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Which Options are factory only

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Fabio, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Fabio

    Fabio Member

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    I've received the Finalize email, and I am trying to decide which options to include.
    I know I want the tech package and air suspension.
    I'm on the fence for the sound studio and for twin chargers, so I'm wondering if they have to be ordered now, or can be added later.

    Is there a comprehensive list of which options can be purchased later?

    Thanks
     
  2. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Welcome. The only option on the car that can easily be added later is the second onboard charger (but it costs over 2 times what it does to have it installed at the factory). The upgraded sound would have to be added at the factory. I believe they are saying the rear child seats now have to be installed at the factory now too.
     
  3. carrerascott

    carrerascott FUEL FTR

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    Parcel shelf and paint shield can be done later as well I believe.
     
  4. Rodolfo Paiz

    Rodolfo Paiz P85 "Plug and Play"

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    Agreed with both prior posts on all points.

    I suggest you read through the several threads on paint armor. Some people are choosing Tesla doing it the standard way, some are asking Tesla delivery centers to please armor the whole hood and pay some extra amount, and some people are choosing to go with a third-party. All have good reasons for their choices, and it's an interesting discussion to read... ideally before you finalize. :)
     
  5. yobigd20

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    to my knowledge (some of these are obvious, correct me in I'm wrong on anything):

    battery size - factory only
    performance upgrade - factory only
    paint - factory only (but I guess any paint shop and turn it into any color you want aftermarket)
    roof choice - factory only
    21" wheels - can be swapped post-factory (needs to be done at service center b/c of tire pressure monitor system)
    interior - factory only
    tech package - factory only
    sound studio - factory only
    suspension - factory only
    rear facing child seats - USED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE IT DONE POST-FACTORY BUT IS NOW FACTORY ONLY AS OF LAST WEEK
    parcel shelf - can be added post-factory
    paint armor - can be added post-factory BUT costs a lot more ($1450 vs $950)*** (see note at bottom)
    HPWC - can be purchased post-factory but you need to have dual chargers for this to really work
    twin chargers - can be added post-factory BUT costs a lot more ($3600 vs $1500)
    supercharging (for 60kWh) - factory only (not possible for 40kWh, and included on 85kWh)

    ***PAINT ARMOR
    like above poster mentioned, many ppl do not like the factory installed paint armor for various reasons. By default it is HALF HOOD COVERAGE. if your car isn't spotless, you'll easily see a line across your hood. if you want full hood coverage, I think its possible to contact Tesla and their installer and pay something like an extra $500 for full hood coverage. That being said, the other pieces of paint armor don't wrap around the edges so they are still noticeable too. One last major problem with the 'factory installed' paint armor (BTW when I saw 'factory-installed' paint armor, its not actually Tesla, but a 3rd party contractor), is that the installs themselves have been pretty shabby jobs. Some people have seen noticeable ripples and other defects.

    So that being said, a LOT of people on here (including myself), are opting for aftermarket paint protection. XPEL Ultimate seems to be very popular. This is the cream of the crop, top notch quality, and has 'self-healing' properties. (if it gets scratched, some water and sunlight makes the scratch go away). In addition, *THE EDGES ARE WRAPPED*, so you don't see any lines at all. I actually get my car this Wednesday, and Sunday I have an appt with a local XPEL Ultimate installer. (btw, my installer also said he just got done last week ripping off a factory installed paint armor on a Tesla Model S and putting XPEL Ultimate on because the third-party Tesla job was absolutely terrible with very noticeable ripples...he was shocked at how much of an amateur job was done for a $100k vehicle and was wondering why Tesla doesn't contract with higher quality XPEL Ultimate installers). I am having XPEL Ultimate Full hood, full fenders, mirrors, and bumper armored for $1395. So this is what I would recommend. There are a few threads on here in detail about XPEL Ultimate installs with pictures so search around. I will post my pictures late Sunday.
     
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    Are you saying wheels cannot be removed by anyone but service centers?
     
  7. Rodolfo Paiz

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    No, just that the service center needs to reset or otherwise adjust (or something) the TPMS system. So you can swap out your wheels and tires yourself with no problem, but you'll need a quick stop at the TSC to get your TPMS sorted out.
     
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    Is this a chargeable ($) "offense"? :)
     
  9. Fabio

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    My understanding was that "supercharging" meant having access to the 'free' surperchargers and that "twin chargers" are a requirement for using the superchargers.
    Is it not the case?

     
  10. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Twin chargers are only needed if you want to charge at home (or on the road) at above 40A up to 80A (240V) using the High Power Wall Connector for example. Supercharging is needed if you want to use the DC quick chargers (Tesla's Superchargers) they are building out starting in California and the east coast.
     
  11. Fabio

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    Got it. Thanks.

     
  12. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    No problem. Since you live in California, Supercharging would be very helpful, twin chargers less so but there are some 80A level 2 chargers on the west coast I believe (very few anywhere else) so might still be useful. Plus, Tesla stores and service centers usually have HPWCs so having twin chargers can be helpful there as well.
     
  13. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    Just to elaborate and clarify: You don't need twin chargers to get supercharging, just in case that wasn't clear.
     

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