My Honda Fit is about 3 years old and has 50,000 miles on it. I have high hopes for it to last at least another 100,000-150,000 miles without huge repairs. BUT hubby’s 2007 Prius has 165,000+ miles on it and all of those small end-of-life issues are slowly popping up like oil leaks.
Until this year, we knew that Len’s next car would be a Prius. He loves his Prius. And we thought the next one would most likely be the Prius Prime, which we have been checking out on Cars.com and specific dealer sites (it’s running about $30,000 around Texas). It has more cameras, can go up to 600 miles on one tank, and gets 53-55 miles per gallon.
But now we’ve heard about the new Tesla – self-driving, electric, and will be available for about $35,000. It could be worth an extra $4,000-$9,000 to us in order to own a self-driving car that will go 250+ miles without needing to be charged. You just plug in your destination address like you do with your personal GPS and the car takes you there. That’s simply magical.
Our Tesla Hesitations
We both are a little hesitant to jump into an all-electric car since it takes an hour or so to charge if you run low while you are driving around. Len is also being wishy-washy because you are required to continue paying attention while the car self-drives, which takes away a lot of the self-driving dreams of fun with phone games, movies, etc. I’m a little iffy just because I heard that the waiting list is so long that the 2017 release won’t catch up with the demand until late 2018 or early 2019. We’ll see…
I guess this whole debate will be moot if his current Prius has many more issues before the not-$100,000 Tesla is truly available.
Have you heard about the Tesla? What do you think about it?
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