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Tempus doesn't Fugit while awaiting Model 3--what to do?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by EV3Tim, Apr 26, 2016.

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  1. EV3Tim

    EV3Tim Member

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    Waiting for some 21+ months until our Model 3 enters production tests our patience--especially for first timers. What can we do to keep motivated and help give the illusion that time is flying?

    1. Read related books:
    - "The Electric Car Guide 2015: Discover the truth about owning and using electric cars" by Michael Boxwell.
    - "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future" by Ashlee Vance.
    - "Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age" by W. Bernard Carlson.
    2. Arrange a Model S test drive.
    3. Have a NEMS 14-50 electrical socket installed in the garage.
    4. Keep an eye on the Tesla Motors Club, Teslarati and Tesla Living blogs.
    5. Watch Tesla Motors Fans YouTube videos.
    6. ?

    Any other ideas for those patiently waiting for a S3XY Tesla motor?
     
  2. rapoport3a

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    6. Live on a different planet.

    I'm afraid that point 2 may be aggravating…
     
  3. ArtInCT

    ArtInCT Always Learning

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    Get out and buy a CPO Model S... turn it in when you get the 3. (maybe).
    A friend of mine just purchased the first Consumer Reports Model S and is loving every minute of it.

    Certainly, the time from now when your Model 3 will be delivered is going to be exceptionally long even if everything goes according to Tesla's schedule. For the 3 to be in full production it requires 2 major systems to be functioning well.... the Gigafactory and the 3 line at Fremont. Fingers are crossed.
     
  4. AEdennis

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    A cheaper option would be to start driving EV now is to pick up a used Leaf or other EV. Used 2011-2012 Leafs are going for less than $10,000. This is the option we put my mom in a few years ago and did again when that Leaf was totaled in late 2015.

    There is nothing that would make you appreciate a Tesla more than when you drive its competitors' EVs.
     
  5. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Well-Known Member

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    Totally forget about it until you're asked to configure.
     
  6. wbrumfiel

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    LOL that is part of the problem if you ask me. I have 0 desire to drive any other EV besides a Tesla
     
  7. CTreast

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    I'm actually having a blast in my off-lease $9k Leaf. If I'm having this much fun it in - I can't even imagine what my 3 is gonna be like. Plus save some gas $ while you do it. I vote Leaf! Check Craigslist I bet you'll be surprised.
     
  8. AEdennis

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    #8 AEdennis, Apr 26, 2016
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    @wbrumfiel almost all EVs are a blast to drive. And since you're in Colorado, your state rebate is very generous and includes USED EVs. (just added: $5,112 credit for Leaf in Colorado. (up to $6,000 for larger batteries)) I would say that you probably can get a used Leaf for a lot cheaper than other places. And as @CTreast can attest (and many others) driving EV now will lower your fuel costs significantly thus allowing you to save faster for that Model 3.
     
  9. jonnyg

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    Same here. Not the prettiest car for sure, but it does the job for around town and short trips for me.
     
  10. Lunarx

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    #10 Lunarx, Apr 26, 2016
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    Lease yourself a big fire breathing ICE car like;
    Charger Hellcat
    C63 AMG
    CTS-V

    Enjoy the last stand of ICE Performance.
    You have the rest of your life (after Model 3) to drive EV.

    If you leased a Leaf, you might die of boredom, before the Model 3 came out :oops:
     
  11. ucmndd

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    NOT doing any of these and going about your life for another two years would seem to be the best way.
     
  12. wbrumfiel

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    Lol. I own an Infiniti G37x. Fun little car, terrible gas mileage. I'll just kill the environment in that for 2-3 more years
     
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  13. AEdennis

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    Let me just say...

    This is what my cost per mile for fuel has been

    EV - $0.008 to $0.03 (depending on tariff)

    ICE -
    Hybrid Honda $0.09
    BMW 3 Series $0.15-$0.17
    BMW X5 $0.25-$0.27

    Needless to say, depending on how much driving you do... You could save a lot driving an EV sooner rather than later. Not even mentioning the environmental impact stuff.
     
  14. Bangor Bob

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    Yah, I'd need 2 - one to drive to work and then drop at the Nissan dealer to charge, and the one I left there yesterday to drive home...
     
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  15. AEdennis

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    It's not for everyone, just the majority that can make that trip. Typically those in more urban settings. CHAdeMO does recover 80% of the range in about 30 minutes. I used to drive a 80-100 mile range EV that did not have any fast charger options. The Leaf at least has the CHAdeMO option that makes it a more usable car.

    My first suggestion would be to pick up a CPO or inventory S... It also has the added benefit of moving someone who doesn't own a Tesla to be in a higher priority.
     
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    Time seems to go by so quickly for me now as it is...having a Model 3 reservation may put the brakes on time passages a little...maybe?

    If not, next thing ya know I'm taking delivery of a Model 3 and yet again wondering where the time went... :)
     
  17. S'toon

    S'toon Knows where his towel is

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    I like watching Bjorn Nyland videos to pass the time sometimes.
     
  18. Mad Hungarian

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    Good suggestion. Not only are they fun but I've learned a huge amount about the whole Tesla/EV ownership experience and the way he does them really makes you feel like you're along for the ride. My SO really doesn't get them though, all I ever hear is OMG... Not THAT guy again!
     
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  19. EV3Tim

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    Great idea! Had not heard of him.
     
  20. EinSV

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    Install solar panels so you can drive for 'free.' Waste endless hours on TMC speculating about the Model 3. ;)
     
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