I own a '13 BMW M5. I test drove the Tesla Model S today. It is a fine car but for the P85+ model with most options you clock in at around 110k after federal credit. You can get a '14 BMW M5 for the same money or less. Let me tell you as an owner and prospective Tesla Model S buyer that the BMW M5 is alot more car for the money than the Model S.
If you are going to drive just one sedan I could not understand why you would buy a Model S over an M5 unless you just love the novelty of "owning an electric only" car. The M is more luxurious, better ride, faster 0 to anything, first class technology packages. I was looking at the S as another car for m collection and could possibly still consider it but if I had to choose just one it is no contest.
If you are a Model S buyer go drive the new BMW M5. I guarantee unless you MUST have electric power for whatever reason (green, novelty, etc) there is no way you will buy the Model S over the M5. The difference is that much more dramatic. The fit, finish, comfort of the M5 is well above the Model S.
Not saying the Model S is poor or of low quality. It appears to have a good quality but can't compare. Sorry.
Hey dumb #$%$. It isn't just about the initial cost. I'm saving about 500 month on gas. That is 6k a year. Over 10 years you save 60k. Now how does that compare to the M5? Tesla has motor that is commercial and proven to work over 2 mil miles. There is no maintenance. The tires are the same. Breaks don't really use.
I have the p85+, can't imagine driving anything else. I enjoy smoking just about anything while I don't make a sound.
How far do you drive per month and what was your prior car? Spending over $1500 a month to save $500 is some interesting math. People just don't buy a Tesla to save money on a pure budgetary basis.
Tesla is $500 per year for service contract. M5 is zero for 4 years. That is 2k you have to spend for 4 year service contract at Tesla.
In 10 years you will be buying a new battery pack for 30 grand. Add that to your annual cost. Another 3 grand per year. Now you are at $3500/yr over 10 years.
Nobody drives a car 2 million miles. gimme a break. Any BMW will go 100's of thousands of miles. Your tesla and BMW will be scrapped at 150k to 200k miles.
Also how much you save on gas depends how many miles you put on. Is your alleged 500 savings include what you pay for electricity? 500/month on gas saved would be 150 gallons. At 20 mpg that is 3000 miles per month. You drive triple the average working commuting american. Congrats. You need a tesla.
My BMW 330i tranny died just two months ago at 84,000 miles old. How did BMW reply to my request for asking why they allow such a short-lived transmission to be in their great cars? They replied, "we have received a number of complaints of similar transmission problems, mostly related to pre-mature failure of the device. We feel sorry to hear that from you, but since your BMW is no longer under warranty, we may not be responsible for such a transmission failure. Please do give us a call at your convenience and we will continue to look at the problem from that point onward." Yay!! BMWs are not known for being reliable. And, this is my last BMW, honestly. From someone who have tremendous experience driving BMWs, including my friends' M3s, which also have various problems here and there, including power window failure, sudden engine light on, etc. I and my friends are now waiting for the gen3 of Tesla Motors. We can wait ..... Buy a M5 and pay for the gas, if you really like BMW, who cares about you anyway.
Do you race competitive, closed course events? What kind of entry fee and what kind of prize list is there for smoking other cars? I'm interested in the payback you get from smoking m5 and other vehicles.