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    Start the clock on my MS and our continued adventures

    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.

    Were losing a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Weve been loyal Jeep customers for 20 years and Ive considered continuing to fix up our current ride but Ive reached the point where it just seems impractical. Our first inclination was to look for a Jeep replacement but we were disappointed that wed 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 wasnt 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 dont 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 cars 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. Ive rationalized that the car is still a luxury purchase, but its practical instead of extravagant.

    Financing kind of took care of itself because weve lived frugally. My 25th anniversary present from my employer was a push lawn mower. Not that Im ungrateful our old mower died just as the new one was being delivered, but I decided I deserved something a little better so Im 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 Im looking forward to what I hope is the best car Ive ever owned.
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    Congrats, you won't regret it.

    /Ed (>17k happy miles in 10+ months)
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    Congrats!! The wait begins and you'll love it when it arrives!

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    Welcome to the forums and congrats on the order!
    Test Drive / Ordered: 09/23/2013 | Confirmed: 09/24/2013 | VIN assigned: 10/08/2013 | In Production: 11/16/2013 - 11/20/2013 | Delivery Date: 11/27/2013
    S85 | Multi-Coat Red | Pano | 19" | Black Perf Leather | Piano Black | Tech (Oct) | Sensors | Fog | Sound | Lighting | Subzero | Performance Pedals

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    Welcome and congrats! Amazing how similar our stories are! I too ordered on 10/1 but finalized the following day. I received my VIN on 10/22 as well. I can relate on the financing story in a way. We live frugally like you but a purchase like this is frowned upon in the extended family as an unwise investment. I am lying and saying we sold stock to buy. Life is too short and I'd like to lie a little now. Looking forward to posting my pics around the same time as you.
    P85 | Blue | Tan Leather | 21" Grey Turbine | Pano | Tech | Pkng Snsrs | Fog | Obeche Matte | UHFS | HPWC
    Test Drive: 9/14/13 | Ordered: 10/1/13 | Confirmed: 10/2/13 | VIN Assigned: 10/22/13 | Production: 11/20/13 | Production Complete: 11/25/13 | Delivered: 11/29/13

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    Congrats.. I am teetering on the *almost* ready to buy ledge myself. A big thing for me is living in the now and we've worked hard and saved well to this point and this by no means changes our retirement plans... The thing for me is, what if I don't get to enjoy retirement years for whatever reason. I should really make sure I am enjoying the years before as well and that is what is leading me down this path... Can't wait to see that grin on your face and the pics.. Good for both of you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RainmakerJL View Post
    I am teetering on the *almost* ready to buy ledge myself.
    Oh boy RainmakerJL. If you are "teetering" then you are in the wrong place my friend. But we love having you here!

    It's a slippery slope you know...First, you just lurk on the forums. Next, you find yourself ignoring your loved ones in order to check out the latest posts and delivery photos. By the time your family has taken notice of your absences you've already gone ahead and created a forum ID. At that point there is no turning back and YOU are hardcore - building different models online, imagining how your routine drives would feel in a MS and scheduling test drives. Before you know you are scheduling delivery and are suffering from the permanent Tesla GrinTM. I've seen it happen ~27,000 times. It's too late for us not long before the rest of the world succumbs. All we can do now to console our obsession is mash the pedal to the floor and breathe cleaner air. Poor us.
    P85 | Blue | Tan Leather | 21" Grey Turbine | Pano | Tech | Pkng Snsrs | Fog | Obeche Matte | UHFS | HPWC
    Test Drive: 9/14/13 | Ordered: 10/1/13 | Confirmed: 10/2/13 | VIN Assigned: 10/22/13 | Production: 11/20/13 | Production Complete: 11/25/13 | Delivered: 11/29/13

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    Congrats and welcome! The wait is indeed rough, but it's definitely worth it in the end. There are plenty of people here coming from a history of non-luxury non-sports cars, myself included. Practical luxury -- I like that. On another recent thread I saw it called a balance between "mid-life crisis" and "practical family car." I joke with people that it's my mid-life crisis car, but I'm not in any sort of crisis. I *am* about the right age for a mid-life crisis though...
    2013 Model S P85 | 19" wheels | air susp. | silver exterior | grey performance interior | obeche matte dcor | pano roof | tech pkg. | parcel shelf
    test-drove in DC, 6/16, 7/21 | ordered 7/21 | finalized 7/29 | production 8/20-29 | delivered 9/6, Rockville MD | still grinning!


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    Congrats on the purchase. I too had to rationalize the cost for what is basically a really nice Accord, but the test drive showed me how wrong I was. I had been considering a A7 since I love the styling on that car too and figured a 4 door was my next purchase after a lifetime of coupes, convertibles and trucks, but like you I looked at the long term maintenance on a ICE (especially a german one!) vs the Tesla and decided to join the club.

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    I have to say that I'm a little disappointed I didn't get an up-sell pitch from Tex. Maybe he's saving it for next purchase

    I'm a little jealous Staze that you'll be getting yours first, but the west coast has its benefits. Blue probably would have been my second or third choice. I did like your reply to RainmakerJL, except that you left off that you begin to second guess your color choice every time you pass an MS in the wild.

    And to RainmakerJL, the only thing I'd feel guilty about is that you didn't place an order in time to make it into production to claim the tax credit on your 2013 return. If you've made it this far, though, you're probably going to be hitting the "order" button soon.

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