Model 3

10 Months after Reveal #1 - Has the wait gotten easier or harder?

edited February 2017 in Model 3
It has already been 10 months since the first reveal (though the wait for me extends back to when I first heard that the M3 was going to be a reality).

Has the wait gotten easier or harder? For me, I had originally anticipated getting my M3 in mid to late 2018, and now based on a few of Elon's statements, there is a chance that I might just get it in 2017. So ..... the wait has gotten easier for me. I love having something to look forward to, and am weirdly enjoying this period of anticipation - and it is growing daily - and it is a good anticipation. If the car comes in 2017, that would be fantastic, but as a realist, it will probably be closer to my original expectation.

How about for you?
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  • edited February 2017
    Both?

    Easier in that I know the date is getting closer, but harder because the date is getting closer. :-) There are a few key details of the M3 design that I need to know before I convert my reservation to an order: do I fit comfortably in the drivers seat and will my bike fit in the trunk with the rear seat up (crossing fingers for 2 bikes with the wheels in the back).

    If Tesla can deliver in 2017 that would be great timing as I could really use the tax credits this year. My current car is also due for some expensive maintenance in the next year that I might be able to avoid if the M3 appears in time.

    Fingers crossed on all counts!
  • edited February 2017
    It was hard from April 1 to around August/Sept, From then, its been the same amount of frustrating wait.
  • edited November -1
    Last year, it was "I'll get this car sometime in the far future".
    Now, it's "When is the production reveal?" and "Man, I've got to work on getting that new circuit run into the garage".
  • edited February 2017
    No change here.

    I still don't have a place to park it and won't until late this year or early next year.
  • edited February 2017
    I'm getting more excited now than in late 2016. I just want to see the final car design. I'm expecting delivery date of early 2018 so still have a long time to wait, wait, wait and wait....
  • edited November -1
    Wait is the same for me.. I got mid-2017 but I don't expect them to deliver on time. Tesla's track record suggests it will take longer than estimated delivery time. But I don't mind I'm sure it's well worth the wait I doubt any car on the market can come close.
  • edited February 2017
    You guys in the US have it so sweet. Most of you look like getting your M3s in 2018. Here in Australian, it is only this month that the MX is being released. That's 19 months after the first MXs were delivered over there. So we won't see any M3s until probably late 2019. So for a person who reserved on day 1, the wait is excruciating!!
  • edited February 2017
    I think it might be a little easier now. When I reserved (pre-reveal on the 31st) I figured I was looking at a couple of years at least. At this point, given that everything, from what Tesla has said, is still on schedule, I'm thinking I might be under a year now.

    Add in the next reveal in a couple of months (hopefully) and then getting the go configure notice, I figure I've got enough good things to get me through the next year or so relatively painlessly.
  • edited November -1
    For me, the wait is getting easier now. At the beginning, I thought I was going to give in to peer pressure and buy a Model S. With the progression Tesla has made over the last few months, I'm hoping I will be in my Model 3 by Christmas. My only concern is If my 6'8" frame will fit in the car.
  • edited February 2017
    Easier for me, due to the fact I'm not ready for it yet anyway. That's a good thing, as I live in the big oil owned Midwest and won't be seeing mine anytime soon regardless...
  • edited November -1
    I go back and forth. It's always been hard because I get to drive a Model S sometimes, then am stuck in a Hyundai the rest. But easier because I estimate I only have 40 or fewer trips to the gas station left :)

    @Kchester32 - The driver of the Model 3 prototype I took a test drive in was very tall. His comment was that it was the first car he's even been in where he didn't need to push the seat all the way back. Here's hoping it can accommodate both you and me. (19 inches shorter than you!)
  • edited February 2017
    Like most people it's a bit of both. I wish the whole process was going faster, but at the same time realize they've already sped things up so much and I'd rather get a good product later than a crappier one sooner.
    The hardest part of the wait for me right now is the wondering if my current car will last until I get my M3. I reserved around noon the day of the reveal in the midwest so I'm cautiously optimistic that late 2017 to early 2018 is my window. My current car is a 2008 Ford Fusion, 4-cylinder manual with 130,000+ miles on it.
  • edited February 2017
    The wait was easy after standing in line last March because my expectations were not well defined. I was only reserving a possibility.

