The Tesla Psychosis

The Tesla Psychosis

My MS is ordered, due for European delivery in September. On the face of it, now it’s just a matter of waiting. But there’s something weird going on here. I’m addicted to reading everything I can find on the MS. I’ve already had enough solar panels put on the house roof to offset my entire annual driving. I’m busy getting a charge point installed. My wife’s expecting to find me checking out carpet and curtains for the garage. I got into my trusty Jag XKR this morning, started it and thought how primitive it felt. (I mean, who “starts” a car any more?). Late at night I close my eyes and head off into Teslaland. And, to be honest, this is all based on an all-too-short morning driving a friend’s MS a few months ago.

Frankly it must be some kind of madness, I must be going crazy. After all it’s just a car, damn it. It’s just a method of traveling from A-B. So how on earth can I possibly be enslaved to the idea of a mere product? Am I a victim of brilliant marketing or is it something more?

On the other hand… I love the idea of being off the grid, driving on sunlight. And then there’s that ride, that’s stayed with me all these months. And there’s the quiet. And the acceleration. And the idea that this is how a car really SHOULD be… I guess I'm buying more than a car here, I'm buying into an entire philosophy.

But something else struck me after I ordered my MS: one of my kids died a few years ago and life has been nothing but grim since. Losing her took all of joy out of living, all the colour out of life. Ordering the MS has woken in me a sense of excitement that I’d forgotten existed. So I’m indulging my obsession. I’m allowing myself to read every word written here and head off to Teslaland at night. It may be some kind of psychosis, but my view is BRING IT ON.

And keep writing the interesting stuff, guys.

J.T. | September 10, 2013

Glad to help

rch1708 | September 10, 2013

Hi Leilani, I have been following you on FB and 'liked' a couple of your pics. If I wasn't already maxed out, your excitement would be infectious. I seem to be going through a dip in the Psychosis: seems like reading the forums is becoming a bit of chore. So many newbies, so many repeative questions. I'm not even an owner yet and I feel like an old hand.

But as a non-owner I don't feel that I have the moral authority to respond to the obvious posts, so I'm kinda skulking around in the virtual shadows, grumbling and mumbling to myself, "Gee, that's obvious", "Make your own mind up, jerk. Don't ask us", "21 inch wheels are fragile, for goodness sake. Get over it!", etc, etc.

Nevertheless, I'm still here, still addicted, still barking Tesla mad, still checking if my VIN is the same as it was this morning. I'm trying not to bore the pants off everyone - which means more skulking and muttering and hiding my iPad display to avoid accusations of obession.

This is a real down period in the Psychosis. Not that enjoyable. Addiction is becoming a burden. The days to delivery seem to be getting longer as the days get shorter. People with VIN ahead of me get their deliveries in weeks. By now you will have forgotten how it was before you got your MS. I bet there's a chasm of difference between your Tesla-ified world and my Tesla-less one.

Can't wait until I join the ranks of the blessed. In the meantime I just have to treat this down period as a challenge to my belief in Teslanity and it's chief profit The Divine Musk


LV2SF99999 | September 10, 2013

rch1708 - I so feel your pain.

All I can say is that living vicariously is the only thing that keeps me from going completely mad. Or maybe I've passed that point. I thought I was somewhat immune and believed that the posters going on and on about their impending deliveries were just being obsessive and over-reactive. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

I placed my order at around 9pm on Saturday and found myself tossing and turning most of the night. I woke at 5:30am and tried to be still and quiet as to not disturb my husband. Too late. He was also awake thinking about the car. It seems we can't talk about anything else now and spend our time researching Opti-Coat, ordering floor mats, making appointments for garage updates and electrical installations and checking the dashboard 3-4 times an hour even though I know it won't change soon.

The E550 coupe I thought loved so much only a few weeks ago now just mocks me sitting in the spot the P85 will soon occupy. His evil grin and gas guzzling days will be over soon. I am surprised how quickly my feelings for him have changed and know now that my new baby is the true love of my life. (Don't tell my husband!)

