Tesla Model 3 pre-order info

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    Not sure if anyone is interested in this but it's just appeared at tesla website....think i might get in the queue

    Reserving your Model 3
     
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    I cannot wait to see what the Model 3 will be like. At the same time the wait will be agony. Model X production is ramping up, but the US pre-orders take priority and there is alot of them for Tesla to fulfill, so we haven't even got a UK price yet let alone anything close to RHD cars been delivered. The 'blurb' written by Tesla is clearly preparing people in RHD/Asia Pacific regions for a long wait whilst the US (west coast) customers are given their cars first. I'm guessing mid-late 2019 will be when the first RHD Model 3's hit UK shores, thats over 3 years away :(.

    I'm hoping Tesla do announce some upgrades to the Model S as well at the same time, lots of rumors floating around about 100kWh battery packs, LED headlights, and even generation 2.0 Autopilot hardware. At least with the S it's a car we can actually order in the UK :).
     
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    I'm quite happy about a long wait. Gives supercharger network time to expand and gives me time to save the dosh...though by the time it is available i may end up getting a s/h Model S but it is such a large car....the Model Y is probably the one i'd really need but i can't wait that long!
     
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    I'm just waiting for Tesla to hit my affordability level and I'm in. Just makes so much sense for the majority of my travel and I reckon I can be in one in 2-3 years.
     
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    ^^ I know waiting for the 3 is the most sensible thing to do. It'll be a cheaper car than the S, with more mature tech. But I'm just too inpatient....Lets see what the reveal event brings next week :D.
     
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    Well i just nipped in to local Tesla Showroom in Weybridge and they say they are open 9.00am next thursday to take deposits...I have a busy day next thursday so it's either 9.00am in Weybridge or after 6.00pm in Edinburgh!
     
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    Does it have the ludicrous mode?
     
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    ^^ I'm pretty sure the top spec version will out run a M3 with ease maybe even a M5, but just don't expect to get much if any change from £65k+

    We'll find soon enough. US preorders are going to be crazy, think what iPhone sales were like 2-3 years ago. But sadly I really don't think RHD cars will be hitting UK shores till 2018/19. Also priority will be given to current Tesla owners.

    This is part of the email I received today:-
    In order to be as fair as possible, there will be a different queue for reservations in each region. And as a thank you to our current owners, existing customers will get priority in each region (one priority reservation for each Tesla they own). For those who aren’t Tesla owners yet, this means the fastest way to buy a Model 3 is to buy a Model S or Model X.

    Model 3 production is scheduled to begin in late 2017. When production begins, we will begin deliveries in North America starting on the West Coast, moving east. As we continue to ramp production, we will begin deliveries in Europe, APAC and right-hand drive markets.
     
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    Just been looking at the servicing costs....why is it so bloody expensive? I assumed servicing would be quite cheap but it seems a lot of money for what they actually do.
     
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    It does seem quite a lot but what do you think the service charges on a Jag XJ or BMW 7 series are? and how frequent do those cars need serviced?

    I have not used dealership servicing on a car since my passat tdi sport went out of warranty after 3 years in 2006...at that point i think it was about £300 a shot or more every visit. My last service at a VW specialist on my current Passat was £250 just two weeks ago and all they did then was your usual minor stuff.
     
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    I've just found the advance service payment details for M5 etc....indeed, much cheaper than Tesla...£1100 for 5yrs 50,000 miles....series 7 is £1200..still cheaper....but i don't want an m5 or 7series...
     
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    My point is that isn't there far less mechanical gubbins that needs looking at? An engine NEEDS servicing to keep it running sweet....when you look at what Tesla actually check I'm wondering why it's more than a few hundred quid.

    For most basic service... Multi point inspection (w/ tyre rotation and alignment check), Cabin air filter replacement, Wiper blade set replacement, Key fob battery replacement (set)....£375?
     
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    The service 'package' is cash generator. The costs are in line with any £60k+ car. Tesla can charge what they like because they know the vast majority of owners will stump the cash. If you read the warrant wording there is actually NO stipulation you have to 'service' any thing.

    So in theory there is no obligation for a routine 12 months service.
     
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    Indeed...but a basic service at a VW dealership is pretty much just a list of things they "inspect" as well, plus top up water and change oil and coolant. Hopefully there will be some enterprising garage who will become EV service specialists and you will be able to use them at lower cost at some point.
     
