Picked up my Black Model 3 with 19” wheels on New Years Eve 2017. I have a lower Vin # 16XX. The car is now six months old and I have 10,000 miles on it. Before this I drove a 2014 Model S which now has 89,000 miles on it and my wife drives (and Loves) it.
I drive one of the busiest freeways in the United States five days a week. It is a 100 mile commute. Some of you may drive more every day, most will drive less. I never have range anxiety as I charge to 90% at night. The car starts charging at midnight and is fully ready to go early in the am.
I have not been to a gas station since late December. If I had an ICE that had a MPG range of 30, I would have bought 334 gallons of gas. At roughly $3.50 for gas, that would have been $1,169 in gas plus 28 trips to the gas station (4-1/2 trips per month). What is the cost saving of those trips to the station?
I am able (with stickers bought from the DMV) travel in the carpool lanes and use the 91 express lanes. That combination saves me at least an hour a day in my overall commute. What is the cost saving of that time?
I would have needed at least one oil change (probably two) if I were driving an ICE car. What is the cost savings in that? I have had the tires rotated once but I would have needed to do that in an ICE car too. While the tires were being rotated, I checked the brakes, they still look brand new.
I was lucky to pick up the car New years Eve as I have been able to already use the $7,500 tax benefit. Also, the California rebate of $2,500 certainly makes a great car even better.
One thing that seems to rarely get mentioned is personal safety for yourselves and others in your car. From Tesla’s past history and from pictures of wrecks so far, it seems that you (and those others) are safer riding in your car than other cars on the road.
The ride is a bit stiffer than the S but I like it, I am reminded that it handles more like a sports sedan than a luxury cruiser. The seats are great, I arrive feeling much more relaxed than in other cars that I have driven.
I feel the overall view out the front is exceptional and that the acceleration is still the “Tesla Grin” that got me to change all those years ago. The radio is awesome, even for an ol guy that had better hearing years ago. Play “All Right Now” by Free with the bass all the way up at volume and feel another heartbeat.
The touchpad becomes second nature quickly. Lane assist is good, not great yet. I use it every day, it helps reduce the tension of stop and go traffic. Advanced Cruise Control is exceptional, it “senses” things a number of times before I do. Lane change assist is a bit odd but I never like to change lanes on a freeway too often anyway.
If you are on the fence or having second thoughts, I hope the above helps reassure you that you are indeed making the right choice. I get asked all the time, model 3 or S? Brand new, it’s a S every time. A new 3 VS. my 2014 S? Tough choice but I would pick the new 3.