Model S

Recommendations on buying a used s

I am interested in buying a used model S. I am in Florida and typically drive around 40,000 mi per year. I do not really understand all of the differences between 75 to 100 or what the letter d means. I am just looking for something that will give me the biggest range and full self-driving.

I have read where some sort of air suspension is available. What does this do and is it worth the extra money?

Comments

  • Biggest range is 100 or LR aka long range, D is for dual motors.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.businessinsider.com/tesla-model-s-every-major-change-2019-8%3famp
  • Also google is your friend unless you are conservative. ;)
  • The difference between 75 and 100 is the amount of energy the respective packs can hold. The more energy, the more range.

    You say that you want FSD. Why? Meaning, what is about FSD that you are looking to get?
  • You really need to do some homework before you buy. Plenty of information out there if you look.
  • > @jjuday30 said:
    > I am interested in buying a used model S. I am in Florida and typically drive around 40,000 mi per year. I do not really understand all of the differences between 75 to 100 or what the letter d means. I am just looking for something that will give me the biggest range and full self-driving.
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    > I have read where some sort of air suspension is available. What does this do and is it worth the extra money?

    I just bought a used Model S through Tesla because I like the 1 year warrantee as I am new to this car. I’m looking forward to it myself and have my spot saved for the CyberTruck along with 800,000 other people. Hope this S will help me be patient.

    You will find that many dealers know very little about Tesla’s so be prepared when you go look. Tesla is also stingy with their information and won’t tell the dealers much.

    Private owners can be a good source as well. I had my eye on a 60 here that just had the MCU and Screen replaced due to delamination. But in the end Tesla’s warrantee sold me for a little peace of mind.
  • There are only two places I would recommend you buy a used Tesla from. Tesla and private sale.
  • The above are all insightful...but having just gone through the process as a novice, I'll throw in my $.02. 40k miles/year is about 800 miles a week. In our real world environment, for us to do that would mean that we'd be putting about 150m a day on the car, which is the real world center of the bell curve range we are comfortable with, using our home charger. Range and mileage and watt/hours are all thrown around these forums like popcorn, but for us...even though we were told the car has 275m of range, we learned that you are safer staying at about 80% of that for daily driving (which means more like 225m). Also, running completely out of power turns a really nice car into a brick, so we get really uncomfortable as the car approaches 10-15% of empty (40m or so). That means our real world, no sweat, don't worry about it charge when we get home range is around 185m.

    With all that in mind, we purchased a 2017 90D. The 90 has to do with the battery size (100 is a bigger battery, 75 is a smaller battery). The D means it is a dual motor...aka all wheel drive instead of rear wheel drive. We went on the Tesla used car website, ordered the 2017 90D based on mileage, color and proximity. The good is that we were able to order it with FSD, air suspension (which absolutely has come in handy), and some other stuff. The bad is we didn't know we really should have gotten a model that already had something called MCU2 (which is a faster, better screen and computer...but you can pay Tesla to install it after your purchase for $2500 more dollars). I would think you would be comfortable with a 90D, or even a 100D if you wanted the extra reserve. The entire process was pretty mindless. Depending on your budget, you may want something newer, but hard to beat a fully loaded beast for the price you can get it directly from Tesla. Feel free to ask any questions...I'll just add as an aside that for us, FSD has been an expressway toy that was pretty cool, but I'm really spoiled by letting it manage speeds and lanes and stuff in autopilot around town (autopilot and FSD are different animals, if you haven't already learned).
  • Late breaking news posted by BH....MCU2 now 1500.

    The older cars are looking better now....
  • So I’m in Florida too and was in the same boat as you few months ago. Did a lot of research and decided best option was a 75D 260miles range- D= dual motor plus more fast (0-60 in 4.2sec) and better battery life. Also I choose air suspension over glass roof. Better smooth ride on air suspension. White interior. Makes it Elegant.
    I definitely wanted Full self driving and trust me that it’s a MUST if you buying a Tesla! No exceptions to this rule. Even though it’s not all active now but will be in future but the current features are worth on its own. I use it all the time.
    I got lucky when I bought mine I got the 4 year warranty from Tesla which was later changed to 1year.
    Buying from Tesla was not painful but expect a week at least if your car is local. If it’s not local you may have longer wait time. Except for wait time it was painless. The car was like new in condition - in fact better then I expected. I personally never was as satisfied after buying a used car as my Tesla. Very happy and I still enjoy driving the car every time I get in it. I have never received that many compliments on any car as much as I do on this car.
  • I agree. A 75D (or 75 depending where you live) is all you need. I’m biased because I have the 75D. I considered the 90D when I bought mine. I thought I might regret not getting the bigger battery. But nope, I haven’t regretted it at all. For my commute of 40-50 miles round trip, the 75D range is more than enough. And for occasional longer trips, the penalty for the 75D vs. 90D is slightly longer charging times at super chargers. Now if your commute or driving needs are different, the longer range could be important. My guess is that the 75D is enough for most people. As far as performance differences, if there are any, I think they are imperceptible. Flooring a 75D pins you and your passengers to the back of the seats like nothing else. I hardly ever do that because it drains battery and wears out tires really fast.
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