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thoughts on trading in a 2016 tesla 75d model s for performance model 3

Romand

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Hey guys just want to hear your thoughts on trading in a 2016 tesla 75d model s facelift with ap1 that i don't even have enabled yet or trading that in adding about 5-7000$ and buying a performance model 3. yes i drove a perfmofrnace model 3? Would you guys do it thanks I can sell my car for $50,000
 

ChadS

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I faced a similar question a little over a year ago.

You will lose adjustable suspension, center cluster, maybe biohazard filter, about half your cargo space, auto trunk, better and quieter ride, better AP controls (if you are going to enable that). The S is better for longer drives.

You will gain a newer car, with quicker acceleration, sharper handling that is more efficient (so less money AND quicker to charge) and easier to park. The 3 is a better value and commuter.

There are tradeoffs, so it all depends on what YOU want (and how much you drive). Would I do it? Well, I already did. But then, my wife still has a Model X - if this was our only Tesla, I would have kept the S.

HERE is a thread with more details on the differences between the cars.
 

Romand

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I faced a similar question a little over a year ago.

You will lose adjustable suspension, center cluster, maybe biohazard filter, about half your cargo space, auto trunk, better and quieter ride.

You will gain a newer car, with quicker acceleration, sharper handling that is more efficient and easier to park.

It all depends on what YOU want. Would I do it? Well, I already did. But then, my wife still has a Model X - if this was our only Tesla, I would have kept the S.
i dont have adjustable suspension i have coil haha i dont have biohazard and i dont have the auto trunk :)
 

ChadS

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OK, I thought those were standard by 2016. Given what you don't have on your S 75D...you are mostly just giving up cargo space. That should make the decision easier!
 

BulldogsRus

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I faced a similar question a little over a year ago.

You will lose adjustable suspension, center cluster, maybe biohazard filter, about half your cargo space, auto trunk, better and quieter ride, better AP controls (if you are going to enable that). The S is better for longer drives.

You will gain a newer car, with quicker acceleration, sharper handling that is more efficient (so less money AND quicker to charge) and easier to park. The 3 is a better value and commuter.

There are tradeoffs, so it all depends on what YOU want (and how much you drive). Would I do it? Well, I already did. But then, my wife still has a Model X - if this was our only Tesla, I would have kept the S.

HERE is a thread with more details on the differences between the cars.
No heated steering wheel, hatchback and sunroof, correct?
 

BulldogsRus

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Nov 12, 2018
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Yeah, the lack of heated wheel is a dealbreaker for my wife. It's one of those things (along with multi-position seating) that once you have it you can't go back. Hopefully once Tesla is at consistent profit they can maybe offer Sport and Lux packages across their line to those that want those extra creature comforts.
 
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CharleyBC

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Yeah, the lack of heated wheel is a dealbreaker for my wife. It's one of those things (along with multi-position seating) that once you have it you can't go back. Hopefully once Tesla is at consistent profit they can maybe offer Sport and Lux packages across their line to those that want those extra creature comforts.
I remember the first time I rented a car that had cup holders. I thought they were this super-cool innovation. Now try to find a car without them. And if you can, I bet their lack is a deal-breaker for some folks. Funny how things change.
 

DJVoorhees

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Hey guys just want to hear your thoughts on trading in a 2016 tesla 75d model s facelift with ap1 that i don't even have enabled yet or trading that in adding about 5-7000$ and buying a performance model 3. yes i drove a perfmofrnace model 3? Would you guys do it thanks I can sell my car for $50,000


As a model 3 owner - I can say with no hesitation that it doesn't hold a candle to a model S. The S is simply another level.
Im looking to trade my 3 in for a P85D or P90D.
 

WilliamG

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Apr 20, 2019
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As a model 3 owner - I can say with no hesitation that it doesn't hold a candle to a model S. The S is simply another level.
Im looking to trade my 3 in for a P85D or P90D.

It’s funny how I feel the complete opposite. I drove a P85D years ago right when it came out, and I remember thinking how I didn’t like anything about the driving dynamics except the fun acceleration. Didn’t like the steering wheel size, the handling, the vertically-oriented screen, - any of it. Drove the 3 for the first time in April and bought it immediately.
 
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DJVoorhees

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It’s funny how I feel the complete opposite. I drove a P85D years ago right when it came out, and I remember thinking how I didn’t like anything about the driving dynamics except the fun acceleration. Didn’t limit the steering wheel size, the handling, the vertically-oriented screen, - any of it. Drove the 3 for the first time in April and bought it immediately.


Yeah - obviously my comment is not meant to say the Model 3 is not a great car, bur for me - the S, like a P85D, is next level.
 

WilliamG

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Yeah - obviously my comment is not meant to say the Model 3 is not a great car, bur for me - the S, like a P85D, is next level.

Right. That’s what I mean. We all see it differently. I think the Model 3 Performance is on another level from the P85D. :D

That’s why one needs to drive both to decide!
 

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