campfamily
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Location: Southern California

Moving On......

Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:31 pm

So, as I've stated in earlier posts, my main motivation in buying the FFE was to take advantage of the carpool lane access here in California, which saves me at least 20-25 minutes in my commute each day. That access expires in January, so I have been evaluating whether it is worth getting another car to renew that benefit, or just continue driving the FFE. To that end, my wife and I went out last weekend to look at what cars were available. We went and looked at the Leaf, but for the money, the range improvement wasn't all that great, plus I wasn't all that impressed with the car overall. I was initially impressed with the Bolt, particularly the range vs cost equation. So we went to the Chevy dealer, and although I liked the way the car drove, I did not like the interior at all. The driver seat was very uncomfortable, and frankly, the interior quality reminded me of a cheapo rental car. The white accents on the dash were jarring to the eyes, and the gap between the dash and the door was big enough on the driver side to fit my fingers in it, while the other side was nice and tight. We looked at several cars, and just did not like it at all. Plus, the discounts on the car weren't all that great (only about $3K off MSRP, including rebates), which made the car close to $40K. Since I spend so much time in the car, I just couldn't see putting up with that interior for the cost.

On a whim, we stopped at the mall and went and looked at the Tesla Model 3, and were just blown away. After some discussions, the sales consultant was able to find a Long Range RWD model already built and in Southern California, and long story short, we ended up buying it. I never thought that I would pay >$50K for a commuter car, but I think this is a car that I could drive long term, unlike my FFE, which as always just a car to get back and forth to work. Add in the 310 mile range, and the Tesla Supercharger network, and we realized that this was a car that could truly replace our other cars, rather than just be a supplement. We take delivery in about two weeks.

I will have to say that owning my FFE for the past 3 1/2 years made it abundantly clear that an electric car is very practical, and can actually replace a ICE vehicle for most of our trips. The Model 3 extends that by making long distance travel possible.

Our plan is to trade the FFE in, either to Tesla, or by selling to CarMax. However, if anybody in Southern California is interested, I'm open to offers around Kelly Blue Book dealer trade in value. The car is a 2015, has ~38,000 miles, has the leather interior with the power seat, has tinted windows, and is in nearly perfect condition (a few minor rock chips on the front edge of the hood, and one chip on the top of the hood). Interior is perfect, wheels have no marks. Tires are original, but still have plenty of tread remaining (rotation every 7500 miles or so). Range is consistently around 75 miles (I average around 245 Wh/mi). There is an open recall, to replace the 110V charger, but all other recalls have been done. Car is almost always stored inside at night. If you have any interest in buying the car, contact me by responding to this message or via Private Message. Cash only, no trades, and local pickup only (no shipping).

This forum has been an immense help for me over the past 3+ years, and I'd like to hope that I've been able to contribute some meaningful content and assistance to others that are here.

Thanks for reading.....

Keith
Last edited by campfamily on Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.
GONE - 2015 FFE, Magnetic with leather interior, debadged & tinted
38,500 miles (since May 2015), average 246 Wh/mile

REPLACED WITH - 2018 Tesla Model3, LR RWD, Obsidian Black
11,000 miles (since Nov 2018), average 235 Wh/mile

jmueller065
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Re: Moving On......

Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:39 pm

Congratulations.
2018 Cajun Red Chevy Bolt
2016 Magnetic C-Max Energi (lease returned)
2014 Sunset Escape
2014 Thor Axis (V-10)
2013 Focus Electric (lease returned Jan 2016 for the C-Max above)
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shniestEV
Posts: 71
Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:14 pm
Location: Vancouver

Re: Moving On......

Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:50 am

Thanks for all your help. You were definitely quite helpful during my search and purchase of a 2016 with the same color and details!
With Ford no longer making and selling the Focus in Canada it definitely has made me question "where do I go from here?".
I too will look to replace in the next year or two and will now have to look at my options.
I agree with your statements on the Leaf/Bolt and I can honestly say my FFE has been a great purchase for my daily commute.
I may decide to definitely look at the Tesla option come time to move on depending on the options in the next few years.
Anyways congrats... and I hope you enjoy your Model 3!
2016 Magnetic FFE - Canada

triangles
Posts: 1062
Joined: Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:40 am
Location: Toledo, Ohio

Re: Moving On......

Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:45 am

You will love the TM3! I got mine back in May and it still doesn't seem real. I'm not a fan of the user interface but V9 of the Tesla software was a huge improvement. Over all, the comfort and driving experience is next level, not to mention the range. When you travel you can put in excess of 200 miles on a low battery in a 30 minute charge. Hope you were able to use a referral for some free supercharging. If anyone wants it, I'll give you my referral link. One thing you'll miss is the GO TIMES, but the app does show you the cabin temp and you can remotely turn on and set the climate control to your desired temp so I guess that's almost equivalent to GO TIMES.

Financially for me it didn't make sense to let my FFE go since I'm close to having it paid off vs what I could sell it for. So it will serve as a backup and "winter beater" to keep the salt off of my TM3. Hopefully my new 15" Volvo wheels and Falken Ziex ZE950 tires handle the snow better than OEM tires. Once the snow starts flying and the salt shakers come out it will be hard to put my TM3 into it's winter hibernation.
2014 Blue Candy FFE
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campfamily
Posts: 439
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:07 am
Location: Southern California

Re: Moving On......

Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:21 pm

Thanks, guys. Looking forward to my Model 3 (not a M3, that will always be a BMW to me!!), but will miss my first electric car, my FFE.
GONE - 2015 FFE, Magnetic with leather interior, debadged & tinted
38,500 miles (since May 2015), average 246 Wh/mile

REPLACED WITH - 2018 Tesla Model3, LR RWD, Obsidian Black
11,000 miles (since Nov 2018), average 235 Wh/mile

campfamily
Posts: 439
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:07 am
Location: Southern California

Re: Moving On......

Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:25 pm

So went to CarMax today, they offered me $10,000. I submitted a trade-in request to Tesla, they offered $11,500. Not too bad, considering, after Ford discounts and rebates, and tax incentives, I only paid about $14,500 for the car (not including sales tax, 9.5% in SoCal, and registration). This car has depreciated the least of any car I've ever owned.

I pick up the Tesla on Nov 4th, so will still be driving the FFE for another week. I will miss it...... :-(

Keith
GONE - 2015 FFE, Magnetic with leather interior, debadged & tinted
38,500 miles (since May 2015), average 246 Wh/mile

REPLACED WITH - 2018 Tesla Model3, LR RWD, Obsidian Black
11,000 miles (since Nov 2018), average 235 Wh/mile

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