Model S

The Tesla Psychosis



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    I get mine in 12 hours.

    I hope this obsession lessens, because it does seem a little unhealthy. But only a little bit.
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    I was actually kind of bent out of shape when my boss refused to drive it when the two of us had an offsite meeting and we took my car. (He has a Honda Civic - which I think is pretty cool in a CEO, actually - and he said he was afraid to drive such an expensive car). Sure it's nice to ride in, but until someone DRIVES it, he or she won't be able to understand why we are so nuts about the Model S.

    I'm a person who has hated to drive for her entire life, and now I find myself wishing my commute was longer than five miles so I could have more daily T-time. Even traffic isn't so bad now because it means more time in the car (and with the regen braking, stop-and-go traffic isn't that annoying anymore).

    We really are crazy, you guys. But it's good-crazy and I am GLAD the craziness lasts so long (two months and I'm still in love). This car is great on so many levels: It's green, made in the USA, gorgeous, fast, comfortable, and fun.
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    @Jill S, Great comment. Thanks for sharing.
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    You are now free to move to a distant neighborhood, nearer to country roads and interstates, instead of being tied down so near to work!
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    I sometimes let people drive if I trust them. My brother in law and a good friend of mine drove our car and I didn't feel overly concerned about it. Both of them are now more interested in buying a Tesla so it seems like it was worth the risk.
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    Wow! I feel like I belong to some kind of support group now. I should receive my MS the first week in June.

    My name is Doug "hi Doug" the rest of the addicts say. I told my wife the I would either be the smartest guy on the block, or the dumbest six months ago when I decided to buy the MS. I'm feeling pretty smart right now.

    My heart goes out to you rch1708. I have 3 girls and 3 boys. My last 2 are twin girls and they graduate high school tomorrow. I'm glad you can find part of the joy you had before in the MS.

    I'm sitting on the toilet reading all the responses to your post. My legs are getting numb so I have to go now.

    I've put in my Tesla time for this afternoon.
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    @ Doug. I bought a new iPad recently. When I was told that Apple care covers two drowning incidents, I took it. Now I don't worry about reading the forums in the bath.

    My name is Rob. I'm a Teslaholic.
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    My deepest condolences.
    As a father of 3 (girl - 10, boy - 8 and 10mo - girl), your loss as a parent is devastating.

    Your post (and everyone's responses) have made me sad, happy and excited to be a part of something so special. I've been lurking on the forums for some time, but reluctant to engage because I spend too much time reading about the car (and the stock). Now that my MS has finally arrived, I fear that my condition is worsening. Project reports, executive summaries, emails of all kinds now wait in the morning until I've had a chance to peruse the forums for the latest...

    I've tried unsuccessfully to try to go one entire day without mentioning anything to do with Tesla with my wife only to find that it's nearly impossible. Even my best attempts have been thwarted by her casual mention of something Tesla (and she's not a car/gadget/tech person at all). This obsession has extended in other ways as well. I just installed a 20kW generator and nest thermometers to go along with the dropcams we have throughout the house. This means that I can remotely monitor the baby (via dropcam), the newer baby (Tesla app) and house temps from my iPhone or iPad. The generator is there to protect both babies from being without heat or power in case another Sandy or Irene rolls through. The latest indulgence (my wife thinks this is hilarious) is that I just ordered blinds for the garage so that the sun isn't shining directly on the car for x hours a day).

    I'm sharing all of this because your post inspired me to finally admit the truth.

    My name is Jeremy. I'm also a Teslaholic.

    Indulge away, because we're all here with you.

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    Love, Love, Love this thread! This is the kind of thread that gets my heart pumping! I find myself reading it and saying out loud "I know...right!"......."Me too, Me too!". Agreeing with all of you as if you were in the room with me! So many comments made me laugh out loud! Never thought of it that way....buying a Tesla reduces CO2, saves our planet and puts drug dealers out of business. Win-Win! Love it!

    Love how generous many are being with letting others test drive their cars! Every car we help Elon sell, ensures that Tesla will be around 100 years from now. My teenagers will be able to say to their children. "When I started driving, you needed to go to a gas station to fill up your car." & they will receive that bewildered look. The same look my teenagers give me when I describe going to the library and using an encyclopedia to do research for school papers.

    Rob's original post was very moving!. Thanks for sharing your story. Please update us after your car arrives.

    Thanks to everyone for making this forum a wonderful place to share our passion!

    Jackie :-)
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    This thread is amazing. I'm just sitting here beaming from ear to ear. :)

    It captures so much of what I was thinking - how I've bookmarked every "how to wash" thread from both this site and tmc, how all I want to do is shout to everyone I know (and everyone I just met) about what this car <i>means</i>, and how I'm so so so so excited for a simple red button to show up on a web page. :)

    As P1550X, I know I'm late to get on the train, but man, does it feel good! Now all I need is for the SolarCity guy to call me back... lol
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    In a year you'll be an old-timer, an early adopter.
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    My obsession is getting worse: I was wondering whether to buy Alloygators before the Tesla discount runs out at the end of July... MS is due September/October.

