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Should I wait for the Model 3?

KJD

Supporting Member
Dec 14, 2013
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1,009
SLC, UT
Look at how many times the Model X has been delayed. The same thing will happen with the Model 3.

If you can swing a deal for a Tesla today, then do it.
 

JJJJuice

Member
Aug 2, 2015
16
1
Los Angeles
Don't wait. And come to terms with the fact that new technology will come out right after you purchase. Make a decision, stick by it, move on. You'll be happy!
 

DaveT

Searcher of green pastures
Nov 15, 2012
3,494
10,495
Texas
The Model S even pre-owned is still fairly out of range realistically. Any suggestions on good 2-3 year car to lease to wait for the Model 3?

I guess it all depends on your budget and what you want to spend monthly.

If you have a little more flexibility than a Sonata, then maybe consider a BMW 3 series. Or even a Honda Accord.
 

BoldSharpe

Member
Jan 3, 2015
153
40
Wisconsin
The Model S even pre-owned is still fairly out of range realistically. Any suggestions on good 2-3 year car to lease to wait for the Model 3?
Unfortunately, your options are not great. You typically pay a pretty significant premium for a hybrid over a fuel efficient ICE (a premium that you will not make up for in fuel savings unless you drive a lot) so looking at something like an Elantra or Sentra may be a good stop-gap until the Model 3 comes out.
 

Twiglett

Single pedal driver
Oct 3, 2014
2,895
2,844
Austin
If a CPO S is out of reach, then I would say the only thing that comes close to getting you the range that is reasonably priced is the current model Volt - Chevy is offering great deals to get rid of them before V2 comes out, so now is the time.
 

EVNow

Well-Known Member
Sep 5, 2009
9,588
28,365
Seattle, WA
The Model S even pre-owned is still fairly out of range realistically. Any suggestions on good 2-3 year car to lease to wait for the Model 3?
Get Leaf MY16, if the 30 kWh will be sufficient for your needs (would work if you have an ICE in the family). That should be out in a month or two. Better not to burn fossil fuels as you wait for Model 3. You can even get it for a 2 year lease and extend the lease (month by month) for a year. That would take you all the way till Sep/Oct 2018 - and hopefully Model 3 will be around by then.
 

James Anders

Member
Mar 13, 2014
892
608
Southampton, PA
I don't get why anyone would buy a hybrid. In addition to the batteries, motor(s) you still have the gas engine and all of the subsystems that go with it (exhaust, radiator, emissions controls, filters, etc).
 

mkspeedr

Member
Jun 14, 2015
764
828
Santa Clara, CA
I tell everyone our company CMAX plug in handles worse, accelerates worse, costs more and has less room (the batteries take space behind the second seat) but it has a green sticker for the commuter lane. Basically it is a $30K green sticker.

The model S is great car.
 

tkizzy

Member
Jun 8, 2015
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70
Napa, CA
I wouldn't bother with a hybrid unless it's an interesting car (eg NOT a sonata...). Just get something fun and reasonably practical with a compelling engine. Or just buy a used ICE to tide you over. I personally wouldn't bother with any of the EVs out there right now other than Model S. Or buy a clunker and save up for a couple years. Personally I'm a fan of german cars... but to each their own.
 

vinnie97

#WalkAway
Jul 24, 2014
1,110
392
southwest
I don't get why anyone would buy a hybrid. In addition to the batteries, motor(s) you still have the gas engine and all of the subsystems that go with it (exhaust, radiator, emissions controls, filters, etc).
As with any purchase, there are pros and cons. Price (OK, there is a hybrid premium in comparison to an ICE, I admit), using less oil than a pure ICE, not idling in traffic/stoplights, and great reliability are four items that come to mind. Prii have been known to get upwards of 300k on a single traction battery. The cons you mentioned are the reason I'm excited about a Model 3.
 
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marcad80

Member
May 18, 2015
107
44
melbourne, fl
The Model S even pre-owned is still fairly out of range realistically. Any suggestions on good 2-3 year car to lease to wait for the Model 3?

Chevy Volt, I have both a Model S and a Chevy Volt. Great lease prices, and you don't have to use gas if you don't want to. The Volt was my "wait" car until the Model 3 came out, and then there was CPO. Slight change of plans.
 

wallet.dat

Member
Sep 4, 2013
522
230
SW
I don't get why anyone would buy a hybrid. In addition to the batteries, motor(s) you still have the gas engine and all of the subsystems that go with it (exhaust, radiator, emissions controls, filters, etc).
When done right, you get all the benefits of electric, with none of the drawbacks. Unfortunately "done right" means spending upwards of $500K -- at least til the new NSX and GTR come out.
 

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