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Old 04-26-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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I Test Drove a Tesla Model S

I was expecting to enjoy driving it, but it exceeded my expectations. Everything in the car is very well thought out and designed. I was particularly impressed with the design of the rear doors and how the handle, arm rest, and door release all flowed into the same panel. It's the same story throughout the rest of the car too, nothing sticks out and nothing looks out of place. The interior is minimalistic, but not over the top.

The one we drove was a regular 85kw model, unfortunately not one of the P85's. Still though, it was quick enough to have some fun. As expeted, the power delivery was perfectly linear and the torque curve (or lack thereof) is a blast. Cruising at 70 on the highway and feeling immediate full torque is a lot of fun. The strangest part was anctipating a gear shift and never feeling it. Something I had never read about but really liked is the regenerative braking. When you let off the accelerator the car feels like it's engine braking as it puts power back into the battery instead of being wasted on heating up the brakes. As a cosequence, the brakes last longer and it feels like you gear down whenever you let off the accelerator, just like with a manual transmission. I was a big fan of the variable steering modes as well. Sport mode felt pretty similar to an M3 in terms of weight, a really solid feel.


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Old 04-26-2014, 03:35 PM   #2
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Taking a test drive soon! Only thing is I have to leave the state to do so.
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Old 04-26-2014, 03:36 PM   #3
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awesome! Been curious to test drive one too. Teslas are quite popular where I live as I see them around all the time.
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mommy and daddy going to buy you a Tesla?
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I wouldn't buy one. My dad loves them though.
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awesome! Been curious to test drive one too. Teslas are quite popular where I live as I see them around all the time.
If you can find a way to do it, go for it. As soon as we started moving I was grinning like an idiot. It's kind of surreal pulling out of a parking lot without making a sound.
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How much longer will they be selling the Model S? We can't quite afford one just yet, but want to buy one in the near future when we will be able to afford it.
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How much longer will they be selling the Model S? We can't quite afford one just yet, but want to buy one in the near future when we will be able to afford it.
For the forseable future, it's their bread and butter right now. The model X comes out next year which is their crossover/SUV-ish AWD car, and then in 2017 is the economy car which, according to the sales rep, is a smaller version of the Model S. I'm willing to bet that by 2017 the battery technology will have progressed to the 350-400 mile range too. Musk and friends have put a few billion into a battery plant in TX to push the technology forward.
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Awesome! Although I don't think we'll be interested in the economy car, it's still great to see they'll be finally getting to that point.
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Maybe because it's a test car it's registered in CA
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Because there's about as much teslas around here as there are hippies in berkeley. They probably needed to get rid of some
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Because there's about as much teslas around here as there are hippies in berkeley. They probably needed to get rid of some
I easily see 3-4 tesla's a day in Irvine.... and I am not out running around that much.
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Hahah I was at that location for my interview I had told you about a while back. I didn't get to drive one but it was pretty sick to get up and personal with them. They told me that there next big step it to come out with one in the $30-$40K range.
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I'm buying a model E when it comes out in 2017. I've already told the wife my car will be sold to get one.
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Dumb question, how are these cars maintained though?



Where I live, they only have showrooms, but no service places. Similar to NJ, I think my state has that whole "franchise" rule.

Edit, Never mind. I would have to go to the next state over. How inconvenient.

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Hahah I was at that location for my interview I had told you about a while back. I didn't get to drive one but it was pretty sick to get up and personal with them. They told me that there next big step it to come out with one in the $30-$40K range.
Oh yeah I forgot you interviewed with them. It's such a small operation, kind of crazy.

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I'm buying a model E when it comes out in 2017. I've already told the wife my car will be sold to get one.
If I found myself looking for a car in a few years it would be high high up on the list. If the E drives anything like the S then the big automakers are in for a rude awakening. Everything about the way it drove was ...smooth, until you floor it and it throws your head back.
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How much maintenance do they need? Brakes and an occasional gear box lube..
Be surprised if they need much before 80K... I know here in my town they do have a designated shop that does the service..
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How much maintenance do they need? Brakes and an occasional gear box lube..
Be surprised if they need much before 80K... I know here in my town they do have a designated shop that does the service..
They have a recommended yearly "checkup" that's a diagnostic test of all the electronics, brakes, alignment, etc. It isn't covered under warranty and costs $600, but the sales rep said most owners do it once every 2 years. Outside of tires and brakes there is zero maintenance.
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