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07-09-2017 10:37 PM  17 days agoPost 1
Xterra

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I just want one!

Some few things happened this year:
1. The wife finished her PhD (thanks God!), and got a pretty cool job (6 figs salary). She really did not make any money for the past 5 years or so while working on her degree. So, our combine income says I can afford the thingy.
2. I just turned 45! I really need of a new toy to cope with my midlife crisis.
3. We got a bigger house which we really didn't need -her idea. So, she got the house, I want a Tesla!

I think the MS 60D would do for my every day commute (~25 miles both ways). I am keeping my Pilot Touring 17 to transport my helis, aquarium and scuba stuff and other crap.

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07-09-2017 10:56 PM  17 days agoPost 2
Heli_Splatter

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Got 6 months salary in the bank and half a mil in the retirement account? Are the student loans paid off? I think the first thing you should be doing is saving. Been there.

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07-09-2017 10:59 PM  17 days agoPost 3
Life_Nerd

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I've got the deposit on a Model 3. I was watching the second hand when the website opened for reservations so have to think I have an early reservation. Appears to be a pretty cool car for the $$.

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07-09-2017 11:18 PM  17 days agoPost 4
Xterra

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Got 6 months salary in the bank and half a mil in the retirement account?
I do not have that much of money in the bank -did I mention we just got a new house?
I am pretty happy with my retirement account.
Did I mention she got a 6 fig salary?
Are the student loans paid off?
What student loans? I finished college in 94 and completed my PhD degree in 2000 -after finishing my Masters degree. I have been working forever, so no, no students loans here. Mi wife is Brazilian, she got all her undergrad studies in Brazil -social education, no loans. She took a break from work to start her PhD in 2011, and got a crappy stipend -no loans either.
I've got the deposit on a Model 3. I was watching the second hand when the website opened for reservations so have to think I have an early reservation. Appears to be a pretty cool car for the $$.
Looks cool but I want a MS. A CPO MS would be much more fun than the M3. When would it be delivered?
Thoughts on the v60D?


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07-10-2017 02:25 AM  16 days agoPost 5
Gas and Go

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I aint picking on you or your situation...in fact cudos on your life position.
But its kinda funny that you inadvertently gave a great example of why "Social Education" dont necessarily benefit the community that paid for it....since she studied in Brazil....and you are now in the USA according to your profile. For the community to get a return on investment the student that got education for free would have to get a job there to add to their Gross Domestic Product.

any how I agree with Heli_Splatter. Save and invest and if you have 6 months emergency and retirement where it should be and IF you can pay cash for Tesla then Go For It!

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07-10-2017 03:37 AM  16 days agoPost 6
Xterra

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G&G

This is not the politics forum. Not every post needs to be turned into politics. I am not here to discuss the Brazilian education model.
So, do you have any comment on the MS 60D?


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07-10-2017 04:03 AM  16 days agoPost 7
spaceman spiff

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I have never had a ride in one, but i did get to sit in one at the dealer up in phoenix. I did not like the giant tv screen the stuck on the dash, but everything else was top notch. They also had a stripped frame with drive and suspension, Looked pretty fantasticaly well designed. All the car show reviewers Top Gear and all the rest absolutely love that car.

You already have a good nest egg started. Kudos for having that priority covered. Enjoy.

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07-10-2017 05:26 AM  16 days agoPost 8
Gas and Go

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Yea for me it's as impractical as they come.

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07-10-2017 12:23 PM  16 days agoPost 9
Heli_Splatter

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We arrive at the answer from two different views. I am closer to retirement and cars have lost their flash for me. It is important to have paid off the man ASAP. You cannot go through life borrowing. The best thing is to live within your means. Your parents and grandparents will sing this song. It just means that we have seen couples go from very good to bad instantly. Death, cancer, car accidents and divorce to name a few.

I wish you the best no matter your choices.

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07-10-2017 02:29 PM  16 days agoPost 10
spaceman spiff

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For a luxury car they do hold their value better than most, well, actually all gas powered luxury cars.
“To put the depreciation in context, whereas a Tesla (Model S) will on average lose 28% of its value after being driven 50k miles, a Mercedes S-Class will lose 38%, a BMW 7-series will lose 40%, and an Audi A8 will lose 41%. As a result, Tesla owners end up with considerably more money in their pocket.”
... and they are rockets!

