Thank You nickjhowe

Thank You nickjhowe

There are many helpful contributors in these forums, but one I personally wanted to extend a "thank you" to is nickjhowe.

Like many users, by the time I got to reading the forums I already knew I wanted a Model S. My research here was really just to make sure I could justify the purchase and to figure out which options I actually wanted. And doing that research was made significantly easier using

After finishing my research and ordering my Model S last month, I'm scheduled to take delivery next week and I find myself re-reading nickjhowe's "DELIVERY CHECKLIST AND OWNERS GUIDE" in preparation. Even more impressive is how frequently and persistently he updates it. It's evolved from something that was mostly a pick-up checklist to something that I think anyone starting their research should read first. When you've been around the forums long enough you start to see the same questions pop up over and over again, especially about the options, and the "Before you buy" section pretty much sums up everything I've read with more or less the same conclusions I came to--but more succinctly than I could ever capture them.

Anyway, thank you, nickjhowe. One test drive is all it took to convince the right brain, but for the left brain, your contributions helped seal the deal.

NKYTA | September 4, 2013

+1 He is awesome.
Loved your last two sentences, very well said.

I got my MS just as @nickjhowe was putting the list together. While I don't think I "missed" anything, I would certainly been more aware of more things about the car. Plus I kept my DS around for almost two hours - that time certainly could have been shortened had I had the checklist. ;-)

NomoDinos | September 4, 2013

CoreyM - Couldn't agree more! Nickjhowe really goes above and beyond ordinary helpfulness and carved himself a spot on the Tesla Panethon. He and lolachampcar are really the engin... er, motors of the forum in my opinion. A lot of great contributors and interesting opinions from everyone else, too!

Captain_Zap | September 4, 2013

Thanks for sticking around nickjhowe. You are missed when you are away.

You will have a legacy just as has.

nickjhowe | September 5, 2013

Aw shucks. Thx guys. Just trying to give back. I've got more than enough help from the forum myself.


Mark K | September 5, 2013

Nick's prodigious contributions are all the more impressive because of his good-natured spirit. While he's clearly passionate about thIs topic, he's also consistently gracious. That's an awesome combo.

Thanks for elevating the tone Nick. A big thank you indeed.

bradslee | September 5, 2013

It is great that this Tesla owner community is so appreciative to an outstanding member, Nick, who has done so much good deed to fellow members. To me, what Nick has done at this Forums is like what Victor Hugo once said about Voltaire: "He had been evidently chosen for the work which he had done by the Supreme Will".

defmonk | September 5, 2013


chrisdl | September 5, 2013

Yeah, nick. You're da man.

lolachampcar | September 5, 2013

I'm piling on here has well :)

ddruz | September 5, 2013

Me too. Five stars nickjhowe!

bobinfla | September 5, 2013

Me too. Thanks Nick!

cfOH | September 5, 2013

+1 -- At a minimum, the checklist helped a ton when I picked up my car.

J.T. | September 5, 2013

Yeah, yeah, yeah. But, really, isn't it strange just how helpful, just how smart, just how nice he is. Everyone has a darker side. I have to wonder if it's possible he's also nicknitetown?

You know, like a Jekyll and Hyde kind of thing. It seems like when one of them is here the other is never around. Think about it, has anyone seen them both at the same time? Even his handle has the J and the H right next to each other.
Coincidence? I think not.

So, Nick, if that's who you really are, let me add my vote of admiration and appreciation. At least to the good half of you.

BTW The OP also mentioned lolachampcar.

Nick and lola are both from Florida. Freaky.

judimasters | September 5, 2013

yes i found this very helpful

KennyB@US-FL | September 5, 2013

While all of you have sung Nick's praises, I've had the good fortune to actually meet him in person at the Port St. Lucie Supercharger grand opening luncheon after the unveiling! He's just as gracious in person too! Thanks for everything you've done for all of us "newbies".


hsadler | September 5, 2013

Video of delivery day, there I am, clutching Nick's list in my hand.

Everything turned out perfect, but driving away there was less anxiety because of your list. Much less.
It was scary purchasing a new car - I mean a 'NEW' car - you made it easier on the 'Quam'.

Thnx Nick.

(Wish I could come up with a catchy turn on the 'Nick' name which would forever mean the opposite of Broder.)

kback | September 5, 2013

Add me to the list. Thanks Nick!

KOL2000 | September 5, 2013

me too thanks Nick!!!

TMCproud | September 5, 2013

Waiting for delivery in a few weeks and stopped counting the nb of times I have reviewed Nick's exceptional checklist. Wish there were a way to make it even more visible to the many who would benefit from it as we have but just not aware... Love this forum!

Pollux | September 5, 2013

+1 jtotdtman :-) :-)

+10 nickjhowe. Thank you, Nick! What a huge difference your guide, checklist and comments have made for me personally! From the expressions on the faces of the Watertown Service Center staff and their supportive comments, I can confidently state that I am far from the first to show up with your checklist in hand. Thanks!!!!

Also, +10 lolachampcar. No one has ever before made me care about camber. Or tire tread wear. I now own what I think of as the "Lolachampcar Memorial Tire Tread Depth Gauge".

The TM and TMC forums, because of contributions from so many, are incredibly valuable. Thanks to all!

Pollux | September 5, 2013

P.S. +1CoreyM. Nicely done.

J.T. | September 5, 2013

@Pollux. "Lolachampcar Memorial Tire Tread Depth Gauge".
Memorial? I'm sure lolachampcar would agree the reports of his demise are premature.

And may they be for many years.

