lilly wrote:The internet is full of blowhards who must be rich because their solution to any problem is to throw money at it. Yes, the Tesla is a better car, BUT it costs at least $5000 more than the Leaf. For the leaf's price point, engineering tradeoffs will have to be made.
That said, other leaf owners told me to expect a 30% battery degradation in 5 years. Since I live 2 miles from work, my battery should last 15 years. I seriously doubt any Tesla owner will drive their car for more than 15 years. I am not interested in the resale value.
That said, I also have a Model 3 on order. I can afford 1 tesla, not 2.
+1... I agree that these "blowhards" are just making noise about how great is the Tesla 3, just to muddy the water for every one.
Your estimate that the Tesla will be only $5k more than the Leaf is totally too generous. Saying that the Tesla 3 (which is still not on the market and is equal to vaporware) will only cost $35K is Tesla's way to slow down the EV market and buyers from buying other makes of EVs. It's like those ads for black Friday that a $1000 TV will be sold for $200.... (Try to find one at that price).
Lastly, if you have a Model 3 on order, and if you ever have the opportunity to get one.... DON"T. Tesla's business model is to make and "Eye" and "Ego" candy product that makes people drool. However, their payoff is making a "custom", low volume product that only they can service, fix, or supply parts from . I have heard of so many horror stories where the Teslas are in a minor accident, and either the parts to repair MUST be bought from T at gouging prices. Also, replacement parts must be installed so that the computer recognizes it (Tesla installed) OR the car is not worth the cost to repair, and the insurance companies "total" the car. Do you want that kind of "exclusive" car long term? Think about it....