|Did you buy a grey 2015 S85 CPO? This might be your car.|
Firstly, they've dramatically changed their entire order list/option sheet several times since I bought my car. Everything has been rejiggered and now it's really impossible to compare old cars to new cars from a price and equipment standpoint. The packages were all rearranged and on a fleet so small-- and with an automaker that PHASES IN changes instead of waiting for model years-- it will be a serious pain for used car buyers to try and sort through. Little did I know at the time that the major milestone was lurking under my nose and "Elon's": Autopilot capability. That and the recent refreshed nose are the real landmarks for used shoppers.
On the appointed day, a valet from the Cleveland Service Center (the closest full service center to Pittsburgh at the time) arrived at my workplace with "Elon". We chatted a few minutes, traded fobs and I was back at work while he drove my car back to Cleveland. Normally they'd use a flatbed truck but I guess it was already shuttling a car from even farther away that particular morning. No matter. As long as nothing breaks 150 miles or so out of warranty! Schedule conflicts would mean that we ended up with the loaner for a FULL WEEK, so "Elon" and I got to know each other pretty well and I had fun playing with the new features-- completely unaware of how far Tesla would push this tech.
|My wife had some fun playing with Elon, while I had my first backseat ride!|
As for Serena, she was looking good. The service invoice stretched ten pages but it ended with zeroes, so I was pretty satisfied about that. In addition to the standard one year service, Tesla had proactively upgraded and repaired a number of items. Among them: trimmed the rear wheel arch liners, new sun visors, added sound insulation and new brackets to the air conditioning compressor, gave me a revised UMC (the charging cord/connector), updated brake rotors that were powder-coated on their hubs and finally, they replaced a taillight that had a bug in it.
They'd also addressed some defects I'd found after Serena was delivered. These were mostly minor things like a frunk latch that was out of adjustment. The original dashboard cover had a bad stitch on the passenger side so they replaced the entire piece; the new cover had a slightly different stitching pattern on it that eliminated the stitches along the lower edge. Chrome trim along the doors were also aligned. These and the dashboard change can be spotted if you compare older blog posts to newer ones. As an added sign of goodwill, Serena had some swag tossed on the passenger seat!
More importantly, as we know now, new software has tinkered with many of the Autopilot features and many of my criticisms were vanquished just that easily. They also added ever more functions using the same sensor arrays... which is just inherently cool. The dartiness of the TACC is gone and the level of intervention necessary in stop in go traffic is greatly reduced-- plus the car steers now too!
I also felt vindicated and satisfied with my original option choices. It was fun to play with some of the ones I didn't have, but this loaner had the effect of answering that nag about upgrading. The seats were worse, the rest only confirmed my earlier decisions, the color isn't as distinctive as my grey and while the audio was different, it wasn't better to me. Though the Autopilot and TACC... I liked that a lot. Hence my mixed feelings... but I was happy when Serena came home.
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