The D&D fee in the configurator below now seems to be $1,000 rather than the $1,200 in earlier reports.
And I significantly overstated the price range for the 30 July delivery
Prices now (I hope) corrected below
, as per:
webb14leafs wrote:... would rather pay $35K for a T3, than $30K for a Leaf 2.0...
When do you think that
will happen, if ever?
TSLA has announced the lowest-priced model 3 will cost $36,000
delivered, color black only, with no options, if and when they ever build them.
TSLA has not announced, how cheap the interior of the $36.2K model 3 will be, or what other features it will be lacking, in comparison to the small number of ~$50k to ~$60.5k
model 3s it has actually built and given glimpses of so far.
Consider that the average actual sale price (which TSLA refuses to report) of what TSLA claimed would be the "~$50k"
model S, is now believed to be close to $100k.
If most model 3's are sold for between ~$40k to ~$80k, as has been announced, that will be at half the price range of Tesla's previous vehicle sales, which themselves have never been profitable...
And even if you do buy a model 3 for $36,200, do you think the maintenance and repair costs will be comparable to any other car sold at that price?
TSLA's policies give it a virtual monopoly on repair work and replacement parts, and both are priced by TSLA well above competitors'.
Look for yourself at the horrendous reliability records set by the model S and X.
You think the model 3, having been rushed (almost) to market, will by some miracle, not be extremely expensive to keep on the road?
The reason I expect the TCO of the Gen two LEAF to be ~half that of the Tesla 3 is the experience of owning a gen one for 6+ years, and having had it cost me less over ~54k miles than any comparable ICEV would have, and only a small fraction of the cost of owning any TSLA.
If anyone wants to buy a model 3, go ahead.
But don't delude yourselves with the belief that a model 3, an expensive car to buy, and one designed to stay expensive, until it is scrapped
, will have ownership costs comparable with those of a Nissan LEAF, either Gen one or two.