What IS this?

What IS this?

Something is happening.... I have become ridiculous! I am 55 years old and acting like a teenager in love! Completely distracted, obsessed! I have a nice, sweet Acura that very comfortable, gets me everywhere I need to go, occasionally high maintenance, but loyal and reliable. A couple of weeks ago, I started somewhat idly looking at new cars. Then I saw the Tesla Model S, and was immediately "smitten!" I like nice cars, but I have never been a "car guy," never been passionate like this about a car! Since that time it gets worse every day! I find myself daydreaming, like the kid who is in love with that girl that he knows is "too good for him," just beyond his reach. I can't spend this much on a car! (My lust is for nothing less that the S performance 85, loaded) But I can't help myself! I have read every article and review, seen every video. Yesterday, on my way home from work, all I could think of was Model S! I get home and I can't wait to get online and see pictures and videos of her! She is so gorgeous! And I just can't help but imagine what she would be like in my hands, if she were mine, what she is capable of! What seduction! I can't even look at any other car anymore! She is all I want! I can't get her out of my mind! Help!

tylerhen | 15 March, 2013

I think you will get more "+1" then help on this forum. I am the furthest thing from a car guy. I drive a 2006 Kia Rio, worth about $4000, doesn't even have power steering, windows or locks. All of my life I have thought a car is used to get from point A to point B and nothing else, so why should I spend any more money then I have to.

Then...I saw a model S. Within minutes my deposit was down. Within weeks(hard fought battle with the wife), I was finalized. That was a month ago. Still don't have a delivery date, they just keep saying sometime in April. That doesn't stop me from checking the My Tesla website hourly, the forums by the minute, the phone app daily and calling weekly. I am literally losing sleep over this and cannot wait to get it.

GLO | 15 March, 2013

We were all that way once. Let's just say after my 2 year wait and spending more on the S than any car in my life, I can never go back. Have had the MS since January and still love her. I get stopped by people every day saying this car is beautiful, gorgeous, cool, etc.

RedShift | 15 March, 2013

Good to hear. This thing costs non trivial amount of cash.
Just like a real mistress would. ( not speaking from any first hand experience )

hfcolvin | 15 March, 2013

You are not alone. Once you get the car, you'll trade your current habits for peeking outside/in your garage at the car, surfing the forums for tips/tricks, thinking of excuses for driving places.

gary.greene | 15 March, 2013

Been there! Done that! Glad you pulled the trigger. Have mine now and feel like a kid in a candy store. You will love it!!!

BYT | 15 March, 2013

I enjoy weekend drives again!!

shop | 15 March, 2013

I agree - I'm not a car guy either, yet look forward to every car trip now. It's fun to drive, cool, interesting, different, exciting and many other things, including, this is the future of automobiles...

brandtlings | 15 March, 2013

Own the car you must, Padawan
Do or do not, there is no help... (here anyway)

GeirT | 15 March, 2013

I know...... I have the fewer myself and ...... it takes for ever to get the car. October they say!

Brian H | 15 March, 2013

We've all heard of disruptive technology. This is psychologically disruptive technology, something new. The unknown unattainable you didn't know you wanted suddenly appears, known and attainable. The drive to drive becomes irresistible, unquenchable. Other priorities are revealed as shallow, irrelevant.

The Tesla Epiphany is indeed a selfish mistress.

edcalis | 15 March, 2013

My P85 is worth every single penny!

bsimoes | 15 March, 2013

Like a friend of P. Dave's said: "I plan to be dead for a very long time!" As far as I know, we only get one spin on the wheel, so we'd better make it good!
I just got off the phone and have a delivery date for Wednesday 3/27 between 1-2PM. It could have been this upcoming Friday, but that would have been at 7:30 PM, and after the long wait, I want to be able to see my baby in the daylight! I can then spend the rest of the day, when I'm not driving, looking all googly-eyed out the window!

diegoPasadena | 15 March, 2013

Yeah, imherkimer , I'm not sure what it is either. AND, GUYS AND GIRLS, BE AWARE: IT DOESN"T GO AWAY! I've had my car for about a month. You'd think once you have it, things would calm down. But no. It's still consuming way too much of my time (I'm here, reading the forum and posting to it - after all this time of saying what colossal waste of time Facebook is..) Like a little kid I run out to the car for every little thing I want to check after reading about it somewhere. My only gripe is that I don't find more reasons to drive it. My wife is a little worried...

