Buying a new car when you do not have $1000 to set aside in a fully refundable reservation strikes me as nuts. At least in the US; I gather that buying a used car in Japan is a different set of numbers. Which is perhaps all the more reason why your post comparing LEAF cost in Japan to Model 3 cost in the US is silly.
There is a funny irony going on here. While the total deliveries of the '18 LEAF in the US is so far as I know ZERO, and a firm date for the start of deliveries is hard to come by, we all expect at least some deliveries somewhere in the next month. And we all presume that a LEAF ordered today will be available before a Tesla reserved today. Yet the latter is only true because demand is minuscule in the US while Tesla has to work through a huge order backlog. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons!
Now about delivery dates: Notice that this thread is titled Tesla Model 3 SR. Not AWD
If I wanted an SR my delivery date is targeted to early 2018. That leaves Tesla some wiggle room but my earlier statement of delivery within 2-3 months is reasonable. Not that it matters to me -- I paid Tesla my ~ $50 in opportunity cost interest to take delivery when I am ready, for the exact car I want. No problems here. Does that make me rich ? I'll say just not stupid.
Is the Tesla a higher TCO than the '18 LEAF ?
I think it reasonable to expect 15 years of full service from the Tesla and 8 years of hobbled service from the LEAF. You do the arithmetic.
I never said it was a “luxury vehicle.” In fact, I said it was silly to call it that if you look back at my post.