Should I buy a tesla

Should I buy a tesla

I have been looking at Teslas for a while and was about to make the final jump. Then I saw the 2014 Sclass sedan which is a pretty amazing car so I was just wondering why I should Buy a Tesla instead of the Sclass.

Captain_Zap | May 9, 2014

You are asking us?

Bighorn | May 9, 2014

Drive both. Contemplate never pumping gas again. Get back to us. It's an IQ test of sorts.

jjs | May 9, 2014


Plugged In | May 9, 2014

Depends on what you want out of the car and what matters most to you.

In my opinion, the S Class may look like it's the better car, and it's good. But the Tesla is better.

I think many will share similar opinions here.

J.T. | May 9, 2014

No one is even going to notice your S Class.

amitb00 | May 9, 2014

Interestingly I was looking for S class, I was bidding on them and bid were not going through. Then one day one of my friends came to my home in June 2013 and showed me his new car. I was impressed and was so thankful that my bids did not go through . I am now a proud owner of Teska Model S which I got in Zmar 14. If you are planning to spend more than 35 k on a gas car, look at Tesla.

Mathew98 | May 9, 2014

Is your middle initial P? Once you test drive a Model S, you will never go back to ICE!

redacted | May 9, 2014

The Tesla has a frunk, which is the must-have feature of the second decade. I'm not sure why you'd even have to ask which you should buy.

shop | May 9, 2014

You will be unlikely to find a Model S owner on this forum who wouldn't say that the Model S is a far better car the Mercedes S class. I'd suggest taking a Model S test drive...

LEvans | May 9, 2014

Seriously, no one else can decide this or suggest what is best for you. Drive both cars and buy what you prefer. I was going to buy an S Class until I test drove a P85. I subsequently lost all interest in anything with a combustion engine and transmission.

And here's some interesting reading on the subject on the W222 S Class forum :) Lots of points discussed and some refuted...

2kids10horses | May 9, 2014

Have you driven a Model S? Doesn't sound like it.

LEvans | May 9, 2014

PS: It takes a few posts for the S Class/Model S discussion to get started on the link I posted :)

lvaneveld | May 9, 2014

Short answer, yes!

Little longer answer, you can buy a very nice car, S class, or you you can arguably the best car on the market today. More efficient than a Prius, quicker than a 911, more cargo space than many SUVs. Periodically improves itself while you sleep, safer than anything else, less required maintenance than almost any other car, never to to go get gas again, etc. etc.

lvaneveld | May 9, 2014

You can buy arguably

SBerg | May 9, 2014

Mercedes makes a great car but it emits waste like all other gas-fed cars. We wanted to do the right thing environmentally and got the bonus of an absolutely great car to drive. I love not having a gazillion knobs on the dash, love the frunk, don't miss the gas station, love the performance and enjoy the overall Tesla experience. I also commute 40 miles each way during the week and the Model S really makes sense if you commute.

Nuts4MS | May 9, 2014

I drove both and went with the Tesla, more fun and after 3k miles and no gas stations have not looked back. But as others have said drive both and make your decision.

Bvlaw | May 9, 2014

I currently have a 2008 S-class with 97,000 miles. I love my car. However, after driving/experiencing my neighbor's model s, I am beyond irritated every time I fill up, see gas prices inexplicably jump 30 cents/gallon in one day, spend $$ on oil changes, etc. I will likely replace my S-class in a few years with a Tesla. My only hesitation is I feel the Model S is somewhat pricey (E-class luxury for the price of an S-class....). That being said, I believe in Tesla and Elon's vision for the future.

SamO | May 9, 2014


Yea no stone massage in the back of the Tesla. Or aromatherapy.

NKYTA | May 9, 2014

What, no aromatherapy @SamO? Did I lose out on that with my early order sans parking sensors?

