I pulled the trigger!

I pulled the trigger!

Thanks to everyone who so kindly answered all of my questions over the last couple of weeks. Yesterday I reserved a red Model S (std perf) w/ pano roof, black leather w/ obeche gloss, 19" wheels, air susp, tech pkg, sound pkg, and twin chargers. Final configured price is just over $93k w/ doc fees. I am pre-approved w/ Alliant for $80,000 loan amount at 1.74%. My only regret is that I really wanted the Performance model, but that would mean another $12,000 cash outlay which I can't justify for a 1 second faster 0-60 time. I keep reminding myself that even the standard performance is going to be a monster compared to what I'm used to with my Prius Touring.

One side note that I haven't shared with anyone... On a whim and not expecting any success at all, I took a shot at sending an email to Elon Musk (I guessed logically at his email address) asking a few questions about the vehicle. I received a reply once from Steve Jobs about an old PowerMac that died, so I thought I'd go for 2 out of 2! Well, guess what? HE REPLIED! Receiving an email response from the CEO addressing my questions about the car sealed the deal for me!

I asked Mr. Musk specifically about the pano roof creaks, the AM/FM reception as well as reports that there was higher road noise inside the vehicle due to use of non-laminated glass. This is how Mr. Musk responded: "We have improved pano roof creaks, AM/FM reception and road noise quite a bit in recent months and are providing those fixes to our service team for retrofit in earlier production cars. The Model S is very quiet if the side glass is properly pressed into the seal, but can otherwise sound a bit noisy at high speed due to wind suction pulling the glass away from the seal. This is an easy fix."

Everything that I've been concerned about has been addressed, and a personal email from the CEO secured my order. So far I have had a great experience and consider myself in a circle of new friends. Thank you! :)

Carefree | 15. Juni 2013

Congratulations! You're gonna love the car and so will your clients. You are now the hippest realtor in Arizona!

rch1708 | 15. Juni 2013

You have the same spec as me, for the same reasons, except that I've got the european parking distance sensors - utterly necessary with our tight parking spaces. I suppose that you'll get yours long before me.

Congrats on your wise decision.

Reilly McHugh | 15. Juni 2013

I am a Realtor in Seattle, 2 weeks from delivery! Congrats!

NICE | 15. Juni 2013

It's about time! Congratulations :) That's going to be one flashy car. Definitely an attention grabber.
It will be plenty fast!

bradslee | 15. Juni 2013

Congrats and welcome to the club! I guess your realtor business from now on will grow as fast as you drive your MS.

AmpedRealtor | 15. Juni 2013

@ bradslee - let's hope, I need to pay for this car! LOL

SamO | 15. Juni 2013


I'm guessing you will sell an additional 50% this year just because buyers will be enthralled by your Model S. and you'll sell at least ten Teslas.

AmpedRealtor | 15. Juni 2013

@ SamoSam, at that rate I better get in line and reserve my Model X! LOL :) Thanks for the encouragement.

CQN | 15. Juni 2013

Congrats! Curious what color... either way.. you're going to LOVE this car.

RedShift | 15. Juni 2013

Good job, realtor. Now, impress your potential clients! I am not a realtor, but I need to meet my clients for my consulting work, and they are always super impressed.

Neech | 15. Juni 2013

Congrats, you will LOVE the car. Elon is the best too.

FWIW, I got my MS in April and have not had any problems with pano noises or road noises (unless the windows or roof is open of course). Tesla has been attentive to issues that have come up and quickly worked to fix them. The Big 3 would just give attitude.

RedShift | 15. Juni 2013

Also, Elon's response vis a vis the suction pulling windows thus increasing road noise makes sense to me. I posted earlier that my car seems to have become quieter after 3M tinting. 3M crystalline is thicker than regular films, thus sealing the glass better? Intriguing.

hademarco | 15. Juni 2013

AmpedRealtor, like S-car-go says, it's about time. Congrats! It's an awesome vehicle. I have an earlier car sn 3xxx so I'll get those items fixed when the service station near me opens. Thanks for the info from Musk. So exciting!

jbunn | 15. Juni 2013

Congratulations! I feel like a proud new uncle! Youll love it

Brian H | 15. Juni 2013

Post some stories about your (prospective) clients' reactions. RedShift; you, too! Please!

J.T. | 15. Juni 2013


I remember your first post like it was yesterday and look at you now . . . All Amped up.

It's a proud day for all of us in the forum when a prospy becomes a full-fledged member.

I'm a little ferklempt.

Congrats and continued success.

sia | 15. Juni 2013

@AmpedRealtor. Congratulations! Welcome to the Tesla family!

