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What was the extent of your experience with Model 3 before ORDERING?

Before plonking down $2.5K to go with my $1K, I...

  • Test drove a Model 3 at a Tesla dealership

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Test drove one belonging to a third party

    Votes: 9 14.5%
  • Sat in one, but was not allowed to drive

    Votes: 24 38.7%
  • Saw one at the showroom, but did not get to sit in or drive

    Votes: 2 3.2%
  • Saw one in the wild

    Votes: 8 12.9%
  • Only saw it on YouTube, etc.

    Votes: 19 30.6%
  • Other

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    62

johnster007

Member
Jan 23, 2013
209
250
Minneapolis, MN
Same experience as my first S—Tesla web site and driver reviews only. I find it amazing that the web actually puts me in a more informed position than when I test drove vehicles firsthand.
 

mwu

Member
Oct 14, 2011
131
87
Charlotte, NC
I managed to go to a local Tesla meet up and sit in a model 3 in early February. However, I would have happily bought the car without seeing it in person or sitting in it.

BTW, the car has some "Je ne sais quoi" that is lost in photos. It is definitely a car that grabs your attention while not being a sports car or exotic. The drivers seat is great. If you have ever owned a car with sporty bolstered seats (not a racing seat, though), it is like that. The seat hugs you.
 

Aellinsar

Member
Aug 2, 2017
246
213
Ohio
I was lucky enough to have a friend who is already a Tesla owner, so he got his 3 before my chance to order came up. I had a chnace to test drive his car before making the order.

That said, even with my previous vehicles I did most of the research on the internet and had the choice narrowed down quite a bit before ever taking a test drive.
 

Az_Rael

Supporting Member
Supporting Member
Jan 26, 2016
5,644
8,829
Palmdale, CA
I confirmed my order having never seen one in person. That wasn’t my original plan, but it was how it worked out. I figured if I hated it, that I was getting an early enough one that I could sell it for what I paid.
 

DR61

Member
Apr 14, 2016
561
619
Gold River, CA
I have not gotten an invitation yet, so didn't vote in this poll. However I did sit in driver seat at a Tesla store. It was very impressive. I have read and viewed most reviews and it seems the car will meet our needs for a long range EV with high efficiency, sporty handling, and sufficient room. There are zero other competitive EV's available now which have the range and charging infrastructure of Tesla. The chances of me being unhappy with the actual driving experience are probably less than 5%. If a test drive opportunity comes up before configure time I will take it, but if not I will still configure. I understand why Tesla does not tie up a fleet of test drive vehicles at stores right now.

I do think I will do a Model S test drive next month, but I'm rather sure that car will be too large for my taste.
 

Boourns

Active Member
Mar 9, 2016
1,573
1,976
Dallas
Made the trek out to a showroom that had one on display after I got the invite but before ordering. Sitting in it confirmed that I wanted one as opposed to another CPO S. I had been holding out for small battery, AWD, and white interior, but once those options were pushed back I ordered. Couldn't be happier.
 

ponzu

Member
Apr 19, 2018
289
96
Southern California
"My" scenario (YouTube) is leading at 39% with 46 total respondents. I'll say it again: unreal.

I'll say this, too. This morning I went to check up on the charging station situation in my company's parking structure, and what is sitting in stall #1 (of 6) but a brand new Model 3 in Midnight Silver Metallic with 18’’ Aero Wheels. Also known as My Tesla.

Am I blown away by the look? No. I think I picked the best color, but the wheels look cheap or at the very least goofy. A bit like those high-end disc-like bike wheels, if you know what I mean. I think they look least bad with this particular color, so yay.

If I had seen this car before ordering, would it have changed my choices of options? Hardly. Would it have made me not want to buy the car? If I had been teetering 51/49, then maybe, yes. But I was not 51/49, so if anything, seeing someone else's little gray ugly duckling will help me feel more accepting of mine when she arrives.
 
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drawfour

Member
Mar 10, 2018
774
709
Seattle, WA
Am I blown away by the look? No. I think I picked the best color, but the wheels look cheap or at the very least goofy. A bit like those high-end disc-like bike wheels, if you know what I mean. I think they look least bad with this particular color, so yay.
Take them off. I will likely pop them off for daily driving and only put them back on for road trips to get the 5-10% range gains back. The wheels look pretty good without the Aero hubcaps.
 
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Boourns

Active Member
Mar 9, 2016
1,573
1,976
Dallas
Take them off. I will likely pop them off for daily driving and only put them back on for road trips to get the 5-10% range gains back. The wheels look pretty good without the Aero hubcaps.

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swaltner

Active Member
Oct 13, 2012
1,621
1,653
Kansas, USA
Note that the previous picture is with the “Aero Wheel Cap Kit”. This is a $50 package from Tesla and is currently back ordered for 8 weeks. I submitted an order for this and a few NEMA adapters as soon as I configured my Model 3.

Model 3 Aero Wheel Cap Kit

As others said, I plan on running like this around town and with the aero covers installed on road trips.
 

ponzu

Member
Apr 19, 2018
289
96
Southern California
Note that the previous picture is with the “Aero Wheel Cap Kit”. This is a $50 package from Tesla and is currently back ordered for 8 weeks. I submitted an order for this and a few NEMA adapters as soon as I configured my Model 3.

Model 3 Aero Wheel Cap Kit

As others said, I plan on running like this around town and with the aero covers installed on road trips.
Thank you for the clarification. I might splurge as well. So I am not the only one who thinks the aerodynamic Aero wheels look cheap/goofy.
 

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