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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Model 3 Catching a Midnight Snack

Courtesy Robert DeLucia @ www.vetaxi.com/
One of our local Facebook group members stopped at a Supercharger near St. Louis and caught a Model 3 munching electrons in the middle of the night.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Never Again

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is getting dragged into a debate that we didn't ask for, but for which the city is uniquely equipped. For me, it's about pollution, not politics.

Friday, March 3, 2017

It's Open and it's Grand

It was a long wait for those of us who jumped on the Tesla bus early, but now there's finally enough room for everyone in Pittsburgh to ride.  The Service Center in Wexford threw open their doors for a VIP Grand Opening Party Thursday night and we set foot inside the new facility for the first time, along with a large group of local owners and reservation holders.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tesla Service Center Gets Finishing Touches

Progress on the Pittsburgh-area Tesla Service Center has been fast over the last couple months.  With the company's name crisply emblazoned across the modernized facade and the garage/bi-fold doors all finally installed, the end is finally in sight as final work continues inside.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Looking Back - My First Annual Service/Review of "New" Model S

My first annual service came just shy of a year after we took delivery of Serena, in April 2015.  I knew that Tesla would be changing the cars aggressively but I was blindsided by how extensive the upgrades were, even at that time.  The gulf between our humble S85 and a new 90D can't be overstated-- but don't misunderstand me, I'm still very satisfied with our purchase.
That said, I was looking forward to playing with a brand new Tesla and I came away with mixed feelings... which Tesla quickly rendered obsolete (What the wha...???).  Guess it's time to get this off my chest and it should have some useful info for those of you shopping used/CPO now.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Service Center Gets Its War Paint

The newest front in the battle between gas and electric is about to open in Wexford, Pennsylvania.  The local dealership group continues playing in the dirt across the road as they lay the foundations of their new Maserati and Bentley dealerships next to their Volvo and Lexus ones.  Meanwhile, work continues on the Tesla Store / Service Center as the American company continues its expansion into the Pittsburgh market during what could become turbulent times for the auto industry-- especially for those expensive imports across the battlefield.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tempting the Revival of "The Curse"

A long-running joke and "Tesla Lore" among our household and my friend Jake is: THE CURSE.  You can read all about it on this old blog post, but basically it all started when I was "sold" on getting a Tesla Model S.  We were still months (maybe years?) from actually ordering one, but Jake wanted to help cement the notion so he passed down a nice Tesla license plate frame that had adorned the car he owned prior to taking delivery of his Tesla.  
What happened after that license plate frame was installed was nothing short of calamity after calamity.  The Chrysler seemed to rebel against the notion of being replaced and threw mechanical temper tantrums and then finally got smashed into by another car--- or was it an ACCOMPLICE?  So we joked that the frame was cursed...  and here we go again, OH I HOPE NOT.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Book Review: "Getting Ready for Model 3"

When 200,000 people reserved a Model 3 in the first day, you could bet a lot of those were enthusiasts or current Tesla owners.  As reservations continued their rocket-ride through day 2, totaling over 250,000, the bandwagon was officially rolling.  Blasting through 300,000 just as easily, they’re widely speculated to be hovering somewhere in the atmosphere above 400,000 and that bandwagon is promised to get several more hard shoves leading up the first deliveries.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Transformation Begins at New Pittsburgh Service Center

After a quiet break for the Thanksgiving holidays, workers at the new Tesla Pittsburgh Service Center have dramatically picked up the pace with an opening date in early 2017 squarely in their sights.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Final Verdict: Does the Light Harmonic Speaker Upgrade Make Cents?

touchscreen showing test clips used for speaker test tesla pittsburgh

Of all the things to review, this has to be among the most complex. Not only are there reams of technical procedures to consider, there’s also established testing protocols that require some level of expertise to be properly executed.