- not as easy for all uses (I hate stopping on road trips)
- more expensive to insure
- harder to get serviced/repaired
- built/waranteed by company on shaky ground
- moth to a flame for self-victimizing fanboys
I'm sure the car itself is great but there are too many red flags in the context of ownership. Unsurprisingly it seems the kind of people willing to look past that deem Tesla ownership to be a religious calling. No effing thanks
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And everyone I know who has driven a Giulia loves it. The point of the Giulia is that it's a practical and luxurious car that's fun to drive. Much like the Model 3 and old 3 series'.
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RE: Model 3
Am I the only one that thinks the driver's seating position in this car is awful and kind of a dealbreaker? If felt to me like it was built for short Chinese people (no racist). 6'2" with a fairly long torso and it doesn't work for me.
I really enjoyed the power delivery, ride/handling balance and one pedal driving, but I wasn't a fan of just about everything else about it.
The Alfa piques my interest, but I'm not sure I would end up leasing one all things considered. Gonna drive one soon either way.
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As to why someone would buy a BMW or Alfa:
-Interior quality (BMW)
-Interior controls (touch screen just isn't awesome for primary controls, sorry)
-Styling (Model 3 is a bit awkward in some respects)
-Better rear cabin space (G20 3 series wins ingress/egress over the Model 3's compromised rear door openings and sloping roofline)
-Lease deals (in the case of the BMW)
-Don't have easy access to charging at home/work
-Tesla's questionable future
Those are just the 'off the top of my head' things.
I have a 3 series BMW in hatch format, aka F31. Larger than an alltrack, and much better service. VW had exactly 3 loaners and weeks to get in with a major problem, and it's a base model passat for the loaner. BMW is like, here's a more expensive and nicer loaner without asking, oh wait it's already out front ready to go? BMW sets the mark for service, and oil changes are usually cheaper or on par with a VW.
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I still worry about the lack of FCA support in smaller cities. Many of the FIAT/Alfa showrooms that got in on the ground floor with the 500 and built "studios", have mostly gone the way of the dodo around here. There is one dealer in an extreme outlying area that is way more concerned with moving Ram pickups than dealing with even routine service on 500 Abarths, let alone the 4C and Giulia. That, and FCA made so many rules for even getting a dealership that they were limited to begin with.
I love Alfa, I hope that they see the US market worth is with such low sales.....But then again, Jaguar keeps plugging along.
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Unfortunately, I think Tesla's problems come in large part from the fact that they basically sell cars at a huge loss. For someone like BMW to sell a Model 3 without inciting shareholder revolt the price would need to be about 15-20% higher. A ~$42K base Model 3 from a brand with a high likelihood of existing next summer doesn't seem too off base. But what BMW is actually building at that price is the i3.... *shudders* So there's a gap that needs to close.
Regular manufacturers also need to electrify some sedans/fastbacks. Kona/Soul/Niro EVs have a lot going for them, but I'd rather have an Elantra or Ioniq EV with the same drivetrain.