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One Day of Ownership

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by smsprague, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. smsprague

    smsprague Member

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    After one day of owner ship my new Tesla is even better than expected. I was concerned about a few things based on all the great info on the forum.

    Seat Comfort - Driven about 4 hours and I really like them

    Initial Quality - Perfect

    No Center Console - We like the open space

    Standard Sound - Fine by me - We really like slacker

    Pano Roof in Arizona Heat - No Problem

    Lack of interior storage - No Problem

    Stalkers - 2 People already stopping out of the blue to ask questions

    Cup Holders - Actually fine

    AC Noise - Boy it is loud, first thing my wife noticed
     
  2. Great Dane

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    Very much like my first thoughts
    I just turn the ac off just before I get to my destination
    also not so loud in range mode
    the seats are still hard for me
    I still give it a perfect score!
    Any other car seems like such a waste
    of heat and noise.
     
  3. FLDarren

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    Spot on smsprague except for the ac noise. Mine doesn't seem very loud. Awesome vehicle. I wouldn't trade mine in for any other car, regardless of price. This car makes sense on every level. EVERY LEVEL!
     
  4. smsprague

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    Also FM & AM radio reception is fine
     
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    Try the HD radio- it works well too- Glad your car is perfect. I've had mine 2 weeks and driven over 600 miles I just smile more each time I get in it. Pretty cool having an amusement ride on wheels.
     
  6. smsprague

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    Do you need to do anything special for HD Radio
     
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    Is the AC noise unusually loud or just noticeable as a result of no engine noise? When on a test drive I thought it was more noticeable as a result of no diesel engine in my case.
     
  8. MyJoule

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    We don't have a lot of HD stations here in Tucson, but I found you can select FM and then dial to a normal station ( for example 92.9) and then I think all I did was push the arrow to make it go to 92.9-1 (digital my music) or 92.1-2 (alt programming i.e. Smooth Jazz) You can see what stations have an HD signal at HDradio.com, then entering your location. Hope this helps.
     
  9. smsprague

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    AC noise does not seem load driving just when it is sitting cooling down
     
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    Curious how hot is it in Tucson yesterday?

    I have not experienced any A/C noise but don't live in the desert.

     
  11. smsprague

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    105 was the high - but it a dry heat
     
  12. MyJoule

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    I believe the sound the AC makes is normal, I was in Seattle this weekend and heard the same sound from another MS as it sat and "idled" and when you shut it down, there is a squirrel cage sound as the fans come to a stop. Both mine and the one I heard in Seattle did the same thing. On another note, the guy I talked to in Seattle had the rear window shade, It looks pretty nice and he said it helped his grandkids ride in the back. I may get it to reduce the solar loading here in Tucson. Haven't decided on which tint to get on the windows yet ( if any) Finally, I ordered the "heat shield" front window blind yesterday. Hope that reduces the heat load while parked, even though the AC does a good job cooling the car down when it's hot.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Not so dry today- the Dewpoint is up over 55- Monsoon's are about to arrive, then we got to try out the windshield wipers :smile:
     
  13. smsprague

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    Looks like I was listing to HD radio without knowing it
     
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    The AC does work great - the pre cool feature is very useful
     
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    Congrats Smsprague, I am jealous! BTW, I am also following in your footsteps - I have a MC Red Model S on order and also installing a solar PV System (9 kWh). Never thought I'd have a car "powered" by the Sun!!
     
  16. smsprague

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    Tint today on all windows but pano - using formula one pinnacle ceramic tint - using this tint based on past experience with my other cars
     
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    Congrats smsprague, it's always good to see another person whose delivery lived up to their anticipation! (And given how much we all anticipate these cars, that's saying something!)
     
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    5 day update.

    Tinted windows, including windshield - really made a difference. Did not tint Pano not needed. The air conditioning works great.
    Wife and I really like the seats (this is compared to a Acura MDX and Mercedes E Class) - I have never sat in a Mercedes S class.
    Slacker is awesome - nice that it is built in and I do not have to mess with my phone
    Pre cooling the car with the phone app is a great feature
    Boy the car gets a lot of attention from strangers, my kids friends, neighbors etc.
     

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