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S/3 Comparo -- Driven Back-to-Back-to-Back

Discussion in 'Model 3: Driving Dynamics' started by ForeverFree, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. Stratusbill

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    According to Bjorn post back seat of 3 is better than S.
     
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  2. cantanko

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    Being in a right-hand drive market, I’m reasonably sure we’re a good year away at least from M3. That being said, by the time it does arrive I’m reasonably sure the Model S3 will be with us (S being the original, S2 being the facelift according to the App’s API) and I’ll have to reconsider everything again! May be out of my price range by then however, so not even thinking about it until all the options are actually available.

    Still can’t help but think the AWD performance M3 will suit my use case way better than the land yacht that is the S, but right now for me the S 75D is the best thing in the world, because I have one :D
     
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  3. bstronger

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  4. Sunshine State

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    It depends on what you are comparing the 3 to. It may be better than a 2013 S but a newer S is also a huge improvement over an older S.
     
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  5. bstronger

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    Writing from Amelia Island just arrived after
    P85DL cruise down from CT. Easy 500 miles
    Day 1 then 400 day 2 including blowing away a
    Few Carolina muscle cars on I95. Very satisfying
    Awaiting M3 AWD intended for my wife but
    Hoping for some local hands on for the CT back
    roads. Cannot however imagine preferring
    It on I95 trip. Of course we’ll see what the next
    S version vs next 3 versions include.
    Btw do not do this:
    If in auto steer and you accelerate past 90 the
    Software will immediately deny auto steer until next stop. A sort of Tesla naughty boy message.
     
  6. aldux

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    Interesting comparison. I got my Model X last week (100D) and am loving it! We seem to be incapable of the whole "traveling light" mode, so the SUV was a logical move from a Lexus RX450h. But now you've got me wondering about the forthcoming Model Y. My wife still has a Lexus RX400h, so when the time comes...
     
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  7. Canuck

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    The OP's assessment was only for the regular powertrain. Once the P3 comes out the comparison to the PS can be made. Until then, that jury is out. But it seems the jury has come back on the S vs. 3 and the 3 has the majority of jurors.

    It's the exact opposite for me. Most of my driving is on windy mountain highways. I still love driving my S on them but can't wait to get my 3 to see how it performs. Tesla surprised us in Canada and moved our dates from late-2018 to mid-2018. Bring it on!
     
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  8. Roadster84

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    Ive got all three models (S, 3, & X).
    Model S P100DL is the winner. With my little experience of an European Rally Car Driver, racing on a frozen lakes in Canada and Finland and on a twisties of a Mount Palomar in Southern California, I can assure you that if you know how to drive not just to cruise to the local Whole Food groceries store you can appreciate performance and handling of the S P100DL in a capable hands,
    Model 3 on other hand, as it is is a cute upgrade for Toyota Prius or Nissan Leaf drivers, but if you have ever put through paces fully modified competition level Ford RS, or Rally specs Subaru, or roar California Canyons in DB 9 or F12 then, and only then you will realize that for half among of money you have a contraption capable of spanking all of the exotics on the tight curves with CG as low as Corvette, yet with all wheel drive confident hook up and acceleration matching 1000cc sport bikes roaming California Canyons, and so you will enjoy this cage immensely...
    Model 3 is cute to roll with your Mother In Law to a church for Sunday Holly Mess, but as it is, it is only capable of successfully competing with advanced Prius drivers on the Costco parking lot?! ...
    Just an observation of s motorsports enthusiast and not neutered Costco shopper.
     
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    We had an RX450h and the comparison between the X and the RX is a good one. The X is a similar car to the RX450h for comfort and soft ride on a long trip. Even the newest S with the same Tesla luxury seats isn’t as good for overall comfort and neither is the 3. The X has a heavy luxury feel with the by far biggest windshield view of any car our there. We took a road trip to the Florida Keys and the Autopilot and huge windshield made it one enjoyable trip up and down the overseas highway.
     
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    We had a Mazda Miata with our S, and added the "3" to the fleet. We spend a lot of time in San Francisco and over the GG Bridge, and both find the "3" more agile and more suitable to narrow SF traffic and bridge lanes, and shortage of parking spaces -- it feels much more than the 4+ inches narrower. We plan to take the more comfortable-riding S on a cross-country tour, and of course the "fuel" is on Tesla. The Mazda still gets a little use by my wife around our suburban town, but my wife is even more ecstatic about the "3" than am I. At one point we were thinking of keeping the "3" and selling (no sales tax) the S to my son, but he got his own, used S at a price he couldn't refuse, and we don't want to part with ours! We've figure out how to juggle 3 cars in our driveway, so we'll keep the whole fleet, for now!
     
  11. darrelld

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    I faced the Model 3 vs Model S decision and decided to keep my CPO Model S. My daughter is taking over my reservation for the Model 3.

    Just cant do this with a Model 3. IMG_3022.jpg
     
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  12. Keith S

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    Were they I FACT...dual motor model 3's..???? Still cant get a 100% correct answer...
     
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    Can't do this with a Model 3 either. Still: I want mine NOW!!! IMG_1781.JPG
     
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  14. Keith S

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    If ya slice it in two...ill fit lengthwise...
     
  15. Canuck

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    #35 Canuck, Mar 8, 2018
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    It better be for the price. Please tell us something we don't know.

    I know this is said "tongue-in-cheek" but nevertheless the 3 is much more of a vehicle than you are willing to admit. Not everyone is a racetrack driver and it is more than sufficient for most people to have a lot of fun in it -- even in advance of the P version. I don't go to church, and my mother-in-law lives half away around the world in Australia (which works for me) so I'll be using mine to drive to my cabin and back a lot and I know for a fact it will be much more fun than a Prius, and probably more than my S85. But of course not as fun as P100DL (although there's a lot to be said for a small car on a windy highway).

    In my view, you need to step down from your pedestal a bit.
     
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  16. Canuck

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    This reminds me of Mnuchic's wife tweet:

    Same attitude.
     
  17. ℬête Noire

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    If you are replying to Mr. "First post ever" Roadster?? (I forget exact username), yeah I wouldn't bother. ;)
     
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  18. Canuck

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    Yes, you're right. But given his attitude I just couldn't help myself. It's nice to have comparisons from people who own the vehicles, but his only examples were insults -- Leaf, Prius, church and mother-in-laws -- it just doesn't get any worse! ;)
     
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    Unfortunately nonstandard acronyms or abbreviations are unhelpful, and this applies to both sophisticated and unsophisticated EV owners. What does UI refer to? Much appreciated.
     
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