Excellent performance, welcome to the future.
The vehicle we bought from Tesla is the 2016 P90DL, has all the options, autopilot etc.
So what I can say is that this vehicle was a massive step from the BMW M cars and the Mercedes AMG vehicles I had driven before.
The bad parts.
The quality in the build is not as detailed and refined as the Germans luxury brands. However, the mistakes are rather tiny and small you do not notice it unless you care about a 1mm misalignment of a door. However, 99% of people will not notice it.
Cost and options.
Purchased in January 2016.
Just not good enough
I was asked to provide some feedback on the Tesla S which was being considered as a chauffeur car, I am a chauffeur driver. This vehicle is totally impractical for any one larger than petit. Driver and passengers. So if your tall (I am 6'3") or have broad shoulders it is extremely difficult to get in or out of the car. My shoulders and head hit the opening when trying to get in or out front and back. It was a real effort having to twist my body and tuck my head as much as was possible to squeeze in. If you have any flexibility issues you may no...t be able to get in at all. The door openings are much smaller than sedans of similar size, the internal door trim on the Tesla leaves an extremely narrow gap, with the door open all the way, to negotiate getting in and out. Front door has a little more space but the doors do not open wide enough. I was very disappointed that a car in this price range has so many bad faults. Also no pockets on the back of front seats for magazines etc. and no door pockets front or back, storage inside the cabin is almost non existent. Presentation of cabin is minimalist, its bland, uninviting and the finish on surfaces also sub standard for a vehicle in this price range. Cheap hard plastic. Seats are comfortable once in but the extreme bolstering adds to the difficulty in getting in and out. The centre console display dominates the entire interior and is potentially a major distraction for the driver. It just does not look nice and does not work like it should.
- Model S (2013-2021)
Likely to be the last car we'll ever buy. Perhaps a Rivian after this...
We've had our money down for a Model 3 since February 2018. When it was introduced to Australia at the dealership late last year, the one we could see was a long range, premium interior and Autopilot. It was priced at USD57,000, roughly AUD80,000 before tax. So while we're in the line, someone said that Tesla is selling a Model S 60 at around AUD85,000.
Since then I kept track of Tesla used inventory, until our 2016 Model S 70 came along. This version has the premium interior, premium sound systems, premium lighting, panoramic sunroof. The be...auty of buying a pre-2017 Model S is that it comes with free Supercharging AND free Autopilot. The sales process was different from buying a regular car, most of it was done online and because the car was in Melbourne I couldn't inspect it. However, Tesla are great at providing comprehensive technical condition reports and plenty of photos. The best part is that the longer you wait the price reduces on a daily basis. It comes down to nerves of steel and taking a bit of gamble. I lost out on a beautiful red 85D with similar spec because I waited too long. After the $5000 deposit it was painless and the car was delivered as new at the Tesla showroom. It was an amazing day.
Purchased in February 2019 for $85,000.00.
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- Model S (2013-2021)
I regret buying this car.
Tesla is unable to support its cars. My car was involved in a minor accident requiring a rear panel to be repaired. Apart from the horrendous cost of the repair, there is only one Tesla repairer in Melbourne. The repairer informed me that a minimum of 5 weeks was required before the car could be booked in. The car is now waiting at the repairer for a part (from China) and will by the time the part arrives have been at the repairer for 4-5 weeks.
Very impressing auto pilot
High performance! Handling has auto steer! Low noise! Very reliable and good! It is also very cheap to run, as it only uses electricity! This is over all a very good car. However, the range of the charge is not very great. There is also not that many superchargers around the city.
Best car I've ever had by far
This was a massive purchase for my husband and I and one we don't regret a bit. What is there to say other than going electric is something you will not regret! I was a bit concerned pre-purchase about charging and distance but it has not been an issue once, and we travel decent distances often. The interior and exterior are sleek and beautiful and inside is so comfortable. Absolutely love this car!
Great Performance, questionable overall build quality
Purchased as a Hire Car, so this machine has clocked up the KMs over the past few months.
+ Performance is great, Quick...very Quick!, Charge time (Super chargers) is very quick, good KM range, boot space is impressive, driving position is good, great styling (akin to a Jag or maeserati) , easy to drive.
- panel gaps and quality of paint is inconsistent, availability of parts, 21" wheels (look good but easy to scuff).
This car is interesting to drive and a peak into the future
Like Flying A Spaceship!
An Australian in LA.
A Tesla showroom.
An electric car that can propel itself from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds.
Imagine driving in almost silence, with just the humming of the tyres and a slight whoosh of wind to let you know you are moving. Well, that's after the massive superman shove in your back any time you accelerate.
The torque is ever present. And no gear changes means incredibly responsive overtaking. We're in supercar territory here, but you can carry five people plus luggage in comfort.
Questions & Answers
I see the car is fast, but what about braking. I just googled "Tesla brake failure" sorry im out i dont want to die in a fire ball
Perhaps if you focused on current relavant accident data and statics rather than waste your time with rediculous Google search for starters. Go and drive one first, you will find it stops as is expected of a performance vehicle. It is possible to die in a fire ball in any vehicle, get over it.
Have any of you the model S with the all glass roof? I am too late to get the metal roofed model and I am concerned about the strength and durability of the roof and also the effect of harsh Australian sun pouring in - do you suffer from this with heat and or burn?
I am looking to buy my wife a Tesla model S, can someone tell me what they think i have had a few bad experiences buying new cars?
The first question I'd ask is what are you looking for when buying a Tesla and what will the car be used for.
Professionally I drive both the Model S and Model X Teslas on a regular basis.
The Model S's that I drive are the P90D (with ludicrous mode) and the 90D (with out).
The battery range on both the Model S cars i drive is up to 400kms ( the heavier your right foot and the more gizmo's you have specced and on will reduce this).
I'm not sure where you are located but in Sydney there are 5 (soon to be 6) Super Chargers at the Tesla show room in St leonards. The star casino no longer has super chargers. Some shopping centres have electric charging points ....these are not as quick as the super chargers but will get you out of trouble. Tesla now encourage customers to home charge ( installing a phase 3 system is preferred).
The Model S is pretty good for passenger space and comfort and can carry upto 5 ( driver plus 4). Boot space is great and front trunk (no engine remember) is also pretty generous. 2-3 suitcases are not a problem.
Build quality is OK... panel gaps etc can differ/ not be uniform and paint quality seems a bit thin. Internally the finish is quite luxurious but not up to E class or 7 series standards in my opinion..... there are a lot of plastic components used.
Parts... most are readily available locally.
Dealerships.... More Ford than Porsche in manner id say....they are very relaxed.
Performance.... this all depends on the battery and performance options chosen....the P90D is seriously quick!
Options...choose carefully....especially wheel options....bigger wheels= firmer ride and more chance of gutter rash.
There are a growing number of Models S's on the pre-loved market....these will likely have the free charging for life benefit ( cars ordered before mid Jan 2017 qualified for this) which could be an advantage. That said, ive noticed a number of these hang around for a while....perhaps its price related or general infrastructure related ?
I would suggest you and your wife test drive, if possible/available, a number of different model S specs ( to get a feel for options etc), ask pointy questions at the dealership and talk to owners/drivers that are charging their cars at the dealership.
Hope this helps :)
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|Category||Sedans and Electric Cars||Sedans and Electric Cars|
|Drive Type||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||19" Alloy||19" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||0 L/100km||0 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||0 L||0 L|
|Country of Manufacture||USA||USA|
|Manufacturer Warranty||4 year(s)||4 year(s)|
|Release date||Aug 2014||Aug 2014|
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