Personal Confession, my feelings with my Model S

Personal Confession, my feelings with my Model S

Hi All,

I had to write to confess this morning that I woke up with an extra big smile on my face, and extra skip in my step and a confidence and happiness that I must admit I haven't felt in a REALLY long time. I feel really weird about it too!! Is it normal for a car to give one such a great feeling that is contagious, others have noticed, and my wife jokes that I love the car more then her (which isn't true, it's just new). Anyway, wanted to share my confession and get opinions. I really love the car and have to wonder if this is how Elon feels all the time, well, when he's not worrying about Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Solar City that is? :)

Desai | 3 gennaio 2013

@BYT: I agree with you 100% too! Worst part is I don't even have mine (P8460 Feb/Mar). However, I am still completely in awe of Tesla Model S. I have been following Tesla since 2006 and they have been taking it to the next level year over year!

archibaldcrane | 3 gennaio 2013

I test drove a Model S again yesterday, and then immediately went to an Audi dealership to test drive an A7. I really like the A7, I think the seats and finishes are of superior quality, I think it's a slightly better-looking car.

And then the salesman started showing me how to input addresses into the Nav system - there's like a touchpad where you draw letters with your finger one at a time to spell the address you're going to.

It's the stupidest thing I've ever seen, and may well have made up my mind to proceed with the Model S. The touchscreen is such a no-brainer - every other car has such a convoluted "infotainment" system/controller, it's kind of embarrassing.

lightly | 3 gennaio 2013

A month ago @ 42 y.o. I had a small heart attack and as I was going into the procedure room I told my wife I had 3 things to live for....

1.My Family
2.My Tesla
3.New Star Wars Movies

Then she asked if I was sure that was the correct order.......

Volker.Berlin | 3 gennaio 2013

You guys frighten me.

Desai | 3 gennaio 2013

@archibaldcrane: There is DEFINITELY no comparison with A7 and Model S. Glad you found your way back!

@lightly: Hope you are recovering well from it - but LOL @ your wife!

BYT | 3 gennaio 2013

LOL, thanks guys, I knew if I could get validation anywhere, it would be here and I especially liked your post lightly, I have to concur with your list!! :D Hope you make a full recovery and enjoy many MANDY years with the first 2, I don't know how much longer they will make Star Wars movies but now that Disney bought the rights, who knows??

@Volker.Berlin, lighten up man... :D

lajollan | 3 gennaio 2013

@ archibaldcrane

I also test drove an A7. To be fair, it has that touchpad thingy, but I used voice commands to set destination and radio selection and it worked perfectly and easily. If that is the reason you are a Model S person, that is not valid.

mw | 3 gennaio 2013

BYT, I think it is a given for a Model S owner. My husband laughs at me. I dare anyone to frown when driving a Model S. Our code name is car therapy. I especially love it when people in Audi, BMW, Mercedes, etc do a double take when I drive by. Yep, I have the cooler car!

We got about 10 inches of snow after Christmas and I wanted to go to a parking lot and do doughnuts so bad. It's been 15 years since I have had a rear wheel drive car (Camero). I tried to get it to fish tail or slide a bit in a parking lot and it didn't really want to. I guess I have to get more convincing, but didn't want to push it. Enjoy yours!

lajollan | 3 gennaio 2013


I had been having chest discomfort and had convinced myself I needed a bypass, has my father did many years ago. So I had a echo/stress test and passed with flying colors. I had promised myself if I did not need heart surgery, I would get a great car as life is too short. So I will!

BigTex | 3 gennaio 2013

@mw The time to push is on the test drive when it's not your car :) I kicked the rear out, albeit briefly, at the end of the test drive but had already mentioned to the rep that I had a performance driving background.

archibaldcrane | 3 gennaio 2013

@lajollan - yeah, I prefer to use voice controls when possible too. Honestly I'd rather have the Model S's drivetrain/touchscreen with Audi A7-style seats/finishes, but yeah. The A7 is a bit expensive with gas than the Model S 60kwh I'm likely getting. I just feel that the constantly improving touchscreen experience, with apps soon to come, is infinitely superior to the locked-down, mediocre engineered control systems in the BMW/Audi vehicles.

