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Tesla Ownership Experience (Car Talk ONLY)

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Tesla Ownership Experience (Car Talk ONLY)

This thread is for Tesla owners and non owners who want to discuss about the actual experience of owning a Tesla.

Car talk only. All other non cars or ownership related topic will be deleted or moved and there will be zero tolerance to repeat offenders. Those who want to prophesy the impending bankruptcy or shorting the stock can post in investment forum.

Tesla's referral program

Yes, Tesla has a referral program but you may not solicit referrals in this thread as RFD has a forum-wide rule against referral programs currently. If you and another member want to come to a private arrangement that's between you but you may not "spam" other members or post offering your referral URL in the thread.

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Resources:
Best EV trip range estimator: https://abetterrouteplanner.com/ (surprising accurate, and a bit on the conservative side)
Charging map: https://www.plugshare.com/
Supercharger map (open, construction, permit status): https://supercharge.info/
Official Supercharger map
Model 3 Supercharger rate: https://www.tesla.com/en_CA/support/supercharging

There is a lot of noise surrounding this company. Some negative news are justified but many others lack objectivity. The best way to know about the product is to visit your local superchargers (lots of owners are happy to share their experiences), drop by the Tesla Store to do a test drive (they will let anyone drive despite most can't afford Model S or X), or join the owners clubs on Facebook: Model 3 owner's club or Canadian Model 3 owner's club.
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There is a lot of noise surrounding this company. Some negative news are justified but many others lack objectivity. The best way to know about the product is to visit your local superchargers (lots of owners are happy to share their experiences), drop by the Tesla Store to do a test drive (they will let anyone drive despite most can't afford Model S or X), or join the owners clubs on Facebook: Model 3 owner's club or Canadian Model 3 owner's club.

Hotspot:
The car doesn't auto hotspot out of park. You have to turn wifi on everytime time it is put into drive or reverse from park.
It will then auto connect to your hotspot, sometimes right away, sometimes 2 minutes down the road...
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SmartElectric wrote: Owner here.

Early production ~ VIN 6000 2013 Tesla Model S 85.
Average 30000 km per year.
Supercharged hundreds of times, latest just two days ago, very convenient and fast, added 40% range (165 km) in a short visit to a furniture store in same mall.

Previous cars were all 300HP+ with multiple performance cars including Camaro Z28.
Even as a total gear head, attending F1 races, routinely replacing tires yearly due to burnout wear, will never go back to a gas car.

If you have not driven a Tesla, you have no idea.
I hammer it off every fracking light, every light, with the air suspension, our Tesla runs like a "freight train on smooth rails" on the highway, only need to "dip" into the pedal to add 50 km/h at any speed (legal or no), instant torque is addicting.

My wife will not part with the Tesla S.
So, Model 3 reservation sits unused as I struggle with the choice of trading away my commuter EV (which I love).

Glad to answer any questions.

I have absolutely no concerns about the longevity of Tesla the company, the products are so far above anything I've ever owned before.
My ownership experience is beyond my original expectations, which were very very high.
maverick09 wrote: For context, my past two cars have been Audi S4 (8.5) and a E90 335D (with JR tune). The model 3 is as quick off the line as any of those cars, and from 40-90 just as quick. Where the Model 3 lacks is top end grunt at highway speeds. But it's still quick enough to get me into tight spaces, and more reliably than the 335D which took 1-2 secs for the turbos to quick in. And for 99.99% of my driving it's all I ever need. Yes you can go and buy your 500HP car and do what with it at the end of the day - open it up spend a few litres of gas and then brake hard until your next stop. If you live in the GTHA, you are likely hampered by traffic anyways for most of the day.

Traffic around the GTHA is crap, limited times where you can utilize all that power and when you do you can quickly get into the territory of having your car impounded. On today's roads, for regular commuters in the GTHA my belief (again MY OWN OPINION) is BEV's (this applies to all BEV/PHEV) are in another league compared to ICE vehicles. I no longer fret about stop and go - makes no difference to my consumption, AutoPilot takes car of the stop and go for me which is a massive stress reliever and the option of using the HOV lanes is an added benefit.

I'm just generally confused where all this vile hatred for Tesla came from. This is a forward thinking company - hands down. The recent German article about a German Engineering firm tearing apart a Model 3 and the admission that any German manufacture could not sell a Model 3 at its current price is remarkable.

After studying the individual components, they concluded that German EV manufacturers would not be capable of producing a similar vehicle at this point in time
(https://news.slashdot.org/story/18/06/0 ... ineers-say)
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Model 3 Review (Autopilot 2.5)


Model S Review (Autopilot 1.0)


Model X Review (Autopilot 2.0)
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b166er1337 wrote: Model 3 (rendering)

That looks ugly.
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carmaster wrote: That looks ugly.
yeah, it's a render as there is virtually nothing known about Model 3 except the price point.
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I have read theories that the model 3 will be made from steel instead of aluminum to save cost, this would also decrease range due to the extra weight but lets hope they keep at least 300km range (over 400km would be very nice of course)
In fact in Rand McNally they wear hats on their feet and hamburgers eat people
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lack of charging stations outside the core of Toronto.

Not practical still, esp. if traveling outside the GTA (vacation, long road trips, etc). I would not buy a Tesla for this main reason.
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Quentin5 wrote: I have read theories that the model 3 will be made from steel instead of aluminum to save cost, this would also decrease range due to the extra weight but lets hope they keep at least 300km range (over 400km would be very nice of course)
That is true but Elon also said today to expect battery capacity to increase 5% a year so 10% improvement by the time Model 3 comes out. Also it is supposedly 20% smaller. All the statement from Tesla is the Model 3 will have at least 200 mile range.
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I'm waiting for another Roadster varient.

I think many would pay a premium to see P85D in a lotus body
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howdydo wrote: I'm waiting for another Roadster varient.

I think many would pay a premium to see P85D in a lotus body
The new roadster would be an original design.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: We should have designed an all-original car from the beginning

“We ended up changing most of the damn car,” said Musk, “so we thought later, why did we do that.” Tesla was built on two false premises, Musk said: that Tesla could easily adapt the Lotus chassis, and that the powertrain from AC Propulsion would work as-is in a commercial environment.
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Does anyone know whether autopilot will be available on this?
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Their next speed tier better be Plaid.
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b166er1337 wrote: That is true but Elon also said today to expect battery capacity to increase 5% a year so 10% improvement by the time Model 3 comes out. Also it is supposedly 20% smaller. All the statement from Tesla is the Model 3 will have at least 200 mile range.
Indeed, i would not need over 300km often but when i do i very much need more range, and this maybe be a dozen or so times a year (once or twice a month)
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aqnd wrote: Their next speed tier better be Plaid.
You're in luck. Next Roadster will have maximum plaid ;)
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DJ_Peanuts22 wrote: Does anyone know whether autopilot will be available on this?
Autopilot will be rolled out in the v7.0 beta OTA update in a few weeks to all cars with the autopilot hardware installed (basically every Model S made after September 2014).
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