I think the model 3 is way too expensive given that you spend close to 48,000 with auto pilot and full 310 mile range and loan. This gives you no supercharging too. Am I missing something or is this all you get for 48,000 USD. Help me decide before the 31st 😊 I'm 6 years into my gasoline car and thinking if I should go for the model 3. But with this and the 310 mile range without supercharging, im concerned. Also, I live in a apartment in the bay area without any charging capability and take trips to nearby places (500 mile rt) once a month. So, is this really worth it?
Edit: will update on 31st if I bought the car or not.
Edit: didn't buy the car today, 31st. 😏the car is nice, but the total cost of ownership comes to 53000 and not 48000. That's actually 8000 more than my top line budget.
- Reddit nononoyesOne point is almost all luxury cars have lane assist + auto follow now which is almost as good as tesla “self driving”
- It is expensive and not worth it.
The advertised 35k price was never true.
- you make a good point now. Why exactly do I need a new car? bcos the maintenance on this a4 is becoming expensive. Is the a4 paid off? Yes. Again why exactly do I need a new one? If I don't sell this a4 now, it'll depreciate further greatly. Is this a good reason to buy a new car? I don't know.
- If you can’t charge at home or work, there’s no point.
The cost-benefit depends on your cost of gas and home electricity. For every 100K miles, a Model 3 will save you about $10K ($.12/kWh and $4/gallon gas) between that plus regular maintenance like oil changes that are no longer needed.
To date, Tesla’s have also depreciated about 20% less than equivalent cars, so you might save $5K of resale on the backend.
Tax credit is probably gone at this point, so that doesn’t factor in I don’t believe.
Net/net, it’s cost equivalent combustion engine equal brand auto would need to cost around $33K. The base model of a 320i AWD starts at $37K.
- The myth that cars go down 50% in value when you drive them off the lot is based on data from the 1950s when there was a new model every year. Now that they only refresh every 5-6 years, they depreciate about 20% per year.
Also, chicks don’t dig dudes in $20K used sedans. Consider it an investment in your future spouse.
- But the construction quality is not the same as a BMW or Audi. I recently test drove a model 3 and while I loved the way the car handled, construction flaws were apparent. Missing paint, screws at weird angles..the trunks don't close smoothly. A car that costs 60k should be flawless.
- I bought the rear wheel drive version with no autopilot and no addons. With the tax rebate it comes to about $36k. Frankly I didn’t feel the autopilot was worth the extra 5k and the range for the rear wheel drive was sufficient. Go with the lowest specs, it’s worth it and still fun to drive.
- As far as I know the autopilot has these three main features.
1. Automatically maintain appropriate distance from the car in front of you.
2. Lane keeping and automatically changing lanes when you signal it to.
3. Automatically detect a parking spot and park there.
Although, these are pretty cool features, this is why I feel it’s not worth it.
1. The model 3 without enhanced autopilot already has forward collision detection and will warn you if you get too close to the vehicle in front. With autopilot, even though it maintains the distance appropriately, you always have to be alert to take over from it.
2. The model 3 without autopilot already has lane departure warnings and hence I didn’t feel lane keeping was worth it. Changing lanes automatically is cool, but didn’t feel it’s worth the extra 5k, since it’s a very basic task that I can do on my own easily.
3. Again, autonomous parking is cool, but it’s a simple enough task that I wouldn’t spend 5k on it.
- You need to drive the car to know what lane keeping distance keeping and lane changing together do. Drive it for a month when you get the trial and decide for yourself
The one saying he needs to steer every 30 seconds. It is a torque sensor not a motion sensor, you hold the steering that is enough for it to know there is resistance, if you have to turn it every 30 seconds your hands are not on the wheel or your sensor is faulty
- From what I’ve read online (I looked it up after reading this), the problem is that if you have both hands on the wheel, there is no torque detected. So no 10 and 2 while you supposedly are paying attention.
Also, lane changing is nowhere close to as smooth as a human, which means you shouldn’t rely on it. I’ve had several situations where it was a near death experience as the car bounces back and forth as it tries to figure out which lane to be in.
Believe me, I love my Tesla and I find autopilot enormously helpful on long drives for relieving fatigue, but both of those features are worse than human capability.Jan 10
- I can’t bring myself to get one and I love Tesla. The 3 just doesn’t have the same looks and experience as the S.
- You’ll see… The instrument cluster in the three sucks, they don’t look the same the S feels like driving the Batmobile the three feels like an expensive electric car. Auto pilot is nice though-probably would’ve been better to get a three with the free supercharging
- New ejXl62No doubt it’s an impressive car but take a step back and rethink are you planning to buy because it will save thousands of dollars in gas. The shirt answer is it will save few thousands over a course of 7-8 years but upfront cost is so huge that it’s not economical. Now if u r buying it for the experience then it’s a completely diff story.
So if cost is an issue then don’t go for it but if liking is the issue then go for it.
- Walmart.com BrownPPLAudi A6 is under promotion. 15K off minimum. I ll trade my gas saving for an Audi!