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Regrets?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Alysashley79, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. Alysashley79

    Alysashley79 Member

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    I have to say I absolutely love love love my model S. From the day we picked it up I've said I got the car of my dreams and wouldn't change a thing. I still wouldn't. (Well I think I'm going to get some cyclone wheels but that's minor) however after driving a loaner car for the past few days I have a couple extremely minor retreats that I thought I wouldn't ever like and a couple things that weren't available when we got our car that I thought I would like and I don't...

    1)I'm in LOVE with the pano roof. I don't have it on my car. Both my husband. Any I didn't think we liked it even though it was on one of there cars we test drove and wasn't on the other we both thought we liked the one without. However now that the weather is nice out and. I can open it up and let some vitamin D shine in. I like it. However again this is minor and nothing that I can't live without..:)

    2)upgraded sound. Neither of the test drive cars had the upgraded sound so we didn't know what the difference was but just figured that what we did hear was good enough and really and truly it IS what comes with the car is fantastic I mean tesla goes above and beyond in putting so many speakers standard in hey he car where many other even high end cars don't. I was in my moms 2013 Mercedes glk and she has upgraded sound and my standard sound system sounds better! Anyway the loaner has the upgraded sound and OMG it sounds phenomenal!

    So those are my two tiny little things that I wish I'd have added and the sound system I can add and I live in seattle where tomorrow. It'll rain and I'm sure I won't care about the pano anymore. Lol.

    Disappointment: parking sensors! They weren't available when I got my car last year and I've pulled to close to curbs several times and have thought....it sure would be nice....however I'm pretty disappointed not only in how it functions but also with how it looks....it has a very undesired look on hath bumpers....

    anyone else ever driven a loaner and had any small wishes ones that at the end of the day doesn't make you stop grinning over the love of your life (your tesla) but still made you think...
     
  2. highfalutintodd

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    - In retrospect, I wish I'd gotten the P85 instead of the regular 85. I was already spending so much money that another several thousand just seemed insane, but looking back it was foolish not to go for it. Especially since I was early enough in the run that it was cheaper than it is now and gave you tons of cool stuff that's now a la carte if memory serves.

    However....

    - I recently had Tesla Service install the carbon fiber spoiler, so there's one regret down.

    - I just bought a set of slightly used grey turbine 21" wheels off this very board to at least complete the "look" of having a P85.


    No other regrets. I got every other option I wanted or cared about. Would have gotten parking sensors if they'd been an option back then, but really happy with everything else.
     
  3. invisik

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    I'm scared to drive a loaner for this very reason. :) I will have to insist it is a non-P model. I got basically everything I wanted (which was pretty much everything they had) so I'm not left wanting too much. I'm not a superfast driver so the S85 is great (feels faster then my S500 so I figure I'm ahead).

    Just drive it!!!!

    -m
     
  4. Btrflyl8e

    Btrflyl8e Active Member

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    UGH, drove two loaners with the yacht floor, which wasn't an option when I ordered. Such an expensive cosmetic option, really dumb to add after. Mine was installed Saturday before last... Sigh
     
  5. JohnQ

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    I was driving to the airport with a co-worker today (in my S) and he asked this exact question ... were there any options that I regret not getting. And the trigger was mentioning that I had a loaner during annual service. Truthfully, the only thing I miss in my car is the subwoofer in the upgraded sound system. The parking sensors, folding mirrors, pano roof, yacht floor, etc, that were in the loaner are not missed at all. Personally, I didn't like the piano black or black interior either but that's neither here nor there.
     
  6. iKhalid

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    That's why I preferred to get a 60 with the options I wanted over an 85 without any. I will enjoy the options everyday and maybe miss the battery size once or twice a year.
     
  7. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Wish the P85+ was available when I bought.
     
  8. Ugliest1

    Ugliest1 S85: "Sparky"

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    When we were in Portland last month we dropped into the sales centre and saw our external colour grey with interior grey. My wife (who makes such decisions) thought it looked far better and classier than the black interior we have. There's nothing else option-wise that we care about - our car is perfect for our needs, and wants, and wishes. And we're actually very happy with the black interior too because we lucked into a) an inventory car that b) actually had a couple MORE options than we would have ordered, so c) avoided the dreaded waiting period. I wouldn't have survived it.
     
  9. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    My "favorite" regret: not getting the twin charger for $1,500 from the factory - the after-the-fact installation cost of $3,600 is unjustifiably high.
     
  10. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Two things I couldn't have changed (Tesla controlled the timeline):
    1. Parking sensors.
    2. Plus package.

    One thing I could have changed:
    3. Lease a Roadster to get my S earlier.... and enjoy a Roadster for a few months.
     
  11. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    I purchased a P85 Signature with all the options available at the time with the exception of the rear facing seats.

