Hi there, I am placing my order this week to take advantage of the referral discount that ends 10/15 that a friend of my provided me. I know a lot of people post a lot of things about getting the fastest best Model S available out there, but I never found a good post about someone looking for the reasonably priced Model S. The one that is not stripped down to stock that no one ever buys - or is ever completely happy with, but one that is configured for mainly commuting, some luxury and just a dash of spirited driving. Now I have been driving the same car for 15 years, it's in really good condition and it drives very well (no mechanical issues), and I have done performance modifications. I definitely would not place it in the "race" category by any means but it was a nice tuner-lite, daily driver from when I finished school. But it's time for me to treat myself to a new vehicle, hence the Model S. I live in the Los Angeles area and my commute is roughly 18miles each way, so really nothing to worry about here and I am sure any of the alternative plug-in hybrids or smaller EVs would do, but I want something that is nice, that I would enjoy driving and that would give me an alternative my wife's GL I really don't plan on driving out to the mountains in the winter in the Model S, I have a Mercedes GL for all the long family trips. But I do want to cut down on the GL driving during the week if I can - gas is just another added expense, and I am a solar customer that owns his own solar system that is over producing, so my electrical bill is literally $0 (plus the $22 LADWP connection fee that is). I have 3 kids 5 and under so carseat is still in my foreseeable future. But I'm not the one primarily shuttling them around. So here are my considerations: Keeping costs low or reasonable - Decision: 60/75, as fast as the 90D or above is I'm not needing the range or the performance. I'll be purchasing not leasing the vehicle. Rear-wheel or Dual - Decision: Rear-wheel, I'm really on the fence on this one. I am not planning on doing winter driving, and even pre-D Model S's were quite capable of winter conditions. So what am I really gaining for $5k other than 8-10 miles of range and .3 sec off of a 0-60? If performance is NOT my primary concern, will I really be missing the Dual motor? And let's put it this way, if I don't get a Dual motor, I could go on a nice Island vacation without guilt, purchase a few nice firearms before they are banned in 1/1/17 or probably more responsibly add $5k to the kids college fund. Can I afford an extra $5k, yes, but will I be disappointed not getting a D? Premium Upgrade Package - Decision Add it - doesn't make sense not to have this package. Auto Pilot - Decision: Add it - I'm commuting, in LA. Sure probably doesn't work 100% of the time but I'm not going to be taking a nap, but my stress and frustration will hopefully be less if I can just set it and enjoy being an active passenger. Suppose there could be an argument here to add this feature down the road and take advantage of a feature now that I can't, like D or Premium Sound Smart Air Suspension - Decision: Skipping it. I know the ride is a bit smoother with it, and there's the capability of raising your car if you are driving on a steep driveway, but no where in my daily commute do I have these conditions, and the few times I may be approaching a condition where this might be useful, I'm used to navigating carefully with my current car which is lowered. I actually prefer a bit more of the sporty feel of coils, makes me feel more connected to the road. I also had an issue with the Mercedes air suspension once and it was only 2 months out of warranty and that cost me $4000 for the front pair only to replace. An expense I'll look to avoid. Sub-zero Weather - Decision: Skipping it. Again, I'm in Los Angeles. This would make sense to add if I were in a cold climate zone but I am more worried about cooling my butt than heating it. Ultra high fidelity sound - Decision: On the fence. Arguments can be had for or against this. I am an audiophile when it come to my home AV equipment but I don't typically listen to a lot of music in the car. I enjoy audiobooks for commutes most of the time, but I can see times where even in my current vehicle I wish I had some more oomph to the system. I'm a far cry from my teenage self where blaring music was really fun. I also read that even with the UHF option, the sound is not superior to aftermarket. I'm leaning towards skipping it, but I want to hear some feedback in this area too. I'm a DIYer so I'm not opposed to NVX BOOST bass kit or a Light Harmonics replacement of stock. It's about the same price in the end but from what I've read much better quality. Rear-facing Seats - Decision: Skipping it. As I am looking at a purchase vs a lease, it's an investment with diminishing returns for me as a family man. My kids will be in the back row most of the time but the few weeks I might have my parents visiting I could stick my two older boys in the back. But kids will only grow bigger and eventually won't be able to sit back there. And if I seat them back their I won't have space for luggage, strollers or other things, putting me back into my GL if I need to haul 7. Charge Upgrade - Decision: Skipping it. Majority of my driving will be local and on the off chance I take the Model S vs the GL on a road trip, I can afford to take the little bit extra time to let the vehicle charge and enjoy what's around a charging station. Personalization - I'm not really looking for much feedback in this area as I believe any owner customizing his/her own car will have their preferences, I will share what I decided to go with. Decision: Pano roof, Red paint, Light grey interior/2nd gen seats, stock 19" wheels. All I will add here is that I opted for 19" wheels because it's cheaper to replace the tires eventually, provides a better ride, you won't cringe and pray you didn't bend a wheel if you it a pot hole and performance wise is actually better if that's what you're looking for over 21". Anyways, can't wait to hear some feedback. Remember the name of the game here is keeping it reasonable $75-85K budget.