John348

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  1. By the way this photo is misleading it was taken during what i called a "dark day" at the Cardinals Stadium. Notice there are no baselines or bases on the field..... nice try. Cardinals are one of the bigger draws in baseball with the Cubs, Dodgers, Redsox, Giants and Yankees
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    Legit?

    They show in the photo state of Florida Titles, when I transfered my cars to Florida from NY they needed to do a physical VIN verification of the vehicle, I don't know how they legally do offer this service. Service's like this have been around for decades, I remember a lot of the titles were either from Alabama or Maine
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    Hey Frank, it is the plug in test for OBDII but we need to keep in mind not everyone is like us and takes care of their car or makes their own repairs. Combine a trouble code, with tires brakes and suspension the bill to keep the car on the road will be a few grand, so that becomes the end of the line. Plus the slat rots out more than just the convertors. So it becomes a matter of pouring good money into a bad thing when they can lease a brand new car for that same money down that the repair would cost and $250 a month they have a new car for 3 years. The bottom line is we need to remember that cars are a product meant to be consumed and disposed of, they just run out of their service life, and only a few survive out of the millions that are produced each year. Cars here in NYC and Boston Metro areas are really driven into the ground. Hey Curti, I agree I did not like the quite factor either, it just did not feel like I had power under my seat. Neil Young had written an autobiography a few years ago besides being a musician, is also a vintage auto enthusiast, and made a statement that if they want the electric cars to take off they need to attract the true car people and it needs to sound and feel more like a performance car if they want it to be successful
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    need some help identifing parts

    Hey give me some credit at least I got the year and GM make right HA HA HA
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    I remember reading that Tesla was absorbing the cost of the charging stations, and they are free to use (now anyway) I guess they were looking for control of that aspect, I do agree there needs to be some standardization and I am sure that will come down the road.
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    need some help identifing parts

