TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

Sub Zero package worth it in North California?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Quesder, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. Quesder

    Quesder Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2016
    Messages:
    243
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Hi guys,
    again it's me, the always hesitating guy.

    My daily drive is at bay area. I don't really think I need a sub zero package.
    For the cold steering wheel, I can covered it with a $30 fake-leather cover. (I won't forget one night in Jan 2011 I parked my Corolla outside overnight and the next day I just couldn't hold the wheel. My left hand and right hand held it in turn every 30 seconds for driving).

    But do you think I actually need the sub zero package if I want to go skiing during the winter? I spend so much on the car and I want to utilized it (and the unlimited super charge) as much as possible in its life span.
    I think I can pre-heat the whole cabin with my phone APP 10 min before I enter the car?

    What do you say according to your experience?
     
  2. oktane

    oktane Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2016
    Messages:
    1,207
    Location:
    USA
    No you don't need it. Front seats heat up anyway. The only nice feature is the heated steering wheel.
     
    • Like x 1
  3. Az_Rael

    Az_Rael Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2016
    Messages:
    2,321
    Location:
    Palmdale, CA
    You can preheat the car with the app. Its awesome.

    If I was only going to be in extreme cold conditions occasionally, I would probably just invest in a nice set of driving gloves to keep in your glovebox. Then you won't have any trouble handling the cold steering wheel.
     
  4. Bet TSLA

    Bet TSLA Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2014
    Messages:
    859
    Location:
    Cupertino, CA
    I love the cold weather package. My rear seat passengers appreciate the heated seats. They use less energy than heating the cabin. When I take my car to Tahoe it's a very good thing to have. I don't have the heated steering wheel as my car was built in 2014, a few months before it was added.

    I wouldn't buy a Tesla without it.
     
  5. anxman

    anxman Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2014
    Messages:
    363
    Location:
    san francisco, ca
    I live in SF and Santa Cruz. Never wished I had sub zero. I do like my heated seats though.
     
    • Like x 1
  6. theslimshadyist

    theslimshadyist NashVegas!

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2016
    Messages:
    1,005
    Location:
    Franklin, TN
    I live in Nashville and I've been using it everyday. I love the heated steering wheel and heated wipers, bonus are heated seats for the rear passengers.
     
  7. ucmndd

    ucmndd Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2016
    Messages:
    366
    Location:
    California
    I live in the Sierra foothills in a "colder" area of California and this is basically the one option I elected to pass on. Haven't missed it yet, doubt I will.
     
  8. theslimshadyist

    theslimshadyist NashVegas!

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2016
    Messages:
    1,005
    Location:
    Franklin, TN
    #8 theslimshadyist, Dec 31, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2016
    The sub zero package is similar to how I explain my ownership of an apple watch to people when they ask me about it, especially when it was first released and it goes something like this...

    If you don't have one, you aren't really missing anything as you live day to day without it. However, if someone gave you one for a weekend and you had to give it back, you probably wouldn't want to. I look at my sub zero the same way and that is now that I have it and that I have used it frequently, I know that it's there and I wouldn't want this feature to magically disappear. If I had to go back and order my car all over again, there's no question or hesitation that I would include it again.

    I look at it like this.... what does SZ cost these days like $1K? I spent $157K for my P100D and SZ was .06% of the overall cost of the car. If .06% was a deal breaker, I probably should have been looking at a more affordable vehicle. No brainer!

    No, my reply isn't intended to be a flame or an insult it's simply my reasoning and justification for a "nice to have" option. :)
     
  9. Bet TSLA

    Bet TSLA Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2014
    Messages:
    859
    Location:
    Cupertino, CA
    That's .6%, but what's a factor of 10 between friends. If that's how you make decisions....
     
  10. Owner

    Owner Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Messages:
    1,316
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Gosh, never even considered it.

    Is your car parked in a garage? If so no need
    If you ski say once or twice a year, overkill.

    Non-garaged, avid skier - different story and I'd consider it then.
     
  11. theslimshadyist

    theslimshadyist NashVegas!

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2016
    Messages:
    1,005
    Location:
    Franklin, TN
    Yes, I meant .6%, thanks for pointing that out.
     
  12. caltechkid

    caltechkid Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2016
    Messages:
    197
    Location:
    Taxifornia
    I'm in SoCal and love it.
     

Share This Page