So I placed my M3 SR+ order at noon on 1 May, a shade under £43k in red with the 19" wheels. Then I started really doing the research. Then I email R Symons and test drove a Model S and it arrives on Thursday... my 'mental dump'
- The Model S has a hatch-back vs saloon of a Model 3 - having a hound makes this easier
- The deprecation driving off the forecourt on a £43k purchase is worrying, I know any new car has this but if Elon steps up production and cuts the price then it could be an even bigger loss/
- Elon has a history of reducing prices and changes his mind and has already altered pricing and options twice since I placed a reservation on 1 May cancelling the Performance version and only making the Long range version then adding a tow-bar option after people had ordered.
- There is still no estimate as to when Model 3 cars will be delivered; July - December being mentioned on some forums. When I I ordered on 1 May I was told late June, that could have been July but my lease goes back July 31st
- I ordered the Model 3 thinking it had a larger battery capacity than the 50kWh that became apparent only a few weeks ago. The Tesla Model 3 75D has a 75kWh battery.
- The Model 3 SR+ real world range is 202 miles, The Model S 75D is 243 miles (source Tesla Range Table - Teslike.com)
- The Model 3 is rear wheel drive, the Model S 75D is dual motor
- Small amount of free supercharging up front with the Model 3 (5,000 miles / 6 months) I get lifetime free supercharging with the Model S at any Tesla Supercharger in the UK or Europe. I live 3 miles away from a Super charger.
- Model S 75D was ~£70k new, I am buying it for £47,500k - The depreciation on the Model S over 3 years will be way less than a Model 3 . I estimate I will lose ~£10-£13k driving this car for 3 years.
- After 3 years there will be Tesla Model Y models in stock, VW ID and BMW i4.
- The Model S has 18 months Tesla warranty left, a new Model 3 would have 4 years. (point for the Model 3!)
- The Model 3 has firm suspension which on some local roads round here is not good (I had a BMW i3 and you felt running over an ant!). The Model S has air suspension for a smoother, adjustable ride.
- Lots of reports of road and wind noise on the Model 3 due to insufficient sound deadening - Tesla Model S is a more refined , quieter ride.
- There is No road tax and no luxury car tax with the Model S as it was registered pre April 2017. I would have to pay £320 a year with the Model 3 from years 2 to year 5
- The Model 3 is more suitable for UK roads the Model S is a bit of boat (another point for the M3!)
- The Model S 75D is faster than the Model 3 SR+ with a longer range.