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      03-02-2019, 06:51 PM   #111
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I understand why someone would want a Tesla, but I'm not one of them. I have zero interest at this time in my life. It is inevitable though. In 10 years the ICE may very well be gone.

I recently went to an NHRA event. I don't know the first thing about the sport. What I love about the event is the insane noise and punch in the chest you get when 11,000HP ignites. Your vision goes blurry and you can't breath for a fraction of a second. Hell, it's hard to stand against the wall when they take off. At the most current event, there was a Chevy ECopo. If you haven't seen it, look it up. It ran the 1/4 in the 9s. It was however the biggest sensory let down ever. If this is the future of the sport, I will no longer attend. I suspect there will soon be an EClass. When they run I will just head for the pits.

I currently own a M2 and I'm looking at a M4CS in the future. I'm not interested in the M4CS because if it's 0-60 time, it's Nurembering lap time, or distance it can go on a tank of fuel. I'm looking at it for 4 reasons

1. Bouncing off the rev limiter
2. Banging through gears
3. Cold starts
4. The viseral sensation the lovely S55 provides

Tesla can't fulfill any one of those for me. The Model X can however play the silly celebration routine though when you win the 0-60 race, when it works. At our Christmas party, someone had a Model X and couldn't wait to show off the celebration mode. It crashed the car 5 times. I just laughed. I would have rather looked at someones Corolla.
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      03-02-2019, 07:12 PM   #112
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EVs are perfect commute cars for most people, and most people buy cars as commuters.

If you track your car regularly, sure you stick with a M2 it might be the last great BMW. Fact is no one can fullfill any of that for you with EV, not even BMW. However, many of us are interested in a Tesla as a safe commuter car that is also fun.

Also, I doubt you would rather look at a Corolla, cause you obviously looked at the Model X crashed 5 times. At least Tesla provided you Joy and laughter right? Tesla is not so bad.
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As I was wringing out my E92 M3 today, keeping revs consistently >4k, and hearing the wailing scream rise to 8000+ rpms after letting the rear hang out, I thought about Tesla. I thought about how there is no way in hell I could enjoy a Tesla as much as this, regardless of it being the faster car.

I'll take the turbo 6 for my next car. I need the sound and feel to enjoy my car. Speed only matters to a point for me.
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      03-05-2019, 02:33 PM   #114
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I have no problem with electric vehicles. In fact, I think they are the future. However, if everything was about straight line speed and acceleration, then we would all be driving Hellcats and not M3's.

So while EV's have their place, I personally don't like Tesla for two reasons:

1. The build quality is lacking. And that can mean many things for different people. If you're coming from a Mustang, this is probably something you wouldn't notice. And yes, I'm generalizing. But if you have a trained eye for this sort of thing, then you understand what I'm talking about. Panel gaps, bad paint jobs, cheap plasticky feel inside, atrocious "leather", etc. you can tell it was designed and manufactured by someone with Ford mentality.

2. It doesn't look good. I understand this is highly subjective, but just because it's an electric vehicle doesn't mean that it can't look as good or better than an M3, RS4, or CTS-V. To me, Teslas look cartoonish, especially the Model 3. I can't imagine going on a date and pulling up in a Model 3. Yuck. Every time I see the Model 3, I think of:

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      03-20-2019, 03:22 PM   #115
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I've owned my Tesla Model 3 Performance since the end of 2018 (yay tax credit!) and would be happy to answer anyone's questions about the car or the ownership experience.

Before the Tesla, I owned a series of Audis, most recently a tuned '13 S6 and a lowered/tuned '11 S4. I've also run most of my cars at HPDEs, and will be doing so with the Tesla at the end of April.

TL;DR - it's the best, most fun-to-drive car I've ever owned.
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      03-20-2019, 08:05 PM   #116
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What's the ride quality like and how does it compare to the ride quality of the standard suspension
The ride quality of the Performance version is sporty/firm. It's similar to an MSport BMW 3 series or Audi S - not as firm as an M3 or C43/63.

I actually never drove any of the lesser Model 3s.

A prerequisite for any new car for me is that it be faster than what I was driving before, and only the Performance version met that standard!

As fast as my tuned S6 was, the Tesla would leave it for dead up to about 120 mph. :-)
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I drove a Model S 100D, and to be honest, it was fast but I couldn't take it being so quiet. Every M car I’ve owned has had aftermarket exhaust, mid pipes, and intake, and all of them were MT besides the F90 M5.

