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I was originally going for the Luxury Package Model 3, due to the range (300 vs 200 mi), but I am leaning towards the Standard Package due to the price point.

I’ve been seeing videos about the M3 lately, and I think that my biggest annoyance will be the constant minding over charging, but I wonder if the premium for the higher battery PLUS luxury package is worth the payments. The Luxury edition will have higher resale, but all that payment is eating away at me

I live in the Bay Area, and the majority of my time will be commuting around here for commuting. I DO want to take this thing on a road trip, but that’s where the limitation of the Standard Package will be apparent.

BUT a cheaper price point will mean charging annoyance, while also allowing me to pay for additional features (self-driving).

But I’m not 100%, and wanted to hear you guys out. It would be GREAT to have that peace-of-mind with a Luxury Package’s Range, but it is a hefty premium that Tesla forces on you.
 

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Ravi,

Welcome to the site!

Some important notes for your consideration, you may (assumption here) be able to get standard battery and premium upgrades package.

It’s just “first production” that requires long range battery + premium upgrades for a minimum price of $49k.
 
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Ravi,

Welcome to the site!

Some important notes for your consideration, you may (assumption here) be able to get standard battery and premium upgrades package.

It’s just “first production” that requires long range battery + premium upgrades for a minimum price of $49k.
Thanks for reply

My nirvana would be Long-range WITHOUT Luxury Package (hate that wooden panel).
 

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Thank you, I updated my preferences to Standard, to customize to long range later

Enjoy all you first adopters
I have a 253 mile range Model S and it is fine for road trips. No doubt the 310 would be nice, but not a necessity. With the base battery you'd have to stop at a supercharger every 100-150 miles, with the 310 you could conceivably jump superchargers and charge every 200-300 miles. If you don't do road trips that much its something to consider. You will spend more time charging in the base model, but $8k is a lot of money to save 10 minutes here and there on an occasional road trip. If money was too tight for both, I'd probably spring for the premium package over the longer range.
 
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I have a 253 mile range Model S and it is fine for road trips. No doubt the 310 would be nice, but not a necessity. With the base battery you'd have to stop at a supercharger every 100-150 miles, with the 310 you could conceivably jump superchargers and charge every 200-300 miles. If you don't do road trips that much its something to consider. You will spend more time charging in the base model, but $8k is a lot of money to save 10 minutes here and there on an occasional road trip. If money was too tight for both, I'd probably spring for the premium package over the longer range.
Thanks for the info: watching the videos of other owners on road trips did give me a feel for the constant charge-minding (it’s like a phone), but I’m glad to hear your thoughts with the Standard Package. Certainly makes the other equipment (home charging) more reasonable
 

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I’ve been seeing videos about the M3 lately, and I think that my biggest annoyance will be the constant minding over charging, but I wonder if the premium for the higher battery PLUS luxury package is worth the payments. The Luxury edition will have higher resale, but all that payment is eating away at me

I live in the Bay Area, and the majority of my time will be commuting around here for commuting. I DO want to take this thing on a road trip, but that’s where the limitation of the Standard Package will be apparent.

BUT a cheaper price point will mean charging annoyance, while also allowing me to pay for additional features (self-driving).

But I’m not 100%, and wanted to hear you guys out. It would be GREAT to have that peace-of-mind with a Luxury Package’s Range, but it is a hefty premium that Tesla forces on you.
I'm in a similar situation as you, but I think which package I choose will depend more on timing of the availability of the standard range version. My lease is up Dec 30 and I don't want to have to commute to work by bike *all* through January.

I've been driving EVs with ~80mi range for the past 5 years for my commute. My commute is 50 miles total, and that is about perfect. For commuting, you just want to make sure you have enough range buffer to run extra errands after work or at lunch, or in case you have to pick the kids up from school etc. I think for me, 220 miles will be a HUGE Luxury, and I can't even imagine 310.

You SHOULD NOT worry about "constant minding over charging". I have trouble getting this across to people I guess, but not having to go to the gas station every week or so is one of the best things about having an EV. It is so convenient to have your vehicle "charged up" every morning and ready to go. My wife gets annoyed because I complain when I have to take her car to the gas station.

I'd also like to take the car on road trips, but like others have said, paying $9000 extra for a road trip or two is probably overkill. In fact, you could still do road trips, just slightly less conveniently.
 

