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Old 11-18-2019, 01:40 PM #1
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I test drove the dual motor extended range Model 3 this past weekend.

It was certainly a different driving experience, pretty pleasurable overall. Overall the car feels and handles pretty well, better than I thought it would. The electric motor was fun to drive, having all that torque is pretty awesome, something I could get used to.

The software on this thing is really something elseÖ really does feel like the future. Autopilot was definitely the star of the show but very unnerving for a first timer. I know other manufactures are making EVs, but I havenít seen anything else that can complete.

Even if you donít have any intention of buying one, you should test drive it if you want a glimpse into the future of driving. Being of the generation that actually knows what dial up internet sounds like, it brings me back to a time when I first got to experience that technology. I can see how/why people drink the Elon Musk coolaid.

I donít think I would ever sell the 4Runner, but wouldnít mind one of these in the garage too.
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A buddy of mine bought the model 3 a few months back and let me take it for a spin the 2nd day he had it. Like you, I was impressed with the instant torque, and I can appreciate the technology, but otherwise, it's not the car for me.
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Same as you, my first exposure came from a friend who recently bought one. He commutes about 2 hours a day in CA traffic, and daily drove a 2500HD diesel. The amount of money he saving in fuel makes it easy to justify, plus he is not really ďdrivingĒ lol. Never seen someone actually enjoy their commute before in stop-and-go traffic.

I would totally buy one to replace my current sedan if it ever grenades, but I really enjoy not having a car payment and donít drive enough to justify it. I would love to take people around, especially a lot of my older family members. I donít think most would have ever thought stuff like this was possible in their lifetime.

Regardless if this is your thing or not, if you like tech, its pretty easy to appreciate.
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I've had my Model 3 LR AWD for a year now. The car is phenomenal.
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I've had my Model 3 LR AWD for a year now. The car is phenomenal.
What was the main selling point for you?

I'm fighting the urge, but its only a matter of time until I buy one.
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Nothing but praise for the 3 days I had a model S rental in California this past summer.
LAX>Fresno>Shaver Lake > Lake Tahoe > Yosemite > Big Sur > LAX
Solo. Camping out the backseats and sleeping comfortably in AC or heat and only losing 6-10 miles of range overnight.
Slept during supercharger breaks
Would not be able to do the same trip without autopilot taking the majority of the boring slab miles
Eating snacks was a JOY!

The only things that prevent me from jumping into one as a primary/secondary vehicle to the 4R:
1. build quality (yuck)
2. insurance and body work through insurance (could be fix this week, orrrrrr maybe sometime this month)

They have ubers/taxi's with close to 3/4 of a Million miles on mostly OEM drivetrain components. Once the battery and motors are sorted (and replaced) under warranty due to early components, there are minimal unexpected issues beyond pesky door handle motors.
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What was the main selling point for you?

I'm fighting the urge, but its only a matter of time until I buy one.
I was looking at Audis and BMWs and I decided to test drive the Model 3. The car blew me away. It handled and accelerated way better than a 340i or an S4. I didn't buy it because it ran on electricity. It's just a fantastic, all-around car. That being said, I love never having to go to gas stations, especially here in CA where premium gas costs $4.50/gal.
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tell me do you know how it will behave in the future ? how often does something in it fail and how long is the battery
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