EVMD | September 5, 2013

Nickjhowe thank you, but I have a question, you posted the model s guide but only prints the first page, how can I print all the document. Thank you

pebell | September 5, 2013

+1: Nick nick, hurray!

Throughout the year, I have watched your brilliant list grow with more and more useful check items, tips and considerations, and I can't _wait_ to finally print it out! It will be literally the last thing I do before getting into my current ICE car for its last ride (with me driving it, that is), to the Tesla dealer to pick up my Model S in November.

bigbit | September 5, 2013


I'll hopefully get my p85 in november, guess what i'll be taking along.
Nick thanks from a Dutch guy...

Musterion | September 5, 2013

Nick is awesome. We should give out an annual award for most useful forum member, "above and beyond" the call of duty...

skymaster | September 5, 2013

+1 Nick

I really did have your check-list in my pocket when I picked up my first Model S.

But....when I laid eyes on my beautiful spanking new Silver 85, all I could do is think "holy shit"!!! I was speechless and the list never came out of my pocket.

I wonder if this has happened to anyone else?

To this day, I am overwhelmed that I get to drive this incredible machine.

RedShift | September 5, 2013

Nick's posts are very valuable and reasonable.

An asset to the community. :-)

Sanjuro88 | September 5, 2013

+1... thank you!

The list was invaluable to me, prior and during the delivery.

Tesla should be distributing the list as an official document.

FranknWC | September 5, 2013

I used the check list also. I too was Holy Shit during the delivery guy's walk through and realized when he was finished I didn't remember a word he had said. I kiddingly asked him to start over and I think he was about to but I told him I wanted to look at the car my self. He had 2 or 3 more deliveries that day and let me to it.

I went over the car list in hand and did find water in the rear driver's side tail light assembly. Brought it to the attention of the service manager who had it replaced while I ate lunch. Great Service so far!

Still figuring things out after over a month and over 2,100 miles (told you I didn't hear a word he said). After using google to search the displays next to the speedo I now know how to change what screens are displayed on both.

I am sure you will enjoy your Model S. Be careful going into the garage, this baby is wide!

HGP16 | September 5, 2013

Ditto on all the above kudos. I have decided to rename my MS60 "Nick." If Tesla ever creates an official volkerize-like search engine, maybe it should be nicknamed (sorry)"Howe." I also suggest we send Nick all our leftover gift cards. Not.

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Jamon | September 5, 2013
Ohms.Law | September 5, 2013

Thank you Nick. I always look forward to, and appreciate, your comments and advice. Good work!

JPPTM | September 5, 2013

...can't agree more with the posts above...and it was interesting that my Fremont DS was quite aware of Nick's checklist...his reputation preceeds him...

JZ13 | September 5, 2013

+1 - I used your checklist in February and found it very helpful too. Thanks!!!!!!

PBEndo | September 5, 2013

I am late to the party, but glad to join in. Nick, you deserve a big "Thank You", not just from us, but from Tesla. You have saved them countless phone calls and emails from the forum members. They should put you on the payroll.

Now, I have a question. Has anybody actually seen Nick J Howe and Elon Musk at the same time?

I am not saying, I'm just sayin'..... | September 5, 2013


romainiacWV | September 5, 2013

Putting it on my to do list if ever down in your part of Florida (or if for some reason you come to WV) to buy you a beer for what has essentially become the defacto delivery and prep manual. Also for linking a post of mine into the thing, feels like I got published :). Maybe Tesla will buy that thing off you lol

Warkovision | September 5, 2013

I used Nick's guide when I picked up my MS on August 3rd.
I also managed to order my key fobs today thanks to Nick's links too.
Thanks Nick!!!!

Cindy I II III | September 5, 2013

I used the check list religiously at my pick up, the DS had to stop me so that he could do the walk through.

Thank you!

nickjhowe | September 5, 2013

So I'm sat in a hotel room in Tokyo, ready for a day of all day meetings and presentations to my Japanese colleagues. Just checking on the last bits of email, and doing my usual daily review of the forum. I was somewhat surprised to see this thread had 36 responses.

Reading this thread is a bit of a surreal experience. I truly, truly appreciate all the kind words. I'm a great believer int he 'pay it forward' approach to life. Give and ask nothing in return.

Knowing that you find some value in my small contribution is reward enough. Thx guys.

@EVMD - sorry about that; I had to embed the doc in a iFrame, so I think it you right click on the doc on my web page and choose print it should work. If not, go to the Google Docs version of the doc and you'll be able to print it. I'll figure out how to make my page work properly.

PBEndo | September 5, 2013

@Nick, Who's watching your Tesla while you are in Tokyo? I'd be happy to keep an eye on her for you next time you leave the country;)

MNGreene | September 5, 2013

Thanks Nick! The checklist is amazing.

LHFL | September 5, 2013

Nick, you really are amazing. Do I tell you that enough? xxxx

jjs | September 5, 2013

I would like to add my thanks as well. +1 Nick

prytog | September 5, 2013

Thanks Nick
We took delivery 5/13 with your list in hand.
The list gave us such peace of mind, as our DS was somewhat new to Tesla. With your list in hand we were able to coach our DS to improve his new owner training.

Brian H | September 5, 2013

I was with someone picking up his MC Red P85; he mentioned beforehand he had the list. Never pulled it out! Don't know if that made him overlook anything, though.

patn | September 15, 2013

@nickjhowe The link on your checklist page to the forum for comments / updates is broken. Are you still maintaining the page and if so where would you like comments on your checklist?


nickjhowe | September 15, 2013

@patn - yes am maintaining it. Don't know what went wrong. Am on vacation but will try to fix.