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  1. WATT TF

    Tesla roof rack - are the crossbars level?

    I took some better photos and measurements today. The rear crossbar is 1.5-2.0" higher than the front crossbar. Measurements were taken on a level surface using a leveled piece of wood attached to the rear crossbar at the edge and again in the center. There is 27.75" separation between the...
  2. WATT TF

    Tesla roof rack - are the crossbars level?

    I recently had the Tesla roof rack installed at a local service center. From a distance it appears as if the rear crossbar is slightly taller than the front crossbar. It will be a couple of months before I have an opportunity to mount a Yakima FatCat and a couple snowboards to view it in...
  3. WATT TF

    Parts of touchscreen flicker while watching YouTube - HELP!

    I am on software version 10.1 Here is a video of the audio video sync test playing on my touchscreen. I do not see anything unusual here. I continued watching the live stream on YouTube to look for a pattern. The slight flickering in the background appears on every channel. It usually...
  4. WATT TF

    Parts of touchscreen flicker while watching YouTube - HELP!

    Here is an updated link to the 2 second video clip of the flickering - Sorry for sending a bad link in my original post.
  5. WATT TF

    Parts of touchscreen flicker while watching YouTube - HELP!

    That was my original assumption. I was watching the live impeachment hearing and the flickering was present regardless of the YouTube channel (CNBC, FOX, CBS, etc.). I simultaneously played the same video on my phone, holding it next to the touchscreen. The flickering could only be seen from...
  6. WATT TF

    Parts of touchscreen flicker while watching YouTube - HELP!

    Today while parked watching YouTube on the touchscreen I immediately noticed areas of the display flickering every 5-10 seconds. The flickering applies to random areas of the display on all YouTube channels. Here is a link to a 2 second video where you can see the podium flicker. Neither my...
  7. WATT TF

    Tent camping in the South Dakota Badlands

    My wife and I usually get a good laugh when people often ask what we would do if our car runs out of electricity. While camping (plugged in) I jokingly suggested we ask some of the RV folks what they would do if their RV/generator ran out of fuel on the campground. LOL
  8. WATT TF

    Tent camping in the South Dakota Badlands

    I wish Tesla was that generous! I have done all 19,000 miles of driving WITHOUT free supercharging. For each roadtrip I drove straight through (12-35 hours) and have lots of awesome feedback. P.S. The new 150 kW superchargers rock! I made it from South Dakota to Illinois a lot faster than I...
  9. WATT TF

    Tent camping in the South Dakota Badlands

    For those who are interested I have spent a lot of time reading forums and visiting stores to identify the largest cooler that will fit in the trunk without removing the floor piece or scratching the tailgate / inside of trunk. It turns out the Coleman 50-quart cooler with wheels is the largest...
  10. WATT TF

    Tent camping in the South Dakota Badlands

    The KOA had a site specifically for EVs with a NEMA 14-50 outlet. Very convenient.
  11. WATT TF

    Tent camping in the South Dakota Badlands

    I didn’t bring anything long so it wasn’t necessary to fold down the rear seats. I did have to do this to accommodate snowboards when driving to Colorado. I typically drive straight through and nap while charging. Having the seats down is a huge inconvenience because it limits how far the front...
  12. WATT TF

    Tent camping in the South Dakota Badlands

    Earlier this week I went on a trip that concluded with 18,500 miles on my M3. My wife and I took delivery in November and have driven from Chicago to Atlanta, Breckenridge twice during bad storms (photos below), and South Dakota. I had an XPEL clear bra and Llumar tints installed the day I got...
  13. WATT TF

    Frustrating experience at Discount Tire - HELP!

    I will definitely be rotating my own tires in the future. If this were your car would you schedule a service appointment to have it lifted and evaluated? The rain combined with my fat head make it tough to see underneath without lifting the car.
  14. WATT TF

    Frustrating experience at Discount Tire - HELP!

    What bugs me is the Manager initially told me they lift a ton of Teslas and always use a floor jack and some sort of pad. When I saw my car there wasn't a floor jack in sight and I was very angry to say the least. The jack locations concern me as the rear pad is near the middle of the vehicle...
  15. WATT TF

    Frustrating experience at Discount Tire - HELP!

