First evening with my lady in red

First evening with my lady in red

Picked up the Model S P85 last evening at the Dallas service center. Absolutely blown away. There are no words to describe the feeling and excitement when you first see your baby. We spent about an hour doing a walkthrough (because of this forum and countless videos, I already knew and got the jist of all the bells and whistles but was good to have a run-through anyways). The gentlemen was very friendly and informative, got everything checked off on the very detailed check-list and everything was good to go. Not a single issue to report. Drove off onto the highway being extremely cautious and as soon as I turn out of the service center, some big truck with those annoying exhaust pipes in the bed jetted off as soon as he saw my car. I saw a lot of black smoke in my rear view. I have a feeling there is going to be a lot of this happening in the future and can't believe why an earth-friendly car would illicit such an obnoxious response. In the 20min of the first drive, I must have had a half a dozen people looking into my car and smiling and giving acknowledgement. It was a great feeling and lot of admiration for a beautifully well built car of the future. I am not a flashy guy by any means but this car really is getting a lot of attention. I really love the red on it, I would have preferred a deep ocean blue if it was available but this is just such a gorgeous color. It's bold and makes a statement.

My wife took me out to dinner to celebrate and in the parking lot, had people come up to talk about the car. This is all literally in the first several hours leaving the lot. I can say as pioneers and early-adopters, we are going to pave the way for the future of this company. All we can do is praise the car and share our passion of the Tesla and it instantly rubs off on others.

To everyone on the forum, thank you all for your insights, feedback, generosity, suggestions and help. I will continue to be on here and though I did not write too many posts, I felt like part of the Tesla community and being part of something bigger than any of us can imagine. But for now, my lady in red calls for a little play time.

P85_Norway | July 30, 2013


Shesmyne2 | July 30, 2013

We've had ours since Dec12 and it doesn't get old.
As 'common' as the sightings are here in the Bay Area it doesn't soften the thrill. We still get the looks, questions, smiles...all of it. And as Tesla continues to upgrade and improve it keeps it exciting. Needless to speak of the stock price...
This car is a game changer and the feelings only get better the more you show her off and the more people ask about it.
The Tesla community is one we are very excited to belong to. Welcome to the club!

Still Grinning ;-)

TheCheetahExpress | July 30, 2013

Absolutely shesmyne2, I know for a fact it is only going to get more exciting here on out. My life totally has changed.

Bighorn | July 30, 2013

Picture speaks a thousand words!

NKYTA | July 30, 2013


Superraz | July 30, 2013

Congrats man!!! Another Dallas Tesla!!

Did you see a pearl white 85 at the Dallas service center?

I am picking mine up in 2 days from there. I am so excited!!

TheCheetahExpress | July 30, 2013

Thanks everyone! God bless.

@Superraz I did see a couple of pearl white ones outside the service center, congratulations fellow Dallas Tesla owner! It's a surreal experience and feel this is all a dream.

Superraz | July 30, 2013

That is very cool! Thanks!

I cannot wait to become a fellow owner. These next two days are going by so slowly for me. I just want to take delivery already.

tobi_ger | July 30, 2013

The shape, design and color of that car circumvents the brain and directly strikes the heart! A beauty!!

Colasec | July 30, 2013

That's an awesome pic. Congrats!

jrm0 | July 30, 2013

Awesome picture. Thanks for sharing! Congratulations and enjoy the ride. And keep smilin' that big ole Texas Tesla grin!

wolfpet | July 30, 2013

Cool pic, congrats! ;-)
Can't wait for mine to arrive!!!

AmpedRealtor | July 30, 2013

@ TheCheetahExpress - awesome smile man! The excitement shows! :)

Your car looks just like the one I'm having built and delivered on 8/15. I can't wait. I have a feeling I'll be smiling a lot, too. :)

cfOH | July 30, 2013

Ha ha ha...that pic was totally unexpected. Nicely done, and congrats!

ppape | July 30, 2013


Love hearing about that "first day" excitement.

I was driving behind my husband today and it's still fun to see the way people react to the red P85. People walking will stop and turn to look at it. I noticed a MB at a red light turn his head 180 and noticed him saying something to his passenger who also turned around. It was a newer MB, and I thought to should trade your car in buddy!!

