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First impressions of my Tesla Model Y

 
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Sonu
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2023 9:34 am    Post subject: First impressions of my Tesla Model Y Reply with quote

Friends,

I pulled the trigger & came home with a Tesla Model Y on Dec 30, 2022

HOLY COW !

This car accelerates, corners & brakes comparable to my KLT. It is the first time in my 40 yr driving history that I've come across a car that rivals the performance of my motorcycle.... and I've driven my share of performance cars

HOLY COW !!!! (and I'm not just saying that as a good Hindu)

Sanjiv

Additional facts....

1) I didn't bother with the "performance" upgrade. Instead spent the money on the long range version (330 miles range)

2) Tesla gave me a $7500 cash discount in addition to the government $7500 tax credit which prompted me to get off the fence & order the car. I've been window shopping for over 2 years.

3) Delivery took just two days. I guess Tesla has been getting bad press of late so the hype has died down and the months long backlog has evaporated. Also, much competition from other electric cars although I don't think anyone else is remotely close to Tesla in terms of battery management (I am a materials scientist and understand battery technology). I'm hoping to get 30 years out of this vehicle as my primary driver and I simply don't trust Audi / Mercedes / BMW / Ford / Nissan electric cars to hold up that long.

4) I had no trouble adjusting to the "one pedal" driving .... that too reminds me of my KLT. On uphill sections in aggressive twisties I will typically simply back off on the throttle of my motorcycle to manage corners (rather than brake) ... the Tesla does the same thing even on flat ground ... except it repurposes the kinetic energy into recharging the battery (with remarkable conversion efficiency). You rarely use the brake pedal at all.

5) Did buy the "full autonomous" package ... although have not tried it as yet

6) White leather interior looks bad ass. I can finally consider this since "kids" have left the home.

7) I stuck with the 19" wheels rather than the upgraded 20" or 21" since the ride quality gets rougher as you give up on the air cushion. If I wanted more performance I would have gone for the performance package ... although I think it is kind of useless unless you plan to take this car to the race track.

7) Sound system is phenomenal. Comparable to the best I've heard in an automobile (Audi with Bang & Olufsen audio upgrade).

8 ) Fit and finish is nowhere near that of our 2017 Audi Q7. If that is important to you and you have time then wait 5 years and get an electric Audi. In my opinion it will take that long for them to fix their range and establish battery management advancements. Right now they SUCK. I would have LOVED to buy and Audi e-car but just cant handle their limitations as of today.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2023 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Interesting.

What kind of warranty does it come with?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2023 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cars? Cars? Cars? I will never willingly buy an electric one. They are the devils incarnation especially as the public charging sites have cottoned onto the profit that can be made. My next door neighbour has a Tesla and on a trip to Glasgow which is around 150 miles from where we live he had to recharge on the way back and had to wait nearly an hour to actually get onto a charging point.

Then when he had charged enough to get home where he has a charging point he discovered to charge his big white elephant cost more than he would have paid to fill up with petrol (gas to you guys) He worked it out that if he had been using petrol he would only have been getting around 22 mpg (Don't forget a UK gallon has a greater volume than the US one).

To add insult to injury he also got a speeding ticket going up and was rear ended on the way back!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2023 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flying Duck wrote:
Thanks. Interesting.

What kind of warranty does it come with?


Drake,

They come with 4yr / 50,000 mi warranty.

Being parked in Silicon Valley means that I have tons of friends who have owned Teslas over the last ~10 years. Some of them have three in the family! I have yet to meet a dissatisfied Tesla owner. As such, I was late to the party (at least in my friends circle).

I travel a lot for business and have rented Tesla's and other electric cars (Polestar, Nissan Leaf & Mustang MachE) to make an informed decision. My Audi dealer loaned me an Audi SUV hoping that he would make an easy sale to an existing customer.

For me, the Tesla is the carefully balanced ideal machine.

I honestly expect 30 years of trouble free service from this car with near zero maintenance.

Think about it .... my KLT is already 25 years!

As we all know the Tesla does not need
Engine Oil
Transmission Oil
Engine Coolant
Power Steering fluid

Even the brake pads last 3x that of a regular car because of regenerative braking. I have one buddy (laid back driver) who has logged more than 100K miles on her original brake pads.

With electric cars you basically add windshield wiper fluid & replace tires.

THATS IT Smile

Sanjiv
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2023 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grunter wrote:
Cars? Cars? Cars? I will never willingly buy an electric one. They are the devils incarnation ....


As stated earlier, I am a good Hindu.

