Just received the email from my delivery specialist this weekend that the car will soon enter production and delivery is on track for early December. S85, Green, grey, black, pano, tech, air. Ordered & confirmed 10/1. VIN 10/22.
We’re losing a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We’ve been loyal Jeep customers for 20 years and I’ve considered continuing to fix up our current ride but I’ve reached the point where it just seems impractical. Our first inclination was to look for a Jeep replacement but we were disappointed that we’d only be trading up from 15mpg to 25mpg. Really wanted to get something that got much better mileage, so that led to a search of hybrids and a disappointment that there wasn’t anything spectacular out there.
So it was about that time that I had a fleeting thought about Tesla. Fleeting because 100K for a car seems like a luxury purchase. So I went back to looking for a more practical car but in the back of my head I was working the math. I primarily use the car for everyday commuting, 40 miles each day round trip, and infrequent longer trips to friends and family – within the range of the 85kWh battery, though. With those constraints, I really don’t need an SUV and eliminating a weekly gas purchase became more reasonable.
So I found the forums and started to read up. One of the first things that kept pushing me forward was the car’s simplicity compared to ICE vehicles, eliminating or reducing the maintenance issues that happen as vehicles age. Then came the test drive and the realization that the MS is just soooo much fun to drive. I’ve rationalized that the car is still a luxury purchase, but it’s practical instead of extravagant.
Financing kind of took care of itself because we’ve lived frugally. My 25th anniversary present from my employer was a push lawn mower. Not that I’m ungrateful – our old mower died just as the new one was being delivered, but I decided I deserved something a little better so I’m going to sell off some stock and tell everyone at work that the car was my anniversary present from our aunt Sally.
I know these will probably be the longest six weeks of my life. The payback is that I’m looking forward to what I hope is the best car I’ve ever owned.