Just know, rch1708, that there is an end to this suffering. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and before you know it the pain and angst you're feeling know will be replaced with a glorious euphoria. That's what keeps me going. The thought that it will soon be a Tesla-fied day every day.

And since you'll likely be released from this torture before me, keep posting and giving the rest of us hope by providing pictures and updates as the happen.

Good luck my friend. Soldier on.

rch1708 | September 28, 2013

Looks like I've picked up the "Garage Renovation Bug". Probably caught it from XFrank when I met him last weekend. Today I shifted everything around so that I can resurface & paint the walls. Painting, etc, starts tomorrow. Planning to tile the floor. Need to have everything shipshape and Bristol fashion when the big day arrives, if it ever does!

Still no change in my MyTesla status... Seems that my parts are very hard to find.

J.T. | September 28, 2013

@rch1708 Be of good cheer. When you finally get your car it'll seem like . . . you waited a really long time for it.

Evan | October 2, 2013

My wife calls it the Obsesla :)

Captain_Zap | October 5, 2013

Is there an update???

jeffsstuff | October 5, 2013

I didn't read all the responses, but to me, it looks like you are exhibiting "nesting behavior".
Charge point, solar array, etc.
all to make the new "baby" happy & healthy.

Brian H | October 6, 2013

Tesnesting; the irresistible impulse!

Captain_Zap | October 30, 2013

No word from our friend?

ausdma | October 30, 2013

My wife was giving me grief before we ordered about how much time I spent reading all this stuff on line. So I told her, well we're about to spend 100k on a freaking car, don't you want me to be as educated as much as possible before we do that? The answer was yes. Now that we have confirmed our order, it's the only way I can stay sane!

rch1708 | November 8, 2013

A moment of grief: now having to part with my 12yr old Jag.

Dear XKR,

You have been my friend and companion for the last twelve years, and I have enjoyed your company everyday. You have been faithful and reliable all this time, more so than some people I've known during this period. To this day you remain beautiful, curvaceous, unblemished and perfectly comfortable.

We have been through many good and bad times together. I shall always treasure the photos of you with the Extras. I shall always remember the times we drove Kay to and from the hospital. In fact Key's last trip,to Nijmegen was in you, sat in the back, wrapped in her blanket, listening to Rodrigo and Gabriella.

Thank your for all these years and I hope your new owner enjoys your company as much as I.

Your grateful ex-owner.

Mathew98 | November 8, 2013

Congrats on your upgrade!!!

Captain_Zap | November 8, 2013

Thank you so much for coming back and sharing. Break-ups are tough!

You will really appreciate that your garage will no longer be covered with fluids of every color imaginable. I still have "Jag Art" on my garage floor. Now I just look at it with pity and smile with my big Tesla grin.

rch1708 | November 8, 2013

@Zap. Ha! I caught the "baby room" bug and I'm currently tiling my garage floor (and generally sprucing it up). 55 m.sq of tiles, weighting around 1500kg. No more floor stains for me! ( Not that my XK ever leaked ). I've been working on my hands & knees for the last few weekends wondering what on earth could have moved me to pretty up a garage, for goodness sake! Still got 20 m.sq left, so a lot of work remaining. MS ETA is supposedly 20th or so, but no date yet. Tesla here has become very coy about dates. But hopefully I'll have it finished next weekend - just in time.

I've been hanging around the forums as usual, but not much to add to the stories told. All this waiting is terrible, ordered Jan, confirmed May, sweating November... WTH!

I guess the worst waiting has yet to come?

Captain_Zap | November 8, 2013

You might be on target. I had hopes raised to a late September delivery last year even though my official estimate was "October". My car arrived November 21 due to distribution challenges and other launch issues. Yes, it gets tougher and more exciting with every passing day. Christmas is coming!

Brian H | November 9, 2013

"everday" doesn't mean what you think it does. It means ordinary, usual, bland. "Every day" means what it says, though.

