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Thought I wanted an X, ended up buying an S

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by LASpark, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. LASpark

    LASpark Member

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    #1 LASpark, Sep 11, 2013
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    My current car is an Acura RDX, a small SUV perfect for running around LA picking up and delivering artwork.

    I've been watching Tesla since they first announced the Roadster, but it was obviously too small for what I needed. I was aware of the Model S, but didn't pay a lot of attention because I thought I needed an SUV, not a sedan.

    When the X was announced I was excited, finally I was going to buy my first Tesla! Of course this caused me to start researching everything in earnest and to really look close at the Model S. I found out six things:

    1. The Model X sled is the going to be the same size as the Model S sled.
    2. The Model S is a 5 door! (Sorry I didn't know until I looked).
    3. The Model S rear seats fold down creating a huge space perfect for large flat objects.
    4. The Model X is likely going to be heavier than the Model S.
    5. The Model X is going to have greater frontal area than the Model S, so more drag.
    6. The Model X was going to come out later than I thought.
    So for me, the Model S turned out to a better vehicle and it was available right now. I take delivery on 9/30!
     
  2. texex91

    texex91 Banned

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    That happens :biggrin:

    Great choices and color. Congrats and I have a feeling an X will be in store later.

    Cant wait to see the S. The wait begins.
     
  3. MikeL

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    The verdict is in. Model S is The Best Car, ever. So your choice is a good one, clearly. The longish wait for a Model X makes an S all the more tempting, but I live at the foot of some very big mountains. The All Wheel Drive is the key difference & the reason I will wait. I don't really need a car as "big" as either of them, but I do need to get up canyon roads when they are restricted to 4WD or -(gasp!)chains. & In the summer, I'll be taking many an all electric camping adventure! ML

    besides, I already have the vanity plates! No turning back now :biggrin:
     
  4. LASpark

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    AWD is a requirement for Salt Lake City...LA, not so much!
     
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    Some geniuses in CA are going to make me The Best Car Ever - version 2 !!
     
  6. Plug Me In

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    That's how I got sucked in. I'm a station wagon kind of guy, gotta be able to shove a bike, etc. in the back of the car. Wanted an electric car, but not interested in a sedan. Checked out the Tesla website to look at the Model X, saw the Model S and was intrigued enough to go see it in person at the Skokie, IL store while I was nearby. SOLD!
     
  7. purplewalt

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    Agreed: Model S is AWESOME.
    Your Model X with AWD will be even more AWESOME.

    QUESTION:
    What would you do IF Model S comes out with AWD PRIOR to introduction and release of Model X with AWD?
    Either vehicle with AWD would be a winning answer, just something to consider...
     
  8. Newscutter

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    You didn't ask me, but I'll answer anyway. With the front storage and hatchback, the need for a crossover bodystyle is less important. AWD in a Model S will surely be cheaper than an X, so if it came out first... **AND WE GOT A SERVICE CTR NEARBY** I'd grab an S. I figure it's getting pretty close to bulletproof about now (assuming it arrives with all the door panels matching!)

    I'm sure others are thinking along the same lines.
     
  9. MikeL

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    that is indeed something I have seriously asked myself already. I haven't dwelled too much on it though because I really don't think things will happen that way. (I'm also on record lately saying that the big upcoming announcement/demo will NOT be battery swapping, so . . .:rolleyes:) also don't consider myself a "sedan" guy either, but they are sooo beautiful. My wife & I will be in Buffalo NY
    in Nov. She has never seen one in person, the only one I have ever driven was Kipernicus' on the Sunday drive at Teslive. Thanks Kip!! I hope to get a test drive in Toronto while we are there. A P85+ perhaps? UH OH!!! Here we go. ML
     
  10. bonnie

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    But the plate! Mike!
     
  11. MikeL

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    Palm hitting forehead - D'oh!!

    it would be extremely uncharacteristic of me to have planned Too Far Ahead. Maybe I did this time.
     
  12. Cosmacelf

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    I went through the same process. I still have my Model X reservation for the wife - hopefully it'll be big enough for her. I'm now driving a Model S and loving it.
     
  13. brianman

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    An AWD Model S with "Model X" plates would be the ultimate "Tesla Time" magnet. Total non-issue. Don't hold back, Mike.
     
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    Are you my long lost twin? I have an RDX which I used for transporting artwork, now moldering in the garage since the S arrived almost 12 months ago...
     
  15. MikeL

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    #15 MikeL, Sep 12, 2013
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    My head's gonna explode. Will sleep on it.

    ok I'm back :tongue: waves of anticipatory excitement got to be too much last night. Passed a white BMW X6 on the frwy coming home today. Will look forward to gliding up next to him (her?) in my Model X,
    for a friendly "hi, have you seen the future? Here it is. See ya when you catch up!"
     
  16. Barry

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    Same here. I initially planned to wait for the X, but I heard they are up-sizing it. That could be a deal killer for me. I don't want a Hummer or Escalade sized vehicle. Looked at an Acura MDX a few years ago and even that was too big for my tastes (we're empty nesters). So I'm still waiting for either the S AWD or a not-too-big X.
     
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    LOVE the quote.
    I may steal, er, borrow it a time or two.

    "hi, have you seen the future? Here it is. See ya when ya catch up!"
     
  18. MikeL

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    Barry, if this article is the source of upsize rumor/fear, I wouldn't keep worrying. How factual is this article on the Model X?
    seems like a cobbling together of random info by someone who had done zero homework. :rolleyes: The amount of that stuff going around for the last few years (since I started paying attention) about Tesla and TSLA and the EV world in general has just blown me away.
    That said, IF an upsize DID happen to the X, I agree w you. I don't see it happening though, it's already pretty darn big!

    purplewalt, borrow at will! I'll make more. Here's another: "gas could be FREE, I'd still get a Tesla" ML
     
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    Mike - That article does look familiar. Glad to hear it's probably fiction. :smile:
     
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    My wife and I sort of went through a reverse process. Both of our cars were old and needed to be replaced. Before I started looking for a new car or ever gave Tesla a second thought, my wife bought a Honda CR-V -- roughly the same size as the Acura RDX -- to be her daily driver as well as the family travel car, figuring my next car would be a much less practical small sport sedan (e.g. Lexus IS). Then I ended up with a Model S, which I think has almost as much total cargo space as the CR-V, and is unequivocally going to be our family travel car for any trip with sufficient charging/supercharging available. I picked up the Model S just over a week ago, and our first road trip (DC to Philly) is this coming weekend -- looking forward to it!
     

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