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Well, I'm back in the queue!

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by neroden, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. neroden

    neroden Happy Model S Owner

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    With a Standard reservation for sometime next year rather than my former Signature reservation.

    You may remember that I'm allergic to the headliner; well, I've found some plastic-type surface treatments which should work at preventing the microfiber from bleeding into the air. Won't be pretty but should work. Wouldn't have worked on the Alcantara though.

    I think I'm happier with the Standard in any case; with the Signature I was paying extra for a lot of stuff I didn't want (21" wheels, etc), so the Standard feels more like value for money. Also, I think I'll probably get a more "debugged" car by getting it next year, and it should be a lot easier to comparison shop for insurance once the car's been out for a little while.

    I also get to think longer about whether I need the 85 kWh battery or whether I'll be happy with the 60 kWh. The 60kWh will handle a round trip (on the non-expressway roads I prefer) to Rochester or Scranton, and I don't like driving even that far without long rest breaks. Perhaps I should save the $10K and devote it to the charitable activity of installing high-power chargers at select locations. :cool:

    I'm disappointed that Tesla converted the Chicago store into a service center, and placed the only Illinois store in suburban nowheresville; I was in downtown Chicago not long ago. It may be perverse, but I'm not going to *drive* long distances to get to an automobile store. If I'd had the time, I guess I could have gone to the Park Meadows store (conveniently on the LRT) while I was in Denver, but my schedule was truly packed. I guess I'll have to make a special trip to NYC -- which still has a store which can be reached by public transportation -- to try out the seats.
     
  2. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Great to hear you found an allergy solution.
     
  3. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    Welcome back!
     
  4. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    I'm glad that you found a solution! Congrats!
     
  5. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    That's great. I'm sure there will be others who will benefit from your research.
     
  6. kcveins

    kcveins delivery 2/7

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    Most people drive from the 'burbs to the city in other cities; in Chicago, there is almost an equal number of people going from the city to the 'burbs. The Oak Brook store is at one of the busiest locations - 3 major highways come together, etc, etc. If the store were in the city, there would be much less traffic thru the store - it is not in a major shopping area and is in almost an industrial area. The local word is that they are going to be planning another store in the north suburbs; more in line with Tesla's philosophy.
     
  7. Zythryn

    Zythryn MS 70D, MX 90D

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    I am just hoping it is a far NorthWest suburb, Like Minneapolis or St. Paul:wink:
     
  8. LakeForest

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    Hope the North Suburb store goes into Northbrook Court, would get the Lake Forest,Highland Park, Lake Bluff etc. crowd. Theres already an apple store there so I guess that's a little bit of market research... but where do the kenilworth, glenview people shop?
     
  9. ahimberg

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    I thought the headliner was alcantara? Only in Sigs?
     
  10. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Welcome back! Glad you were able to find a solution.
     
  11. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    My only thoughts for you on the 60kWh battery, after going through the same mental gymnastics myself, is whether you intend to keep the car long term (ie. greater than 7-8 years) and, if so, if you can tolerate the 70% range loss at that point or would need to spend the money for a replacement battery pack? To me it came down to rather having a longer range possible for every day use and still having enough range for my minimum requirments in 10 years without having to buy a replacement. The little bit extra speed, range, warranty and Supercharger option really put the 85kWh pack over the top for me.
     
  12. neroden

    neroden Happy Model S Owner

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    Headliner is alcantara in Sigs, microfiber in standards. That was what I was told. (Microfiber is cheaper, I presume.)

    Anyway, microfiber is also *flatter*, so it's easier to coat.
     
  13. ModelS1079

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    #13 ModelS1079, Sep 3, 2012
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    Welcome back - isn't half the fun just having a reservation?
    Regarding the battery - Tesla sites 30% degradation over 8 years (SEC filing, posted in other threads), and is presumably a worse case SEC filing-required scenario. Roadster users have abundantly noted that degradation has been less then they expected. I'll leave that to other threads, but wanted to share that and then note: If $ was no issue, I would get the 85kWh, but it is now, and perhaps I will replace my 60kWh battery anyway in 6-7 years with the new, 2018 600mi range, 200kWh battery. :)
     
  14. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    That fits in the glove box? But then people would bitch about it taking up valuable space in the glove box!
     
  15. raptorweb

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    +1 I'm all for this :smile:
     
  16. Jaff

    Jaff Active Member

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    Congrats neroden, glad there is a work-around for you!

    You're not that far away... if you come up to Niagara (Canadian side), I've got a 70 amp charge station that you're welcome to use.
     
  17. ModelS1079

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    But it would leave the S with just one button - the hazards...you'd have to bag the glove compartment button with a 200kWh battery in there. Will throw away my range anxiety once I get the car, but I do think of increasing to 85 and then fall back in sticker shock when I do the math. Reimbursements not what they are in MO here in MA :) (MD)
     
  18. Jeeps17

    Jeeps17 Cath Jockey in a P85

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    True...

    To kill two birds with one stone they could shape said battery into a cup-holder !

    :biggrin:
     
  19. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    And, any spills could serve as additional coolant for that battery :tongue:
     

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