How long did you wait?

How long did you wait?

After today's conference call, we got a little more clarity on when the X and 3 will arrive.
Tesla Model X Deliveries to Begin in September, Model 3 reveal in Q1 2016 and Promised for “Late 2017″

I have a question for Model S owners and/or Model X reservation holders:

How long did you wait for your Model S?
How long have you been waiting for the Model X (from date of deposit)?

I want to get an idea of the Spartan patience you have if I'm going to have to endure the same, waiting for this beautiful machine.

(*may or may not be the Model 3 but the Tesla bones are there.)

rbi | 6 août 2015

Reservation date (deposit) for MX sig (#151, Europe): Oct. 2013

eric.zucker | 6 août 2015

I like these lines... very elegant. The front hood looks too high near the windshield. If that's the concept for Model 3, it will sell like hot cakes. Tesla needs to prepare more production lines all around the world to be able to face the demand.

trones.mittet | 6 août 2015

Reservation model X signature #34 norway aug.2012. And still waiting.

kencaniglia | 6 août 2015

I put down my deposit in March, 2012!

PhillyGal | 6 août 2015

The Model 3 wait probably wont be years like the S and X were for early owners because I don't see them taking reservations years in advance. But it's definitely possible they will so if you plan on jumping in to a reservation as soon as available, plan to be patient.

Model S was well into production in August of 2014 when we ordered ours yet we had to wait 108 days because the D line was announced during our wait. It was agonizing because we had already waited three months between test drive and pulling the trigger to order. But nothing compared to signature owners who put down thousands of dollars and waited years.

socalsam | 6 août 2015

That is q good looking car. I put my reservation on model x fall of last year I think. I don't mind waiting but I'm running into a situation where I have to buy a car by November at the latest. If the x is not ready by then, I may not have a choice but to buy something else. I'm hopeful that the car is available and I like it.

johnse | 6 août 2015

By November we should have a good idea of how build rate is scaling up and know a lot more about the actual production vehicle. If you still want the X but it's going to be (number for sake of discussion) another 3 months, perhaps you could get a short-term lease to tide you over?

That way, you get the car you really want rather than buying something and feeling locked into that choice.

eric.zucker | 6 août 2015

I may opt to sell my Q7 this year still, as the tax break for Euro 5 diesels will be stopped next year. New buyer gets to keep this advantage if he registers the car this year, same car registered in January pays full tax, not half anymore. Resale value therefore drops as we near the year-end.

Cheapest interim solution is to buy a cheap second-hand car to bridge the gap. I did ask Tesla if they were willing to lease me a used MS until I get the MX. Minimum 24 month lease... Not interested. Hope it won't be _that_ long...

Or I just don't bother, and sell the Q7 once I get my MX... Much less hassle, more comfort and safety.

Difficulty of reselling being the determining factor, whenever I can get a good price, it goes.

Anyone interested in a beautiful 2006 Q7 with trailer hitch, leather interior, 7 seats in Switzerland? Maybe not in this Audi..ence :-))

socalsam | 6 août 2015


agree. Might have to figure out a short term solution if it gets delayed and I don't get it in November. The most frustrating part is that we still don't know when we can get our cars that we have deposits on. If its November/December- Ill figure it out.

Anything beyond that- its going to be tough to keep holding out. When they finally show the car in a few weeks (hopefully) that will atleast help to make the decision. Is this truly a great car or just a bunch of hype from Elon.

Red Sage ca us | 6 août 2015

FYI... Those original photos of the clay model are very, very old... I think they are screenshots from a video that focused on Franz von Holzhausen as the designer at the Hawthorne facility. Notice the wheels are the nine-spoke design that never made it to production, but was seen on the early Model S prototypes. I'm pretty sure that clay model was a very, very early treatment of either a Model S Coupe, or a potential Generation III car. The actual Model ≡ production vehicle will likely look a whole lot better.

paradis | 6 août 2015

@socalsam - I had the same problem when my BMW lease expired in April. I found a Mercedes on and bought out a lease that expires in January (when I hope to have my MX). It is a great solution.

the bonnie | 8 août 2015

Reserved February 9th, 2012.

