The wait has finally ended. The Model S I ordered on March 14 (and confirmed on March 25) was delivered on Monday, May 5.
Config: S85, pano, tech package, air suspension, textile seats, piano black, mc-red, premium sound, 19" standard wheels, premium lighting, fog lights, twin chargers, alcantara headliner. The configuration was perfect - no issues there.
So what do I think? I absolutely love it, and I can tell I'm going to love it more and more the more I drive it. It makes my beloved Prius seem ancient in oh so many ways. Quite the upgrade. Spending this much on a car was a huge stretch for me, but I know I'm not going to regret it ever.
I am very happy I went with the premium sound package, and was also happy to see how well it reads my 1TB drive full of FLAC music. That should hold me over until they add iPod integration and/or Apple CarPlay ;)
Some minor issues:
- While I love the textile seats, I must say that even my '05 Prius seats are much more comfortable. The Model S seat bottom too stiff, and I can already tell that my butt is going to ache after a long road trip. I heard they are working on it, Elon even mentioned it on the earnings call today, but obviously the new ones didn't make it in time for me, which is a bummer. I hope they can resolve it, and I plan to get a seat cushion in the meantime. It's not horrible like say a wooden bench, but compared to my Prius, which has a very nice cushion (granted it's a much less sporty car and requires less stability), it's quickly noticeable. They do provide sufficient support though, which is a plus.
- The lumbar control button on the driver side sticks (top button only). I can still get it to work, so it's minor.
- XM Radio is not working due to a "check antenna" error. I'm already scheduled to have this fixed and I have no doubt they will make it right.
- Had a little trouble programming HomeLink for my 2004 Genie opener. Replacing batteries in remote and clicking the button within the Frunk helped get past the 1st step, but on the 2nd step, the opener would not register until I finally decided to pull the car half-way into the garage. Apparently, even though I was directly in front of the garage, that was too far away for it to register. As soon as I did that, though, it worked. Unfortunately it did not work with my condo's front gate (the car will not recognize the remote), but they must use a different technology.
- very minor body alignment problems, specially with the bumper around the headlights and the hood. They checked out the hood and it is to spec, but I'm going to have them check out the bumper when I return because I noticed when I got home that it's a little off (maybe it shifted while driving).
- I financed through Tesla, and Tesla acting as a middle man between me and the bank was a slow and frustrating process. It took many weeks to get everything resolved, and there were many delays and lapses in communication along the way. Fortunately, at the 11th hour with numerous phone calls and email follow-ups, they stepped up and made it happen just in time, but it was nerve wracking. However, they were always very friendly and accommodating once I was able to get through. Seems like they are just too busy, which makes sense since they just launched the leasing program as well. Also part of the delay was Wells Fargo approving me, which is more involved if you are self-employed, as am I.
Besides the financing delays, overall, the purchase experience has been heavenly. Between the modern website that keeps you updated and walks you through the entire process, and the friendly non-pushy staff, it's a much nicer experience than any dealer experience I've had. And the guys at the Longwood FL location have been really fantastic. Vic (sp) is the man. Today he drove about 60+ minutes to pick me up at my home and bring me back to the store (to retrieve my Prius - I had left there on Monday). And in a Model S no less :). Talk about great customer service. His walkthrough was also fantastic. I knew a lot about the car from renting one for a weekend in Vegas, but he taught me quite a few new things and was very patient with my questions and pickiness. I couldn't have been happier with his service - fantastic!
That's all for now. Maybe I'll come back and update this thread once I have more time to play. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions about my car or my experience. I'll be happy to answer them.
One last thing. Thank you everyone for all your activity on this forum. I learned so much from you all over the past few months - spending hours a day researching every option. Thank you also to Nick Howe; unfortunately your book arrived the same day as my Tesla, ha, but I learned quite a bit from your online version. The book looks great btw!
Thanks for reading,