GeirT: You're in Norway, right? October? Ouch! Perhaps you should plan a vacation in the US this summer. I'm sure any number of Tesla owners would be happy to let you spend a couple of hours with them and their car. Tesla-tourism! Theres an idea! Only, be aware: Once you've spent time with the Model S, the wait gets worse. I was fine between the time when I put down the deposit last August and when I finally got my test drive in October. After that, I was a wreck! :^)

EJH | 15 March, 2013

Brian H, Majestically eloquent, and "spot on"!

jandkw | 15 March, 2013

imherkimer, "I can't spend this much on a car!", why not get the 60KW and save youself 20K-30K. I have one and trust me, the 60KW is plenty fast, lighter with great torque. Why spend more than 100K for the performance. Drag race? I don't think so if you are not a car guy. You may be able to order one with air suspension and get it within 30-60 days. Now you can dream about the delivery date and welcome your sweetheart. I have a nice Acura myself but this is the ONE you are not going to love forever.

torst1 | 15 March, 2013

Welcome good sir to the club. The club of petrol heads.
What you are feeling is what many of us have been dealing with for the better part of our lives. Embrace it. It is a great hobby. Can be expensive if you decide to live out your fantasies but not all dreams must be achieved at once.

Sudre_ | 15 March, 2013

The excitement does not go away and everyone seems to love the car, even bystanders. I had to make a stop on the way home from work and ended up drawing a crowd and spent 30 extra minutes showing off the car.

I bought a 60kw because it was enough for me in mileage and I just couldn't see spending more for a car than my first house cost. I am a, "car is a machine to get from point A to B", person. I don't think I washed my 12 year old Saturn once except pulling it out of the garage and parking it in the rain. Now I am on the look out for some good leather handy wipes to keep all the dirt cleaned up as soon as it appears.

herkimer | 15 March, 2013

Here is the thing: S has no peers!
I have never spent more than 20k on a car. I have always considered it irresponsible to spend more, and I have always had a good ride! There are better ways to spend money, I have always felt. But S is something else! She is not just another pretty car! She challenges my world! Yeah, she has a gorgeous body. She has grace and presence and a tremendous amount of muscle under that sleek exterior. But there is something else. Seems like she is in a class of her own, like a warrior princess from a new world. Inside that amazing body and drive train, is the fearless heart of a revolutionary! She may be the mother of a whole new lineage! Her DNA will spawn fabulous cars of the future. Almost seems irresponsible NOT to go for the S.
I live in a place that is 130 miles from the nearest listed charge point for EV's. Where I live, nearly everybody is a fan of oil and gas, and coal. Here they call the Chevy Volt an "Obama-mobile" (a phrase which is, in itself, of course, utterly ridiculous). I would have to get at least a 60 S to get to the next city, so why not go for the 85! Yet another voice in my head says "impractical," for so many reasons .... but the passion does not subside, it only grows! So here is the compromise I am considering: I will invest the $$, buy stock in Tesla Motors, until such time as the S becomes "practical."

bradslee | 15 March, 2013


You are absolutely correct saying Model S is NOT just another pretty car. To me, my 85 loaded MS represents the future of transportation of mankind (on earth or perhaps on Mars someday). Perhaps, in this country, we talk about Model S just as a luxury car of a different kind, a Silicon Valley high tech invention. However, if you get a chance to travel to a city like Beijing and to see the pollution and smog caused by the millions of ICE automobiles on road, you would know what Model S means to the future.

Cattledog | 15 March, 2013

imherkimer - Welcome. Now buy the car young man. Sacrifices can be made in life to find $1,000/month (you can get ridiculous car loans for <2% that will leave you a payment like that.) Buy the car and commit to working another year or two to pay for it. You'll enjoy the next 12 years working far, FAR, more with the car than if you pine away for it for 10 years, retire, and then obsess about it at home 18 hours a day.