    This afternoon I had an appointment with a local Discount Tire to rotate and balance the tires of my M3 - this is my first rotation after 10,000 enjoyable miles. I've used Discount Tire for over 10 years and they generally perform great work. Today I pulled in and saw a M3 in their parking lot...
  16. WATT TF

    Why I feel less angry about the lower EAP + FSD price after thinking this out

    My favorite idea to alleviate some of the frustration due to lost value is to issue a software update to 2018 and early 2019 vehicles ("original edition"?) that permanently increases max acceleration by a fixed amount. This doesn't cost Tesla a dime upfront and could result in a lot of...
  17. WATT TF

    RWD in the Snow

    I live in Chicago and have put about 8,250 miles on my LR RWD Model 3 since taking delivery in mid-November. This includes roundtrip to Atlanta driving through the hills/mountains in southern Tennessee and more notably roundtrip to Breckenridge. My drive to Breckenridge was through a blizzard...
  18. WATT TF

    Model 3 Roof Rack Options - Comparing Efficiencies

    Can you post more photos of your setups? :)
  19. WATT TF

    Loud sound when reversing after parking

    What you are experiencing is completely normal for all models (S, X, and 3). In an ICE vehicle that many of us are accustomed to, the transmission is used to hold the vehicle stationary when in Park - after putting the car in Park you can feel it roll an inch or 2 after taking your foot off...
  20. WATT TF

    Your favorite roof rack accessories (bike, ski/snowboard/cargo box)

    I am new to the roof rack game and wanting to familiarize myself with some of your favorite 3rd party accessories for hauling things such as bicycles, snowboards, and cargo boxes using a Model 3 and OEM roof rack. I assume many of you are using Yakima or Thule accessories? Can you provide some...
  21. WATT TF

    Energy Consumption in Drive/Hold vs. Park

    I agree with all of your remarks and suspected some of the same scenarios. I interpreted the white bar to measure the accelerator pedal similar to a tachometer, not necessarily the entire car's instant usage. I first noticed this when parking in my garage last night. When I went back out to...
  22. WATT TF

    Energy Consumption in Drive/Hold vs. Park

    I did a poor job explaining my situation - if I'm driving down a level road at 20mph and let off the accelerator, the car will regen to about 5mph at which point I must use the brakes to stop. This is displayed on the energy bar as green for regen and no bar (usage or regen) while braking...
  23. WATT TF

    Energy Consumption in Drive/Hold vs. Park

    I think you answered my question - I was confused how there could be an energy bar at all when the car is stationary at a stop light. But it sounds like this is normal.
  24. WATT TF

    Energy Consumption in Drive/Hold vs. Park

    This morning I noticed a small white dash on my energy consumption meter after switching from park to drive without pressing the accelerator or the car moving. This continued during my commute to work - switching to P resulted in no consumption, but shifting back to D caused the minor...
  25. WATT TF

    Tesla Model 3 is fundamentally changing the company

    Your math is valid if 100% of our country's population could afford a Tesla, but that is not the case.... Anyways, I'll use your numbers to once again prove my point. I live in Chicago, work 25 miles away in the suburbs, and often travel to rural areas for weeks at a time for work. Also worth...
  26. WATT TF

    Panel (mis)alignment and/or gap getting worse?!

    Sorry for not answering your specific questions - I fractured my wrist in 3 places over the weekend and am a one-handed scatter brain until I recover from surgery Thursday to install a bionic replacement. Hope I was able to answer your questions or at least provide helpful insight.
  27. WATT TF

    Panel (mis)alignment and/or gap getting worse?!

    KG M3 - I'm very happy to chime in here. It's important to understand the temperature gradient created by ICE vs. EV. The battery and surrounding components absorb a very high amount of energy when charging at 120kw causing them to get hot almost immediately. Imagine having a device that...
  28. WATT TF

    Panel (mis)alignment and/or gap getting worse?!

    Great comments! I was simply throwing ideas out there and definitely agree with all of your remarks. I’ve noticed cars with VIN 135-150XXX look much better :)
  29. WATT TF

    Tesla Model 3 is fundamentally changing the company

    Your remarks are very condescending. If you had read my entire post you would have seen the paragraph where I made the following remark that my entire comment is based on: “I live in a condo in downtown Chicago without access to at home charging. I park in an indoor garage where an at home...
  30. WATT TF

    Panel (mis)alignment and/or gap getting worse?!

    I did take the time to run this calculation and it's possible the thermal expansion is exceeding the tolerances of connections between individual component parts. It's impossible for me to make a firm conclusion without viewing an exploded view of the car to analyze support structures...
  31. WATT TF

    Panel (mis)alignment and/or gap getting worse?!