Keep on grinning!
J. :-)

Mathew98 | July 30, 2013

@TheCheetahExpress - The endless stream of compliments and second looks will keep on coming for the outspoken MC red.

I just brought my red in for repairs and had to take on a black s85 loaner. Now the black loaner blends in with the other dark color sedans on the road and hardly any onlookers yawn at the car...

Neech | July 30, 2013

For some reason a lot of people have been tailgating me lately. Normally I'm the one doing the tailgating ;-)

Neech | July 30, 2013

Love the red S

FranknWC | July 30, 2013

I feel you man. I just picked up our Black Beauty today. Appointment At !0:00AM. Got there (Norristown, PA) about 35 mins. early with a dozen donuts and 6 muffins. Good excuse to go back to the garage part of the service center and watch them prep the car. Like seeing your child in the nursery at the hospital before taking them home.

DS meet with me on time. Went out to a shady spot in the parking lot and went over the car. Great stuff. I told him I wanted to go over the car and if he needed me to move to let me know.

Using the Delivery Day List I down loaded from here I did find condensation in the rear driver's side tail light. Spoke to one of the guys who detailed my car and he said he would get the service manager. The Service Manager came right out took a quick look and asked if I wanted a new one now or later. He said it wold take about 40 mins. I asked if he would fix it now. He said no problem. I went to a Starbucks thinking I waited 6 weeks what's 40 mins. When I came back one guy was still working on it and said it would be about 20 mins. I Left around noon.

This machine is like no other! It has taken the best of technologies and combined them into a very modern marvel. Punched it a few times and the Tesla grin spread across my face each time.
Tesla App activated around 3:00PM. Also very cool. Enjoy, and good luck with yours.

Vicelike | July 30, 2013

I think I married your twin sister. She live in San Diego with me now but she sure looks a lot like yours.

I picked her up yesterday and today took her to the Mountains where all the sports bikes like to hang out. 135 miles later, she proved to me that she is not just another pretty face.

She was on her best behavior as we had 3 kids on board but I could tell that she was ready to rumble.

The mountains east of San Diego have some of the best twisty roads and sweepers you can find. She is a thrill to drive as well as look at. She can even rough it if needed. We did a cut up dirt road very slowly with the suspension on high. It was like sitting in a very elegant truck.

TheCheetahExpress | July 31, 2013

Wow, thank you all so much for the kind words and sharing your experiences as well!
Still got the :D

Went out last night and ended up showing a couple of Doctors the car. They were like little kids asking questions, taking pictures and of course drooling :) It's been a wonderful owning experience thus far and just happy to share my passion. I was telling them can never go back to an ICE vehicle again. I've been Tesla Spoiled.

@AmpedRealtor - Congratulations to you as well, you are only 2 weeks ago!!
@SuperRazz - If you know of any Dallas Tesla meetups, we should try to meet sometime! We all seem to be a fun and friendly bunch of folks :)
@cfOH - I know you took delivery same day as well, congratulations to you my friend!
@Mathew98 - Amen, red is too rich too not to be noticed!
@Neech - That's funny and true. Had a porsche tailgate me yesterday and then drive up next to me real slow to check out the car.
@FranknWC - Awesome and congratulations! I am glad they fixed your situation so readily and on the spot. Such an awesome company and service oriented. -- Haha, enjoy my twin sister and glad your experience has been invigorating thus far.

TheCheetahExpress | July 31, 2013

@AmpedRealtor - i meant 2 weeks *away!

rch1708 | August 1, 2013

Man, am I glad I bought my iPad with water damage protection - I'm slavering all over your picture.

Congrats man!

sacox46 | August 1, 2013

How about this?

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Don't know if this site can see this photo but it sure occasioned a lot of attention. I parked next to this Model A for an outdoor concert. When I returned to the car after the concert, about 20 people were clustered around! They were so excited - asking questions, oohing and aahing. This sharing never gets old though I've had my 85 since early May. And I also love being a part of the community of drivers. Who'd a thunk I'd ever join a car club?

Former librarian :)))

Brian H | August 1, 2013

Nope. That's not a complete URL. It doesn't start with http:// and the host site before the internal links you gave.