We don't believe in the Devil.

Rebirth? Sure. We keep doing that. And I'd happily buy an electric car in my next life too. Laughing

Sanjiv
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2023 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grunter wrote:
Cars? Cars? Cars? I will never willingly buy an electric one. They are the devils incarnation especially as the public charging sites have cottoned onto the profit that can be made. My next door neighbour has a Tesla and on a trip to Glasgow which is around 150 miles from where we live he had to recharge on the way back and had to wait nearly an hour to actually get onto a charging point.

Then when he had charged enough to get home where he has a charging point he discovered to charge his big white elephant cost more than he would have paid to fill up with petrol (gas to you guys) He worked it out that if he had been using petrol he would only have been getting around 22 mpg (Don't forget a UK gallon has a greater volume than the US one).

To add insult to injury he also got a speeding ticket going up and was rear ended on the way back!


Charging locations are a NON-ISSUE in the USA. Tesla superchargers are everywhere. Also, Tesla does not advertise it, but you can charge at any campground that supports RV's and plug into a standard RV charging socket. Car will be fully charged overnight. I spend a lot of time in the great outdoors (camping, rock climbing and nature photography). Availability of charging at RV campgrounds is a huge plus for me.

You can easily sleep in a Tesla Model Y. You can even buy a bedsheet & pillow kit ! The display screen can be set into "campfire mode" and it will keep you toasty warm (or cool) without any fumes.

90% of the time I will be charging at home. Since I have solar panels, charging is free for me. I will not miss gasoline bills.

Speeding tickets can be an issue. My original plan was to buy a red Tesla. SWIMBO talked me out of it and I got a white one with white leather interior. The white interior looks bad ass.

YMMV

Sanjiv
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2023 12:03 pm    Post subject: Tesla -- Autonomous driving Reply with quote

Friends,

Another aspect of the Tesla is FSD

Fully autonomous driving.

I have yet to test this feature but I have multiple friends who are extremely happy with it .... particularly on long distance driving.

I had to take the keys away from my 86 year old Dad. Once I've tested autonomous driving I'm going to evaluate if I can get him back behind the wheel. Fingers crossed....

Sanjiv

P.S. The feature is overpriced IMHO at $15K. If I did not have Dad to think about I would have passed on it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2023 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of curiosity I looked up the 0-60 for a Tesla Y. - 3.5 which is very impressive for a car.

I still prefer hybrids though. My K bikes use both gas and oil. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2023 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BMW have introduced an electric bike for sale in at least Europe and UK. It has a max distance of running without a recharge of 80 miles but will do 80mph, For what is reasonable for a scooter when commuting to and from work, why not reduce the max speed and increase the range. In London you would be lucky to get up to 30 mph.
Apart from that it is hugely pig- ugly and looks like a large Lego toy, but the worst of all it is priced at £14000! My nearest dealer has had one on sale for several months and there has been no interest what so ever.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2023 10:40 am    Post subject: Electric motorcycles Reply with quote

For electric motorcycles

https://www.zeromotorcycles.com/
These guys have been around for 10+ years & have a great reputation

https://damon.com/
This is the company that is generating a lot of buzz and excitement. They have just started offering test rides.

If I'm ever in the market for a motorcycle, it will certainly be electric
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2023 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sonu- good luck with the Tesla. Very interesting.

But as far as Zero motorcycles and reputation, close friends have 2 Zeros, his and hers.

As a background, he is a retired mechanical engineer and is an SAE certified mechanic. He is a very pro-electric vehicle guy but these things are really trying his patience.

Their Zero bikes have been nothing but trouble. Hers was at the dealer (3 hours from their home) for an entire summer. He went to ride his bike to the dealer and could not get it to turn on. There have been several other instances of having to bring one or the other back to the dealer.

I am very aware of his troubles since he has had to borrow my mc trailer multiple times to bring one or both to the dealer.

He recently asked about borrowing my trailer again- want to guess why?

Looks like he is going to get rid of both of them.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2023 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SugarHillCTD wrote:
Sonu- good luck with the Tesla. Very interesting.

But as far as Zero motorcycles and reputation, close friends have 2 Zeros, his and hers.

Looks like he is going to get rid of both of them.


Thanks so much for correcting my perception.

I'm keeping an eye out on the electric motorcyle market. I think I'll be browsing for ~5 years before I feel comfortable buying one. That's what I did with the Tesla purchase as well.

Sanjiv

I will post a more detailed pros & cons of the Tesla after a couple of months of usage
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