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Results after driving my tesla for 16 months

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Dhnelson26, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. Dhnelson26

    Dhnelson26 Member

    Dec 9, 2013
    Boca Raton, florida
    I got my Tesla Model SP85+ in November 2013 and have driven more than 26,000 miles since then. I am located in Boca Raton, Florida and drive almost 2,000 miles per month. My previous car was a Mercedes Benz S550 which is a great driving machine but it is expensive to operate. Both cars cost about the same. I paid for my Tesla about $137K with all the options but the rear facing setas. In the MB I used to spend about $400 per month just for fuel, then came the Service A, B and C which are already expensive, without throwing in extra items like: brakes ($646), or other serviceable parts.
    I installed an 80amp Tesla charger in my house where I charge 90% of the time, as there are no superchargers in the Miami area yet, but have been surprised by many Hotels that have free charging stations for their customers (Mandarin Oriental for example). Although I have no independent meter to calculate just the KW consumed by the Tesla, its very easy to compare with my previous electricity bills. I pay now about $60 to $80 extra per month (depending on how many miles I drive) in my electricity bill. So there you get your first $330 in savings right away, but what people don't understand and I have realized is that my beautiful Tesla is almost maintenance free! I have only changed the rear tires in more than 26,000 miles of fun driving. That is where you get the real savings: Mainteneance: No oil, no spark plugs, no "tune ups", no $150 navigation CD updates, no expensive brake pads, etc It's just a FANTASTIC piece of equipment!. And the best of all: It's exhilarating and fun to drive. You always find your destination thanks to Google maps, you see real time traffic and get detours to get to your destination faster, you can hear all the music you want, hear to radio stations from all over the world!.
    Congratulations Tesla Team! I'm a 100% satisfied customer and I don't think I'll ever go back to combustion engines again. In fact, I will soon give my current Tesla to my son as soon as he graduates and then get my model P85D. Then comes my wife.....she wants also one :scared:
  2. Cyclone

    Cyclone Cyclonic Member ((.oO))

    Jan 12, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    Your son will love this! I miss Boca Raton. I used to work there back and remember that fuel costs quickly add up, even back then. I keep hearing all the great things about a Tesla and am excited for when I end up finding the right non-P S85 for our house. Right now I am enjoying another cup of coffee before I take the ICE out for an oil change; loving the coffee, but would rather have another cup than head out! Have you don't road trips with the car? Any thoughts on that? Part of our planned savings would be that that we drive from NC to Fort Lauderdale on occasion rather than flying. Currently, at 20 MPG, it isn't worth it to us to take drive and fly down and use one of my parent's cars while down there.
  3. Krugerrand

    Krugerrand Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2012
    Thanks for sharing your story, it warms the heart.

    P.S. I'm available for adoption.
  4. TES-E

    TES-E Member

    Jun 23, 2014
    Casa Grande, AZ
    Excellent report. Thanks for sharing!!
  5. mhpr262

    mhpr262 Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Old Europe
    ... and, as car makers realize how many customers their expensive service is costing them, they may be be forced to lower their costs for the stuck-on-ICEs- rest of off us.
  6. capt601

    capt601 Vin02324

    Feb 22, 2011
    Mission Viejo, California, United States
    The car makers don't care as its all in the hands of the dealers. And dealers make 2/3 of their profit from the service center.

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