I was the 10,349th person to reserve a Model S, but I wasn't ready for the commitment. I got my deposit back and bought a Model X 100D ~4.5 years later (2017). $113k. Great decision. Silver metallic with a matte wrap. White interior. Great car.
6 years and 40k miles later, our relationship had become routine. I was long past showing off the falcon doors and christmas lights. Teslas were everywhere in my community. I rarely took advantage of free lifetime charging. Even my kids had grown out of the "tooting" feature. OTA updates became rare, at least for my aging model.
I began to look at other cars online, privately, at night. Their range had caught up and they had high-end interiors. One thing led to another and I abruptly broke things off. I coldly turned in the Tesla last week and purchased a fully loaded, 2024 iX M60. She's faster and better looking. I haven't seen one like it at my kids' school. But while there's less drama with her parts, she's still high maintenance in her own way; so many options and modes to learn. But I do wonder, are these also gimmicks? Will I tire of tracking g forces? How long before I start using the manual scroll wheel to increase the volume instead of using hand gestures?! Will she make it 6 years like Tessie? Or get tossed aside for a new model in 36 months?
I don't think I want my Tesla back, but I miss some of its' features. I took some things for granted, like how the doors would automatically shut when I stepped on the brake (I still step on the brake then look at the M60 door like, "okay? you gonna close or what?"). I miss the chivalry of auto-opening the doors for people. Or how my gate and garage door would automatically open when I approached them instead of requiring a (gasp) button to be pushed. The Tesla also knew to begin charging when I plugged into a public stall, but waited until 12:01am at home. I think the M60 can do that (?), but only if I commit to a "departure time"? It's partly the awkwardness of learning a new partner, but while traditional manufacturers are catching up quickly, the Model X did some things really well and will always share a special place in my vehicle history.
The iX M60 is incredible. Classy interior. I can't wait to drive the mountain roads. I love having a heads up display. It's got LAFC colors. The AC works.
But I still miss "ArtemisOne". If only for her charging port being on the left.