This goes out to you owners that have had time to appreciate the positive AND negative aspects of owning the S model.
Apparently the vast majority of Tesla buyers have the financial means to plunk down somewhere in the ballpark of $100k for a car.. I am not in that position and had my eye on the original "Entry Level" configuration with the 40kw pack.. that's really about my "justifiable" upper limit on a vehicle investment. Now with the 40kw pack being kiboshed the entry level expense is beyond what I currently can justify if I use my practical brain.. if I use my "I'm a geek and a toy lover and a tech lover" brain, well sure I could afford the Tesla still, but it's a battle of my two "brains" considering what really makes sense. The base price increase really broke my heart since, even though I haven't driven a model S yet, I did check one out thoroughly in Scottsdale at the showroom (that's not yet a dealership) Anyway.. the point of this post.. I'm faced with comparing the $73k configuration that I would now pick at a minimum in the 60kwh model with how much BMW or Audi (my favorite "other" cars) I could buy for that coin.. and it's a tough choice, for me at least.. I currently have a 335i coupe and an Audi Q7.. but want something bigger, yet still a performer, to replace the 335.. I can configure a 550i with most of the desirable bells and whistles for the price of my current entry level Testla choice.. I can also configure a really decked out A7.. both are seriously delicious vehicles with a hell of a lot more cabin tech than the Tesla, a LOT more "fine driving machine" history than the Tesla and no question in my mind that they will still be around in 5-10 years as companies (no start-up auto company anxiety).
so the question to you is.. Is the E-Car euphoria (the "it" that you all talk about in "they get it" when referring to people understanding why you drive a Tesla) combined with the model S cabin tech/features/etc really so satisfying, so incredibly awesome that you don't miss the extra features you could have in a comparably priced BMW, Audi or even (gack) Mercedes brand gas guzzler? Is it worth the trade-off to be plugged-in?
One thought that crossed my mind is that most of you are affluent enough that if you drop $90-$120k on a car it's not that big of a deal if it turns out to be a bad investment down the road (in the event Tesla Motors fails in a couple years and you're stuck with a car you can't get repaired or buy parts for OR sell.. I mean that is a consideration in my mind when I buy a car)
On the flip side, I've thought is it truly just so f*#king cool to drive this car that all other risk is a complete don't care..
How did you determine/justify you wanted this car over a 550i, A7, other, and are you still so glad you did?
Was it mostly a penchant for plug-in driving that overrode the risks and the interest in the other car's "bang for the buck"?
Trust me I understand why there isn't more cabin tech and creature comforts in the Tesla for the price point.. it's a seriously expensive technology.. you are paying mostly for that battery/drive train substructure.. and I do "get it".. I drove an EV1 for a week back when it was the cutting edge tech.. I experienced range anxiety along with the awesomeness factor of driving a plug-in car.. anyway really interested in hearing other people stories and responses.
Thanks in advance.