@OP, as @Bighorn says, go drive both and get back to us. Try the Grin on, it is worth it.

laurimoss | May 9, 2014

Prior to the Model S we had the following cars (in order): BMW 5 series, Lexus (whatever it was...totally forgettable car), Mercedes E, Audi A5 and Audi A7. My wife is in love with the Model S (she's the primary driver...she commutes 100 mile a day) and she's never expressed any level of passion for any previous car. She loves the power, the fact that she never has to stop for gas again, the power, the handling, the power, the ride, the integration of tech and just about everything else about the car. She wouldn't go back to any ICE car.

Next to the Lexus, the Mercedes was the most boring car to drive we've ever had. I suspect the S class is of the same nature.

I think that the Tesla is not a very comfortable car compared to the German luxury cars (the A7 and Mercedes in particular) and I actually found the A5 and 5 Series to be more fun for the way I drive (the Tesla is a bit too big for my tastes...I like a car that can be tossed around).

All things equal, which they never are, my guess is that if you are into cushy luxury, the Mercedes would be a good choice. If you're more interested in innovation and incredible power and efficiency, the Tesla is your car.

I would be a lot happier with the Tesla if it had the interior of the A7 that it replaced...

akikiki | May 9, 2014

Unless we were a member of your immediate family (and had to drive the S Class) why should we care what you buy?

In general, MS owners don't want anyone to own a MS if they don't really want it.

Thomas N. | May 9, 2014

I would get the S-class. You did see the perfume atomizer, right?

PhillyMomof4 | May 9, 2014

Do your homework: read as much as you can about both cars, talk to owners of each car if possible, and test drive both (ideally each for a full day or weekend) then go with your gut. There's no right or wrong. Only what speaks to you and makes sense for you and your family. There's no point to rehash reasons the Model S is a great car.

NKYTA | May 9, 2014

Likely Yet Another Post Where The Original Poster Never
oh well, I've forgotten the rest...

Bikezion | May 9, 2014

Park both in your garage, running, close the door, wait 2 hours....... Then make your decision.

Even brain dead the choice is clear. | May 9, 2014

JP Morgan once said "if you have to ask, you couldn't afford it" . I think, in this case, "if you have to ask, you wouldn't enjoy it." You should not buy a Tesla.

Tâm | May 9, 2014


It is not easy to be green.

I am not sure whether you can fit in with Tesla's profile.

CNBC Mad Money Jim Cramer repeatedly call Tesla out as "cult."

By the way, if you've been kept up to current event in San Francisco, you should have read that:

"Tesla seat vibration causes Anal Itching!"

"Psychographic, demographic and marketing studies have been published showing that Tesla drivers have a higher-than-average inclination towards drugs, strange sexual behavior and risk."

Hey! It's just too fantastic to make up these stories! Otherwise, why would you think the government in state after state is cracking down on Tesla and banning direct sales to Tesla fanatics?

NomoDinos | May 9, 2014

WEB_SRFR - ha!... and I thought our threads devolved quickly :) Nicely argued points, and great entertainment value for the thread overall. There are some really interesting folk over there, to be sure. Speaking of going off thread topic, I'm really hoping for an early 2015 AWD option as well. If Model X comes out on time, I don't think it will be a problem.

jmorgan - just test drive both. Things will be pretty apparent after that. If the Tesla doesn't move you on the first drive, then don't get it.

Mark K | May 9, 2014

Homely girls often wear too much jewelry.

If the Mercedes bling and baubles bedazzle you, maybe that's what you need to be happy.

But if you're into goodness at the essence, nothing comes close to the Tesla.

edcalis | May 10, 2014

I would have seriously considered the Sclass had the car put gas back to the tank during braking.

drax7 | May 10, 2014

S class is pre historic compared to the tesla.

Moreover the tesla is made in the USA.

We need to re established a manufacturing base in this country
If we are to remain prosperous.

Do it for the USA, the environment and most importantly for yourself.

hamer | May 10, 2014

A snail bought an S Class Mercedes so that when he was driving down the street people would point and say,"Look at that S Car go."

NomoDinos | May 10, 2014

hamer - What a coincidence. Another snail went to test drive the MS and wondered what the "M" stood for.