NKYTA | 16. Juni 2013


irishstoutaz | 17. Juni 2013

Congrats and you will not be disappointed with the S85!!! We received ours on 6/8 and had the same debate for the Performance but did not want the Alcantra Leather and you could not configure regular leather with the Performance option so went with the S85. We also live in PHX and just precool with the app about 5-10 minutes before getting in and then you won't have the loud AC motor (also get some good tint installed). We also have not found any FM reception issues but only listened to it just to confirm it worked. We go with Slacker or XM. Enjoy!!

Mathew98 | 17. Juni 2013

If you really want to speed up your delivery process, call the 800 # and ask them to finalize your design and skip the two weeks waiting period before sending your order to the factory.

That's how I got mine in 5 weeks.

Wooly | 17. Juni 2013

I too jumped in and finalized my standard 85 last week. June 12th to be exact. I have my VIN, and the delivery window starts 6/28. Very quick! NEMA 14-50 was installed on Friday. Waiting patiently......not.

hademarco | 17. Juni 2013

Congrats Wooly! that's a really quick turn around...2 weeks? They must be making cars in batches as I have seen multiple deliveries on 6/28. You'll love it! I had to wait a year and a half so you're very lucky.

rbgliny | 17. Juni 2013

Congrats to all of you guys that have decided to be part of the Tesla family. Have had mine since Feb. 21 of this year. Has turned out to be an unbelievable experience. I am sure you will all be amazed on how great this car is compared to the ICE age. Musk and Co. have done a great job coming out of the gate. Enjoy!!!!

rtb | 17. Juni 2013

Congratulations all--my order went final today--I already have a VIN (is that normal?) although the predicted delivery date is the end of July.

bradslee | 17. Juni 2013


Congrats and welcome to the club!

May we know what is the last five digits of your VIN? Thanks.

rtb | 17. Juni 2013

Thanks--the last five digits are 14877

Wooly | 17. Juni 2013

Mine is 14721

TMS Doc | 18. Juni 2013

Trust me, you will not be disappointed with the standard performance. It is wicked fast, and the 0-30 mph acceleration is something amazing to experience. I rarely ever floor it in regular driving unless I'm showing off to friends.

Mathew98 | 18. Juni 2013

I've had mine for 3 days and my average kw/m usage vary from 600 to 900. How can any driver resist the urge to floor it every chance you get?

It'll take a few more days before I resume "normal" driving mode.

Brian H | 18. Juni 2013

If you're well within available range, who cares about the W/mi? Bargain fun!

brandtlings | 18. Juni 2013

Cheap thrills! :D

skymaster | 18. Juni 2013

I feel like I am 16... all over again. What happened to the last 36 years???

AmpedRealtor | 28. Juni 2013

Hey guys and gals!

A quick update from me… MY MODEL S IS IN PRODUCTION!

I am begging the sales advisor to switch my Obeche gloss to carbon fiber, hopefully it won't be an issue now that the order is pretty much frozen but I requested it less than 24 hours after the status change. Assuming it won't be a big deal.

I couldn't resist the performance temptation, so here is the final build:

Multi coat red
Pano roof
No spoiler
19" wheels
CF decor (or Obeche gloss if it's too late to swtich)
Tech package
Studio sound
Air suspension (std on P)
Parcel shelf
Twin chargers
Black leather

The waiting begins…

bradslee | 28. Juni 2013

And real fun as well as big grin will soon follow...

portia | 28. Juni 2013

Unless you need to charge really quick after coming back from a trip empty to go out again, you won't need the HPWC. I ordered it originally, and a friend who owned a Roadster and a Model S told me I won't need it, and he is right. It is something you can get later if you really do need it. (ha, maybe a little more $ then?) since it is not part of the car production, you can always cancel that before delivery.

AmpedRealtor | 28. Juni 2013

Thanks @ Portia, appreciate the advice. The reason I ordered the HPWC is because my electrician told me that the installation cost would be insignificantly different between a 50A or 100A service, and since I tend to have appointments all over the valley, I hedged against possibly missing an appointment or being tardy due to a charging issue. A missed or late appointment could cost me a listing, which would buy several HPWCs. But I could also be severely overthinking this by planning for a contingency that may or may not ever happen. The range of the 85 kwh is probably more than I've ever driven for appointments, but I expect this car might make me a little bit more popular. At least I can dream! :)

I appreciate your feedback and will factor it into my decision.

Hi_Tech | 28. Juni 2013

Finally got mine last night! Been following for about 4-5 years and decided I couldn't wait for the Model X that I was on the list for... just had to change to Model S. Got to say the drive is amazing, looks really awesome, and most importantly, my son loves it!!! :)

Can't wait until morning to head back out on the road!!!!

Brian H | 28. Juni 2013

Some find the HPWC simply neater and more convenient (no UMC needed).