    It looks like there are 4 pcs to the grill, I am going to guess 1939 Pontiac
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    That is not true at all, auto manufacturers make what they sell, I have not seen any surplus of vehicles sitting around, have you? I really don't understand your comment about the American obsession with their neighbors have, what is going to come to a head?
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    That is not every gas station. in the lower 12 counties of NY, that only comes to a little more than 20 stations per county. In the outlaying counties of NYC many of the life safety employees, (essential services) reside and were not able to get fuel to commute to work to perform their task. Secondly many of the smaller municipalities do not have their own fuel depot's and contract local stations in the area for fuel. These people could not get to work in the first 48 because there was no power at many stations, when their services were needed the most. 250 stations in this area of NYS is a very small percentage. Unfortunately, I lived through it and we had power back in most areas in a very short time however there was no gasoline in the tanks and there was no delivery because the main distribution center was down. That was the problem, many of the gas stations had power but ran out of fuel in a few hours. While in a town with 12 police officers and 4 cars opening the cap and using a hand pump might make sense. Now if they had electric vehicles it would not be much a problem....... Maybe Tesla should begin offering fleet sales? With a police package, that roadster that they have that goes 250 mph would be an awesome pursuit vehicle and it had 650 miles of range!
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    I could not find any info on their leasing program, interesting.... thanks for the correction, sorry about that. I think there would be a lot less of all auto's regardless of manufacturer sold without leasing Actually Bernie, that really was not hard to figure out, but that was not the problem. I don't know where you got that info from about mandatory generators at all stations, maybe for police and fire that would make sense. I have not seen or heard of one generator installed in one gas station since Sandy, nor have I heard of anyone bidding on those jobs. Power was restored back in the many of the areas with in a day or so. The problem with the fuel supply was the main gasoline depot in NJ got severely damaged with salt water flooding so the existing fuel supply at the stations was exhausted in a day or two.
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    All sounds logical and good providing that there is any gasoline to be had, people were waiting on line for hours after Sandy just with the hope a fuel truck would show. In Florida last the storm did not even hit and there was no gas to be had anywhere. The Tesla has a GPS system that locates charging systems and calculates when the vehicle needs a charge before the driver
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    I was contacted by Tesla to see if I wanted to take a test drive, I guess they managed to get a list somehow, of owners of comparable priced vehicles and sent an invitation to come a local mall parking lot for a test drive/survey, Pretty good food as well, though no booze (for obvious reasons) would have made it a better afternoon, maybe could used that to sell the driverless technology It was not a hard sell attempt at all, really just an introduction to the vehicle. I had nothing to do so I gave it a go, It was a fast fun car to drive, just not for me. I wonder how they sell overseas?
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    When there is no electricity there are no pumps pumping gas either, either way it is problem for all involved! There were plenty of nervous people looking for non existent gasoline in Florida a year ago, lets not forget that, and Sandy was no pleasure up here either looking for fuel. If I had a Tesla I could have charged it, power was back before we had and gasoline. Hopefully we both will be here to talk in 10 years about how that game plan worked out, I hope for your sake it serves you perfectly for as long as you need it too, again it all depends where you live and the use of the vehicle. Everybody's situation is different A 17 year old car in the metro NYC area is pretty hard to find, and is pretty beat up by the time it is 7 years old, combine that with rock salt, salt air, and bad roads pretty much ready for the junk yard, and yes I forgot to mention NYS emission inspections usually get them at the 9 year old point , too expensive to repair. I personally do not want to deal with problems in everyday transportation so, that is just me. I move on every 4-5 years now maybe 5-6 years once the warranty is gone so is the car. I never owned a foreign car and never will, and make sure my American car was made in America and by union workers who were payed a livable wage, that is just me and how I was raised
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    Yes but that chassis and drivetrain were new once. I used to think the same as you about leasing, and I still never have leased, but I am thinking about it. I always bought my wife a new vehicle every 4-5 years. So now I look at where I am now. I own a 3 year old Cadillac I bought outright for over $60,000. It only has 27,000 miles. I was considering a trade in a few weeks ago and they offered about half of what I paid, so that car cost me about $1,000 a month to own If I leased it, I would not have to consider the extended warranty for about $2.000, but would have had to pay about $4K at signing of the lease. The lease was about $450 a month. While I still own the car I lost about $16,000. The days of buying a vehicle and keeping for 12 years is long gone.... I don't know just looking at it now it seemed that it would have paid off to lease. Everyone's situation is different, I know mine has changed in the last 15 years, at that point it my life a lease would not have paid, but now???? I just don't know trying to get it back on topic, I think if Tesla offered a lease it would promote sales and thus production. Not having structured dealerships as we know and known them might be a problem. A kid who grew up down the street is a tech for Tesla and has an area in California. He told me he get's paid a retainer fee and is on call. If there is a problem the vehicle gets flat bedded to a designated new car dealership of another make that Tesla has an an arrangement with, a loaner vehicle is secured for the owners and he makes the repair. parts that are needed are shipped in 24 hours and has a service vehicle that has a stocked inventory of common parts in his van He said he is pretty quite, as nothing never really breaks
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    How would anyone ever know where it came from? The lease is not with the dealer, when it is car faxed it comes up as a bank or another financial institution, it could have been a loan or it could be a lease???? One thing for sure 100% of the used cars were new cars at one time
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    Why would that matter?
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    My friend who is the sales manager at Cadillac Buick GMC dealer told me it was over 85% in the NYC metro area. Which was making it hard on the Buick side because the leaser could upgrade to a Cadillac for about $25 more a month, From what I can see Tesla does not offer leasing yet anyway
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    Remember the sales slogan "it is not your fathers oldsmobile?" My all time favorite was a Ford slogan, "have you driven one lately?" Sort admitting that they built crappy cars in the past and now are making better ones. The average Caddy buyer averaged 1.5 Cadillacs in their lifetime, they did need to capture a younger market
  18. 100% correct! Just need to make sure that the cut-out is not to high or it will overcharge and cook the battery
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    Leasing is a HUGE part of this plan. The buyer might or might not be in the market for a new car in 3-4 years, the leaser is back every 3 years and must get a car. Who would have thought that there would be a Cadillac that was priced below an Impala? There are no more Impala's and the ATS is that entry level car.
  20. I was wondering that also...... then again I was watching a rerun of Chasing Classic Cars and Wayne Carrini buys nash station wagon that was on display in the museum at Hershey 2 days before the show and has it registered in his name and it is on the showfield??? I understand it was great publicity for the club and things had to get scripted months in advance. That show last night was pretty good, and has potential much better then 90% of the garbage velocity puts on the air.
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    Those problems such as working the radio, A/C, shifting to drive, and even starting are on many new cars. I have a relatively new Cadillac and still can't figure how to change radio stations with ease after 3 years of ownership. The same goes for my new GMC Sierra which is even more complicated. The marketing is now geared for a more technical generation, the manufacturers are not looking to appease 60+ year old buyers. If you notice the new Cadillac commercials they seldom show anyone over 40 years old in any of them. True Tesla does have a problem, they do need to produce an entry priced vehicle to develop long term brand loyalty, for the 30 something year olds. EV's are coming, I noticed this when I read a revision in the electrical code that all new homes with a garage are to have a provision for a charging station. The codes have always been proactive and somewhat visionary.
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    Custom enclosed car hauler - DELIVERED

    Looks good ! Enjoy! I would suggest painting the floors and walls with a good epoxy paint before you start using it. Oil leaks will ruin that floor real fast. And don't forget to use A LOT of the non skid additive so you done slip in the rain
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    Very well aware of that, there are not too many trailer parks if any, but then again most of America does not pay $15,000 a year on property tax for 75' X 150' lot with a 6 room cape. I am not complaining, everything is relative, and i avoid counting other peoples money. Actually no, I had seen several charging at a service area on I-95 in Delaware, and I was curious and spoke with an owner of one and they told me about an hour every 300 miles, which really is not that bad
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    ????????? I am sure there are Escalades all over middle america as well??
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    They are not priced in the " most people" price range, Tesla's are a luxury car, ad are priced in that range to appeal to those buyers who are considering the high end Mercedes and such. I am not really sure what your point is or where you are going with that observation. True most of America is not Westchester, or any of the surrounding suburbs of NYC, LA, or SF, but those areas are the highest income areas in the US as well as the most densely populated. I see at least 2 or 3 Tesla's a day here on Long Island, and many more European Luxury cars. and at least 7-10 Escalade's daily, and they are selling for $10,000 over the $97,000 window sticker. The Tesla is not a Chevrolet Volt which to me is nothing more then a golf cart with windows and a radio, I personally feel that GM could care less if they sell one Volt, but it does help them with their CAFE Standards, so while it easy to say Tesla is playing the system, they all are! Why care if somebody wants to buy a Tesla if they can afford it. As pointed out earlier in this thread Tesla's are made here in the USA and employ people