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Overnight test drive

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Nbryce, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. Nbryce

    Nbryce Member

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    Taking an overnight test drive next week. I know it's person to person, but wanted to get some thoughts on what things I should "test". Thanks for the advice.
     
  2. javawolfpack

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    I would say if you can get into your driveway if that's a concern, if it has auto-pilot test that on the road. Likely loading/unloading the vehicle (maybe go grocery shopping?). I would think of the things you do on a near daily basis that requires your car and try to test the vehicle with those conditions to see what options help and how it performs.
     
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    Coolest thing I've done in the model S was different zero-60 tests if they give you a P90DL. You can change the software from the VIN screen to limit acceleration from a 70, 70D, 90D and P90DL. It's amazing to feel the differences. Slowest model is still fast!
     
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    I took an overnight test drive last year mainly to see how the car fit into my extremely tight garage, and also clearance of the trunk lid when opening inside garage. (If you have any clearance issues, I believe only the power liftgate can be adjusted to a user-set max opening height). I also wanted to check the cargo capacity of the trunk (golf clubs, etc). I made a point to drive to many of the places/routes I would normally go, and also gave a couple of the nearby free public chargers a try (I have 110V in garage). The car is pretty big & wide, so if places you go or work have tight parking spots it might be good to check those out for comfort. Aside from generally trying out AP, you might want to give auto-park and summon a try if those might be useful to you. Have fun!
     
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    If you are thinking of buying but don't quite have the money right now, or want to put it off awhile, or just unsure about it I advise against a test drive. Once you get in this car and play around with it , your done! You will be ordering immediately :) Like Gaskilla says do it before the 15th for $1000 off. Personally, I had researched the S but planned on waiting for the model 3............then I took a test drive. Now i'm waiting on delivery :) Many test drive stories like that here on the forum
     
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    I really wish I did an overnight test drive. I would have had my garage doors widened earlier.
     
  7. Nbryce

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    Thanks for all the good info. I'm driving it about 2 hours from tesla to my house so that should be plenty of AP time. Also really looking forward to the garage fit and how he car seats sit in the back (got a toddler and infant). Also would like to try out the summon feature for garage parking. For some reason I'm super concerned about how it will fit in my garage. Right now I have a Prius and highlander parked in there. Will get rid of the Prius when we get the tesla.
     
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    I didn't even realize an overnight test drive was an option... will keep that in mind potentially for my next Tesla :)
     
  9. Austin Powers

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    The model S can easily replace your Highlander. I'd keep the Prius just to reduce footprint.
     
  10. chargeshare

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    It's not offered to all and sometimes they will tell you no if you ask. YMMV..
     
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    When you are using summon, it will be quirky if you have tight clearance on either side with the garage opening. First of all, dowload the app to your phone. If you just try to use summon from the column stalk to garage it, it may stop part way in and refuse yo go any further. With the app, you can eyeball the clearance amd resend the command if there is sufficient clearance. The summon command is VERY cautious now and I suppose is gathering data.

    I use the summon to park mine every night in the garage. It does a better job of centering it than I can from inside the car and eyeballing it from outside the car gives me sufficient confidence to repeat the forward command. I am sure it will be better with time and software updates soon.
     
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    True that. I was lucky to get the 24hr test drive;)

     
  13. Nbryce

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    We want to keep the highlander due to it having the third row that can fit adults comfortably at least for short drives.
     
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  14. Nbryce

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    Will I be able to use the app on a car I don't own and only will be driving for a couple days?
     
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    Not typically.
     
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    Certainly not. I asked this same question on my 24 hr test drive last week. Still loved every single minute of it. Wish I didn't have to sleep so I could have kept driving.

    Took my friend out and accidentally hit 110mph without even realizing when passing on the highway. It's scary how effortless that was, seriously.
     
  17. Master One

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    I wish they had overnight test drives here where I am, must be an American thing. Had to rent a Model S for a day from a local taxi company, the real test drive from the Tesla Store was just a one hour event with the sales specialist in the car.

    And I really would place an order in advance before the current referral program ends (see my sig), those 1000 EUR made a crucial difference for us, because due to local sales tax policy I would not have been able to go for the Premium Upgrades Package otherwise, it was the barrier to lose a considerable tax refund.
     
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    I asked and was told no. I went & did a test drive for about an hour with the Owner Advisor with me. I placed my order that day, knowing that I could cancel within a week & get a refund. A couple of days later I talked to my Owner Advisor & told her that I was really thinking about canceling my order and I asked if I could have an overnight test drive. At that point she that it would not be an issue & made arrangements for me to come pick up the car. I drove the car about 85 miles in just under 24 hours & it cemented my decision to buy a Model S! I drove one freeway curve that I drive multiple times a week to test out autopilot since I expected it to be a tricky curve for AP. The first time with the OA with me the car struggled with that curve. I was then given the same 70D for my overnight test drive & I drove that stretch of freeway two more times. The subsequent times the car was perfect. I could see how quickly AP learned on that stretch & others that were tricky for it. I can't wait to get my car!!
    I really missed this during my overnight test drive. I use the app a ton with my current EV & really hated having to get into a hot car that was parked in the sun with no app access on the Model S!
     

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