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piper27
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Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:13 pm

The winters here get long and we get bored easy so this is how we have fun. This was last year's race. Yes it's on a frozen lake.
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Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:27 pm

I did that 2 weekends ago in Ontario. Pretty cool stuff. Managed to pass a dude in the first race and came last in the second. I was the only doing it for the first time along with the buddy.
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Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:09 am

Can't recall if I ever posted a picture of my black gmc sonoma (same thing as an S10), it's a 97 4.3 V6 5spd (pretty rare combo) factory zq8 sport suspension, factory locking differential (now a 3.73 truetrac) and fully loaded. Went to Nevada to buy it with only 23k miles on it. Today has 26k miles. A lot was already done to it, but I found myself redoing the suspension, down sizing to a 17/18" combo from the ridiculous 20" wheels it had, and fixing some odds and ends. I've driven it as is as a fun toy for the past year and half and now I'm excited because I just bought the first part of my planned 6.0 liter & T56 6 speed swap. Found a used CTSV T56 already modded to the forward shifter position that will fit my factory shift location. Next up trying to source a Gen 3 LQ4 or LQ9 6.0 liter, slip a nice medium sized cam in for some good torque and street driving, I just need to decide if I'm going with the aluminum block motor for better handling, or whether I want to go with the iron block for some future forced induction :twisted:. Amusingly enough I found the exact same goddamn truck (97 4.3/5spd/zq8/stepside) in grandma light blue with 234k miles. Surprisingly it runs really good despite that mileage, pretty quick, gets good gas mileage with the stock 3.08 rear end, only issues is that after 234k miles the 2nd gear and reverse synchros are shot, I have to turn the thing off to get it into reverse and then turn it back on sometimes :D . I bought it for $1000 for two purposes, one I have a place to swap the black trucks 26k drive train into, and two, it'll help me with those pesky smog rules :)
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Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:47 am

Nice truck

I had an 89 s-10 4.3 lowered and shaved that I drove around for a couple of years. I love small trucks...good gas mileage and still really useful to throw stuff in the back
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Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:16 am

LQ4 with a cam swap. LQ9 is a little harder to find as well as paying a premium because there were only a limited production run. But and LS1 block would be nice. About a 100 lbs in weight savings with that.
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Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:17 am

piper27 wrote:LQ4 with a cam swap. LQ9 is a little harder to find as well as paying a premium because there were only a limited production run. But and LS1 block would be nice. About a 100 lbs in weight savings with that.
problem is all the LS1s i find locally the guys are asking $2000-3000. Can get a LQ4 for half that. But yes, I'm likely never going forced induction so an aluminum block is appealing.
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Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:40 am

over 2 years of waiting :pint:

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Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:07 am

Yo! :clap:
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Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:11 am

wow so cool! very interested in so feedback on how it is a few months into owning it :cheers:
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:40 pm

:feedback: :feedback: Any tesla people here care to share their experiences? I have an 87 mile round trip commute per day. Looking at going electric.
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:23 pm

I dont personally own a Tesla. However, I'm an automotive tech and am Tesla certified. They are neat cars. Lots of easter eggs in the infotainment system. Really like how quiet they are too. I'm not a fan of the Model 3. They are lacking in comparison to the X and S. The interior layout in the X isn't very practical in my opinion for an SUV type vehicle. The S feels the best driving. The P100D version is stupid quick. Have seen one blow the doors of my coworkers Shelby 500 GT on the highway. From a technician view, all models junk sadly. The construction is so-so, lots of glues and tapes. Parts are a nightmare. Parts are constantly superceded when they arrive. My work has a Model X currently that's been waiting on parts since November. Some showed up last week that have been superceded 4 times. Resulting in major modifications to fit current vehicle or order another neighboring part to fit with the new superceded part. This also factors in my opinion of the so-so construction. Hope this information helps.
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Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:40 pm

:feedback: :feedback: Any tesla people here care to share their experiences? I have an 87 mile round trip commute per day. Looking at going electric.
Congrats hax0n. You're going to love it!