    But I could look at them in the meantime and imagine them protecting my wheels! Bliss!
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    I had the Alloygators, had reviewed all of Junkman's Youtube videos for two bucket handwashing, purchased all of the recommended car wash products, microfiber towels and connectors for ease of switching out my foam gun and my hose nozzle, ordered and received my Lloyd's mats (front and back), gotten my spare adapters and tire kit from the Tesla store, and had appointments for CQuartz finest application and tinting well prior to ever receiving my MS. I leave home early to get the best parking spot in the parking garage at work. I researched all the ways I could mount my front license plate without "injuring" my baby, and purchased clear vinyl removable stickers to use with my HOV lane stickers so I wouldn't have to permanently adhere them. When I walk in the garage in the morning, I greet her good morning out loud (I have to be careful doing this around people, though. ;)

    The other day, while giving her her weekly handwash and massage, I noticed a light scuff on the passenger door. Easily buffed out by my detailer (a benefit of the CQuartz warranty) I got the best compliment detailer said I had obviously been doing everything right in caring for the car as he could detect no swirls or scratches! I was as proud of that achievement as I was in getting a promotion.

    I'm away on business but check my iPhone app several times a day. I have opportunities to describe how great the Model S is often, and can't wait to pull out the pictures of my delivery.

    I am the mother of two adult children, not a car person, and, echoing others in this thread, this car makes one feel very special. I used to hate to drive; now I look for reasons to drive, and can't wait for the Supercharger network so I can take road trips. I've now had the car 3 months.

    Nothing is as devastating as the loss of a child. I hope the MS gives you as much joy as it has given me, and I wish you many, many hours of driving with sunlight.
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    When I got mine in November folks would ask me how I liked my car and I would always tell them, "Ask me in 6 months when the novelty is gone." We'll, it's now been over 8 months and almost 10,000 miles and the honeymoon ain't even close to being over. Like you I have solar panels and it's now guilt free driving and fun driving at that. Any reason to drive is a reason to go for a fun drive. It actually gets better believe it or not.
    And I used to devour every morsel of Tesla information that I could find, but less so now since I end up talking shop with other Tesla owners that I know.
    The psychosis actually is medically called PTSS; Post Tesla Stupid Smile.
    Enjoy the drive!
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    Yep, you def'nitly clazy lady now. Enjoy!
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    @blc: you inspired me to order the Alloygaters - made use of the 10% Tesla discount! Also impressed that a lady refers to her car as "she". Increasingly reassured that my behaviour is normal for a Teslaholic. Just got to convince the wife before she orders the straitjacket.
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    Teslaholic, yes I am....I've got it bad.

    I read up on everything Tesla. I look up Tesla news, Elon news, Tesla Forum. I'm on the forum several times a day everyday. I talk about my car to whoever will hear me. Sometimes I talk about Tesla even though no one is listening. I'm not the kind of person that does that. I have to restrain myself from talking too much about the car, the company or Elon. I'm afraid people are sick of hearing it or think I'm just a one dimensional character.

    Like blc, I got all the items to wash her myself (yes, it's got to be a her, she's really sexy). I'm not the kind of person that does that. Today, there was some goop on top of the hood when I was about to go to work. I wiped it off with my fingers, but there was still some residue on the hood. I can't leave it like that! What if it hardens in the California sun? So I got my Zaino finishing spray and got it right off, but wait, the rest of the hood now looks dusty compared to the little spot I just cleaned off. So I proceeded to mini-detail the 6 in the morning!? If my husband saw me (luckily he's out of town)...he would have bought me a straight jacket for sure.
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    All I can say is that I sat in the car, in the garage, for over an hour, the first night that I had it.

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    Only an hour? ;-)
    Heck me and my wife probably spent a couple hours each night in the car, for the first three nights!
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    Teslafy, Teslaholic, Telsapsychosis. We've all got it. It's a good thing. What was the last thing that made you feel like a kid at Christmas? Man, I'm totally addicted.
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    Note to self: not all Tesla owners are Teslaholics.

    A coworker visiting from another office mentioned he got a Model S in February - I immediately said excitedly, "Oh, what's your VIN?!?" and got the strangest look as he muttered, "What? I have no idea..." lol
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    I think the strangest thing for me was my slow drift away from wanting to drive anywhere. I'm a motor head and have always loved driving and yet, over the last few years, have slowly lost interest in driving. MS changed all that. Now I drop my daughter off at school every day and I too look for reasons to drive. It is a very pleasant change.

    One word of warning though-
    MS is new enough to have a very high resale. I took the oporturnity to use a second deposit I placed before the price increase to replace my P85 with a P85+. I delivered my first MS to its new owner three weeks ago and still have three weeks until the new baby arrives. The warning is simple; five months of ownership and 5,500 miles of driving only makes the anticipation problem WORSE. I thought it was bad the first time :)
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    opportunity (I wish I could edit posts here)
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    @lolachampcar: a masochistic Teslaholic. Boy do you have problems... ;-)
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    and old dog, new tricks syndrome so it is unlikely I can get my self sorted :)
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