Long wait...

Long wait...

I thought I would introduce myself as I finally decided to put a deposit on the Model X. Of course I am number 6336 so I think I be lucky to get it before the end of 2015...

I don't want a signature model because I will probably not add as many options to my Model X as the Signature is likely to have. I would just get a Model S, but as a big tall person, I just think the model X will be much more comfortable for me.

It is going to be a LONG wait. My hat is tipped to you guys/gals who have been waiting so long for your Model X.

I do currently have an EV to make the wait a little less painful. It is not as nice as a Tesla in any way, but it is fun to drive. If any of you want to see it you ca go to

Let's all hope that the release of the Model X is not too late into 2014....

Brian H | 20 October 2013

Check the MS seating for yourself; some as tall as 6'7" have found there's lots of legroom.

cloroxbb | 20 October 2013

I don't think it will take that long to get an X. Hopefully.

Webcrawler | 20 October 2013

Brian I did test drive the MS. It was not bad and quit comfortable once I wad inside. However, I had trouble getting in (bad back) because it is so low. I also had limited visibility to see traffic lights due to the highly raked back windshield. I had the same issues with my 2008 corvette. It was one of the reasons why I sold it....

I am sure I would be happy with a MS, but if I am going to drop $80-90k on a car I want the most comfortable one I can get. I am Hoping that the MX will have a higher seating position and better visibility

jjs | 20 October 2013

@Webcrawler - Great job on the EVThing. Nice pics/video. Congrats on a job well done.

I currently own an S and have an X on order for my wife. I too hope it sits a little higher. (It be easier for me to get in and out of when she lets me drive it.)

PatT | 21 October 2013

I find that pumping the air setting to VERY HIGH before I exit the vehicle helps with the ease of exiting and re-entry. I just wish there was a setting that would automatically lift the car as it is put into park.

Roamer@AZ USA | 21 October 2013

@ Webcrawler.

Thank you very much for sharing the link and your story. Your workmanship and design detail are impeccable. You clearly earned that trophy and title. How funny to take a Volkswagen from the rrrr, shift, rrrr, shift, rrrr, shift to mmmmmmmmm.

My wife, who is 110 lbs, loves the S but complains all the time that it is to low and hard to get in and out of. I have an X on order and expect she will find entry and exit easier.

ElectricAvenue | 23 October 2013

One more data point re: tall people. I am 6'5" tall and I canceled my Model S order because the headroom is inadequate. Well, maybe it's barely adequate, my head was not touching the ceiling, but it was not really comfortable and I couldn't see compromising on something like that for a car that I would likely have for many, many, many years.

If I remember correctly the Leaf has 4" more headroom than the Model S. I will drive the Leaf until the Model X comes out.

Webcrawler | 23 October 2013

I here you ElectricAvenue... I am a little over 6'-4" and the head room was an issue for me as well.

I may get a BMW i3 next year for the wife. She does not need the range of the Model S/X and I actually think I would enjoy driving the i3 occasionally...

I know is sounds weird, but the head room and vision out of my 1974 EVThing is actually quite good although I did have to move the seat track back about 2". Of course the trade off is that it has the aerodynamics of a brick...

Brian H | 23 October 2013

Have you used the side controls on the seat to move it all the way down and back? Someone 6'7" found that solved his problem.

Webcrawler | 23 October 2013


I played with the seat for about 10 minutes and never found that sweet spot. There is plenty of leg room, it was the head room that I had problems with. I just did not like being that close to the head liner. If I got a MS I would get the glass roof as that added a little head room. I also had limited visibility out of the windshield. I do not like having lean in and look up to see traffic lights and over head street signs. I am sure that 6-7" people could drive the car.

Like I say, I had a 2008 Corvette that had very similar seating/vision issues. I drove it for 4 years so it was not a deal breaker. I just think I would like the Model X better...

fusionrx | 24 October 2013

I test drove the Model S and at 6'9" have found that I could drive it comfortably, headroom and all. Fits me as well as any other sedan I drive/ride in. I'll have more issue with the smaller models (post Model X) I suspect from a comfort perspective...

I would like the Model X to be a more upright drive, similar to the Honda Odyssey minivan I currently drive.

philiparnason | 24 October 2013

Anticipation is one of the most underrated emotions :) I'm in the signature 200s and am hoping that I'll have something by the end of 2014. Once they start production the queue moves quickly.

Webcrawler | 24 October 2013

Phil, I have no idea how you guys with the early reservations have handles the wait... It is killing me...

sofaguy | 24 October 2013

chill, we will all get ours when they are READY. Thank all those that be, that Tesla doesn't force it out, and then --- OOOPPPPSSSS like GM does.
patiently waiting, (4145)

aaquino22 | 24 October 2013

I am definitely waiting patiently. Now is a good time to create an extra buffer regarding our finances before we plunk down a boat load of cash.

