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Three weeks in and no speeding tickets

For all those waiting on their Model S I tell you it is completely worth it. I have had my baby for three weeks now and miraculously have not been ticketed yet. Arrival of the car does help Model S "forumitus" as I have not been poring (thanks Brian) over the forums as much as I used too. I think most folks waiting on their S have now had the chance at a test drive. For those of you that have not don't worry, it is unbelievable, like driving a rocket ship. Some feedback for those still making the tough decisions: I did not opt for the performance version. Unfortunately speed is like a drug and you will want more but three weeks in I am completely satisfied with the standard version. I previously drove an Acura TL and the torque on the S is just unbelievable. I can only imagine the tickets I would get with the performance version. I am sure the performance version is unbelievable but it is hard to imagine it being any faster. The standard version is fast! 21" wheels. If you are on the fence get them. I read allot regarding concern about pot holes, ride, range etc. but the 21" wheels are fantastic. They look incredible and they hold the road like a slot-car. The air suspension makes the ride incredibly smooth. I just swapped out my 21" tires for the non-studded 19" winter tires and I miss my 21's already. I notice a considerable difference in handling between the two. I am not sure how the standard 19" tires compare to the winter tires, but if they are at all similar I would highly recommend the 21" wheels and tires. Battery: get the biggest one you can afford. The Model S is designed to be driven hard and fast and unfortunately if you are like me it is hard not to. My projected range seems to float around 200 miles based on my prior driving habits. You can certainly turn the air off and drive 55 but that is not why you buy this car. Even if that is your plan, it is going to be hard to do it with all that power under your foot. Surprises: the little turn lights that come on when you turn the wheel. I know other cars have this option but I did not expect it. Lack of storage space, I know it has been debated ad nauseam but it is true, there is absolutely no storage space. It has taken some getting used to but I have adapted. I bought a clip for the visor to hold my sunglasses and crammed the rest in the glove box. It’s not as bad as you might think. The floor mats are mediocre at best and they only include front floor mats. I filled out the request form at weather tech for them to make Model S mats. I suggest others do as well so we can have some other options. Dry cleaning, what you say? Well I picked mine up the other day and surprise, surprise no little hook in the back ceiling. I’ll survive. Lastly, they key. I struggled to find a key chain that will work with the Tesla key. I finally found an Olympus camera strap at B&H photo for $2.95 that works like a charm. You can order it online. The only thing I am still waiting on is my parcel shelf. Bottom line: The car, the personal delivery and the entire Tesla team has all been spectacular. It is completely worth the wait, hang in there. If you have any questions at all feel free to post them and I will be more than happy to give you my two cents. GO TESLA!!


Thanks for the review and for confirming what I already strongly believe - this car is a REVOLUTIONARY GAME CHANGER!

Question - Have you set up & used Homelink yet? If so, how dificult was it?

Yes I have set up Homelink. I have heard others have had issues but mine worked without a hitch.very easy to program. I have two different openers one really old and one new one with the rolling codes. Both work better (farther away) than my old Homelink or the original clickers.

What sort of charging setup do you have (I had nema 14-50 on 90 amp line put in)? How's that going? You mentioned b&h, are you in ny?


I've got the Nema 14-50 installed as well but on a 50amp. Works great. I've run down to yellow under 40 miles left and it said 5 hours to charge. I ordered the keychain (olympus camera strap) online from B&H.

There's another source for presized Model S mats:

Great info... Also great to hear you are so happy with it, even with some minor issues.

Hi Amos,

Thanks for the great report.

What sound system do you have? Can you hear the crystalline sharp treble and the rumbling thundering vibrating bass, yes, the sound that makes your lungs vibrate as well?

I too would highly recommend that anybody looking at the Model S get the biggest battery they can afford. If you drive the car the fun way, it chews up the battery range.

Interesting to hear about the wheels. I've been considering switching to the 19" as the 21" wheels are a bit rough for my taste, but handling is indeed great. Based on your comment I'll stick with the 21" ones a while longer to see if I adjust.... Plus they look rad!

Parcel shelf. A cheap, partial, (temporary?) solution to consider: I bought a leather box at Clava online for around 50 bucks that fits ok on the center console that I put all my loose crap in like change, clippers, a pen, etc. not great, but it looks ok and keeps things tidy.