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But I’m not 100%, and wanted to hear you guys out. It would be GREAT to have that peace-of-mind with a Luxury Package’s Range, but it is a hefty premium that Tesla forces on you.
Thanks for reply

My nirvana would be Long-range WITHOUT Luxury Package (hate that wooden panel).
Ravi, I sense a bit of confusion in these denominations (unless I’m totally out of it).
There is no ‘luxury package’ that I am aware of that adds range.
As I got it, there is a $9k Long Range Battery option, which goes by the sweet acronym of LRB, and gives you the 90 extra miles of range.
Then there is the $5k Premium Ugrade Package, aka PUP, with all glass roof, premium seats (vegan ‘leather’), Premium sound, heated rear seats (at some point...), the nice Alcantara door & roof trim and the wood dash trim you’re keen to avoid... ;)

As @SoFlaModel3 stated, you’ll be able to get LRB without PUP in the coming months...
Cheers from Europe!
 
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I hope you are aware that you cannot upgrade the battery - and threfore the range - after you receive your car.
Yup. From the previous posts, it looks like the 200 range isn’t incompatible with my frequent usage, and is a minor inconvenience for long-distance travel and charging frequency.

The ideal will be a long-range Package without the Luxury options, but I can make that decision by Feb 2018 (my standard window is Dec - Mar 2018)
 
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Yup. From the previous posts, it looks like the 200 range isn’t incompatible with my frequent usage, and is a minor inconvenience for long-distance travel and charging frequency.

The ideal will be a long-range Package without the Luxury options, but I can make that decision by Feb 2018 (my standard window is Dec - Mar 2018)
Hey Ravi,

Welcome I'm on the east coast and on the same boat as you. But consider this for the Long Range, once Model 3s are on the road, superchargers are going to be a little challenging to charge in. With Long Range, you have the extra security even when considering standard commute. Then with this, you're charging at home or Destination Charging during road trips.

Just a thought.
 

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There is of course room for a lot of personal opinion and preference here but for me premium upgrade is essential. Forget the wood trim (if it bothers you that much it can be swapped out), I want premium feel, power everything, memory, the glass roof, etc.

I could have waited for standard battery, but long range is in budget for me (and I don’t want to wait). Moreover I like the additional performance and the comfort that I don’t have to worry about mid-day charging unless I am traveling.
 

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Premium upgrade does seem to be a good value. As ridiculous as this sounds, what I really want is the stupid Homelink buttons on the mirror! I just don't think I *need* the extra 90 miles 99% of the time -- though it will be amazingly nice
 

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Premium upgrade does seem to be a good value. As ridiculous as this sounds, what I really want is the stupid Homelink buttons on the mirror! I just don't think I *need* the extra 90 miles 99% of the time -- though it will be amazingly nice
Tesla’s homelink is much better than buttons in the mirror. It’s GPS aware and can open the garage door without being touched!
 
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Tesla’s homelink is much better than buttons in the mirror. It’s GPS award and can open the garage door without being touched!
Ah, that could be nice. I don't want to derail this thread, but how does that work when you drive away? I like to make sure the garage door doesn't reopen on the way down before I back the rest of the way out of the driveway.
 

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Ah, that could be nice. I don't want to derail this thread, but how does that work when you drive away? I like to make sure the garage door doesn't reopen on the way down before I back the rest of the way out of the driveway.
I’m not 100% sure. Maybe I can test this out with my dad’s Model S (if we can’t find a video) and then I’ll put together a video in another thread showing it.
 

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Ah, that could be nice. I don't want to derail this thread, but how does that work when you drive away? I like to make sure the garage door doesn't reopen on the way down before I back the rest of the way out of the driveway.
It will open and close your garage door, but I turned off my close function. I had to drive to far from the house and couldn't be sure it closed. Home link pops up on my screen when I back out and I just touch the correct door on the screen and it closes. Homelink then goes away as I drive away from the house. I love the open function.
 
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I keep going over this in my head, and I've decided (at least for now :) ) to go with the bare bones standard range, with no PUP and no autopilot. $35k. Here's my reasoning:
1. I don't care for glass roof, heated seats, fog lights, wood trim or premium audio. Well, maybe premium audio, a little bit. But how bad could the base model audio really be? Also, I test drove a Model S over the weekend, and didn't notice the glass roof. So, if I can't notice something, why pay for it. ( --> $5k saved)
2. I tested the auto-pilot thingy, and I'm not sold on a machine driving me, yet. I had a minor issue where the car freaked out when it didn't detect the white lines, while crossing an intersection. Also, it says I still need to pay attention, and keep my hands on the wheel, while it's auto-piloting. If I need to pay attention, then I might as well drive the damn thing myself. For me, it's an all-or-nothing kind of thing. You either fully drive me, while I sleep or watch a movie, or I just drive myself.
( --> $5k saved)
3. I don't make any out of town commutes, so a 310 mile range will be over kill. Nice to have, but overkill. ( --> $9k saved)