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    yes they say you only need to have service done if you want to get the guaranteed buy back value if you buy on HP
     
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    But they shouldn't be, should they?

    I'm happy to pay to keep things running and I really don't mind what that cost is as long as it's justified.....but when I feel like I'm getting ripped off or having the mickey taken out of me it grinds my gears.
     
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    ^^ But you don't have to service it, as you say there is essentially nothing to service. The Tesla warranty is still valid even if you never take the car back to Tesla for a service.

    I've just paid Nissan £99 to look at the Leaf and stamp the book. Even the service advisor admitted it was a rip off. I had no choice as the Leaf is on lease/PCP and the finance documents say I have to service it every 12 months.

    When I get a Model S, I woudlnt be servicing it every 12 months. I can check the tyres and top up with the windscreen fluid fine my self :).
     
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    So are we saying that a lack of servicing on a Tesla has no impact on resale value?
     
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    I don't think any one knows. Tesla are currently buying back used cars using a pre-set formula, I have no idea what adjustments they make for servicing history.

    The warranty is key. All the cars bought from Tesla (new or used) come with a 4 year warranty on the car and balance of remaining 8 year battery warranty.

    The oldest UK cars are only 2 years old, but it also means they only have 2 years warranty left. Tesla have not announced what their extended warranty price will be. I suspect if they copy all the others premium brands it'll mean you will than have no choice but to stick with a service schedule.

    A Model S without warranty will be worth no where near one with a warranty. But for now no one knows much that will be, since the only way to get a warranty on a Tesla is to buy direct from them.

    As with all other cars in the same price range you decide how much 'risk' your willing to take and pay/not pay for what ever you want. The fact Tesla will honour their warranty with no service history is good enough for me not to bother servicing. But I'll be keeping the car 5-10 years so deprecation is less on an issue.
     
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    Surely the brakes, steering and other mechanical items need to be serviced so that they perform correctly?
     
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    These items are only visually checked as part of a normal annual service so your paying alot for some one to tell you that you need new brake pads/discs.
     
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    Brakes on most modern cars are monitored by sensors, on an EV the brakes are used not very often, most of the slowing down is done via the motor, apparently on the Prius the pads can last almost 100K miles. I suspect most battery EVs will be same.

    Steering rarely if ever goes wrong, and these days are also electronically monitored.

    I'm going to go for a car with normal coil springs, which again will be fine for 100K+.

    The only real concern is the motor and battery, but both are covered by a 8 year and unlimited miles warranty. Again both are monitored electronically, Tesla are very aggressive in replacing parts as soon as the sensors detect anything abnormal. No one else apart from Tesla will be able to work on the motor/battery, so this is why the warranty is key.
     
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    Will be very interested in a Tesla once the infrastructure takes off. They're just aren't enough charging points to make it practical at the moment. No a huge fan of the designs either but they're not the ugliest cars I've seen. Performance and sheer torque are supposed to be extraordinary.
     
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    Went in a i3 the other day. Pretty damn nippy!

    Heaven knows what a P90D must feel like:eek:

    Actually, i would imagine it feels like Rita at Alton Towers:clap:
     
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    Is Rita someone you met at Alton Towers then? Is she a goer? :D
     
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    Too right she's a goer.

    Trouble is, it's all over in a few seconds:D:blush::D
     
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    Anyone know when you'll be able to place your deposit online?

    Can't queue/visit store as I'm working away for a couple of weeks.
     
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    And when you think how many people have had a go on her :eek:
     
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    On-line orders will start after the live event at 4:30AM UK time.

    You really dont need to worry about pre-ordering in the UK, but judging by the lines of people waiting to put down $1000 on a car they have never seen/driven or even know the final price in the US, I say Tesla is going to be very very busy with meeting domestic demand for most of 2017/18.

    I cannot remember any other car launch where there has been so much interest, and I suspect the pre-order book in the US will easily be over 50K, maybe even 100K. If I was an executive working for one of the other car manufactures in the US, I would be seriously asking what kind of competition we have for the 3 when it comes out in 18 months time, the demand for a cheapish EV with 200 miles of range in the US is clearly pretty big!!!

    Even the cold and rain hasn't put the guys in North America off.
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    Huge lines are forming around the world to order a Tesla Model 3, sight unseen
     
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    Placed my reservation this morning on way to edinburgh. Took about 2 minutes to do but stayed about 10 minutes having coffee and looking at Model S and chatting with staff in the store....now to start saving for next 2-3years. lol!
     

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