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07-10-2017 03:04 PM  16 days agoPost 11
ssmith512

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If you want one, can afford it, then get one. It's that simple.

Steve

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07-10-2017 05:41 PM  16 days agoPost 12
CostaRicaHeli

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Get it

Get it.

Franz

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07-10-2017 05:43 PM  16 days agoPost 13
Xterra

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I did not like the giant tv screen the stuck on the dash
Spiff, is there anything in particular you did not like about the screen? I love it.
Yea for me it's as impractical as they come.
Are you referring to the mileage? In any case, I am keeping my Pilot
I am closer to retirement and cars have lost their flash for me.
I though you were much younger! Anyways, I am not planning to retire. I love what I do, I will stop working when I drop dead. In any case, in my field is not uncommon to stop working in early-mid 70s.
Death, cancer, car accidents and divorce to name a few.
If I die I do not need to worry about it. Our life insurance is pretty good. We have great health insurance too. So, if I get cancer I only need to worry about recovering from it. If I die then, again, I do not need to worry about it.
divorce
Got a great gal and a prenup
For a luxury car they do hold their value better than most, well, actually all gas powered luxury cars.
That's also my perception
If you want one, can afford it, then get one. It's that simple.
Get it
Ohhhh! I am getting one! I just wanted to hear what everybody think about the 60D.
PS. Interesting, in this hobby one can spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollar in helis and related stuff. I know a bunch of guys with fleets worth 10-15k


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07-10-2017 05:56 PM  16 days agoPost 14
ticedoff8

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I assume you are getting a used (2013 or so?) Tesla Model S D60.
That should be an OK entry point - maybe $50k used.

There were no "autopilot" or AWD options for the Model S D60. And, no upgradability to add them either.

If you want new, take a closer look at Model X.
The Model S is so "pre-2016". Everyone has them.
It's like flying a Trex 700: They are like flies on the field.

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07-10-2017 06:01 PM  16 days agoPost 15
spaceman spiff

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Spiff, is there anything in particular you did not like about the screen? I love it.
Only that it is HUGE. Seemed out of proportion to me. Not a deal breaker. On the good side I liked the performance settings. Frail old Granny, Granny, Normal, High Performance, Super high Performance and my favorite - "Ludicrous Speed". Extra points for sense of humor, partly offsets the ludicrous display size.

The door handles that deploy as you approach the car are wicked cool. Expensive to repair, but hey, it is a luxury car, and it is a fantastically cool feature.

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07-10-2017 06:23 PM  16 days agoPost 16
Xterra

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If you want new, take a closer look at Model X.
I really don't like the MX
I want a new MS
They are like flies on the field
I know. I visited UC Riverside last month and I saw them literally everywhere
Only that it is HUGE. Seemed out of proportion to me. Not a deal breaker
I see. I really love it
On the good side I liked the performance settings. Frail old Granny, Granny, Normal, High Performance, Super high Performance and my favorite - "Ludicrous Speed". Extra points for sense of humor, partly offsets the ludicrous display size.
The door handles that deploy as you approach the car are wicked cool. Expensive to repair, but hey, it is a luxury car, and it is a fantastically cool feature.
I certainly agree!


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07-10-2017 07:05 PM  16 days agoPost 17
ssmith512

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I thought the Model S 60 was discontinued earlier this year?

And I only know of one, but my friend hasnt owned it long enough to provide any feedback.

I personally do not like the front end, but after you get past the front end, I think they are very stylish cars. It's kind of eery at how quite they are.

Steve

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07-10-2017 08:58 PM  16 days agoPost 18
ticedoff8

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I thought the Model S 60 was discontinued earlier this year?
I think they have been discontinued for a while - maybe '15. That's why I though he was buying a used one.

They are replaced by the 70 / D70 (used) and now the 75 or D75 (new).

But, what you NEED is the Model S P100D; otherwise, why bother?

I drove out of the neighborhood last week, and I counted 5 Model S and 2 Model X.
They are as common as Toyotas now.

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07-12-2017 05:19 PM  14 days agoPost 19
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Just wondering, how do you determine "if you can afford it, buy it"?

How do you reach that decision?

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07-12-2017 05:40 PM  14 days agoPost 20
ticedoff8

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Just wondering, how do you determine "if you can afford it, buy it"?

How do you reach that decision?
Easy:
If you have to ask "How much for that?", you can't afford it.

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