I was also kind of shocked that Audi didn't have built-in prepaid maintenance with a new car purchase. I thought all the higher-end manufacturers (other than Tesla) did that, hell my wife's Jetta had it for 30k miles.

Velo1 | 3 gennaio 2013

Remember when a Sunday drive was a family ritual, but succumbed to high gas prices? I do, and after my S arrives next week my wife and I plan to reinstitute those drives (without our kids) again. A new culture, again.

archibaldcrane | 3 gennaio 2013

erm, "no cost" maintenance I mean.

lajollan | 3 gennaio 2013

@ archibaldcrane

The only high end car company that includes 4 year maintenance is BMW.
Others have had it in the past, but discontinued it. Audi had it until 2007.

DTsea | 3 gennaio 2013

I had a BMW. No surprise they have it- because those cars are maintenance hogs and very expensive to work on. Deferring the maintenance sticker shock is necessary to get people to buy them. Volvo had the same deal until the end of 2012. Their reliability seems to be improving, though.

archibaldcrane | 3 gennaio 2013

This lack of knowledge is what I get for driving a Nissan Sentra for the past 10 years. :)

DanD | 3 gennaio 2013

Deep Dark confessions of an early EV adopter

I'm getting mine in a couple of weeks P2124. I've been shopping for an EV 5 years.

The three things that I secretly feel (sometimes not so secretly)

1) This will be my first luxury car and it will be one that everyone admires (the valet at the country club already has a place picked out for it)

2) I'm proud to have picked the car and invested in the company 2 1/2 years before Motor Trend thought it was cool

3) I'll own the first 100% electric in Trenton, a city where I'm one of maybe 20 Republicans. I stay annoyed with the crunchy granola "set" and think Prius' are as ugly as Birkenstocks.

So my mean-spiritedness and vanity are coming through.

mw | 3 gennaio 2013

@BigTex there was no snow in Fremont, CA in June when I went for my test drive :)

RBats | 3 gennaio 2013


I own a 2012 A7 (loaded) and thought this would be my car for a long time till I drove the Tesla. I really love the A7 - great to drive, nice looking, good technology (other than the touchpad) like Google Earth, etc. and also get lots of compliments on it. But then I made the mistake of driving the MS.

I have to finalize my order by this Saturday but am having a really hard time given Tesla does not do trade-ins. I really want the MS but am afraid I will take a bath on the A7 if I unload it now without any possibility of a trade in credit from Tesla. I can't even find a true/fair value of what the A7 is on any of the websites (KBB, Edmunds, NADA, etc.) so it makes selling it that much harder. Decisions!

BigTex | 3 gennaio 2013

@mw No snow in Los Angeles when I did mine either!

jdimare | 3 gennaio 2013

I was told Tesla does take trade-ins, they are partnerin with someone, but since I am not trading in my car, I didn't look into it...any owners who htraded in a car with Tesla that can help Archibald above?

archibaldcrane | 3 gennaio 2013

RBats, clearly you can use a site like to give an idea of what people are listing comparable 2012 A7s for:

archibaldcrane | 3 gennaio 2013

Erm, most of those were dealer sales, here's the private party sales:

archibaldcrane | 3 gennaio 2013
portia | 3 gennaio 2013

my rep told me the trade in value is not high and I am better off selling my old car on my own, so I did.
@rbats new car loses a lot of value right away, so I am sure you arenot going to get a great trdein, but maybe just list it on ebay classified (free listing) and see if you get any takers.

@velo1 yeah the model S definitely makes it more fun for people to do the Sunday drive, which I did, and also road trips, which we ares eeing more reports!

kafahsholtz | 3 gennaio 2013

I've been on a business trip since ours arrived. Was able to drive it like one block before having to leave for the airport.

