Sadly getting cardboard pickup here commercially is near impossible so lots of that 5 yard is actually recyclable cardboard, same with the 4yd the shop next time mine has.
"The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views...which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering."
- Doctor Who (Fourth Doctor) "Face of Evil"
So, me and a friend took it to the track to see whats what. Came back impressed. Only complaint are soft seats, slightly roly poly body roll and lack of track side Super Chargers. One session of 20 minutes would eat 30% charge, so we drove to the nearest 50kW quick charger, some 20km away to top up between sessions. Best to keep it in the 70-90% band to get the best performance.
No brake fade, kept up with traffic easily enough, used only track mode, and managed to kick the tail end out on a few occasions. Was a bit defensive and let people pass without let or hindrance, but still, the interesting takeaway was that many was willing to go to great lengths not to be outdone by the EV. We saw a lot of strange things happening first corner after passing us.
No video this time, will bring a GoPro next time.
Car is covered in a temporary paint protection solution called Road Warrior Plus, that's why it looks like crap from the front.
Nice, sounds like a great time! My last track day was at Laguna Seca, and we had, I think 3 Model 3s, and 2 Model S. I think they went to a nearby supercharger at lunch. The 3s are EXTREMELY quick on the track. They don't seem prone to the overheating issues the S has.
Our 3 just passed 15,000mi in 10 months; it's our commuter (my partner and I carpool to work).
To help balance out my environmental friendliness, I'm buying an X5 diesel from a friend this week
Heading out to Norway next week; Midnight Sun Half Marathon in Tromso, then 10 days from Tromso to the Lofoten. Then a few days doing Oslo/Flam/Bergen.
Sadly, I emailed the Tesla service center in Oslo, and they cannot sell me a euro driver's side mirror glass. Only the whole mirror (housing, motor, etc). I bloody hate the US mirrors, and they're particularly bad on the 3. I have a really bad blind spot, the mirror won't adjust far enough outwards, either, which doesn't help.
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As far as I can tell, BSW doesn't really work. Sometimes when my wife's driving I notice the red line or red car on the screen but I'm sure as hell not looking down at the screen when I'm driving. I've almost never heard it beep, it sounds like it's worked better in some software revs than others, and I, too, would prefer not to signal just to find out if a car's there or not.
I paid extra for all the safety features when I bought my Golf R, too, but I never really used BSW on that either, even though it's in the mirrors. I just don't trust it. I don't know how it's accounting for faster moving traffic, I don't have a good sense for what area the system is designed to cover, and what overlap it does or doesn't have with my mirrors. Sometimes the light is on and there's room. Sometimes, presumably, the light is off, and I'd rather not chance it. The mirrors are the correct solution. Between the two mirrors and of course looking out my side window, I should be able to get a complete picture of what I'm about to merge into. My brain can form a complete picture of the risk that way.
All new cars have fairly crap visibility -- the Golf was bad, particularly with the rear headrests installed, but I fixed it with the euro glass on the driver's side. The 3 is even worse; the high rear deck means the rear 3/4 view is terrible, and the driver's mirror is basically useless. The passenger one is fine, but it took me 10,000 miles to really 'trust' the view since the rearview is so compromised, both from a rearview mirror and shoulder check perspective, due to the sky-high rear deck. (typically you cannot even see the headlights of the car behind you).
It's really my only complaint about the car, and I know I sound a bit old-man-yells-at-cloud, but I haven't owned newer cars until very recently.
thanks for the invite, will ping you if it looks like I'll have time.That sounds like a great trip! Well, apart from that running bit. If you are up for it and/or have the time, I'd be happy to meet up in Oslo.
Slow Car Fast
They are still waiting for their car to get fixed.
Here is a good video interview of another Model 3 owner who also owns a 2008 BMW M3. He has had to use the BMW as a backup car when waiting for parts on his Model 3. Yes, an 11 year old M3 is "more reliable" transportation.
TFL drive an AWD Prius against their Model 3 from Boulder to Estes Park and back (90 mile round trip), then compares fuel costs of gas versus supercharging. Skip to 24:03 to see which is less expensive.
Granted if the charging were done at home, at nighttime rates, it would be considerably less than the Supercharger's rates. If you were an apartment dweller without home charging access and only supercharger access that wouldn't help. If you are traveling on a longer trip, you would have to use a Supercharger (or maybe you could find a hotel with free destination charging?). Also, time to refuel the Prius was 3 minutes. It was 35 minutes to recharge the Tesla.