Brian H | November 9, 2013

typo: everday everyday

SamO | November 10, 2013

Bringing back threads from the dead is my new hobby. Just so I don't have to read any stupid fire threads on the first page.

rch1708 | November 14, 2013

The final countdown has begun. My MS will be delivered on the 21st. I know that my waiting time has been moderate compared to the real early adopters (ordered begin Jan), but it feels like forever. My obsession with this vehicle has been such that I've read these forums certainly everyday since ordering and multiple times on most days. I''m still astonished that I and so many others can be affected this way by a product.

If this has been the case for the last 10 months, I wonder what's going to happen in the next week? Will the psychosis peak? Will it then recede? Afterwards will I be able to lead a more normal life, not needing to read the word "Tesla" every five minutes like its some kind of fix?

I remember the fever I had for the iPhone when I arrived in SF years ago, just after it was launched. I could barely sleep knowing the very first thing I was going to do the next day was buy one. I remember that after buying it I could barely put it down, day or night. But for months already my Tesla Psychosis has completely eclipsed iPhone Fever, (probably in proportion to the price difference). This is a good thing, because to this day I still enjoy my (upgraded) iPhone and if the enjoyment implied by the Tesla Psychosis is realised, I'll be grinning for a very long time.

NKYTA | November 14, 2013


Happy for you!

The last week will be sleepless! ;-)
The good thing is that your iPhone is now just a tool you use to check on your MS!

Tesla-David | November 14, 2013

Hang in there as it will most definitely get better once your baby arrives, but as an owner for over 10 months you will not lose the psychosis or passion for this amazing vehicle. All of us who have been following your long wait understand what you are going through. I ordered my car over three years ago, and the incredible long wait commenced. It was definitely worth it for me, and I have a perpetual Tesla grin on my face when behind the wheel. Good luck on your anticipated delivery on 11/21. I sincerely hope it goes without a hitch. They missed 3 of 4 delivery dates on my vehicle, but all is forgiven. They have since worked out a lot of early kinks and snafus.

Captain_Zap | November 14, 2013

That is so awesome. Your car's birthday is exactly one year after my car's birthday! 11/21/12 (I like the American version of the date because of the 2112 sentiment.)

Your psychosis? It will intensify with new advenures and discoveries. Then you will find it fading after a few months, but it comes back when you least expect it.

Your first update, then your first road trips and the Sunday drives in the spring. New Superchargers and prime destinations become more acessible and you can get there for free!

Superchargers and other high power charging stations have exploded here. A few months ago there were few options. Now I can travel from Canada to Mexico and beyond. It is a gift that keeps giving.

I'm so excited for you! It is like re-living the experience. The next couple weeks will be the longest days of you life.

Brian H | November 14, 2013

"The next couple weeks will be the longest days of you[r] life." And the weeks after, the shortest!

Captain_Zap | November 14, 2013

I was wondering if you would catch that.
I couldn't go back and fix it. :-(

RAM_Eh | November 14, 2013

I ordered my MS 9 days ago and didn't notice this thread until now. Well said and I suffer greatly from this psychosis! Since my test drive two weeks ago I can't wait til the car arrives 5 to 6 weeks... I can't get it out of my mind now! Let alone wait for a month.

I feel like Rob Ford on crack!

Low CG | November 14, 2013

Thanks, Samo!

ian | November 16, 2013

Back to the front page!

Great news rch1708!

jillalameda | November 17, 2013

(I've had mine for eight months now and the psychosis hasn't actually diminished at all. I have never loved an inanimate object as much as I love this car!)

Brian H | November 17, 2013

"Model S, the car that makes and keeps promises."

PJDoty | November 17, 2013

Thumbing through the paper version of the S.F. Chronicle this morning I found the color glossy section "Style", which usually goes straight to the recycling bin. On the cover was a full-page red and white Tesla logo. Only one word appeared; TESLAHOLICS. Inside were stories about the buzz in general. Nice unpaid advertising.

rch1708 | November 20, 2013

Today's the day! 4 hrs left. Managed to sleep well last night after getting home late from a Simple Minds concert. Was happily exhausted after having waved & sung along for 90 mins, full of 80's fever and Tesla excitement. Now looking forward to Tesla Day...

J.T. | November 21, 2013

@rch1708 All the luck in the world to you. May you get a car that keeps you smiling for the rest of your life. You deserve it.