Have you driven one yet? That's when lust becomes love and the true meaning of life is revealed to you...

rrios | 15 March, 2013

Imherkimer - great post!! Exactly how I feel and no better description. I have had my S for a little less than a month and the feeling only grows. Make the purchase and keep that feeling going for a long time.

napacab | 15 March, 2013

This car is so much better than anything else on the road that you can't even compare the MS to other cars. Unlike some on the forum, I AM a car guy. Since delivery in January I have pretty much lost interest in driving other cars. We have a Nissan Leaf, which now feels like driving a rickshaw, and my wife's BMW X5d is like going back to the stone age. Weekend car is a 997.2 C4S Cab. The first time I drove it after 2 weeks in the P85 I though I might as well sell it as the performance was anemic at best.

Last week I spent more time in the 997 and realized I ought to keep it, the sound of a flat six is still intoxicating. I actually took it to Sharkwerks and had a high performance exhaust installed as I need it to be even more raw-as there is no way for it to actually be a fun to drive as the Tesla.

To me there will always be a place for ICE vehicles, but what Tesla has created with the MS is astounding. This car has rewritten all the rules. Buy one. Drive it. Get ready to spend even more time on the forums after owning than before.

Hills | 15 March, 2013

@imherkime, you made my weekend!

@napacab, I don't even know what a 997 is, I assume it is some dragon eating mean machine? Costs more than loaded Model S?

Brian H | 15 March, 2013

except that Chinese pollution is almost independent of car exhaust. You could replace every car in China with a MS tomorrow, and there would almost be no difference. Trucks, industry, and power plants do the dirty.

ian | 15 March, 2013

+1 to this whole thread.

@Hills - 997 C4S is a Porsche 911? Here are some pics...

Damnit! I really need to stop reading these threads! Hahaha! Love that dopamine though!

ian | 15 March, 2013

No need for that ? above. Must remember to proofread here since there's no EDIT function!

Randal Taylor | 15 March, 2013

Sorry I missed this thread, I was out driving! :)

ian | 15 March, 2013

Sure, rub it in Randal. ;-)

ddruz | 15 March, 2013

@imherkimer - Buy the car. You will not regret it. Just be smart if money is an object which it sounds like it may be. You don't NEED to load up on options like so many of the fans on the forums do. You probably have a skewed sample here.

Get the biggest battery that meets your needs then only option out what you honestly can't live without. Options creep can increase your price fast and could make the difference in justifiable affordability.

Everyone will have a different take on what their "required" options are. For example, if I were pinching pennies I'd get a pano roof for back seat headroom and nothing else at all. Remember, the car is totally amazing without any options.

But buy the car.

portia | 16 March, 2013

+1 well said everyone!

mwojcie | 16 March, 2013

1+ to everything here! Have had mine for 1 week and so so happy. Have a loaded 85 performance, and worth every $. I like to drive fast and fun, so the extra range really comes in handy as 240 miles turns into 150 real fast when you are having fun with the car. If you like to drive 55, then you will be fine with a lower capacity battery, but beware, 55 is not easy to stay at, 55 - 80 takes like 1.5 seconds!

Gave some friends a ride today, as soon as we got back they both ran to their computers and placed their orders! It's contagious!

mss7 | 17 March, 2013

I am normally quite practical, fiscally conservative, and I previously drove moderately priced Hondas and Toyotas. My Model S 60 kW arrived in January and I am in love with this car. I cannot get enough. This feeling is so overwhelming that I went online and ordered a P85 yesterday. Does anyone know a good shrink? I need help!

christine_orita | 17 March, 2013

I got my Tesla 3 weeks ago and already have over 1800 miles on it!
Every time I get in the car and drive it, I feel complete.

My 21 year old son came home the other day from college and asked to drive it. The 1st words out of his mouth was "Holy Shit! This car is amazing!" He did not have the Tesla grin. He had the Tesla hysterics. He was laughing uncontrollably at how amazingly the car drives. When we were done dining that evening, he begged to drive it home.

I have plenty of friends and strangers who say how beautiful the car is and that's just looking at it. Once you drive it, it is intoxicating and addictive. There is no other way to describe it. AND it never gets old.

I echo Ddruz. I went through it myself. It is hard to eliminate options but you don't need to get it fully loaded. There are things you can do without but get it if you can afford to.

I got the std 85, it is plenty fast for me.

