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Quantifying the wait...

Discussion in 'Model S' started by mcornwell, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. mcornwell

    mcornwell Active Member

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    Seeing that it seems like forever before I'll be able to take delivery of my S (P2747), I thought it might make the wait easier if I could cross off on a calendar the not-so-fun things that I will have to do between now and the end of November:

    189 more work days (minus about 14 days of vacations and holidays)
    23 more trips to the gas station...
    Take the trash and recyclables out to the curb 38 more times...

    I think I'll focus on the last one and keep a tear off sheet with #'s printed on them in the garage, and rip off one every Tuesday evening.
     
  2. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    This is a fantastic idea!
     
  3. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    This is great! A countdown to freedom!
     
  4. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Not going to the gas station felt kind of odd at first (I still have to go a few times a year now since I drive my Jetta now and then) but you get over it pretty quickly. Owning an EV is great, even if it doesn't clean the air like biodiesel does:smile:
     
  5. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    I kept thinking something was wrong after the first few weeks.
     
  6. SByer

    SByer '08 #383

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    In the last couple of months before my Roadster arrived, I really started resenting having to get gas!
     
  7. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Am resenting the weekly trip to the gas station already! I have another 7-8 months to go!
     
  8. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    99 tanks of gas for my tank, 99 tanks of gas, burn one down, head back to town, ... :|
     
  9. widodh

    widodh Model S R231 EU

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    I'm not a fulltime Roadster driver. But for these two weeks the Roadster is at my house and it feels odd.

    I've driven multiple gas stations thinking: "No, this car can't do anything with gas, stupid!"

    @ TS: With P2747 you are lucky. I'm P178 (EU) and I'll probably have to wait until the beginning of 2013 :(

    That is:
    - About 1000km of commuter traffic on my bicycle
    - Burn some 1500 Liter of fuel
    - 48 weekends to spent without my Model S
     
  10. evinfairfax

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    You guys are lucky! I was very late to this party, so I still have 14-15 months of gas station visits.

    And, yes I already hate them. Why can't my car have a full tank and be ready to go when I go down to the garage each morning? Why???
     
  11. mcornwell

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    To further quantify my wait, I dropped off my Audi S4 to the dealer this morning for what I assumed would be a relatively inexpensive coolant leak repair bill. Just got the call from the service writer that it needs a new water pump and the valve cover is leaking oil. $2,500 to repair. On a car that has 25,000 miles.

    Two lessons: Never assume repairing a German automobile will be inexpensive. And damn I hate ICE components...
     
  12. evinfairfax

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    At 25k miles, that must be under warranty, right?

    I wonder what it costs to repair the cooling mechanism on the battery pack of an S.
     
  13. widodh

    widodh Model S R231 EU

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    Don't start about Audi here! I had a Audi A3 2.0TDI which had a broken cilinderhead after <100.000km (60k miles). They refused warranty and the repair was EUR 6.000,00

    That's why I switched to Toyota :)

    Gives me another reason for wanting the Model S!
     
  14. mcornwell

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    I wish. Only 25,000 miles, but just turned 8 years old... Also had a wheel bearing go out a few thousand miles ago, that was like $700.

     
  15. mcornwell

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    That's what I have as a loaner. Not quite as fun as my S4, but having fun trying to hypermile...

     
  16. Jkam

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    Had a friend that owned a Maserati. A routine service cost him $3k. A few months later the car was sold.
     
  17. Lloyd

    Lloyd Active Member

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    Try airplanes, were a medium size turboprop will run $20K for an annual inspection.
     
  18. AustinPowers

    AustinPowers Total Smeghead

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    You have an S4 and in eight years have only driven 25,000 miles? That's less than nine miles a day on average. Why spend a helluva lot of money for a car like an S4 if you hardly use it? Nine miles a day - that's hardly worth buying a bike for ;-P
     
  19. evinfairfax

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    My "fun" car does about that many miles a year, maybe about 30% more. It's not my daily car, I use it on nice weekends in the country and a few track weekends (road courses) a year. That's what fun cars are for. Nothing wrong with that, right?
     
  20. AustinPowers

    AustinPowers Total Smeghead

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    Right. But that's the US for you. If you lived in Germany you would think twice about buying (and especially owning) a car just for fun. Because running costs for cars in Germany aren't any fun at all - especially with those cars that would normally provide most fun, i.e. fast cars with big engines. Of course that is the whole point our lovely government is trying to make. They would prefer it if we all drove Nissan Micras or the like...
     

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