    I certainly don't regret purchasing the car and I have only a few minor regrets even when considering the newly offerred options. Parking sensors would be nice, but frankly if they were offered I doubt I would want those dimples marring my beautiful bumpers. :wink:

    I didn't care for the quality of the installation of the factory installed paint armor and I didn't like the partial coverage of the front trunk hood. I paid to have the partial coverage removed and had the entire hood covered with paint armor.

    I have the upgraded sound package and I really enjoy the overall sound and the convenience of Slacker Radio. However, I am disappointed by the poorly implemented surround processing. It frankly doesn't work, period. If I knew it was possible to gain access to the individual amplifier channels I would seriously consider having an aftermarket surround processor added.

    I feel that overall Tesla has designed an elegant interior, but it is unduely minimalistic and the front arm rest/cup holders are poorly designed. In the absence of door storage there should have been a center console option available at the time of purchase. Since there wasn't I purchased an aftermarket product from Teslaaccessaries. Tesla has just recently begun selling a center console option, but the production rates are very slow. The rear seats should have had a fold-down arm rest with built-in cupholders. Almost two years ago Tesla developed an prototype rear center console/arm rest that could be retrofitted, but for some reason they have yet to offer it for sale.

    Shortly after the car was released Tesla changed the description of the Panoramic Roof to add an included manual sun shade that was supposed to be retrofitted on the early cars. To date that has not been done and the shade was removed from the current description of the Panoramic Roof. Tesla has recently released a sun shade for the rear hatch. I have purchased it. It is well-implemented, but over-priced. In the absence of the promised pano shade I have purchased tinting.

    I would have liked the option of a compact spare tire that would fit in the front trunk.

    Likewise I would have liked the option of adaptive cruise control.

    Larry
     
  12. GDH

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    The parking sensors are great and you can barely see them. I would also like to see a sun shade for the Pano.
     
  13. Canuck

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    Upgraded sound is my only regret not for the sound quality but because I really miss satellite radio. I thought I'd be happy with Slacker and Tune-In but they're just not the same as satellite.
     
  14. Frankrb

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    I love my MS85. That being said, since Larry brought it up, I will rant about my biggest bit.. with Tesla!

    I think Tesla was really unethical regarding the promise of the pano roof sunscreen and then dismissing their promise. I also had it in writing from my delivery specialist and made an issue of it. In summary, Tesla tried to blow me off, but refused to be " dismissed". After a heavy-handed and protracted negotiation, we finally settled on some consideration and reached a "negotiated settlement". Still no pano roof shade :(
     
  15. DA808EV

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    New owner here, I've had my Model S for about 3 1/2 weeks now and my one and only regret is not getting the panoramic roof. Still kicking myself for not getting that option, esp every time I see a MS with panoramic roof on the road.
     
  16. WeazL

    WeazL Moderator - Hawaii

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    After having driven a loaner "P"85, I would have gotten the Performance model. I describe the power of the 85 to people as "scary"...and the P85 as "terrifying." I guess I should say..."my next one will be a P85! mwahaha
     
  17. Alysashley79

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    +1 my husband has always been a spirited driver of our cars a go kart etc. However the first time he got into our P85 to drive it home the power of it scared him a lifted and several friends that have driven it have said it's terrifying how much power is behind the wheel! I didn't ever think a car could actually scare my husband. Gotta LOVE tesla!!!
     
  18. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    The number one regret is not being able to purchase two of them. Other than that I would have loved the non-leather seats had they come with seat heaters when I purchased mine. I would also like the winter package
     
  19. mgdurand

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    I'm an occasional Beemer/Ducati rider, and I LOVE the power of the P85, it makes passing effortless. I also like having the feeling that I can "squirt" out of funny situations on the freeway, like by being boxed in by a truck and someone swerving on the phone, etc. Just floor it once in a while to get your nervous system accustomed to the different rate of visual input changes :smile:

    My "regret," or something I would do differently, is not get the armor and have a fuller aftermarket installation. In Arizona there's a lot of grit around; I got a stone ship just above the factory armor on the hood during the first 200 miles. I would also get the standard wheels and install Rials later instead of buying the Cyclones. I wanted 19" for reliability but have grown unaccustomed to the cyclones, a purely aesthetic thing.

    All in all, six weeks and over 6,000 miles later I'm very happy.
     
  20. Brass Guy

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    After about 8 months driving it, I still think I'd order mine the same - green 85 with nothing. After trying the other options in loaners, I don't miss anything, including anything from the tech really. Well, except the electrochromatic mirrors. Also I was lucky enough to order after the textile seats included heat, and they still included the interior lighting package, which I would not have ordered; but its nice.
    If I had to share it, I'd need the tech for the driver profiles alone.

    I've said it before and still stand by it, it's perfect for me.
     

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