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Thoughts on a used Model S

Discussion in 'Model S' started by drowningfish, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. drowningfish

    drowningfish Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm looking into purchasing a used Model S and want to hear from current owners with a 2014 or 2015 Model S. I'm trying to decide between a 2014 P85+ or a 2015 85D. The listed prices are the same and the upgrades are similar, but the main differences are:
    2014: performance model, air suspension, low mileage (51000 miles) but 1 year older (4 yrs remaining for warranty)
    2015: AWD, more mileage (68000 miles) but 5 years remaining for warranty

    While I'm leaning more towards the 2015 because of AWD and the warranty, would the performance package, air suspension be worth it? I don't think I would need the performance. I'm thinking mileage isn't as much a factor compared to gasoline engines. For electric vehicles it's the battery degradation that is more important.

    Is a Model S a car that you would keep for about 10 years or more?

    Any thoughts?

    Cheers!
     
  2. davidc18

    davidc18 Active Member

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    you should drive them both. that should answer all of your questions. Does the 2014 have autopilot? perhaps that could make the decision for you. In the end I don't see how you can go wrong, it is a win-win choice. Best of luck deciding.
     
  3. drowningfish

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    Yes, both have autopilot and subzero weather package. I'll probably head to the dealership to test drive, it's a about 1.5hrs away so it's got to be this weekend.

    Thanks davidc18
     
  4. Lucky_Man

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    Ours is an 7/2015 Model S, with AP1. We intend to keep it as my wife's daily commuter.

    When the stock reaches $500+, we'll buy an X.
     
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  5. davidc18

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    I am sure it will be a tough call. I would personally go for the P85+ with AP (best suspension ever on a Tesla IMO).
     
  6. Sprandt23

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    I bought a CPO 2015 85D with AP1 last year....haven't regretted it a bit. However, when I have had the occasion to drive a P85/P85D, the acceleration difference is noticeable. I haven't driven the + suspension version, but those that have it say it is a must - but from what I read it is definitely a sportier (stiffer?) feel/handling. I don't have the air suspension, just coil, and it is still an unbelievably smooth ride. Not sure of the wheel size you would be getting, but I did notice a little more of the road imperfections when I switched from the 19s to the 21s (will switch back ton 19s for the winter).

    I also don't know that the mileage difference between the two is that substantial, given the notion that EVs don't 'wear down' at the same rate traditional ICE vehicles.

    I agree, I think your best bet is the test drive to see which one you prefer the feel of yourself.
    And welcome (in advance) to the Tesla club!!
     
  7. BerTX

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    I own a used Model S. I like it. :cool:
     
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  8. SanDiegoJB

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    Also consider how much range each has on a full charge. If the previous owners treated their battery packs well (only charging to ~80% most of the time, for example), that'll make a bigger difference than the age of the car or how many miles it has. You can't go wrong either way.
     
  9. renambot

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    Personally I'd get the 2015D, for warranty and AWD for the winter...
     
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  10. dethman

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    If you are buying from a dealer, go with 2015. You cant extend the warranty on a dealer car. With tesla, you'll need all the warranty you can get.

    These cars are notorious.
     
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  11. Plan B

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    Get the D
     
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    That’s what she said.
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  13. cgiGuy

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    No real difference in acceleration performance between a P85 and a 85D. Both around 4 sec 0-60.
     
  14. drowningfish

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    Thanks for all the advice everyone. Unfortunately the 85D was already sold as of last night. I'm going to stick with looking for another for another AWD. A couple pieces of advice I've heard on other places was to contact a Tesla Pre-owned specialist as they may have a list of the a true used inventory than the few listed on the website. Also, a late 2016 might be preferable as it has AutoPilot 2.0.
     

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