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One last hurdle...looks like I'm waiting to place an order.... :(

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by TommyBoy, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. TommyBoy

    TommyBoy Member

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    Wife and I did the test drive. WONDERFUL! Everything going great through the initial systems description, etc. Then to the test drive. Uh-oh, no backup sensors!!!!!

    Didn't matter that the rear-view camera is gorgeous, the car is silent, etc. My wife absolutely lives for those beeps. She has poor depth perception and she's vertically-challenged and the Model S does not have great rear visibility in the first place. My wife's SUV is a big, burdensome beast, but she sits high up and uses those front and rear parking sensors ad-nauseum. She said she'd hit something in the Tesla the first week and have been with her for 26 years I know she's right!

    So I received the "kiss of death" on this car. "You can go ahead an order it, but I won't be driving it." While that may sound like a win-win to some of you (heh heh) it's actually quite horrible. That would mean she'd be driving that gas-guzzling monster everywhere and she does most of the driving with our kids. The Model S would be our family car and would hopefully be used 90%+ of the time since I work from home.

    So now I have to watch these forums hourly and check the Tesla website configurator until I see "front and rear parking sensors" as standard or an option.

    Catch ya in a few weeks hopefully!!!!!
     
  2. bollar

    bollar Disgruntled Member

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    Bummer.

    I am familiar with the "kiss of death" from the better half. Let's hope that parking sensors will be available on this side of the pond soon.
     
  3. jeffro01

    jeffro01 Active Member

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    I'm in a similar situation although it's me who wants the sensors more than my wife does. I don't want to put in an aftermarket solution and now that those are available on the EU models it'll only be a matter of time before they become available on the US side.

    Jeff
     
  4. TommyBoy

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    It's tricky because if I was on the waiting list and then I saw that the cars were now available with parking sensors I'd cancel my order. With a backlog of several thousand cars there are going to be a lot of people doing that. I guess once you're in production, however, you'd lose your deposit - which may or may not be enough of a deterrent for cancellation. In other words when I finally am able to place my order I could see that wait being 3+ months. Hell, I'm most likely looking at Christmas if they get the sensors released here in the next couple of months.
     
  5. bollar

    bollar Disgruntled Member

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    What model are you looking at? The wait may not be as long as you fear. The P85 looks to be available in about a month, and the 65 2-3 months, so once the parking sensors are available, maybe as little as a month?
     
  6. TommyBoy

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    Black, P85, 19" wheels, no pano, tech, sound studio, no charging options....GOOD TO KNOW!
     
  7. darthvdr

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    My wife was on that boat, but she is getting used to that big ole screen
     
  8. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

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    It is sooo easy to tell where you are with the backup camera that I prefer backing into spots over pulling into them. I can park within an inch of where I want with that backup camera and the auto-tilt side mirrors.
     
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    Ditto. Came from a 5-series with rear parking sensors to the Model S. The BMW got driven straight into a cut off tree stump without the rear parking sensors making a beep. The Model S backup camera is infinitely better - you can park within an inch as Jason said.

    Now the lack of front parking sensors is a different story, but the solution is a front or surround camera - not sensors.
     
  10. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Word. I back up to my garage door (still haven't emptied it out) and park within a couple of inches. I could do better--I'm lazy and the HPWC reaches. But when backing into spots anywhere, it's like a dream.

    But yeah, a front camera would be a sweet addition and make parallel parking a total breeze, instead of the half-breeze it is now. ;-)
     
  11. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Active Member

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    Buy your wife glasses or ask for a divorce. Either way, you should still get this car! LOL
     
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    That's bold!
     
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    I just picked up a 60 loaner without the tech package. After I finally figured out how to convince the car to let me in (buttons are so last decade), I realized another thing - the rear view camera without tech isn't HD. It's not quite as easy to back up without the HD camera due to both lower light level and detail.
     

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