Not sure I can match your "no ticket" record once I get my car, especially since I plan to not get my front plate installed :)

I have not installed the front plate yet. I plan to leave it off until I get told otherwise ;-).

I thought this thread would be about how you passed cops, but didn't get tickets due to it being so quiet vs loud sports cars ;)


And 21s rock! They are not rough at all compared to cars I've driven with smaller rims.

Tam I have the upgraded sound system. It sounds great and the latest software upgrade was a nice enhancement as the volume control was definitely too coarse before the latest upgrade. I rate myself an 8 on the audiophile meter and I'd rate the system about the same. In fairness I have not really spent the time to tweak it much.

When you leave all in the dust from the stoplight or ??, there is no noise to attract the attention of the police. You're gone before they notice you left lol!! Enjoy!! the drive!!

Amos' Tesla;
Do you have the "weak rear speakers" issue? Some have tied it to using Dolby vs. non-Dolby. TM is at work on the matter, it seems.

To attract appropriate attention, lean on your horn as you pass the cop cars! And maybe turn on the 4-ways.

Thanks Amos on your report on the upgraded sound system.

On another note, did you try generic J1772 public charging? The concern is whether the Tesla adaptor or cable could be disconnected by pranksters during a generic public charging.

J1772 cars (Volt, Leaf...) lock the connections to prevent unauthorized disconnection in the middle of charging.

The adapters that plug into the Model-S have a lock on them so when the car is locked, the plug cannot be removed. For the J1772 connection, you use the public line and connect that to a plug adapter that locks into the Model-S. So, someone could theoretically disconnect the cable but your adapter would stay attached to the car. Hope that makes sense...

How is the trunk lighting at night?

Trunk has three lights two in either rear corner and one on the hatchback that points down into trunk when open. Frunk has one light in front pointing toward back. Ample light in both spaces at night.

Back speakers work but not as robust as front.

Hi Joe:

I am glad that I don't need to order additional J1772 adapters for my fear of unauthorized removal during public charging.

Thanks for the explanation.

The other day I was parked and an officer of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department rolled up and stopped. He got out and asked me what kind of car I had, and then a bunch of other questions about the Model S. Like most first timers, he loved the door handles and the display,

At one point he asked, "Is it fast?"

I smiled, and answered that the Model S could beat an M5 off the line from 0 to 100. He raised his eyebrows, and then laughing, said, "Follow the posted speed limits, sir."

"Have a good day, officer," I said.

Dry cleaning, what you say? Well I picked mine up the other day and surprise, surprise no little hook in the back ceiling. I’ll survive. (Amos' Tesla)

No Jesus handle in the back row that could serve to hook the hanger?

Volker.Berlin - your knowledge of American colloquialisms is as impressive of your recall of what's been discussed on forums, in shareholder calls, etc.!


I wonder if Volker.Berlin is smiling like a mule eating briars right now.

+1 Oaktowner. VB IS impressive. He is not be trifled with! :-)

Oaktowner, thank you, I owe much of it to these forums! That's another welcome excuse for my spending too much time here -- it's a great opportunity to learn idioms that are not taught in text books.

Captain_Zap, thank you very much for another one! Not sure if it will stick with my active vocabulary, but you framed(?)/nailed(?) my reaction very nicely. :-)

Heh. That's a real "regionalism". Probably never heard outside of the SE before. ;)

Read the Uncle Remus stories for a few more.

I was pulled over last week in my Model S, but not for speeding....The cops wanted to check out the car! I let them see the control screens, popped the frunk, showed them the door handles, answered endless questions about speed and torque. Interestingly they said that their database didn't have the car in it yet in CA, which seems strange. I hope that doesn't mean I will keep getting pulled over.

They pulled you over just to look? That's a lame abuse of power. I'd be pissed.


You should have said...

"This is a TOP SECRET CIA vehicle! You weren't supposed to see this, however, now that you have, I will need to take your badge numbers down to get you a security clearance. Now, please let your department know that if you see this silent vehicle speeding, it means I am on my way to a VERY IMPORTANT meeting with TOP Pentagon officials of nation security issues! Thus, it is in your ‘best interest’ to just ignore me, or any other vehicles of this type! Thank you for your Patriotism.”