TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

Ownership a week and a bit in

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by Funhouse, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. Funhouse

    Funhouse Member

    Jun 30, 2015
    Sydney, Australia
    Rather than clogging up the Confirmed Orders thread, I thought I'd post how it's been going in a new thread.

    As I mentioned before, I got a screw in the right rear tyre on delivery day and that provided my first Tesla moment. I headed down to my local tyre shop that I've dealt with over the last few years, at Quakers Hill. After I parked and got out of the car a bloke raced over to me saying "I can't believe it - a Tesla in Quakers Hill! Do you mind if I have a look?" He's a local lawn mowing contractor and he knew all about the car. Then the owner of the tyre centre came out. He'd heard of Tesla but not seen one. I explained what had happened and he said he'd see if he could patch the tyre. He had to drive it onto the hoist, so I had to give him instructions on how to move it and how to put it in jack mode and where the jack points were. He was blown away just driving it slowly across the yard to the workshop. While they were checking out the tyre, the lawnmower guy and I were having an in depth discussion about the car and he was taking photos and rang his wife excitedly to tell her what was happening. I would have offered him a test ride, but he had his lawn mowing gear on and ultimately, after the tyre centre baulked at attempting to repair the tyre, I needed to get back to St Leonards as soon as possible.

    Anyway, when they handed the car back, I asked the tyre centre owner how much I owed him for taking a look at it, and he basically said "Nothing, just driving it was enough". So, despite the annoyance of the tyre, their reactions made it much better.

    Next day, I surprised my sister and Mum by turning up in it for the trip up to the Central Coast. My sister, who is something of a car nut and drives a TT, loved it and when we get a bit more time, I've promised to let her have a drive of it. Mum said she thought the car was out of the future while we were on the trip up. I'm not normally a fan of driving on the M1, but the TACC made it easy and stress free.

    Then it was off to work with it last Monday. I ended up doing test rides at lunch time every day Monday to Thursday and even managed to convert a couple of the die hard sceptics with some spirited acceleration runs up the M2.

    Sadly, after less than a week of ownership, I already had two noticeable stone chips on the bonnet. The combination of the darkish colour and what seems to be soft paint seems to invite them. So, I spent some time on the weekend touching them up and the car is currently getting a full body paint protection film applied. I'll have it back on Wednesday and at least have some protection against further damage. I'm also expecting my Wheel Bands to arrive later this week and I'll get them installed this weekend.

    The car certainly turns heads, and I've seen a few instances of phones being taken out to grab a photo.

    All up, despite the tyre and paint chips, it's been an exceptional week and an exceptional car. What I really like is that I'm happy even to sit in the crappy M2 traffic now, instead of dreading the drive home. I even got off the M2 at Pennant Hills Rd once last week and headed through Dural to get home, just because I wanted to drive the car and it would take longer that way.

  2. ZTrekus

    ZTrekus Member

    Feb 8, 2015
    Sydney, NSW
    A delightful story Funhouse... Lovely to read. (Not sure what TACC means??)

    Please send us some photos of the car and your wheelbands. Anxious to know what colour is the car and those of your wheel bands track and insert.

    Also, send the details of the people who will put the paint protection film on your car. Will an after shot of that be any different? I am very curious about that, I had previously never ever heard of such a thing until I started reading this forum. I have not yet made a decision on whether to do that for my T when it arrives Late Sept. So anything on that would be helpful, price, looks, how protected, what happens if someone tries to coin it, what happens if you prang it, etc etc...

    Lastly, congratulations on your purchase. I am sincerely excited for you.

    Take care.
  3. brewster

    brewster Member

    Sep 6, 2012
    Portland. Vic. Australia
    Traffic Aware Cruise Control
  4. cynix

    cynix Member

    Jul 7, 2014
    Sydney, Australia
    Hi Funhouse, I'm seriously considering full body wrap as well. Would love to hear about your experiences once you have it done.
  5. Adapptor

    Adapptor Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Perth, Western Australia
    A great read Funhouse, thanks for sharing. I'm 6 months into ownership and still get 'that feeling' when I buzz up the garage door : )
  6. Keiron

    Keiron Member

    Dec 9, 2014
    Gudday Funhouse
    I'll bet your get that strange almost surreal euphoric feeling as you jump in every time and the inner kid inside screams in your head- hoooolllyyyyy its actually MINE.. then you cant stop grinning..:love:

    I still do!

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.