My wife, however, is having a ball. Only concern is getting a ticket (she popped up to 90 MPH on her freeway commute), and she couldn't get in the car (I forgot to tell her you had to touch the door handles...).

She works at a elementary school, and people were like, "What kind of car is that? Who makes it?" We're talking Everett, WA here... She keeps saying "Tesla", but people keep asking, "No, who makes it?"

Extremely cool car...


MarkV | 3 gennaio 2013

BYT: You are not alone. Two months and 3100 miles later I have the same "thrill" when I get behind the wheel. On days that I do not drive the "silver streak" I have what might be termed withdrawl symptoms. Having traffic stopped by pedestrians in the cross walk taking pictures or having the Jaguar dealer reps examining the car while I quietly watch from the cafe window, or the countless times I answer "it is a Tesla" and then Tesla again when they ask who makes it, or when I open the frunk to show them the 416 hp that they think is under the hood and the astonished look when it actually sinks in that I had already told them it is electric are the simple daily things that just keep the feeling alive. I believe it will be a long time, if ever, before the Tesla glow goes away.
Keep enjoying yours just like I will keep enjoying mine and God speed to all those still waiting. The wait is worth every second.

nickjhowe | 3 gennaio 2013

@Volker - LOL

@BYT - when the delivery driver turned up with the car he was trying to figure out which house he was delivering to - and then he saw my Tesla Grin.

GLarwill | 3 gennaio 2013

Man, you guys are killing me. :)

Reserved 3 weeks ago. Longest 3 weeks of my life.

GLO | 3 gennaio 2013

I've got to say my office and all my friends think this is more important than anything else in my life. We are finally going to be rewarded for 3 years of waiting for the MS (60kw in 2 weeks or so). I doubt my Tesla grin will not go away for a long while. Taking a road trip to pick it up at the factory and get the tour.

BYT | 3 gennaio 2013

Awesome posts, thanks to everyone!

GDH | 3 gennaio 2013


You are going to take a bath with your Audi, it's best to get an ad on craigslist and put it in

I am in the same boat with my 2013 Volvo, I have to sell it to be able to afford my Tesla. If I do not sell it soon then I am shit out of luck.

Anyone want a sexy new Volvo for their wife or kid? =)

GDH | 3 gennaio 2013

And the company that is taking trade in's in CA offer whole sale prices so it's better to sell it yourself.

Volker.Berlin | 4 gennaio 2013

GLarwill, three weeks?! You're kidding. I reserved four years ago...

BYT | 4 gennaio 2013

I've sold many car's on Craigslist as well, it can be done! :) Be careful of scams online however, they love to respond to CL adds!!!

BYT | 4 gennaio 2013

On a side note, today is my Birthday and I get to drive a Model S to work and take a couple co-workers in it to lunch for the first time for them to show it off.


ddruz | 4 gennaio 2013

Happy Birthday BYT!!!

nickjhowe | 4 gennaio 2013

Happy Birthday @BYT!

July10Models | 4 gennaio 2013

Happy Birthday BYT!

Just got my insurance quote after getting my VIN. I should have saved a few of those speeding tickets for the Model S :-) The speed limit for me for a long while to come.

BYT | 4 gennaio 2013

Awww, feeling that Tesla love, thanks, nickjhowe and July10Models!!

Also July10Models, careful about getting too many tickets as insurance will spike and they can yank your license. As a kid (in my 20's) I was always 1 ticket away from loosing my free ride badge provided as a privilege and not a right from the DMV. Or so they would always tell me... :)

lightly | 4 gennaio 2013

@ BYT Happy Birthday!!

@ lajollan Congrats on your clean bill of health! I too have bad genes which is why I go to the gym (which is where my H.A. occurred)

I also think life is too short so after my stent was put in I upgraded from the 60Kwh to the 85-Peformance!!