In late 2015, I bought a used 2013 model S P85 to replace my hand-me-down 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue. :P Our CEO, who I'd spoken to multiple times about Tesla specifically, had just given me a considerable raise and said "but it comes with a catch. You have 30 days to get yourself a car that you're going to LOVE driving every day, or we're just going to take it away from you." :lol: Conveniently, my alert for the exact model S I wanted (via ev-cpo.com) went off about 5 days later, and I placed my order.

I went from having literally no monthly car payment to having one in the neighborhood of $800/mo, and there's not a single day that I regret it.

Regarding the constant refrain about parts delays and service issues, my S needed minimal servicing, always done quickly and with a smile at my local Tesla dealer, and I was always given a free loaner while it was in for service. I got clipped by somebody who ran a red light once, and the car needed about $13,000 worth of repairs. Replacement of both front quarter panels, reinforcement bar up front, one wheel, and some other elements up front. That took just over 2 months which really isn't terrible all things considered.

In December of 2018, I traded the S in for a Dual Motor model 3, which I consider a sidegrade.

Things I miss about my S:
  • sunroof
  • smart air suspension
  • power liftgate trunk
  • better UX wrt steering wheel controls
  • better interior build quality
  • gray interior
Things i prefer about the 3:
  • AUTOPILOT
  • size (always preferred smaller cars)
  • interior is CLEAN AF. Seriously, looking through the front windshield of any other car now feels like looking through a porthole.
  • better handling
  • better efficiency
I've never had an issue with range. The longest drive I've made so far is just a 600-mile roundtrip, and I didn't mind the stops for charging. Power's never been an issue locally either. I have a high-powered wall charger now (+~40 miles/hour) but when I had the S I literally just plugged it into my wall with a standard 110 adapter and got ~4 miles/hour (~50 miles worth of recharge overnight). That was more than enough for my daily commute.

Autpilot tech isn't fully 'there' yet, but it's still incredible. I've 'driven' from Orlando to Cocoa Beach (~50 miles) only manually overriding the car a handful of times. It handles speed adjustment, lane changes (incl. passing), and expressway exits all by itself. I have no doubts that full self driving is close, but the car is such a joy to drive that I'm sure I"ll continue driving manually most of the time regardless. The acceleration, responsiveness, lack of noise, etc... are AMAZING. I let friends and coworkers take it for test drives and so far 3 friends have purchased an S or a 3 just based on 20-30 minutes behind the wheel.

There probably are some owners out there who've had bad experiences, but there's a reason the majority of Tesla owners are cult-ish. The car is an absolute joy to drive, it frequently gets better (including the occasional range or acceleration upgrade) overnight while it's just sitting in my garage, and I haven't stopped at a gas station in almost 4 years except to pick up some beverages.

I couldn't possibly give a higher recommendation to either model. They are so much fun to own and to drive, even just on a daily commute, that owning one has literally improved my quality of life. If anybody has questions, I"m happy to answer them. Cheers! :pint:
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Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:42 am

While I don't own a Model 3 I was able to borrow a friends to use as a daily driver for a couple of weeks. So much fun. Loved the clean interior though I'm personally turned off by the Tesla OS. Not a huge fan of layout and not being able to have Spotify and other apps loaded. If I'm going to buy a new car I expect my phone/stuff to integrate seamlessly with my car.

I've been closely following the Polestar 2 and am hopeful Volvo/Polestar can launch in time and get the price down for a base model. Specs are similar to a Model 3 and will have android automotive built-in.
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Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:42 pm

My brother has a model 3 and treats it like it's his child. Watches it like a hawk with the built in camera when it's parked. The main negatives I've noticed are range anxiety during long trips, and the fact that his insurance went through the roof when he had a very minor accident that was his fault. The things are so damn expensive to repair.
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