Now, I am waiting for a G80 MT. . More engaging to drive. I wouldn't mind drive the S for cruising around and shopping but that's about it.
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      03-21-2019, 07:06 PM   #118
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I drove a Model S 100D, and to be honest, it was fast but I couldn't take it being so quiet. Every M car I’ve owned has had aftermarket exhaust, mid pipes, and intake, and all of them were MT besides the F90 M5.

Now, I am waiting for a G80 MT. . More engaging to drive. I wouldn't mind drive the S for cruising around and shopping but that's about it.
The Model S drives nothing like the Model 3.

That would be like saying you drove a 7 series and therefore aren’t interested in a 3 series because the 7 is too calm.

It’s true, though that if engine sounds are super important to you, then you wouldn’t be happy in a Tesla.

Wait - my car can make fart sounds on demand - would that work as a substitute??

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The Model S drives nothing like the Model 3.

That would be like saying you drove a 7 series and therefore aren’t interested in a 3 series because the 7 is too calm.

It’s true, though that if engine sounds are super important to you, then you wouldn’t be happy in a Tesla.

Wait - my car can make fart sounds on demand - would that work as a substitute??
Lol
I know the S is different game. I was just referring to the noise. My M5 is brutally loud and I love it.
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      08-19-2019, 06:25 PM   #120
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I think the whole rhetoric against Tesla by saying they need a car that can go on a road trip is stupid. Most people drive their cars 30 miles a day and rarely drive more than 100 miles between parking in their garage.

However, going on a road trip in a Tesla severely limits your options. The charge time is long, you have to find a place to plug in once you get where you're going, the supercharging network is hardly ubiquitous enough to go anywhere, and you definitely cannot be taking the most optimal routes or stopping anywhere you want. You have to stop where the supercharger are which wastes even more time than stopping where you want to stop and filling up at the gas station that is inevitably at pretty much every rest stop and tourist attraction you'll go to.
Yep, long road trips are a pain. I have to stop every 150-200 miles at a supercharger for about 45 minutes. It's not that big of a deal if I'm by myself. But I'm usually not by myself and the family has gotten over the novelty of the supercharger. Now the Model S stays home and we take my wife's X5 on road trips.

The worst idea, as I learned, is to go on a trip and stay overnight at a place that does not offer charging. The supercharger was "only" 25 miles away. But if you do any driving around, you have to drive 50 miles round trip to charge. Not doing that again.

Having said that, an EV for day-to-day commuting is better than ICE. I plug in every night and don't even think about range.
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      08-21-2019, 02:43 PM   #121
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Yep, long road trips are a pain. I have to stop every 150-200 miles at a supercharger for about 45 minutes. It's not that big of a deal if I'm by myself. But I'm usually not by myself and the family has gotten over the novelty of the supercharger. Now the Model S stays home and we take my wife's X5 on road trips.

The worst idea, as I learned, is to go on a trip and stay overnight at a place that does not offer charging. The supercharger was "only" 25 miles away. But if you do any driving around, you have to drive 50 miles round trip to charge. Not doing that again.

Having said that, an EV for day-to-day commuting is better than ICE. I plug in every night and don't even think about range.
I just finished my longest road trip: ~4k miles on my 3P with my family. I found the breaks restful, and too often the car had finished charging (15-25 minutes most of the time) but we weren't done with our lunch/coffee etc. Perhaps it's because the 3 supports higher fast charging speeds than the S (and not to mention 310 miles of range on the 3P vs 259 on the S75)?

Plus my kid enjoys playing beach buggy on the big screen a lot better than anything on his Switch's tiny screen.

My previous longest road trip was ~5 years ago in my 335xi: ~3.5k miles miles. Also great trip, just the recent one with the 3 was more fun, more restful and overall more enjoyable for me.
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What do you think? Elon is aiming at the M3 with the P Model 3.

Intriguing or not? That electric torque is hard to beat.

I for one prefer the steering feedback and linear throttle of the old NA cars but you canít even get that in a BMW these days. So I guess electric is the future.
It's more than that though. It's the overall package. I hate the instrumentation in the Tesla Model 3. One big iPad in the middle is not for...
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