For 1.5 years, I was a non-owner who reserved online minutes after reservations opened. Then I bought a no frills CPO S, which was intended to take the place of the 3. Either car would have been fine, but I just wanted to get off dino juice as soon as possible. The CPO S was comparable in price to what I would have configured for a 3. For me, being efficient is higher priority than economics or car performance. I already had the solar panels, so an EV was a no brainer. And I appreciate Tesla for disrupting the auto industry. Without Tesla, traditional auto would still be sitting on their 100-year-old tech satisfied with small incremental improvements and cashing in.
I thought all I cared about was efficiency. Once I drove the S, the driving experience won me over. The S became my wife's daily driver, and It became very hard to drive my ICE car (yes, serious 1st world problem). So I started to consider the 3 again - I never canceled my reservation. For a while I considered waiting for AWD but decided it wasn't worth the wait. I committed to the 3 as well. In total, I ended up spending way more than I thought I would, but absolutely no regrets.