webb14leafs wrote:My final bit of advice is that IF the Tesla is truly available for only $5K more than the Leaf, BUY IT under any circumstances and run victory laps around your lawn.
If it ends up costing $10K or more than the Leaf and 150 miles of range meets your needs. Buy the Leaf. If you need more than 150 miles, wait until 2019 and restart the decision making process.
Of course, if Toyota actually releases a solid state battery powered car in 2020 or 2021 with a reasonable price tag then everything goes out the window.
https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads ... ion.98409/
The poll is missing the two concerns I have:
-ESA details especially if it will improve the 4 -year warranty on the DU and the 8-year 100k miles warranty on the battery)
-post-warranty / post-ESA repair costs / Right to Repair
I'm sure the more practical potential owners (who are coming from typically more reliable makes like Honda/Toyota/Nissan) and frequent MyNissanLeaf.com also have these concerns in mind but it's too soon to find out whether the less complex Model 3 will turn out to be quite reliable.
I don't really mind paying $10k more for a Tesla (really only for AWD and maybe longer range but that's another $9k) but it's the potential money pit issue (excessive labor rates , parts costs and reliability issues) that I'm afraid of. $10k over 15 years of reliable usage isn't that big of a deal for many of us.
Current stable includes 02 Civic 5MT, 11 Accord coupe 5AT and 16 RAV4 Hybrid. Besides depreciation, they have not been money pits at all.