bought the car for the long haul & because I drive about 30-40,000 miles annually.
     
  15. gnychis

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    Wow, thanks for the overwhelming response with the poll! I really appreciate it. A lot of people take the EV and go-wherever approach. I'm learning that I'm racking up the miles in the car also.

    This is a good point. I had assumed that two Model S's with the same mileage left in them would have roughly the same amount of rated range left. I'm sure that how many "range charges" used or how often the battery was close to 0 will have an impact on this. I'll have to spend some time over in the battery subforum.
     
  16. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    This is the second car I've driven just for pure pleasure (The first was the DS-21).
     
  17. roblab

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    Driving 100% more than I used to (38,000 in 18 months). Easy, effortless, cheap, yes, but also FUN. Makes you feel good in way too many ways, car is gorgeous. I don't even think about reselling. I may never resell.

    Best Car Ever.
     
  18. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    5600 miles in 4 months. Driving is pure pleasure. Don't give the mileage a second thought and always looking for reasons to go somewhere.

    BEST. CAR. EVER.
     
  19. Plug Me In

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    I still try to walk or ride bike for short trips whenever possible from the standard energy conservation standpoint. That being said, I drive a lot more in this car and I'm not concerned in the least about resale value or putting high mileage on the car. 15k miles in first year, which is probably the most I've driven in one year.
     
  20. neroden

    neroden Happy Model S Owner

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    I am putting more miles on the car than I expected to. This raised my insurance rates (after I notified my insurance company). The overall numbers for me (~8500/year) are still low enough that I'm not worried about anything like the warranty or battery life, though.
     

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