I have enjoyed my MS for almost 19 months, and yes, it has exceeded my expectations across the board. So what have I learned?
1. People have questions and I try to answer them politely but with very short answers. No one likes a lecture, certainly not a long one. I am most often asked about the range, charging, and how do I like it?
2. If price is brought up, I only say that it is priced similar to a comparable BMW, MB, Audi, Porsche, Jaguar, Lexus, etc. All luxury cars are expensive especially when compared to a Toyota Camry . A tank of premium gasoline is priced about $70 and a charge from home about $7.
3. I have learned the most effective sales presentation is a test drive at a Tm showroom. Really, that is all that it takes and perhaps some guidance from the Tesla Associate to navigate the 17” information and control center. Your long and passionate dissertation on the merits of the MS will have little affect. It is all about the test drive and test drives are free.
4. I never argue. In most cases the person arguing has an agenda or is ignorant and they won’t believe anything I have to say.
Sorry guys and gals the Tesla Fan Club has too many zealots who jump on any and all negative comments. Case in point the recent Edmunds and CR articles. No car is perfect, all have problems. I did not find these two articles out of line, these people had several significant problems and more than a few small ones. I suspect CR and Edmunds would have said similar things about their BMW, MB, Audi, Porsche, etc. Both still hold TM and the MS in very high esteem.
Bottom line, to me, the Model S has only been in production for 2 years, a new to Tesla factory-equipment-robots -assembly line-assembly workers- suppliers … all things considered, the MS turned out much better than it should. MB has been manufacturing cars for approximately 130 years, Ford 110+ years, BMW and Porsche about 65 years … and they still have problems with their cars and their suppliers. Have you ever been to a BMW dealership early on a Monday morning? If your car has been perfect with no problems, perhaps you should send a note to the Tesla factory, and an appreciative prayer to the Lord… or pack your bags and go to Las Vegas and see how long your luck lasts.