Back in the winter of 2020, just before the pandemic mania hit the states, two Hot Wheels remote control Tesla Cybertrucks were announced. The preorders for the 1:10 and 1:64 scale toys ended almost immediately. That marked the start of a long wait until the Christmas season. But after a year filled with tragedy and turmoil, the release was delayed. With just a few more months of waiting, a playful version of the Tesla Cybertruck arrived at my door.
For most people, Tesla’s Cybertruck was an oddity, something that grew on them. Not me, from the moment I saw it I liked it. The morning after the unveiling, as I watched a video of this behemoth rolling onstage, I laughed manically. There’s a very good chance I’ll be buying one in the next few years. It looks like something from a 1980s sci-fi movie or the Warthog from Halo. To prepare for this mix of futuristic nostalgia, I’ve made a playlist of 88 synthwave songs.
My car is about hit 15 years of age. The cost of maintenance is at the tipping point. Eventually, it becomes cheaper to buy a new car than to maintain an old one. There’s also additional stress involved. An older car tends to be of questionable reliability. Will it start? Will it get me home? I’ve been looking for a new electric car, but I had given up on Tesla. Today, they surprised me. The long wait is over. The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 is finally here.
I was really excited about the Model 3 from Tesla. Unfortunately, the math started to creep into the plan. This was supposed to be the $35,000 electric car for the masses. The reality showed this wasn’t the car for me. Once I saw that silver paint was an additional $1000 cost, I cancelled the pre-order. It felt like being nickeled-and-dimed. Higher expense, along with long production times, broke the budget and the fun.
I’m one of the hundreds-of-thousands of people waiting for the Model 3. In fact, I put down a $1000 reservation exactly one year ago today. But 365 days later, I’m starting to wonder if the Model 3 is right for me. At first, I thought the smug looking nose of the car would be the showstopper. Surprisingly, I’ve actually gotten used to the look of the Model 3. It reminds me of a Porsche. The Model 3 is a sexy car. It’s sleek and sporty, with great driving specs. What I’m not sure about is the spartan interior. Specifically, I’ve been pondering the practicality of the barren dashboard.