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My New Car: Tesla Model 3

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I think Brand + Price Segment.

For example:

A luxury brand releases a $20k car. Its a luxury car.

A normal car (Tesla) does not have a single car under $40k, its a luxury brand by segment, but is considered not to be a luxury car in terms of build quality/interior styling.

 

 

Is car from Luxury Brand?

You're a luxury car.

ElseIs cheapest car (under brand) > $40k?

           Your car brand is a luxury brand.

Else

Everything else

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I consider Volvo a luxury brand. Do other people not? When I think Volvo, I think at least BMW 3 series pricing+

Does Peugeot even make cars in the USA? 

It really also depends on the market too. Buick is luxury brand in China for example.

 

Do you consider Tesla a luxury brand? Even when they release the Model 3 at $35k? I mean its close that price already with incentives. Thats about the price of the cheapest Volvo.

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i dont know thats why im asking.

i dont even like categorizing it like that.

but if i have to based on the complains, material use, quality of work, craftsmanship and buying experience. prob NO not at the moment at least. 

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3 hours ago, T1no said:

i dont know thats why im asking.

i dont even like categorizing it like that.

but if i have to based on the complains, material use, quality of work, craftsmanship and buying experience. prob NO not at the moment at least. 

I think most "existing" luxury car buyers would agree with you. Tesla's quality does not match up with expectations for a typical luxury car buyer. Yet people are still buying into it.

 

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So I never mentioned in this thread that I ended up changing the configuration literally last minute, I did not buy the car I specified in my original post. I switched the Performance trim on August 10th for Free Unlimited Supercharging. 

  • Model 3 Performance $64000
  • Metallic Blue $1000
  • Enhanced Autopilot $5000 ($6000 later)
  • Full Self Driving $3000 (or $5000 later)
  • Destination Fee $1000

About 2 days prior to my original delivery date which was DELAYED, I ended adding the following and bought the Demo Model (which had 226 miles on it).

  • White Seats + $1500
  • Performance Upgrade Package + $5000
    • 20" Sports Wheels +  Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Tires
    • Performance Red Brakes (Brembo)
    • Carbon Fiber Spoiler
    • Aluminum Pedals
  • Total: $80.5k before taxes/registration
    • $7038.75 taxes/registration (used my Fullerton address for 7.75%, would've been 9.25% 8246.25 otherwise)
    • Total before Discounts: $87,538.75
      • $1600 Demo discount
      • $7500 Tax Credit
      • $2500 CVRP rebate
      • $450 SCE rebate
      • $Total after discounts: 75,488.75
        • I can also give up my Free Unlimited Supercharging for $5,000
          • $Total after discounts and -FUSC: $70,488.75

Loving the performance though......this is a funny guy who did the same swap after buying it.

 

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Really loving the new rims, the tire efficiency is still TBD as my driving habits haven't been able to give it some consistent performance.

Despite having a set of free referral wheels from Tesla incoming, due to their unreliable estimates I decided to buy new 18" rims to replace my 20s while I wait for the mystical set of forged referral wheels.

I chose a TSportline 18" rims because I wanted the ability to select Tesla's 18" MXM4 Primacy All Season tires for efficiency, ride comfort, and acoustic foam. Ended up paying $2600 with local pickup but should be able to sell my old 20" rims + tires for ~$2000 so it won't be a huge net cost. Here's the final look:

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I ended up doing the swap myself since I plan on swapping a set of sports rims/tires to my new dailies as desired. Ended up buying the following equipment mostly from Habor Freight:

I was originally thinking I could connect my impact drill to the deep socket but I was wildly wrong on that assumption due to 1) not having the correct adapters for a 1/4" chuck to a 1/2" bit. 2) my tiny 1/4" impact drill doesn't have the necessary torque to actually undo the lug nuts (usually you want a drill with 400 ft-lbs of torque at least). My little drill probably could do maybe 100 foot lbs (1200 in-lbs) at most.

Forgot to buy a breaker bar as well so I had to borrow my neighbor's infiniti spare tire wrench to get the lug nuts off. Was such a PITA to get all the lug nuts off. Also since my tires are so flush to the car it was kinda difficult to actually torque the necessary 129 ft-lbs on the nuts when putting it back on. I was successful though.

Ended up buying the following for future work:

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