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[Poll] As a prospective Tesla owner, I worry about ...

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by WhiskySTL, Sep 22, 2017.

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Select all concerns you have regarding purchasing a Tesla

  1. Potential for quick obsolescence due to innovation

    65 vote(s)
    32.2%
  2. Lack of local service center presence

    41 vote(s)
    20.3%
  3. Possibility of long delays for any repairs

    104 vote(s)
    51.5%
  4. Supercharger availability and/or range anxiety

    24 vote(s)
    11.9%
  5. Depreciation

    25 vote(s)
    12.4%
  6. Vehicle size

    20 vote(s)
    9.9%
  7. Fear that I won't like it as much as my current vehicle

    11 vote(s)
    5.4%
  8. Annual maintenance costs

    23 vote(s)
    11.4%
  9. Repair costs

    71 vote(s)
    35.1%
  10. Reliability

    71 vote(s)
    35.1%
  11. The long-term stability of Tesla

    40 vote(s)
    19.8%
  12. Other

    21 vote(s)
    10.4%
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  1. WhiskySTL

    WhiskySTL Member

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    For those planning to buy a Tesla soon, which of these are concerns that weigh on your mind?
     
  2. Snerruc

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    Your poll is lousy. There is no place to vote none of the above. I guess you are a troll. I VOTE NONE OF THE ABOVE
     
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  3. lupend88

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    I guess voting "none" would be not voting?
     
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  4. WhiskySTL

    WhiskySTL Member

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    FFS, you are right - I made a mistake - I am not a professional poll writer. Don't be mean. I tried to go add a "None of the above" option by replacing an option no one has selected, but it won't let me.
     
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  5. WileyTheMan

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    It's none of those for me. It's being able to handle the initial costs of ownership. The loan, the installation of the new 40a circuit at my house, additional insurance, new child car seats, etc. I'm not swimming in money, so this is taking some serious juggling to make happen.

    It's not about the Tesla. It's about buying the most expensive vehicle I've ever bought.
     
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  6. skitown

    skitown Supporting Member

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    I'm with @Snerruc. The worst thing about being a (prospective or current) Tesla or EV owner is the effort involved with keeping the discussion honest. Most people want to have an honest discussion, but there's always a small and vocal minority that have no interest in that. It's tiresome, but worth it.
     
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  7. WhiskySTL

    WhiskySTL Member

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    I did consider that as an option and left it out. I guess I'm more after your longer-term concerns with this particular choice, as opposed to choosing to spend X on a vehicle (any vehicle), if that makes sense.
     
  8. WhiskySTL

    WhiskySTL Member

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    Are you saying I am not trying to have an honest conversation, because I forgot a poll option?

    I tried to think of everything, and it did not even occur to me that anyone would answer "NONE" - because about 80% of those have concerned me at one point or another. I can't imagine having zero concerns. But that's where writing polls is harder than it looks... the need to step outside your own head to come up with possible answers others would have.
     
  9. Lovesword

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    One of my worries is the paint. I don't see it listed so I'll select other and provide a reply here. It might sound like a nit pick but I've read about Tesla's paint to the point I'm concerned it'll chip/scratch/show circles too easily. I even have a 2 hour drive to the pick up location and I fear getting home and already having rock chips and what not.

    FWIW, I plan to get black, I actually like the black and while I like some of the other colors as well, I don't like them enough to spend for them. I could be swayed though, as I keep the door open by saying I'm 98% sure I'm getting black. :)

    Oh, and another worry I have is my car being paparazzi'd in parking lots by adoring fans!!! Get away from my car you!!!
     
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  10. WileyTheMan

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    Fair enough. Then I guess I'd have to say the "delays in repairs" option would be my biggest long-term concern out of all those.
     
  11. omgwtfbyobbq

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    I'm mostly concerned about maintenance costs/reliability/the cost of repairs in the context of Tesla's current attitude towards DIY service on their vehicles. If the 3 is more reliable than my Prii, it's not an issue because if it ain't broke don't fix it.

    If the 3 isn't more reliable, Tesla doesn't offer any owner facing repair help unless they're legally required to do so, and provides no tools for maintenance/service that I know of. My hope is that Tesla will bring the availability of their service material and tools in line with what other large manufacturers provide, but I'm not counting on it either. :(
     
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  12. eSpiritIV

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    Im worried by 2020 many ICE manufacturers will be out of business.
     
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  13. DOCAL

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    Having been on the receiving end of a multi-month repair, for a very minor accident, I can say that's been the only downside of my car.
    I believe Tesla are working very actively on fixing that problem, but I hope never to need to find out how much better they are now.
     
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  14. BluestarE3

    BluestarE3 Active Member

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    I'm worried that all the Johnny/Janey-come-latelys will start buying Model 3s and the car won't be so unique after a while... same thing happened to me with the Prius. :rolleyes:;)



    (Seriously, though, I'd like to see the Model 3 become as ubiquitous as the Toyota Prius or Camry around here)
     
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  15. KarenRei

    KarenRei KarenRei KarenRei KarenRei KarenRei KarenRei

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    Just checked down the list for all things related to "The closest that any Tesla facilities of any kind exist to my country is across the North Atlantic" :Þ
     
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  16. GregRF

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    ^This
     
  17. Zythryn

    Zythryn MS 70D, MX 90D

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    What level of concern?
    My own biggest concern is the single display in the center.
    I know other cars have already done this, but I haven't driven one. Although, even with regard to that, I am more excited than anxious.
     
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  18. T34ME

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    #18 T34ME, Sep 22, 2017
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    I am fortunate since I live in the epicenter of the TESLA universe (California) so I voted NONE OF THE ABOVE. Everything here is very convenient for us and my local Service Center gets 5 stars on Yelp. I guess that if I had to vote for something, it would be, WILL I LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO GET MINE. [​IMG]
     
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  19. run-the-joules

    run-the-joules …wants to be proven wrong.

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    My biggest concern: "Can I get it soon enough to make it part of my 2017 tax filing?"

    Second biggest concern: "Will they make the iOS widget more useful so I can just swipe from the lock screen to access functions like trunk/frunk popping, preheating, etc?"
     
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  20. vfrmike

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    My "other" is interior squeaks and rattles. This is something my wife and I experience in her 2016 Chevy Volt and it completely ruins what would otherwise be a wonderful EV experience.
     
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