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Yet another test drive thread (sorry for the length)

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Jagwease, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. Jagwease

    Jagwease Member

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    I did a 24 hour test drive of a MS 90D Tuesday- Wednesday and was definitely impressed. I first saw the car in 2013 and thought that was nice and then slowly became obsessed and started saving a lot (and thanks to the IRS for a refund on an amended return) for a down payment. I now have down payment sufficient to keep my same car payment I have had since 1995 (a prerequisite, I never touch allotments from DFAS since they previously messed up my pay and it took them 10 years to fix it), so the time is now. Understand this is replacing a 2010 Prius, so the 85 mile drive home after returning the car was underwhelming.

    The car was a white 90D (pre-refresh)with Autopilot, Pano, Upgraded interior, Premium sound, subzero, Air, black Next Gen seats, 19” wheels

    Pros:

    - Car is FAST. Crazy fast. I have driven powerful cars (Mercedes 280 CE coupe- Euro spec) as well as dogs (hello, 1980 Plymouth Horizon), but this is just unreal
    - Car is Safe. The speed actually helps me avoid the crazy Texas drivers and allows me to slip gracefully out of the way. I am no longer gambling when I do the U-turn or get on the freeway.
    - Love the instrument cluster. Took me a few minutes to get used to the scroll wheels, but seems pretty intuitive. The monitor is huge, but not distracting
    - The much maligned sound system isn’t bad – it isn’t great, but isn’t bad. Bass is lost in never never land. I am not sure how I lived without internet radio in my car to date. Love my Sirius XM, but this is a new level of must have.
    - Seats are as comfortable as the wife’s car (Mini Coupe, JCW package) but those are Recaro as well, so no surprise.
    -The car does not drive like a big car. It is nimble. The Finance Minister approved and she would prefer to drive a rocket powered roller skate to any big car.
    -It was fast enough for my wife (a pilot as well as the myriad of her other talents) not to want the P90D, she was actually nervous about punching it with the 90D. That saved me $20K
    - zero pressure sales. They did ask me back to look at the inventor cars – there was a P85D with everything EXCEPT the color I wanted for about the price of the 90D, but it had the exec rear seats which was a deal breaker for she who must be obeyed. I really really don’t want black in San Antonio and out here at the Casa. I would be washing it every 5 minutes. But for 18K off, I could live with it. No Ludicrous upgrade on it

    Cons:

    - Cupholders. WTF? Without a center console getting a drink is painful (bum shoulder). Does Elon have something against liquid? That part of the cockpit seems poorly designed. I can see what they were going for, but too cute by half.
    - limited storage in front. For all the vaunted Frunk and trunk space, there is no good place to put sunglasses, cell phone, change,etc. The stuff of normal life. I finally found the space beneath the monitor, but that seems to be more like a launching pad for those things on a quick acceleration. Good move to put a console back in. I know EV annex has them, but something so basic should have been better thought out.
    - Sound system. It is supposed to have a subwoofer. Could have fooled me. For the cost, it should be much better. However, since SXM is a deal breaker, it is a must have
    - Nav system. I HATE that you can’t turn off the turns window on the map. What is this 2006? That should be an option you turn of or minimize and only pop up at a set distance to your next turn/landmark. My Prius has a better system.
    - this is peculiar to my situation, but the charging cable is too short. When I built my house, I had a NEMA 14-50 installed in the garage, but the cable is 3 feet too short to reach the charge port unless I back in. I will install the HPWC so I can nose in (and get the higher charge rate), but why only 1 length of cable? We will have to move the 14-50 to another location for the model 3 the Frau wants.
    - miles remaining battery indicator next to speedo. I hope I don't obsess over that, but unlike a gas gauge where I can dream on how much farther I can go, this is stark reality

    Push:

    - Autopilot. The TACC is nice, but my Prius has it (but only down to 27mph). Did not do a long enough distance drive to see if the rest was a gimmick. I had a death grip on the steering wheel until I was moderately comfortable
    -Autopark. Did not use. The Autopark in the Prius is a neat gimmick, but I can parallel park in ¼ the time. If I could get out of the car and have it back into charging position that would be great. I don’t see it happening.
    - Summon. Did not play with it, but I really don’t see me parking so close to someone that I would need this. Why would I invite door dings? Seems like a parlor trick.

    The negatives were minor and now I am just waiting on the next set of incentives and for me not to drive 85 miles per day on a commute. I will probably order in the next month.

    If you are seriously considering purchasing, offer a noncritical body part to get an overnight test drive. That will put your mind at rest. If you are not serious, don't or you may end up walking out with a new car. :)
     
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  2. Hugh Mannity

    Hugh Mannity Mediocre Member

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    Nice write up, thank you!
     
  3. Beryl

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    Nice review. There is a reason the center console is now standard.
    So agree with this. You'll love autopilot during rush hour.
     
  4. jayemcee

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    I am an Australian who has been driving a P85D since August last year. On delivery, it had TACC, but not auto-pilot (i.e., the hardware was there, but Tesla hadn't released the software yet). If I knew you better, Jagwease, I'd say not to even think about getting the car without auto-pilot. It is extraordinary and incredibly helpful for longer highway drives. The TACC, as well, is extremely impressive when driving at lower speeds than your Prius could do, like in bumper to bumper freeway traffic that slows to a near or actual stop, and then picks up speed, slows, and varies considerably. Coupled with auto-pilot, what was once a stressful driving experience becomes easy as pie. Go for it. The auto-pilot functionality is, respectfully, one of the main reasons to get this car.
     
  5. Zaphod

    Zaphod Galaxy President (former)

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    Nice write-up. Out of curiosity, which showroom did you do the test drive out of? Houston I presume?
     
  6. Model S M.D.

    Model S M.D. Ludicrous Radiologist

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    This. This is arguably the killer feature of this car (one of many, but one of the best). I would absolutely not purchase a new Tesla without AP. It has made highway driving and bumper to bumper traffic SO much less stressful. I even click it on when I am behind somebody at a red light so the car can "remind" me to start moving again, as opposed to the cognitive load it takes to constantly keep an eye on the red light and potentially upset folks behind you when you forget to hit the go pedal when it turns green. I know, first world problems, but it highlights how immensely useful AP/TACC is.
     
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  7. Jagwease

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    The car had an odd whine between 40 and 50 mph. I thought I might be hearing things but the Tesla rep did say he heard an odd noise he had not heard before when he drove it later.

    That was the only real concern I had because the noise was REALLY annoying
     
  8. Jagwease

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    I will definitely get AP, but its all of its usefulness was not apparent on my overnight. I loved to TACC that went ti zero, but the steering. I guess on a long trip. Plus in my area of Texas, a lot of the roads I drive on are heavy construction or are country roads without consistent lines on the road
     
  9. Lawtq

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    Nice review.

    Remove the apology in your thread title immediatel though. Why are you apologising? Its your thread
     
  10. oalvarez

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    Great review that echoed many of my own thoughts after my 24hr test drive. The upgraded audio/stereo system.....definitely underwhelming given the price of the option and the car itself. I expected more. The limited lengths of charging cable is another one along with the center console that's now been resolved. I found the car almost too big/long doors in some parking lot spaces and hard to get in and out of. I can't say enough good things about the overall experience and the technology that goes into it all. A fabulous automobile that I hope to own some day.
     
  11. haunsman

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    Didnt get to completely read through, but noticed you complained about the cord length. They sell longer cords with the Tesla chargers for $50 more. Anyways, not sure if that is what you meant. :p
     
  12. haunsman

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    Umm, sorry didnt notice this thread was posted a month ago. My bad...
     

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