My understanding is that as long as you order the same model within a certain timeframe you don't lose your deposit. You may want to check with your Sales Advisor.
Yes, you are correct. We allowed the order to get cancelled automatically fully expecting to lose the deposit. A Tesla sales advisor called us a couple of days later to ask why we were cancelling and to tell us about inventory cars meeting our specifications with significant price drop - we explained that we wanted to wait for HW4. She immediately stated that they had no timeline for HW4, but they would hold our deposit for use when we were ready to place the order. That was nice of them to do so.
Also, Tesla is definitely cleaning out current inventory for both Model X and Model S - there is no option on the configurator to place a new order. The 'order' button directly takes you to inventory vehicles only. Hopefully, there is no price increase when the order option opens up again, but it is a risk we are willing to take.
Nope, no birds were shot, no accidents occurred, no nasty looks from passerbys, no horns were blown. And my passenger didn't really realize that I had it on.
I'm not saying that it is this way all the time, but this was an example that it can be this way some of the time. You are not guaranteed to die if you turn it on.
Most of the time people freak out if the car does something that they wouldn't do. Same type of thing occurs when driving with other people. Same thing happens when teaching kids how to drive. I've found that in most cases, all you have to do is just give it a chance and it will quickly recover itself.
There's one section of road near me, where the main road goes straight but both mine and my wife's car invariably turns on the turn signal and tries to turn left. Sure, I can panic and override it. But I also know that if I let it do it, it just wiggles the car a little bit and then turns off the signal. There was bridge construction next to it and I think that the road geometry doesn't exactly line up and the car tries to compensate. But there are many situations where if you just let the car drive and not override it, it will end up doing the right thing.
My reaction times are a lot faster than my wife's. I'll often let the car do it's thing for longer than she does. She then learns that she can indeed trust it. She still keeps her hand on the wheel and the hands turn as the wheel does. I stopped that a long time ago and mine is usually only holding the bottom right of the wheel and I let the wheel slip through my hands when it turns.
FSD takes getting used to. I've had my Model 3 for 5 years and lived through the incremental upgrades and have gotten used to how the car drives. I can generally predict where the car is going to have issues and either override or most commonly press the accelerator so that the ride is nice and comfortable.
I really wish that Tesla would have a staged "Learning how to exist with FSD" experience. As so many people are going from complete self-driving to the FSD beta experience, it can be overwhelming when you are expecting perfection. Even when FSD is released, there will still be LOTS of complaints just because the car doesn't drive the way they do.
It's been interesting listening to the complaints over the years, one of the best is that the car doesn't move to the left of the left lane when passing trucks, because that's the way "I do it". Just because you do it doesn't mean that it's the right way. The right way is to stay in the middle of the lane. If you are in the middle lane and drift to the left when passing a truck, you encroach on the car in the far left lane.
It is amazing how similar our driving habits are. My husband is a lot more willing to let the car FSD do its thing like you are on local roads. The car almost always makes the correct decision, sometimes with some hesitation, but it is always safety first. He is fine with the car taking more conservative approach to driving. I am a lot more impatient and will intervene much earlier - often to press the accelerator because the car is being too slow. The longest drive we have done is 65 miles entirely on FSD with 1 minor intervention (pressing accelerator as the car was too slow on the on-ramp to the freeway due to construction) - this was all the way from the driveway of our house to the parking lot of our destination.
I had not intended with my post to initiate a long debate regarding the attributes of FSD when I posted my complaint about the pricing having changed since our order. But it is interesting to read this thread and realize how many folks either don't understand the huge benefits of FSD or just criticize without personal experience. I cannot imagine any future car without FSD on, and I would rather get the current top of the line hardware even if it is not entirely utilized for some time. We also decided against subscription for FSD as we do plan to keep this car for a long time.