When he hit the acclerator and silently rocketed forward with amazing instant torque, he exclaimed "OHMYGOD, CAN THIS M**~*(#)!@## S CAR GO!!"

True story.

sallyboy1125 | May 10, 2014

I currently drive a 2012 MB S550-4 Matic. My lease is up in August and I don't think much of the changes made to the 2014 model. I have scheduled a Tesla Model S test drive for this Wednesday to convince myself to leave MB and buy/lease a Tesla. Anyone out there have a Tesla business lease?

tes-s | May 10, 2014

What did they say when you asked over on the S Class forum?

llngoc | May 10, 2014

Sallyboy: We have a GL lease expiring in July and after we test drove the Model S, we decided that we will not get another GL (or any ICE in the market currently) My wife has never been as excited about getting a new car as this time.

My other car is a 997.2 TTS, so I do know what torque feels like and the Model S's instant torque is addicting for a sedan of this size and we did not even test drove the P85 as I refused the offer since I know I will end up spending more than I should if I do.

amitb00 | May 10, 2014

We all proudly say the fact that Tesla is an American car as a reason to buy. There are many non Americans here and I am wondering what they think about this fact. Do they feel turned off by our parochial view or just ignore this fact?

J.T. | May 10, 2014

@amitb00 Good question. I'm curious as well.

jandkw | May 10, 2014

I love cars and like to go to auto shows to see the latest models, watch other brands on the road and wish I can drive this MB, that BMW or Porsche. I did own and test drove a few very nice cars. Now that I am driving my S for a year now and lost that desire on other cars. I feel I am driving the best car I've ever driven. Interesting feeling. Although I do admit that the S-class has an edge on Model S interior, material wise.

brandtlings | May 10, 2014

It's a strange thing to live without car envy. You may not like it... ;)

rdalcanto | May 10, 2014

This thread should answer your question....

jesser5521 | March 16, 2015

Check out reliability experience of MB S owners as written up in recent Consumer Reports. Might help with deciding between Tesla and MB

logicalthinker | March 16, 2015

Mercedes S class sedan won't get ongoing OTA software upgrades. Mercedes S class sedan won't give lifelong free long distance road trips.

Mercedes S class sedan won't give the "Wow" of a car coming from a company pushing car tech in a direction radically different from other car mfrs.

Mercedes S class won't give you the '90% full tank every morning' benefit of Tesla.

Mercedes S class WILL:
-Require you to continue plunking a chunk of cash every week into the gas tank
which means...
...having to make stops at gas stations often at inconvenient times, having to handle a dirty gas pump (unless you live in NJ or a few locations where they pump your gas), having to stand in the cold or rain for a few minutes while the smells leach out all around you

Don Schmidt | March 16, 2015

Here is a little tolerance test you might give a try.

Hang a coiled garden hose on the wall of the garage then, every evening when you park your car in the garage, go to the back end of your car, open the trunk and put the end of the garden hose in the trunk. Every morning, return the garden hose end to the coil, close the trunk and off you go. Do this ritual for thirty days or so and if no problem, irritation is experienced, the S is a go.

Vancouver, WA

logicalthinker | March 16, 2015

^opening/closing the trunk is more work than plugging the car in. Every few days just set the hose by the car, and hang it up the next morning.

Also that way you won't be dragging a hose down the street.

logicalthinker | March 16, 2015

if your commute is consistent at like 30 miles RT, there's no real reason to charge every day. Maybe once every 3 days.

logicalthinker | March 16, 2015

and remember that soon, you'll have automatic-charging.

teslagiddy | March 16, 2015

obviously you knew what short answer you were going to get on this forum... YES. But there are many reasons for it. If you appreciate never having to stop at a gas station ever again then this car is for you. Everything else is secondary, at least for me. No other electric car comes close in terms or range and power. If you prefer the S-Class for all those "fluffy" reasons then the Model-S is not for you.

Qwiksilver | March 16, 2015

Have you even driven a Tesla? I'm guessing not.
You wouldn't be asking if you did.

Brian H | March 17, 2015

I'm sure MB is quite offended at being referred to as "fluffy"!