Brian H | 17 March, 2013

Tesla hysterics, the new syndrome!

herkimer | 17 March, 2013

Ok, that's it!
I just can't stand it anymore already!
I am gonna put in the res for my very own Tesla S dream car tomorrow!
Thinking 85 but not performance (need to stay out of temptation a little bit, too, you know) Not fully loaded but with pano, that stunning green, (though have to say, I love the blue and grey, too) might as well the sound package, air-suspension, and parcel shelf. Feeling doubt about the tech package though (do I really need all that stuff? seems like it saves pretty good chunk to go without) Can get the HPWC later on, right? Twin chargers? Now? Just in case?

And, are you serious? 8 year unlimited mile warranty on the batt? Amazing! I will never have to go to a gas station again! Why does that notion fill me with such IMMENSE pleasure?

So with that I reckon, I can justify it financially......
"What?" I say to myself? "What? You would never consider paying even 40k for wheels just a few weeks ago! What has gotten in to you?"

Then .... just the unstoppable grin! Twinges of excitement! spring in the step, sparkle in the eye... Yeah, for sure. What has gotten into me?

Tesla-David | 17 March, 2013

imherkimer. I have been driving my 85kw Pearl White, pano roof for two and a half months, and there is no going back to ICE vehicles. You will never regrete this purchase. It is absolutely exhillirating to drive and the handling is unbelievable. Good luck with your decision!

rswerts | 17 March, 2013

You won't regret it--mine cost more than all the other cars in my life put together, and I'm 65. Six weeks later and I still can't believe I have such an amazing car--no, car's not appropriate; it's truly an automobile. And don't worry about charging; you can charge up at every campground or welding shop around the countryside--just relax and plan the next leg of your drive.

hnashif | 17 March, 2013


Unless you are driving for more than 100 miles on a daily basis, the twin charger is of no value AND you can add it later. HPWC will be available to purchase in the future, and is really of no advantage, unless you have twin chargers.

The tech package's value is the navigation, xenon headlights, power liftgate, and keyless entry.

The Sound package is nice, specially that the car is quite, so there is not much of interference.

If you can live w/60kWh, get it + supercharger option. I planned to get this, then opted for 85 to expedite my delivery (at least that was true when I ordered my car).

rterry | 17 March, 2013

Never, ever going back. I am in love with my Tesla!

Hills | 17 March, 2013

@imherkimer, I have enjoyed reading your posts, but it seems you are still trying to convince yourself, and money is obviously a material issue or else you would not bring it up. You also have not reserved yet, so I suspect you are still in the self persuad stage.

Performance? Unless you are both dripping in dough and love to drag race, why do you need it? Based on hour history, you don't sound like the show off at every stop sign kind of guy. The regular is plenty fast. In my 4000 miles and 3+months, I've only floored it once, to show my son. I've pushed down accelerator hard w/o florring maybe 7-8 times in 14 weeks, to merge and to switch lanes. My regular version takes off instantly when I need to pass.

Sound? Is it that important to you? Are you an audiophile?

Color, have you considered the standard no extra charge color?

HPWC? why? How often do you need very quick turnaround at home where 2X the charge speed matters? I usually dial the Amp way down, usually under 20 Amp, often less than 10 Amp.In the past 100 days, I've needed 40Amp charging maybe 5 days only.

Twin charger? How likely are you to encounter J1772 of the high Amp variety? In my study of Plugshare, it is a rare animal. This is the only option that I slightly regret not getting, because the aftermarket charge is $3600 vs $1600. However, I have not needed it yet.

Tech Package? Your call. The price is very high, but I must have the extras, but that is me.

Leather, you did not mention. I have it. But it is not a must have.

Of course, if money is not a factor, then load her up and enjoy!

Shesmyne2 | 17 March, 2013

What this is is a phenomenon.
Believe me, as we started building our MSP & the number kept going up & up (85kwh perf, 21" rims, tech package-not even a ? as my husband is a computer scientist-midnight blue paint, suspension...) I'd be lying if I didn't say to myself "$100k for a CAR??"
Now the cost of her is irrelevant. We LOVE her. We find reasons to drive, my husband asks "do you need anything at the store?" And he toys with me when I am in the garage doing laundry he thinks its hilarious to beep at me & make me jump.
She's just FUN and she's just A CAR.
Nope. She is, as my husband JUST SAID, "she is an addiction"

