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.Read moreThe car I bought was the top the range model, priced well over $200k with all the options ticked, 21-inch turbine wheels, red callipers, sports luxury black and carbon interior and carbon lip, a panoramic sunroof that opens, unlike the newer models that do not open at all due to production costs.
The vehicle is excellent in the acceleration, with speeds 0-100 km/h in 2.8 sec easily. However, the ludicrous mode is fun, however, you will either move back to comfort or sport as the g-force from ludicrous is just neck-snapping and just ... ludicrous. You will beat pretty much every stock production car in a race (on the track). However, the steering is nowhere as pinpoint as my E92 M3. In addition, the vehicle has no engine, only electric motors at the front and rear axles, so the car just whirrs like a space ship. That is the only way I can describe it. Driving long distances feels like you are driving without a soul. But if you are a person that doesn't care about have a loud v8 on long trips then this will be the car for you. For me, it is good and quiet in the city, but on the freeway, yes you pick up speed at warp speed 9 but you just can't hear it and you end up getting bored driving you tend to turn on auto-pilot to let you do the driving for you.
There are different versions of autopilot. I have AP 1. I believe Tesla is up to V3 now. The newer vehicles, the cheaper model 3 actually have more advanced components in contrast to the more expensive model S and X. The newer versions of the S and X are catching up and hopefully, the new refresh or model will have updated models.
You can pretty much service everything yourself. Window wiper fluid. Add water and window wiper concentrate. Window Wiper blades, easy. Tyres, easy. Brake pad and brake discs? Not needed until you do around 200,000 km. The vehicle prefers to do initial breaking by charging your batteries. So that energy transfer winds up your charger but you slow down which puts the pressure off your physical disc brakes, which in turns means that you do not spend on brake discs, fluid or pads until the day you are likely to sell the vehicle. Initial fears were about the battery and drive train and motor since reading the internet but apparently it affected 2012 to 2013 and the latest 2014 models. 2015 models and on rarely had issues. Batteries will eventually die but if you follow the instructions by keeping your battery charged between 30% and 60% at all times, which drastically enhance your battery and it would be almost not noticeable that you have lost distance on battery degradation. It will happen, but not happen like what horror stories on the internet you have read.
Going electric, I have no regrets. Although I wish my wife had let me keep the M3 E92. I feel like I lost a soul mate in that car. However, this is the future, literally, it is safe, stylish and gets you to A to B quicker than a Ferrari would. Is it fun? No. Yes, it does 0-100 at warp speed 9 but that novelty will wear off and plus you can't drive fast in Australia compared to the US or Europe.
Would I buy another one? Yes. Really excited about the upcoming cybertruck. It won't be as quick as the model S, but the technology is incredible and it is only going to get b etter from here on.