@lilly, I appreciate your post for the out-of-the-box opinions, some of which I found chucklesome, but I do have to correct some outright errors.
1- Not sure about your working definition of a car, but for those agencies I care about, my Model 3 is definitely a car. Those agencies include: bank, insurance company, State registration and titling agencies, Federal tax credit (IRS), and most importantly, wife. All are pretty insistent that it is a car. I've even heard representatives of some of those agencies use phrases like: "What's the model year of your car?", "What's your car's mileage?", "And just who is going to clean up the fur the dogs left in the car?", and while I have no desire to be disagreeable with you, you've provided no argument that would convince any of those entities otherwise. Nor me if I'm honest.
2- The camera above the Model 3's rearview mirror facing inward has not been activated in any release of software to date. Don't know if it ever will be.
3- I especially liked your conclusions as to why you could unlock the doors via phone app. I thought pretty much every vehicle's door lock, when unlocked, would let you in. Also, my 2012 LEAF has this, and every car I've owned this decade had a smartphone app that allowed the same thing. Prior to that it was a function performed exclusively by a key fob, and before fobs a real key (remember those?). This "feature" is no longer competitive advantage...it has to be there as ante to play.
4- I just about blew my coffee through my nose I started laughing so hard whilst reading about how manufacturers don't equip vehicles with things unless you need them. So for a short sample, I NEEDED the wings on my '59 Buick Electra 225, NEEDED posi-traction on other cars, NEEDED footrests in a '68 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, NEEDED rain-sensing wipers, NEEDED cruise control and later TACC, NEEDED maintenance reminders, NEEDED wire wheels on my '64 Ford Thunderbird, you get the point. Truly humorous. And then what about the things manufacturers and I disagree I need: spare tires, tire patch kit better than slime, maps that are less than a few years old and updatable OTA, USB charging ports offering more than 1A to charge, how about a 120v outlet (I know, some vehicles have that, mostly minivans for obvious reasons, but I'm jealous), and Sirius/XM that I've used once during the trial and have found no use case for but get to pay for the installed hardware anyway, and so on. At least my Model 3 doesn't have the Sirius/XM nor the old maps information issues for me. Again, remembering your statement brings a smirk and I thank you for the uplift.
5- Just when I got composed after the "manufacturers need" thingie, I read that you explained why the Model 3 has no speedometer. A chuckle crept right back in. Outright BS. Most definitions state "...an indicator of the rate of speed..." (Merriam Webster, Oxford English, FreeDictionary, etc.), so the 3's display, the LEAF's digital number, the HUD's on some vehicles, and yes, even an analog presentation all meet the def. I'm not sure any manufacturer still makes a "meter" that is embedded in a dash to display speed...they're all digital displays driven by sensors elsewhere in the vehicle. Whether that digital display is a round circle in front of you or just digits on a display next to the steering wheel, it is still a digital display, and certainly a speedometer by any realistic definition. The speedometer in my '64 Ford T-Bird is a long horizontal white line that turns red as speed increases. So I guess for 50+ years I've been driving it without a speedometer...who knew?
I love my Japan-made 2012 LEAF SL with its comfort, heated steering wheel, and supportive plastic-recycled-into-cloth seating, I just wish I could take it somewhere beyond 25 miles away. I love my USA-made Model 3 with its range, automation, handling, lots of appropriately-placed charging sites, and constant improvements. I hope you derive as much joy as have I. And again, thanks for the grins and chucks.
Nissan 2012 LEAF SL Super Black
13,800 miles, 10 bars showing, 71.8% SOH, 47.10 Ahr
Tesla Model 3 - Basic Black | Long Range | Premium Upgrade Package | Extended AutoPilot | Full Self-Driving
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