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Old 08-27-2018, 08:44 PM   #541
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Why did you need 3 alignments? Did they just keep doing it wrong? Or was something coming loose?
Not exactly sure why. But the first 2 were done before they had their own alignment rack (before the full service center opened and they were in a temporary facility). They borrowed the rack from the Mercedes dealer, and I was told that they had to manually set it for the S instead of using some of the presets...
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:39 PM   #542
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I went in one more time to drive the performance AWD, to make sure I really want to do this. It was a longer test drive this time, and I drove the Cayman there so the comparison was back to back.

1. The Model 3 on 20" wheels is significantly more comfortable on bumpy roads than the Cayman R on 18's. The Tesla has half an inch less sidewall and it's still shockingly comfortable. I'm not sure how, but it is. From a ride quality point of view I'd take the 20's on the tesla. It's the $5k cost, questionable pothole durability, and inability to use other rims that bothers me. But I'd say 19's are a no brainer.

2. The steering in the model 3 is weird, and not in a good way. I won't say it's a total abortion like new BMW's, because it doesn't have a big floaty dead spot on center and then a bizarre non-linear resistance that fights you mid-corner. The Model 3 steering is tight and consistent in feel. But even in "standard" a) there's a lot of steering input required to turn, and b) it's very sensitive. I'm guessing I'd get used to it, but the steering isn't exactly a relaxing experience. I found myself having to work harder than I expected to drive smoothly and keep the car pointed where I wanted it. On "Comfort" it's pretty awful - the steering becomes soft yet jerky at the same time.

3. Regen braking is just fantastic in traffic. It's really strong, so if you look ahead just a little bit you end up not having to use the brakes until the very end.

4. Shit, yeah the car is fast.


Getting back in the Cayman, the reaction was:

1. Normal steering again... YES!

2. Whoa that intersection didn't feel that bumpy in the Tesla.

3. Damn, this car is slow.
The 718s would solve Cayman problem #3.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:58 PM   #543
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The 718s would solve Cayman problem #3.
And #2! But it would mess up #1.

For what it's worth, I'm thinking of keeping it and the Tesla.
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Old 08-28-2018, 06:25 AM   #544
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And #2! But it would mess up #1.

For what it's worth, I'm thinking of keeping it and the Tesla.
Good to hear that. The Cayman R is a wonderful car, and will be for a long time to come.
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Old 08-28-2018, 07:37 AM   #545
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Not exactly sure why. But the first 2 were done before they had their own alignment rack (before the full service center opened and they were in a temporary facility). They borrowed the rack from the Mercedes dealer, and I was told that they had to manually set it for the S instead of using some of the presets...
That's ... not how alignment machines work.
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Old 08-28-2018, 08:33 AM   #546
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I think keeping both is a good plan. On another note, have you priced insurance premia?

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And #2! But it would mess up #1.

For what it's worth, I'm thinking of keeping it and the Tesla.
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:54 AM   #548
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Electrician came this morning. The feeder to my garage is only 60amps, so it can't handle my air conditioner unit, and a 50amp outlet. So my options are:

Install a 24 amp plug off the garage sub-panel 30 amp breaker. This will charge at 22mph.

Install a 48 amp plug off a 60 amp garage sub-panel, and run a 110 feet of 100 amp feeder from the main breaker on the other end of the house. This will charge at 44 mph.

22 mph will recharge 154 miles per day during the 7 evening hours when my electricity is cheap. Given I expect running a feed around the house to be expensive, I might just go with the slower charging.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:13 AM   #549
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Electrician came this morning. The feeder to my garage is only 60amps, so it can't handle my air conditioner unit, and a 50amp outlet. So my options are:

Install a 24 amp plug off the garage sub-panel 30 amp breaker. This will charge at 22mph.

Install a 48 amp plug off a 60 amp garage sub-panel, and run a 110 feet of 100 amp feeder from the main breaker on the other end of the house. This will charge at 44 mph.

22 mph will recharge 154 miles per day during the 7 evening hours when my electricity is cheap. Given I expect running a feed around the house to be expensive, I might just go with the slower charging.
How far is your commute into the city? If you do less than 150/day, that essentially means it will always be fully charged in the morning, right? Even if you do more than 150 on a weekend day, you'll recover over the course of the week.
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It's only 30 miles to work, then another 30 to the city. But I sometimes go back and forth from the city to work an extra time getting it up to 180 miles. Plus hard accelerations and traffic.

But that's rare

Is it possible to program the car to charge only between midnight and 7am? I know you can start it at a given time. Can you stop it?
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