I took delivery of my grey/grey/black/CF P85+ yesterday and drove it the 120 miles home from the service center outside Columbus, Ohio. Then drove the family out for ice cream, and my wife drove it back. Some initial thoughts (after the requisite glamour shot)...
Parked between two Roadsters! :-)
1) I love the suspension. It's firm, but still very comfortable (to me). My entire car-owning history has been sports cars, so I may have a tolerance higher than most for "road feel" being transmitted into the cabin. That said, it's composed and I haven't detected any of the "butt wiggle" that plagued the other MSes I drove. So, awesome job, Tesla suspension engineers!
2) I have become a nervous wreck getting it in and out of my garage. It's a 9-foot, single-wide opening, but I have to make a 90-degree turn to exit to the street. This car is WIDE and I woke up last night during a nightmare where I had scraped the rear fender against the garage door column. First-world problems, I know.
3) The family unanimously loves this car. Even my wife, and she's not at all a car person.
4) It's true...people speed up and slow down to look at the car when you're driving down the highway. At least outside Tesla-saturated California they do. ;-)
5) I have a very faint whistle from the pano roof when going above 70mph. I don't do that often (my commute is all city streets), and I can't hear it with the stereo on, so I probably won't worry about it. That said, if it needs to be checked out by a ranger for another issue, I'll tell him about it.
6) The Columbus, Ohio service center is ridiculously small -- just two repair bays -- given that they serve all Teslas in a 6-state region. Please, Tesla, put another service center in Cincinnati.
7) When I was getting onto the highway, I floored it (and nearly peed my pants). Then, around 65mph, I discovered an interesting phenomenon: my right foot was letting up off the accelerator pedal, my left foot was frantically trying to find the clutch pedal, and my right hand was searching in the empty space between the seats for the gear-shift knob. I laughed...old muscle memories die hard.
To-do's for today: A) practice pulling into and out of my garage; B) install Alloygators; C) grin.
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