I am driving a BMW E90 320d and considering a Tesla Model 3.
Environment isn't my reason but I look at the total cost of ownership, repairs and just a car which can fulfill my needs of transportation.
I have carefully calculated the direct price pr. Km for electricity vs. diesel in my country. Sadly electricity is insane expensive in Denmark 0,35 USD / KWh.
This makes it almost equal to running diesel. Maybe 20% cheaper for electric, but if I need to charge away from my home the chargers in the city wants 0,7 USD / KWh.
Repair costs on my BMW is relative low because I do most repair my self, but I do expect a lower cost running a Model 3 which is difficult to predict.
I need the trailer hook since we don't run pick up trucks. Still uncertain if Model 3 will have trailer hook.
What I hate about my BMW is the body panels are in steel and rusts quite much after 10 year. Expected lifetime of a car in DK is 20 years. So body panels in aluminum could help.
I'm not a big fan of the limited access in the trunk of the model 3, but I guess I could live with it.
I most certainly would NOT have the panoramic roof. I think replacing the entire roof if a stone hits the windshield must cost a fortune.
The interior looks a bit too simple for European taste (I think). I know Elon does not want to put an instrument cluster with speedometer in the M3. Which is kind of sad. Speeding tickets in my country starts at 220 USD and no upper limit. So displaying speed is actually important to some.
In Denmark a M3 is much cheaper than a BMW 3-series, but is it also usable ? I transport family around in a typical 200 Km/trip range on weekly basis but carries also goods, building materials from the home center etc. My 3-series has foldable seats and motor driven trailer hook, which is fantastic. But is the M3 just to transport people and no goods?
Head Up Display is something I don't care about at all. I think it will only add to the cost of a windshield which already is high.
Missing the technical information about M3 so much. Does it have Run Flat Tire?, Rain Sensor?, etc.
But why should I buy a M3 if costs are much the same as BMW 3-series.
BTW: The autonomous driving is more or less a no go thing for me. If I didn't want to drive, I could just let my wife drive or get a cab. I don't see the point.
I haven't made accidents for 30 years, so that's not my concern.
Should I wait and see 5 years before making any decisions? I like the EV thing but seems like Tesla is not listening to customers needs and has their own ideas about what I need.