Model X / young kids

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  1. spurswin99

    spurswin99 New Member

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    Hello - first post and new to the community. I apologize in advance if this post violates any forum rules or contains duplicate questions - I couldn't find the answers elsewhere and thought some people here might know.

    My wife and I are planning on purchasing a Model X this year. Our primary concern is safety, and we have been impressed with all of the features and reviews about the Model X on that score. We have one 2 year old and may have one more child in the next couple years (almost certainly never more than that!). We are planning on the 7 seater. I know that is often disfavored, with many preferring the 6, but our thinking is that we would almost always use the 7 seater like a 5 seater (i.e., with the third row down) and only use the 3rd row on rare occasions when we might need to transport others.

    With that in mind, some questions:

    1) Given my use case above, do most agree that the 7-seater would make sense for us?
    2) Does anyone have experience with child seats in the Tesla? While we only one have child, we would keep the car seat in the middle of the 2nd row, rear facing for at least another year. If we have a second child, we would ideally keep the youngest one rear facing in the middle with the older one front facing on one of the side seats. Would that set up work well? Any suggestions in my thinking?
    3) Is the multi-pattern black interior OK with kids and spills? Or might it stain/damage too easily and thus the faux leather would be worth the $3300 upgrade?
    4) Any other tips that Model X owners with small children have?

    Thanks for the help! I look forward to being part of the Model X community!
     
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  2. gene

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    Welcome to the forum!

    Having first-hand experience on this, I hope to add some color on the pros and cons of having a Model X as a family hauler.

    1) A 7-seater only makes sense IMO if you intend to have third-row passengers that are either small children or smaller-framed adults that don't mind feeling cramped. And the third-row is certainly not an area that anyone I know would want to ride in for an extended period of time. There isn't much leg room at all especially if the second-row seats are being occupied.

    2) Front-facing child seats, no problem (in the 2nd row). It's worth noting that the latches are on outer-most seats. I don't recall seeing latches in the middle seat of the 2nd row. For young children that need to ride in a rear-facing seat, the car seat will fit - again, in the 2nd row - but it presents a bit of a logistical problem if you plan on also taking passengers in the 2nd row and 3rd row. A rear-facing child seat will not be able to incline nor provide enough space for people to "climb over" when accessing the middle seat. You learn to load children from 1 Falcon Wing door while using the other to load passengers.

    3) Unfortunately we don't have any experience with the multi-pattern black interior, but I could tell you that the white interior does stain, but easily cleanable.

    4) If we had to do it all over again, we would probably have done with the 6-seater as that would maybe give us use of the 3rd row which to date has been used less than a dozen times in the last 20 months (we had the first Model Xs) .

    I recommend checking out the @Like Tesla "Like Tesla" YouTube channel which documents family life with 2 young children in a Model X.

    Cheers!
     
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  3. nigel hummelman

    nigel hummelman New Member

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    Diesels are the way to go. IF IT DON'T SMOKE BLACK BRING IT BACK. Lithium ion plants ( Lithium ion is the acid in the battery) spell destruction. One plant is worse that every vehicle created, look it up.
     
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  4. gene

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    You are hilarious. Why?
     
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  5. nigel hummelman

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    Whatever buddy, diesels are for real men. Buy a vw tdi if you want to save money on fuel. They average at 45 mpg. I'm a mechanic and believe me, these cars are great.
     
  6. gene

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    Haha I believe you buddy. Too bad they're so gender specific.
     
  7. Christopher Yuen

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    Hi spurswin99,

    Happy to help you out there! I recently purchased my Model X as a 6 seater. I have 4 children under the age of 5 and all car seats have child safety latches.

    1) We moved from a 7 seater Pilot which was nice when the kids were young. My wife could sit in the middle seat middle row and tend to the kids' needs but we thought ahead and wanted the spacing and flexibility down the road. Hence we bought the 6 seater configuration.
    2) With the 7 seater bench seat I would be cautious about putting a child seat in the middle and one on either side simply due to the girth of various car seats. Most manufacturers make their car seats favourable for evolution and create an all in one which are substantially wider than others. It will be tight to fit child seats side by side. I would recommend you sit them on opposite ends and have the middle seat open just in case you or your wife need to tend to their needs while on the road.
    3) We opted for the white interior. I love the way it pops in contrast with the black exterior. We have read that they are the most durable according to Tesla. It is more upkeep but for us is more of an aesthetics thing.
    4) Get the all weather mats in case of spills, take their shoes off in the car so they don't kick and scratch the back of the seats, find a mirror that fits the unique head rests so you can see your little one (or ones) while driving as not all are created equal. Plan your routes well as you will be stopping frequently...lol!

    Feel free to use my referral code for free unlimited supercharging and $1,000.00 off of your purchase but I believe that the $1k discount is ending soon but the free supercharging is going to remain:

    https://www.tesla.com/en_CA/referral/christopher3844?redirect=no
     
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  8. DrBert

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    Thanks @gene and @Christopher Yuen for the helpful info. We've also been considering the 7-seat option, to carry adults (grandkid carseats in row 2, per Christopher). I think we'd now just go with the 5-seat configuration...
     
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  9. MSp

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    Hi Dr Bert. Also take into consideration how much storage space you'd like to have in your X. Some configurations wont allow you to fold all the rear seats flat, thus limiting the storage size, especially the depth, to transport long items. When my wife and I were debating whether to to choose an X or S, we opted for the S, as at that time, none of the X rear seats could be folded. The S had actually way more room for large luggage compared to an X. And to be honest, I like the looks of an S over the X, but that of course is very personal ;). Have you decided yet? Don't wait to long, or else you'll lose the chance to get the $1000 buyers credit. I am sure you have plenty of referrals to choose from, so I wont post mine, but just in case you don't have one, let me know, and I'll give you mine.
     
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  10. DrBert

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    Thanks, @MSp. Spent lots of hours over the past couple of weeks, going through configurations and options -- both at the showroom and with the Design Studio. Like you, I think we're settling on the S. Now just have to decide 75D or 100D. Either way, only a few days left to close the deal (as you said). Thanks also for the offer of a code, but I plan to use a friend's; after all he gets the credit (blame?) for dragging me out into the deep end of the pool...
     

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