Submitted by desiguy on December 16, 2012
I initially starting with thinking that the Model S would be a $60K car and thought it was worth it and put down a reservation. Thought would get the base model with limited options (kids seat) and get a 7 seater which is not a gas guzzler. We have a merc e350 and a prius.
But then realized for me
1. Tech package a must, otherwise will not get keyless entry ( my 5 year old prius has it)
2. Sound a must - otherwise no XM
3. Pano roof a must - since head room limited at back
4. Leather a must since I need memory seats .. my wife and I would be driving the car (that is the most used feature in my merc)
5. 85kWH is a better option - 40kWH is just very less range to make any roadtrip impossible .. and limited battery warranty. Which will make my tesla just used for commute which is no fun.
6. You need to get $1900 for maintenance
7. Air suspension most likely needed - the rep said otherwise the ride is not going to be as comfortable as my merc :(
Now I am tempted that with 10K more then you get significant improvement in performance/kick (and better wheels/sporty looks, much higher power, better interiors)... all with no extra maintenance/energy costs. I looked at the new red and that is tempting as well... so everything put together .. it comes to $112K+ on road. Of course I would get $7.5K back
I wish there was some incentive/concession for topping up all options? I probably will get all options except for parcel shelf and chargers.
I was really not intending to spend $110K on a car .. but then I took a test drive and this baby is too tempting to pass. How are folks resisting the temptation .. or should I just go for it? The fact that the same car is going to be $6K costlier for reservations made in 2013 ($2.5K price increase, + $3.5K 21" wheel optional in performance) makes me think I am getting a deal... just as a consolation.