Former Tesla Owner Reveals Why He Switched Back to Gas

A former Tesla owner traded in his electric car for a gas-powered vehicle after it proved unfit for his situation.
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Sep 24, 2022
With
gas prices the way they are
and the market trending toward electrification, you see a lot of stories of folks making the switch and ditching their gas cars for electric vehicles—often a
Tesla
.
But what if the opposite happens? That's what Reddit user "nashifiqbal" details in their post about going electric—and then going straight back to gas.

'Blown away' by acceleration

"I had a 2022 Tesla Model 3 LR,"
they wrote
. "I bought it because when I first test drove one, I was blown away by the acceleration. I noticed it was heavy, but I thought it’d be fine. The thought of not having to pay for gas anymore while getting a fun, high tech car sounded enticing enough."
But despite having no real issues with the vehicle itself after around 6 months of ownership, “nashifiqbal” decided it was time to part with their Tesla for a handful of reasons.

Not as fun as anticipated

The user noted that while their Tesla Model 3 was a nice vehicle, it wasn't as fun to drive as they had originally hoped.
"Don't get me wrong," they wrote. "Instant torque is great, but if you slam it enough times, you'll start getting a massive headache. So I had to be a bit restrained on punching the accelerator at times if I was driving more spiritedly."
But the biggest downsides, they said, were the Tesla's weight and regenerative braking.
"The weight made it feel really heavy and wasn't all that tossable around corners," they wrote. "That being said, it was impressive for how heavy it is, but still not as nimble as a gas sedan."
They noted that regenerative braking made them change how they had to drive as well, adding that instead of being able to let off the gas and coast, the Tesla required them to keep a foot on the accelerator the entire time while driving, which took some of the fun out of going fast.

The novelty wore off

When “nashifiqbal” first bought their Tesla, they could charge at home and there were tons of chargers near them until they moved to an apartment they couldn't charge in. There were also no superchargers within a reasonable difference, meaning they no longer enjoyed any convenience when it came to owning an electric vehicle.
They also noted that they didn't enjoy Tesla's
reputation
, stating that Tesla is notorious for poor customer service, expensive parts, and long wait times for parts—not to mention poor quality at times. Other
Tesla owners
also aren't the best to be around, they wrote.

They'll miss autopilot

This former Tesla owner added that the one thing that kept them from switching back to a gas-powered vehicle sooner was Tesla's Autopilot, which they enjoyed using on longer road trips. But, they added, they can live without it.
But despite dropping their Tesla, they still recommend them for some drivers.
"If you’re a casual driver and you prefer convenience, the Tesla is probably the best bet," they wrote. 
"If you can charge at home, it’s a huge win, you won’t have to go out of your way to get gas regularly. It’s got great convenience features and has the power exactly when you want it, which makes it a great highway driver.
"But if you’re an enthusiast or you just like fun driving more, I wouldn’t recommend it. You’ll have more fun in a sporty gas car. Sure, you’ll pay at the pump, but it’s about the smiles per mile."
They noted that they were able to trade in their Tesla for a profit as well, which resulted in their loan debt being cut in half after trading in for a pre-owned 2019 Genesis G70, while enjoying a drop in car insurance rate.
It's important to note that with more and more charging stations becoming common, this user's charging convenience gripes might no longer be an issue in the near future. And as car batteries get smaller and more efficient, they'll get lighter, too.

Electric vehicles are still the future

While this one instance of a person trading in their Tesla for a gas-powered vehicle might seem damning for electric vehicles, it's not. They mentioned they might consider an electric vehicle as a secondary car in the future, with a gas-powered car as a fallback daily driver.
But as user “nashifiqbal” demonstrated, insuring an electric vehicle can be more expensive than insuring other gas-powered cars. That's why it's important to shop around for the best rate.
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