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Old 04-15-2019, 07:56 PM   #1094 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by RedDevil View Post

Even though Tesla dropped it from the configurator and now only wants to sell cars with AutoPilot some people have taken delivery of an actual $35,000 Model 3, sans AP.
Except, they didn't get the $35,000 Model 3 they ordered. Electrek, of course, gushes that the new base owners "received better vehicles than they ordered." But I'm sure some of them, like me, prefer things like cloth, manual seats. (Hell, I want manual windows and locks too but no one offers those anymore, and certainly not on any EVs).

Tesla really messed this one up. You can't design a car and then decide it has to meet a price point; it has to be designed to meet that price point from the outset since there's only so much de-contenting you can do. And now Musk is trying to artificially cripple the market for the $35,000 Model 3 despite saying at the unveiling, unequivocally, "In terms of price, it will be $35,000. And I want to emphasize that, even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car. You will not be able to buy a better car at $35,000," and taking hundreds of thousands of reservations based on that assertion.

(My brother loves his [$49,000] Model 3, and keeps trying to convince me to buy one. But sorry, I paid that much for a car once and I won't ever again; I don't care if it farts rainbows and comes with a free unicorn).

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