Anyone Can Order A Tesla Model 3 Now, But The $35,000 One Is Nowhere To Be Found, Also Does Anyone Want A Submarine

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The time has now come: Even if you didn’t reserve one during the Eisenhower administration, you can now order a Tesla Model 3. Of course, you can’t order a $35,000 Model 3 because that doesn’t exist. But the SpaceX submarine does exist and is currently just left in a cave, so if you want that maybe Elon will let you have it.

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If you, for whatever reason, prefer a small electric vehicle instead of an unused submarine rapid-prototyped for a task that was already accomplished without it, you can plop down a $2,500 reservation for a long-range or performance model Model 3 without dealing with the reservation system.

The Model 3 configurator isn’t interested in your peasant-spec trims. $49,000 and up.
The Model 3 configurator isn’t interested in your peasant-spec trims. $49,000 and up.
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This means that buyers who are just now ready to spring for a loaded Model 3 are likely to jump in front of those who have been waiting since day one for the elusive $35,000 car originally promised by Chief Engineer Elon Musk.

We’re still not sure when the entry-level Model 3 will make it to production, but Musk recently tweeted that doing it too soon would cause the automaker to die.

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The timeline he gave was “3 to 6 months,” which itself has become something of a meme given the CEO’s frequent disregard for his own self-imposed deadlines. After many instances of him saying a feature would roll out in three to six months but not meeting that deadline, it’s taken on the new meaning of “eventually, but here’s a specific-enough answer to get you off my back.”

It’s also worth noting that the $7,500 tax credit is set to expire on Tesla vehicles, as the automaker is approaching or has crested the 200,000-unit cap which triggers a phase-out period.

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The more important point is that if you aren’t willing to wait, you’ll have to settle for a more optioned-up Model 3. Or the sub. I’d imagine Elon doesn’t plan to just leave it there forever. Give him three to six months.

Mack Hogan is Jalopnik's Weekend Editor, but you may know him from his role as CNBC's car critic or his brave (and maligned) takes on Twitter. Most people agree that you shouldn't listen to him.

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Nurburgringer
Nurburgringer

I put down $1000 and waited 2 years on the mythical $35k model 3. Cancelled it and leased a BMW i3 last week. With incentives (immediate $7500 credit, $2k BMW loyalty, $1000 OL Code for entering a contest for a trip to Japan, $2500 back from TX which Teslas don’t qualify for and $1000 from BMWCCA) comes out to $340/month with zero down. I3 is a great car, way more interesting and nice inside than the T3, and 130miles range/day until I can plug in overnight is plenty for me.