Model X Sig #2. (and yes, it's been a long wait)

Remnant | 10 août 2015

Reservation made and paid: December 31, 2012

Reservation confirmed by Tesla: January 1, 2013

ken | 10 août 2015

the bonnie | AUGUST 8, 2015

WOW, Signature #2? How did you let someone beat you out of first place? You are obviously the one we want to hear from when you get the call. I am a very high Signature reservation holder, waiting for the nod from you.

NumberOne | 10 août 2015

Another Ken[neth] has the no 1 spot. I made my reservation in November of 2012, although I reserved my Model X license plate before that since there can only be 1 in each state.

the bonnie | 10 août 2015

Yep, Sig #1 is another Ken. We talk frequently. He likes to say that he just types faster than I do. I tell him to stay out of dark alleyways.

Jessie | 11 août 2015

If I remember correctly, I would guess that our X reservation has been down since Feb 2008. That's when our deposit went down on the Model S [res # 29].

We waited until we drove the S at the launch event, then switched over our deposit to the X as, with three small kids, the S was a bit tight for us. However, as a Roadster owner, I'm just fine having a production number a bit further down the matter how prepared, they always learn a bit as production progresses. Its heartening to hear that Tesla is planning on a faster ramp up with the X versus the S. Fingers crossed.

primetime98 | 11 août 2015

11/6/2013 was the day I received confirmation of my Signature X. So almost two years, I think I'll get it before the two year mark though. But as The Bonnie showed, I haven't waited nearly as long as some!

paradis | 11 août 2015

Reservation #3747 confirmed 5/24/13

clublon | 11 août 2015

It will be one year on this Friday, August 14th.

ken | 12 août 2015


JeffreyR | 12 août 2015

@the bonnie: "Reserved February 9th, 2012. Model X Sig #2. (and yes, it's been a long wait)"

Kudos! How'd you get so early in line? Did you receive a call or an email or...?

You have the patience of a saint. I guess it helps that you have an Original Tesla Grin from driving your Roadster. | 12 août 2015


the bonnie | 12 août 2015

I was at the launch event that night at SpaceX & brought my checkbook along just in case they were taking deposits. Then when Elon came out on stage with the X, I ignored the excitement and went looking for where they might be taking deposits (if they were - and they were).

There was plenty of time to look at the X after that - plus had two test rides in the prototype they had there that night :). It was an amazing party.

And yes, the Roadster helps with the wait. I can't imagine giving it up. (Know anyone who wants a Jeep? I should have one available soon ...)

JeffreyR | 12 août 2015

Well done!

Brian Vicars | 13 août 2015

Fantastic! Finally I get to hear from the first people in line. I am sure that your vehicles will be complimentary since you have waited so long. It's only fair.

eric.zucker | 13 août 2015

I bet Sig No 1 must be Elon Musk himself...

NumberOne | 13 août 2015

No, I have seen the #1 confirmation, which belongs to Ken A in CA, so Elon probably has one called Founder #1.

Brian Vicars | 13 août 2015

Ok @the Bonnie, you have been unofficially been designated my myself as Paul Revere II. When you here vehicles coming, ride though'the town n your roadster proclaiming, "The Model X's are coming!, The Model X's are coming! "Muster all Sig reservation holders to the Design Studio with haste."

Brian Vicars | 13 août 2015

Oh, typo. Too many beans.

jjs | 13 août 2015

This whole thread reminds me of the following conversation.

Stranger stops by a small town diner for lunch. Sitting next to a weathered old man, a local he asks; "Lived here all your life?"
Old man; "Not yet."

And so it is with this question. How long did you wait? Who knows.

the bonnie | 13 août 2015

Yep, I can confirm that Sig X #1 is Ken A. & his wife. Elon may have Founders #1, unless Steve Jurvetson slipped him a check early (he did that to get Model S #1).

I plan on some early roadtrips & will be posting the Supercharger stops I'm planning on twitter. So if you're in the area, I'll be happy to show it off. But I don't know (yet) when that will be...

Ankit Mishra | 13 août 2015

Thats great. Will you be reserving Model 3 too? Just asking.

ken | 13 août 2015

@the bonnie, we are awaiting your nod, don't get so excited that you forget us.

paradis | 14 août 2015

@Bonnie -

Come to NJ and we'll buy you dinner. (:-))