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  1. 42 cubic zillajoules. If it jams, force it; if it breaks, it needed replacing, anyway.
  2. F14Scott

    Ghost Towns

    Not a ghost town, but a tiny town on the edge of BFE north, nowhere. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adak,_Alaska When we screwed up, we always got threatened with having our next set of orders getting cut as the MWR officer in Adak. If it jams, force it; if it breaks, it needed replacing, anyway.
  3. Tough break, kid. Glad you've got such PMA and are rolling with the punches. Keep us updated and hang in there. Strength! If it jams, force it; if it breaks, it needed replacing, anyway.
  4. I know it's not exactly the same thing, but "We Built This City" is my #1 guilty pleasure song. Everybody hates it, but I think it is about the perfect pop tune. Plus, Grace was still belting it out. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  5. It was actually kind of comical. For all the governmental roadblocks thrown up in our way, it was, by far, the easiest new car purchase I've ever had. The half hour one spends in the "business office," signing 50 documents and dodging offers for rust proofing and window etching? Tesla never heard of it. Order online. $2500 deposit on your credit card. Mail them a check for the balance. They drop the car off at your door. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  6. I think what you're talking about still exists. Only dealers can sell new cars in Texas, and Tesla does not have dealers in Texas. It's some protectionist bull#$&*. The place in the mall was a showroom. The people there were question answerers and test drive facilitators. But, they didn't sell me the car. They opened their laptop and let me use the same website I could go to at home to send my own order. When we paid the balance, we couldn't wire money to California from our Texas bank; we had to have our bank cut us a cashier's check and mail it to Cali. Our car, which we chose from existing inventory, sat slated for Texas just outside of state lines in New Mexico, and was shipped here only after it was paid for. I'm sure it was all done with my best interests at heart. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  7. Back when I was in sales, I used to like to say, "This will outlive you, if you die when you're supposed to." Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  8. Zero scheduled maintenance. Not hyperbole, there is nothing to do. I imagine the brakes will need flushing at some point. Given the 90% braking done by the regenerative magnets in the motors, the pads and rotors will go for hundreds of thousands of miles. I'm sure wheel bearings and suspension springs and struts will wear out. Tires. Wiper blades. The high mileage fleet Teslas are clocking 400,000+ miles and are still going strong. Their batteries have lost about 20% of their original range, but still work fine, otherwise. We hear the term "million mile cars" getting thrown around. I'm 50. At 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year, to make 400,000 miles, I may have to learn how to drive while dead. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  9. A lot of my favorites already listed. I'll add: Jet A. Basically kerosene. Just smells like power. Electric train sets and slot cars have a distinctive electric motor smell. Reminds me of my childhood. Buttered popcorn, from a movie theater. Cedar closets. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  10. The charging thing is such a new way of thinking (or, not thinking, really). The old way was that for the first half tank, I was free from thinking about gas at all. Nice. For the next quarter tank, I had a growing, nagging feeling that I was going to have to get gas in the near future. In the final quarter tank, it was time to stop what I was doing and stop for 10 minutes, and hope that the station I used was nice, that the pumps worked, and, in my wife's case, that there weren't criminals or bums around. Now, unless I'm going on an out of town road trip, I simply do not think about range or fueling. When I arrive home, it takes 10 seconds to plug in, and the next morning I have a full tank again. It's very liberating. Yes, we bought it here in Houston. We could have done it all online, ourselves, but there is a Tesla showroom in the Galleria mall about 10 minutes from our house, so we went and kicked tires, took a trest drive, and used *their* laptop to order it online, ourselves. For delivery, the Tesla rep drove it to our house, got our phones and keys set up, answered questions, and took an Uber away. The order process is crazy easy; I could order another one in about one minute. There are only 5 choices (battery size/power level unlocked, color, wheels, interior color, and self driving level) and then entering your credit card for the deposit. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  11. The entry models begin at $35K before the $3,500 tax credit. Supposedly, Teslas will run to a million miles (not sure if the paint and upholstery will make it that far). I'll bet there will be some very nice used ones in the mid twenties, soon. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  12. My car has 310 miles of range. I charge to 80% (251 miles) because that's the consensus for keeping the battery the happiest. Other than road trips, I have never used a charger other than my home, except a couple of tests to prove to myself they would work. In those tests, my home charger was faster than the L2 chargers I tested. As an aviator who was always thinking about scarce gas, I started out with some pretty good range anxiety, but a couple of months of seamless home charging and I am totally over it. If you can get a 30 or 50 amp [ETA: or, ideally, a 60 amp, which maxes out the connector's output to a Model 3 yet doesn't need a separate disconnect, per code] circuit, I'd recommend putting the Tesla wall connector on it and keeping the portable in the car. Longer cord. No plugging and unplugging. Built in cord storage. Heavier duty cord. More water resistant. Breaker doesn't need to be GFCI, per code. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  13. Two of my kids now have Subarus with CVTs. It's nothing like it. My best two analogies: It's an electric golf cart from hell. It's like driving a sporty car (say, a Camaro SS, 450 HP) in second gear, all the time, with no upper RPM limit, just instant snap acceleration. On the way up it just pulls like crazy. Let off, and it is very draggy (because of the regenerative braking). I almost never touch the brakes; only to bring it from about 5 mph to 0 are they necessary in normal driving, unless some emergency stop event takes place. ETA: CVTs feel, to me, like Constantly Slipping Clutches. They just never feel "locked in," I guess because they aren't. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  14. From all I've read, the fire thing is a media sensationalism invention. By every measurable objective metric, Teslas burn about a tenth as often as ICE cars. Because it's so rare, and because news organizations like to promote fear, Tesla fires make good copy. Not to mention the big oil conspiracy angle... Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  15. I have the all wheel drive, dual motor model. Numerous other Model 3 owners get 4.1 second 0 to 60 times at the drag strip with this car. From what I have read, those times are pretty consistent between 100% charged down to about 70%. Below that, the times get slightly slower according to the clock, but not according to the seat of your pants; in other words, the difference is negligible. Below 20% battery, a place I have never taken the car, the computer is supposed to limit performance to protect the battery. In my experience, between 100% and 30%, the car feels the same all the time. It is a strange, awesome acceleration, completely linear. I've seen a chart and the car snaps to about 0.6 eyeball back Gs and stays there 'til well above a 100 miles per hour. No buildup. No shift points. It's just an amusement park ride or, something I'm familiar with, a quarter power cat shot. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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