    Now that we're in 2017 and there appears to be a slight chance of actually seeing this car before the year ends, the wait is getting harder. The next reveal could help, but seems more likely raise my level of anticipation.

    In the mean time, I'll try to occupy my mind by planning a sub-panel install to support my future garage electrical needs. Gotta decide between a 14-50 or WC.
  • edited November -1
    I feel like time went by pretty quickly since the reveal. I do feel like the lottery email for the unveiling tickets should be sent relatively soon (in no more than a month?) if they are to keep with our expectations of that timeline. One milestone at a time...
  • edited February 2017
    It was too hard- caved and bought a certified Model S......but partially because I've lusted after it before it even came out 5 years ago....and with 4 kids, I can fit them all in the car at once with the rear facing seats. I still have my reservation on my model 3....we shall see what happens in the future...
  • edited February 2017
    Through 2016, it was easy. Getting the car was a long-term prospect. Now that we're in 2017, presumably the year when scaled production will be achieved and some will start getting theirModel 3s, it's getting harder every day. There will be some respite with the next reveal - until then, I'll be constantly scouring the internet for new details and tidbits of information.

    There's so much more I want to know, and as tangible as the prototypes were, they will never be the final product. Once I can visualize "my Model 3", with its color, wheels, range, bells and whistles, I think it will be much easier to temper my excitement.

    I kind of compare this to being excited about a vacation. You can't really be excited and, to a certain extent, put your mind to rest ahead of the vacation until you've planned out all of the details.
  • edited February 2017
    It's easier by now. I'm used to waiting. I think it will slow down as if time has stopped after the final reveal, which a Tesla dealer speculates might be in June. He emphasized that that was solely his opinion, nothing more.
  • edited February 2017
    I'd say it's easier, knowing that the time is approaching. I just wish they'd release some more info, some updated picture, video, press release...something !!! It's borderline painful to just speculate and work off of rumors.
  • edited February 2017
    @PhillyGal - Thank you for the info...(You're the same height as my wife BTW). I have some friends with Audi A4s and 3 series BMWs I've been able to utilize to compare the space I would possible have in the model 3. I fit comfortably in both cars so I'm hopeful that I won't have any issues fitting in a model 3.
  • edited February 2017
    Don't forget what the Model X second unveiling was like. Sure we will know what the "pencils down" design looks like and probably whether or not they stick to offering the Matte Black color. But many details were left unsaid at the Model X unveiling. For example, the Design Studio was not open so we did not know final colors, prices and options.

    https://www.tesla.com/videos/model-x-launch
  • edited February 2017
    For me it just got harder. My car is beginning to act up and has a coolant leak among other issues. I thought it was going to hold out but I may have to make a decision soon . Pay and fix, drive something else, or get the model s. Although my concern is missing out on heads up display if it's announced with the model 3. Yes I'm dreaming.
  • edited February 2017
    Lots to look forward to:
    02/22/17 - Q4-2016 Earnings Report Webcast + Q&A
    03/31/17 +/-? Reveal #3
    then M3 sightings akimbo
    07/17+ ? Start of production
    Then Design Studio

    and then - the thing that I am oddly greatly looking forward to ...... cleaning out my garage. We have been in this house for over 5 years, and there has never been even one car in the two car garage

    and then - stringing up the wiring for my own 240V charging solution (and hiring an electrician to make the final connections.

    and then - receiving my M3 and going on a cross-country trip
  • It's gotten harder for me. Waiting all this time with "keeping the powder dry" is killing me. I know I'm impatient compared to the folks that waited so long for the MS, but it's a long time for consumers used to buying cars on a lot.

    Having said that, I don't want another car, and it does give me more time for the bells & whistles I want. Test drove a MX today. Tesla had an event where I live. Amazing ride, but I preferred the Model S. Hopefully the 3 is just as amazing.
  • edited February 2017
    We ordered a model X and kept the reservation for the 3. Waiting for the 3 is no issue right now. I'm just feel like a kid waiting for the X to show up.
  • edited February 2017
    Couldn't wait. Leased an S. Kept M3 res. Love the S. Not looking forward to configuration time. My S residual to buy outright will probably be less than the optioned 3 price. Dilemma.
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