NKYTA | November 21, 2013

And now @rch is never going to be heard from again, as all he is doing is driving and enjoying his MS!

Do stop back and show us how big your grin is!

Captain_Zap | November 21, 2013

Great news! We are looking forward to hearing back from you. We'll understand if it takes some time. ;-)

rch1708 | November 21, 2013

Ok, guys - a quick note before I collapse into bed...

First impressions are... Out of this world. It's a magic, flying carpet. And all the other wonderful things people say. This instant acceleration is a drug, like having adrenalin dumped directly into your system.

What I can add is that my right arm is going to have to unlearn some deeply embedded motor programs. I keep searching for the gear/drive selector and then become aware that my right hand is floating around in space looking for something. Also, when I stop the car, I automatically reach for where the key of the Jag was, behind the steering wheel. It feels very weird not to actually turn the engine/car off and for there to be no key. Leaves me with a feeling of incompleteness, like I've left the car in an unsafe state. I guess that these habits will be unlearned fairly quickly. But what happens when I have to drive the Volvo? Hard transition, I think.

One thing that worries me is the risk of leaving the car in drive upon exiting. My wife routinely does this with the Volvo - very annoyingly. I've turned 'creep' off for this reason. I can imagine her leaping out of the car and it rolling smack into the front of the house...

Even though my DS was an American guy here training the Dutch staff, I guess that I was better informed than him, thanks to all the wonderful people on these forums. Still perfect delivery. Few minor points with the car discovered during the day which I'll have to get them to sort out later. No big deal.

Also, my home charge point didn't work. Checked the UMC on a normal contact, no problem. Took the car to a nearby public charge point, no problem. Thus isolated the problem to my charge point. The provider remotely reconfigured it and nows its working, but only at 24 amps, 3 phase. Should be 32. Will have to check tomorrow. Also, can't get the car to connect to my WiFi. Will have to check that out tomorrow.

Still, what a wonderful day. What a wonderful machine. :-)))))

NKYTA | November 21, 2013

Yay for you!

You'll unlearn habits for sure. Though it took me about a month to not reach for non-existent keys. ;-)

"Leaves me with a feeling of incompleteness, like I've left the car in an unsafe state"
It's the reverse, once you've gotten use to your new baby.
When you drive ICE, you'll forget to turn it off, forget your keys!

Happy for you, enjoy!

Bighorn | November 21, 2013

Congratulations on a worthwhile wait! I found myself hunting for the clutch longer than one would think.

Mireille and Conan | November 21, 2013


By the way, your Model S is very smart and will shift into park if you exit while it's still in drive or reverse.

Keep grinning :)

Brian H | November 21, 2013

Yes, it takes those spinal reflexes quite a while to extinguish!

ccbldg | December 3, 2013

Here's hoping the OP is enjoying his delivered Model S!

Mathew98 | December 3, 2013

He's too busy enjoy his magic carpet ride. No time to report back to camp...

rch1708 | December 4, 2013

Indeed, I'm still in the "grokking" phase, trying to learn about and appreciate every little detail. It just keeps getting better. Fascinating how driving style can so dramatically affect energy consumption.

Mathew98 | December 4, 2013

@rch1708 - You'll get over it in about 9 - 12 months, give or take a few days.

A bit of advice, you ought to drive it like a maniac for about three months to get it out of your system. Then progressively back off the go peddle like you're stepping on an egg shell.

One can easily notice about 100 Wh/m usage difference. At least I did...

Congrats again! Now go play with your toy and don't come back for the next three months...

moorelin | October 14, 2014

with all the negativity going around, thought it would be worthwhile to bring this back

NKYTA | October 14, 2014


Mathew98 | October 14, 2014

Wow. I told him to buzz off for 3 months and he hasn't been back for almost a year! He is the smartest owner of us all.

Oh. The power that I possess.

No, I refuse to lead a cult for a year or two.

Tanchico | October 14, 2014

moorelin, many thanks for bumping this one. I missed it the first time 'round. So refreshing, so timely.

Red Sage ca us | October 16, 2014



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