Still grinning ;-) ;-)

noel.smyth | 17 March, 2013

I started by justifying the 40kw car because it was not that much more than what was available in an all electric car but offered so much more in performance, looks, range and just sheer enjoyment. By the time I purchased it, I got the loaded 85 (non perf). I have 0 regrets. This is an amazing car and after 2 months and 3500 miles I still look forward to driving it every time. This past weekend I had to use my wife's ICE to take a 380 mile round trip in one day. Wow! I used to think her car was very good (its a VW TDI). The hesitation, all of the dials on the display, the noise, the lack of regen, I could go on... the MS is amazing and I will never purchase an ICE again. I suspect after they deliver a car with a 500 mile range at half this cost, it will be the end of the ICE. We are truly witnessing history with this car. | 17 March, 2013

I always thought a variation on the Irish saying "The only cure for love is marriage" would apply with the MS. I figured the fever would break soon after delivery. It didn't. It's been 3000 miles.

This weekend I insisted a colleague and her husband had to go out for a lunch and test drive with me. They were talking about getting the car & solar panels by the end of lunch.

Met another couple for dinner. They wanted to see the new car. Then they wanted a ride. Next time they want me to drive to a restaurant much farther away....

And so it goes...

Hills | 17 March, 2013

Yeh, I am not a car guy, and not a restaurant guy. I keep spending time on this forum, and keep looking for restaurants far away to drive to. Such are the problems of owning a Model S. Those of you on this forum, the addiction probably started already!

christine_orita | 20 March, 2013

Imherkimer, did you do it?

ian | 21 March, 2013

+1 What's the verdict?

Be sure to check in on the reservation thread too! ;-)

herkimer | 21 March, 2013

Yes! I did it!
My "garage" now says "The Tesla Factory is building your model S!" It was lightning fast, put in res on Monday, and signed papers Tuesday. Wednesday morning the message that the factory is building it! Almost in shock! They say I am gonna get my Tessie in 4 to 6 weeks! Unreal! From all I have been reading, I was expecting at least a few months delay. (Sorry for you folks in Europe, who still wait, or those with delayed 40s or 60s) It seems that the 85s are rolling off the line now, great news for me and, I hope, for Tesla.

Went with the standard 85, pearl white, black leather interior, pano roof, air suspension, 19 in tires, declined the tech pack and, after talking to David at Tesla, decided that the standard sound system would be really adequate for me, also.

I was putting in the res, nearly completed and was distracted by a phone call, which lasted over one hour. Just as I was getting back to the computer to complete the res, David called to ask if I had any questions. Wow that was fast! So, I said "as a matter of fact..." and went on to list several of my questions and concerns.
Really appreciate how he was straight forward and informative, and didn't try to "sell" me on anything. In fact, I dropped a couple of the options after talking to him, and felt like I made a better informed choice.

So far so great!
But only one problem. I am just as "infatuated" as ever!
Obsessive. Silly!
But now I am also full of other thoughts. Where I live in Northern Wyoming, we have almost no infrastructure, or service for EV's. The dealerships offer them for sale, but the only EV's I have seen driving around here are two little Smart Cars.

I am trying to plan a trip to Denver, for instance. There are no listed charge points or anything until I get to Fort Collins, CO. (Aprox. 370 miles) It appears there is a KOA in Casper, and another in Douglas, about half way, so I could perhaps charge there (how much time? Is there a fee? I don't know). Apparently the Nissan dealership in Casper has charging (would they allow me to charge a Tesla there?)

I am kind of on pins and needles. Really excited that I will have my sweet "S" with me for summer! Kind of in shock that I jumped in, since, as I mentioned above, it has always been sort of an "article of faith" with me to never spend this kind of money on a car. That said, I feel really good about it. Not just for the car for me, but also because I really believe in what Tesla is doing, and I am proud to contribute and to be a part of this revolution. It could mean so much to all of us in the long run!

Thanks everyone for posting, for your encouragement and advice, and camaraderie.

Go Tesla!

tylerhen | 21 March, 2013

Congrats. I don't want to bring you down from your obvious high, but the My Tesla Page always says "the factory is building your model s" from the time you sign the papers until often well after you actually have the car. I was also told 4-6 weeks for delivery about 5 weeks ago and was just told this week that I can expect it in mid May, which is another 4-6 weeks. I am still beyond excited and can't wait but had to reset my expectations on delivery a few times.

Hills | 21 March, 2013


christine_orita | 21 March, 2013


Your infatuation is going to turn into a full blown love affair and it feels good!