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Too many choices for a car - help help

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by tech2000, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. tech2000

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    So I have a M S 60 on pre-order, due to be confirmed soon,

    The biggest question I guess is will I be able to handle charging the car on the SC and elsewhere?
    I dont have charging at my current apartment (hope to move in 6 months), so will I be able to manage going to a SC to charge? the car will for fun essentially, as I dont have a commute, and I dont have a set schedule so I can go to a SC 9 miles away in west la/culver city. so my dailly commute mileage is about 20miles if I drive around, but I can see how this can get old quick going to a SC to charge

    so my other choices is basically getting a i3 or stick with a ICE and go for a porsche cayman or bmw 4 series

    but I REALLY WANT AUTOPILOT..... I cannot stand Los angeles traffic....
     
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    That sounds manageable to me, at least for a few months. But you'll be happier charging at home.
     
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    The 2017 E Class is coming out in a few weeks. It has the latest version of auto steering/semi-autonomous driving with three cameras, called Drive Pilot. I have a M3 on order but also plan to test drive and consider the new E Class.
     
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    But...it's an ICE. Seriously, once you drive a quality long range EV you will hate driving an ICE no matter who makes it. In my opinion...
     
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  6. tech2000

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    a porsche cayman or boxster sounds a lot of a fun however, if only they auto-piloted themselves too
     
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    The funny thing is I been car-less since january and been doing just fine with my 2k portable electric scooter that goes 20miles, 15mph, never had to stress over parking...

    I'm literally only wanting this car for fun and autopilot...
     
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    I was at BMW today and the guy said many tesla owners are unhappy and turn in their car and get a bmw. and then he showed me the i3 auto parallel parking, but it didnt inspire as much confidence in me as the tesla parking, since it almost scraped the rims parking.
     
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    What I like about the design of the Mercedes Drive Pilot is that it has three cameras and it will fully brake for a stopped vehicle. There's other new features too like preventing accidents with crossing traffic and pedestrian avoidance features, but I think the braking for a stopped car is the most important.
     
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    Of course a BMW salesman is going to tell you that about a Tesla. What else is he going to say? :p
     
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    When I went to look at a 550 xdrive (I wanted a sporty sedan not necessarily an EV) the sales guy just kept talking about how BMW has been around for 100 years and has every detail worked out to a science. Guess he knew better than to trash talk the Model S with me.
     
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    You know if you have a pretty flexible schedule, SCing in your case may not be that bad.

    I mean, you swing by and get online for 20 minutes every 4 days. I have home charging and a nearby free chademo. When I have free time, I might stop by and get some miles. I think it all depends how busy you are. I haven't stopped by that charger in 6 months now.

    Is there a coffee shop nearby and do you like coffee?
     
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    are SC charger locations dangerous at night? i'm talking 2am~3am~4am hours
     
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    Do you have a 110v regular outlet at your apartment? You can still plugin to that and get 3-5 miles of range per hour so overnight that would basically recharge your commute.
     
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    i3 owner here. This happens quite a lot based on feedback from the i3 forums, and it happened to me, so I don't use the function anymore. Plus the i3 is so small of a car that it is very easy to parallel park on its own and I find applying the auto parking takes much longer than just doing it.

    I think you'll be happier in the S over the i3. Also check out plugshare.com as there are probably a lot of charging stations in your area. Depending on the length of your commute you may only have to charge twice per week.
     
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    +1. Don't discount 110v charging especially if it's just a temporary solution. Check with the landlord to make sure it's ok (it's pennies a day in usage; offer to pay if it helps) then plug into an outdoor 110v outlet. They're often found on the sides of buildings or light posts, etc.
     
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    Auto parking is a marginal feature and IMO it really doesn't matter when compared to Autopilot. IMHO Tesla AP is a huge benefit. It is addictive. It is very relaxing on stressful (highway) commutes. It makes long distance driving more enjoyable.

    I will believe when I can get my hands on MBZ Drive-pilot in an extended drive. I am not going to be blown away by slick animations or claims of umpteen sensors and cameras. Ultimately how the car drives on its own is important and not how many cameras and sensors
     
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    Does the I3 have a sort of rudimentary autopilot? the bmw dealer was big on saying the i3 has a similar on par system. which I already knew he was hyping things up. he was saying it has same system where the youtube guy is sleeping in his.
     
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    anyways, I decided to get the S, and since I have no commute, I'll use it as my mobile office of sorts, and do some emails or something while I charge up at a supercharger, and hopefully I can get apt company to get with the times and install something in the parking lot
     
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    I3 has the Adaptive cruise control. I tried for a few days. Wasn't too comfortable. A bit jerky.
     

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