Brian H | 24 October 2013

Absence makes the heart grow fonder ... and more desperate.

divedoggy | 5 November 2013

6'9" and you fit in the Model S? I'm 6'6" and it was very tight. My head was very close to the ceiling but the bigger problem was poor visibility through the windshield. I would have to stoop over and look up to see traffic lights. The back seat was the deal killer for me ... no room at all, especially with the front seat pushed all the way back. Then again, I'm used to my Audi A8-L W12, which has tons of room everywhere, even if it is a shameless gas guzzler. I too am holding out for the Model X, which also has the advantage of AWD. I think it will be VERY popular in the northeast and ski resort areas. I just wonder how the battery will hold up in cold weather, especially given the drain from heating the interior.

amishabe | 5 November 2013

I am 5'10 and also test drove the Model S and found the seat, visibility, and ease of getting in and out cumbersome for the luxury car it is. I have a Leaf and have none of the same issues. I have placed a reservation for the Model X and hope they've improved these serious functions for the vehicle.

Russell1 | 16 December 2013

I own a Model S and have a low reservation number for the X. I think the early S model had "issues" which have been corrected in my car as well as the new releases. I'm wondering if I should wait until a couple thousand have been delivered and the bugs are known and corrected. Just thinking.

NumberOne | 16 December 2013

I think the Model X will have a lot fewer bugs than the X. It built on the S platform, and aside from the rear doors and the additional motor, all the electronics should be the same, so 'issues' should be minimal. My reservation number is high enough that I feel there will be sufficient guinea pigs before I actually start finalizing, and I will hopefully still have it by the end of 2014. I think one of the reasons for the significant delay is all the testing that they are doing before stating the vehicle is ready for production. Fixing things after the fact really cuts into profits.

Triciawade123456 | 17 December 2013

Does anyone have an update for release of the sig X? I'm on the sig list in 400's- with the new statement on the release of the new E model in 2015- have they forgotten about the model X????

philiparnason | 17 December 2013

They haven't forgotten. The model E was mentioned in passing; you won't find an official blog post about it, and that car will only be in concept form in 2015. I would feel safe in assuming delivery in 1Q2015. I'm in the 200s and I've still got my fingers crossed for a 4Q2014 delivery.

Triciawade123456 | 17 December 2013

Phillip- you're talking about the signature X in Q4?

cloroxbb | 17 December 2013

I just read that supposedly, the X will be ready mid 2014. I think it was on digitaltrends

ian | 17 December 2013

@Triciwade18 - Yes 4th quarter 2014. Tesla has repeatedly said that the X will start delivery at the end of next year. With major production in 2015.

They don't even have an alpha testing model running around yet let alone a final design solidified yet. In the last quarterly earnings call Elon said they are doing some design tweaking of the X so we don't even know what it will look like for sure.


NumberOne | 17 December 2013

Wow, I must have been asleep when I was writing my prior post. Several typos. Oops...

Triciawade123456 | 18 December 2013

Thanks Goneskiian!
I will patiently will be waiting. We have the S now- but unfortunately it belongs to my husband, and he only let's me drive it once a week!!! Thus, 'Tesla Thursdays' are getting quite old!

Triciawade123456 | 18 December 2013

Btw: anyone happen to know when the signature colors are to be released?

ian | 18 December 2013

No news on anything X lately unfortunately. Just speculation. ;-)


Webcrawler | 20 December 2013


I got impatient and ordered a Model S... Yea I am like a kid waiting for Christmas....

I figured that the Model X was at least two years out for me with my high reservation number so i'll re-visit the X in a couple of years.

The wife may have confiscated the MS by then....

muleferg | 21 December 2013

(I got impatient and ordered a Model S..)

Same here. Now its the last of Feb. 2014

Lush1 | 25 December 2013

At 6'2, I'm one of the shorter tall people commenting on this post. I also have very bad back problems, lumbar and cervical, need a cane to walk etc. It took me a while to get the Model S dialed in, but I am very comfortable now. I keep the suspension high for entry and exit. The thing that made it all work was using multiple driver profiles. I have one for driving and an exit profile that moves the seat back and the wheel forward and up. I can get in and out of the car when it's set to my driving profile, but it's a tight squeeze since I can't twist my body or legs much. But my exit profile makes it really easy.
FWIW, I recently tweaked the exit profile and saved it as a 3rd profile called "Home". It is the same as my exit profile except Walk away door lock is set to off. So when I'm downstairs in my bathrobe and need to go into the attached garage to retrieve something from the car, I don't have to go upstairs and get the fob or my phone out of my pants pockets. Another owner suggested it elsewhere and many owners commented that they thought it was a brilliant idea. I concur so I'm drifting slightly off topic to spread the idea here.
I don't know if the Pano roof impacts head room, but I do not have it. As a rule, I don't prefer sun or moon roofs and, as nice as it is, I am so glad Tesla didn't bundle the Pano into a package with options I wanted like many auto makers do. IMO, anything that impacts head room or lets light in through the roof should never be bundled with other options.

jjs | 26 December 2013

Lush1 - Thanks for your input and ideas.

fyi - The pano gives you MORE headroom. I got it because I'm 6'4" and the extra 1-2" in nice to have.