Can't wait til February!!

Pastormike | 4 gennaio 2013

My Model S delivery came without warning Wednesday...a phone call from the transport truck driver with an estimated drop off time 5-6 hours out. It was hard to get ANY work done Wednesday!

He asked me a few questions about the car when I signed the paperwork, explaining that he wasn't with Tesla and had only driven a total of a few miles in several cars backing them off the truck. So with my big Tesla grin, I told him to get in and I'd give him a ride. He disembarked on the rest of his journey with an envious Tesla grin!

I love this car!!! And the gawk factor is awesome!

rbutler | 4 gennaio 2013

I got my S Dec 23rd, best Christmas of my life. I haven't had as much fun driving since I first got my license at 16! A remarkable car.

xradr | 4 gennaio 2013

I got mine about 2 weeks ago (P5267), performance, black, grey 21 inch rims (looks evil).

Generally speaking, I'm a simple fellow. I view cars more practically as getting from point A to point B type. I have been driving a honda civic hybrid since 2004/5. So, this was a little (a lot) out of character for me. I'm not a big "car guy", and I've never really been excited about a car.

This car changed it for me ... from the time I got my "ready to configure" email, to the time of delivery I was eager. It felt like the eagerness of a child leading up to Christmas morning.

When I got it, I was nearly speechless. It just put a smile on my face which I have been unable to remove. I work from home, so I don't do any commuting. I now find myself making excuses to just drive it somewhere for the fun of driving. I never thought having or driving a car could be this fun.

For those still waiting, it is worth the wait. For those who have taken delivery ... yeehaw!

Volker.Berlin | 4 gennaio 2013

I now find myself making excuses to just drive it somewhere for the fun of driving. I never thought having or driving a car could be this fun. (xradr)

You may find some inspiration in this thread:

kafahsholtz | 4 gennaio 2013

On a side note, has anyone else been getting e-mails from journalists or market research organizations. I've gotten both over the past week.

Heading home tonight, will be driving the car tomorrow!

Wife had to drive her minivan to work today to sell it, was depressed... My 12-yeat old, who hates any kind of change (I'm about ready to lie to him, say he was adopted), finally has realized what a cool car this is...


xradr | 4 gennaio 2013


Thanks. Indeed, I will try the mountain/hill drive to Marin (SF Bay area). I've been making more trips than necessary per one of the posts in that link!

BYT | 4 gennaio 2013

@xradr, I know the feeling very well... :)

christine_orita | 4 gennaio 2013

I am beginning to wonder if a visit to a psychologist is in order.
I have never ever experienced such obsession like I am feeling about the S!! This coming from someone who has never displayed such obsessive/compulsive behavior ever!

1) I obsessively check My Tesla page for the Configure button EVERY DAY (numerous times I might add)
2) I read the forum several times everyday or suffer withdrawal symptoms
3) I even went online to CA DMV and got my vanity plate 'L@TESLA'. <- @ is actually the heart sign
4) I find myself muttering 'Wait till I get my Tesla and I will blow you away!' while driving my placeholder Prius (such bottled up aggression ! ) and being tail gated, flashed, passed, ...
5) Looking for dog seat belt (so my puppy doesn't cause a crash). She has free rein in my car today. Anyone who knows my relationship with my pups will know I have definitely lost my heart to Tesla like it's a living, breathing gorgeous hunk
6) I can't stop talking about Tesla to anyone who is still listening anymore
7) Even got my friends calling and reporting their sightings of Tesla. Ok, they are doing it on their own accord.

HELP! I think I need Intervention for my addiction...

P12704 in anguish

Curmudgeon | 4 gennaio 2013

I have been so eager to have an electric car. In 2008, I converted my Chevy S10 pickup to electric and have driven it
for 23000 miles. My Tesla P3714 Model S 60 kWh is supposed to be delivered 1/19-2/2. I am retired so I spend way to much time
here. LOL