Stealth.Pilot | 7 January 2014

I made my reservation in December 2012 and my number is 2,116.

NumberOne | 9 January 2014

I have reservation #1,845. Hopefully we will get the cars this year. While I am very patient, I have never decided an any purchase this long in advance!

tranhv68 | 9 January 2014

Awesome post. My wife drives our P85 but I will be getting it as soon as we get our model X. We are #5053.
Having a Nissan leaf which I drive and a tesla and another tesla on the way hasn't quenched my appetite for building my own EV. Your web page is inspiring. I plan to modify an existing truck to an EV. I thought this made the most sense as I could just put the batteries in the bed with minimal fabrication. Could you refer me to your supplier for the batteries and drivetrain?

the bonnie | 11 January 2014

I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but I'm Sig #2 and I'm hopeful that I'll take delivery by end of 2014, but I'm not counting on it. I think it's more likely that we'll see some of the Founders' cars delivered.

I hope I'm wrong, I'd LOVE to be wrong. But there is a lot of stuff yet to happen before Model X is coming off the production line. Betas produced on the production line as they tune equipment, then shipped to showrooms (yes, there will be gaps and other quality problems), crash testing, test drives ... and then finally we'll see the X showing up in owners' driveways.

Mine. I hope. :)

PapaSmurf | 11 January 2014

Anyone taking an early car from Tesla has got to be extremely naive about the quality. Those early cars have a history of being inferior. It happened with the Roadster and Model S. The smart play is to wait till they work out the kinks. VIN 5,000+ would be wise based on the history.

jjs | 12 January 2014

@PapaSmurf - Perhaps. However I am Model S owner 3082 and although my car has needed multiple service calls the car is now mechanically perfect and because of over-the-air updates better than new.

I am also a Sig X reservation holder and have NO reservations (yes pun intended) about it.

Although I don't expect a perfect car out of the shoot, I'm quite happy to go along for the ride. (yes...again...)

Never have I received such consistently high levels of service. That and the rangers have made my ownership experience uniquely pleasant.

I am looking forward to a repeat performance.

So I'm not so sure waiting for VIN 5,000+ is de facto the smart play. It is a preference.

Cattledog | 12 January 2014

Not sure Papa. The first few (hundred) are probably almost like hand-built cars. We have about #3,000 Model S, no issues, maybe just lucky. Getting #14 Model S Friday, we'll be able to compare. In line for #2,400 Model X. We like our odds. If something is off, Tesla makes it good.

PapaSmurf | 12 January 2014

I originally had a very early Model S reservation. I delayed it because of my concerns about early production hiccups similar to the Roadster. As a result, I ended up with:

1) a battery pack that can handle 120 kW supercharging, versus early cars than are limited to 90 kW. The battery pack can likely handle 135 kW Supercharging if they make it available in the USA just like Europe.
2) power folding mirrors
3) parking sensors
4) probably a few other items I don't even know about

By the second year of the Tesla Roadster it also was a much better car in terms of fit and finish and available options.

I understand the eagerness to get one early. I felt it myself. But with Tesla, I think history shows that the second year car are better equipped and better built. It makes sense. There is certainly a learning curve for everything new. The first cars out of the factory are almost experimental. It is a roll of the dice.

I am sure Tesla will make good on the warranty for any issues with early cars. But I am patient and can wait for a later Model X VIN in late 2015 or early 2016. We each have our comfort zone with new technology. That is mine.

Brian H | 12 January 2014

out of the shoot chute

Yeah, and I think TM is "meta-learning", learning from earlier models how to minimize surprises. That would be hard to prove, though, kind of like "proving a negative".

jjs | 12 January 2014


Thanks....that was a bad one! :)

arc0300 | 13 January 2014

was at a test drive and asked about the waiting time. was told based on the # of reservations, i'd be looking at mid 2015 if i signed up today. :) just fyi.

primetime98 | 14 April 2014

Hi everybody,

I was just at the Tesla Store here in Miami and talking to one of the salespeople about delivery dates for the X. Now I'm not sure if this is optimism on his part or a real projection but he said that he was under the impression that deliveries could start as early as October for the Model X's. MY question is how soon before delivery did you get the option to start configuring it? Perhaps some early Signatures will be getting notice soon? I mean is it 6 months before delivery,5,4? Excited about the news. Hopefully I'll get my Sig 911 by Christmas! Hoping your X comes sooner than you expected...