    Parts changing size resulting in uneven panel gaps as I described is a result of a sharp temperature change and should really be most prevalent for those of us in cold climates. The battery's cooling mechanism is activated between 115° and 120°. For someone in California where a cold day is...
  32. WATT TF

    Tesla Model 3 is fundamentally changing the company

    From my personal experience, Tesla is walking a very fine line of what could be considered deceptive business practices and sales tactics. I live in a condo in downtown Chicago without access to at home charging. I park in an indoor garage where an at home charger isn't suitable. Earlier this...
  33. WATT TF

    Tesla Model 3 is fundamentally changing the company

    Math using new supercharging rates is downright ugly. The new rate in Chicago is 0.34/kWh, up from 0.24/kWh in fall '18, and 0.12/kWh in summer '18. Last weekend I went on a short 350 mile roadtrip to Michigan where regular fuel was between $1.65 and $1.95 - we will use $1.80 for the sake of...
  34. WATT TF

    I had no idea insurance was so much!

    I politely disagree with your post. There are a lot of other variables besides performance that factor into cost - primarily SAFETY. The Model 3 is the safest car on the road making it less expensive than comparable sports cars like your Mercedes C300. On the other hand, if you compare 2...
  35. WATT TF

    Panel (mis)alignment and/or gap getting worse?!

    Forgot to add the primarily steel frame that many of these parts are clipped to or aligned with.
  36. WATT TF

    Panel (mis)alignment and/or gap getting worse?!

    TeeEmCee, this issue is haunting me. Today a manufacturing industry magazine I follow posted a technical article describing differences in thermal expansion for different materials. 30 minutes later and I'm sucked in after finding even more relevant material online - Thermo-Mechanical...
  37. WATT TF

    Tesla OEM All Weather Mats

    I wish I could say I never drive in rain - currently preparing for a road trip through 8-12" of snow and complimentary salt. More coverage is necessary around here :) PS Tesla OEM mats are manufactured by Weathertech. I assumed that heavy duty mats with the Tesla Logo will be available as...
  38. WATT TF

    I had no idea insurance was so much!

    A lot of people underestimate the value of a local insurance agent. While shopping I found that almost every other insurance company failed to acknowledge the fact that the cost of insurance for a non-Performance car cost about half that of a Performance car. That's why it's important for us...
  39. WATT TF

    Tesla OEM All Weather Mats

    3D MAXpider mats are awesome! I had them on order but cancelled before they shipped because Weathertech said they were weeks away from releasing theirs at the time...that was 6 weeks ago.
  40. WATT TF

    I had no idea insurance was so much!

    Not sure you read my post considering I pay $1,000/yr for my Model 3 through State Farm and paid $1,050/yr through the same agent for my 2011 Volkswagen CC Sport with 125k miles. I live in Chicago, drive 15-20k miles per year and probably have some of the highest rates among those in this forum...
  41. WATT TF

    Tesla OEM All Weather Mats

    Mats with the lip is what I was referring to - they are used in almost every vehicle in areas with inclement weather. Weathertech and Tesla (for all other models) refer to this style of mat as "all weather". Model X All Weather Interior Mats Model S All-Weather Interior Set I am not a fan...
  42. WATT TF

    Tesla OEM All Weather Mats

    Has anyone heard an update from Tesla or Weathertech regarding true all weather mats similar to those sold for the Model X and S? I understand there are other manufacturers producing this type of mat, but I prefer Tesla mats that match the Trunk and Frunk.
  43. WATT TF

    Not Charging at Level 1

    I've had a similar issue and it was related to the outlet. Does your screen or app show 120V, 15 amps and 1-2 kw? That's what I've experienced from successfully plugging into various wall outlets.
  44. WATT TF

    Gorgeous Tesla Pictures- users' album

    Breckenridge, CO after a roughly 20 hour, 1,100 mile drive from Chicago. Somewhere between Atlanta and Chicago
  45. WATT TF

    Performance not getting 310 miles promised

    In the case of my commute speed is as big an enemy as HVAC. I take a 5-lane highway about 20 miles from Chicago to the NW Suburbs. After most recent construction the speed limit increased from 55 mph to 70 mph - on most days the left lane is doing 85-90 mph. Each lane to the right slows down...
  46. WATT TF

    Performance not getting 310 miles promised

    I think Model 3 battery life is confusing because of how we measure other battery powered devices such as a cell phone. It would be like Apple claiming iPhone batteries can last up to 5 days. Sure they can if you make a few calls per day and don't use it otherwise. Most Model 3's can drive...
  47. WATT TF

    Panel (mis)alignment and/or gap getting worse?!

    Spoke with a service adviser yesterday after he reviewed my emailed photos and comments. He asked if I would drop off the car at a service center and reassured me that all of the horror stories I've read online are from people using 3rd party body shops, not Tesla. He claimed the popping is...
  48. WATT TF

    Panel (mis)alignment and/or gap getting worse?!

    IMO this is an engineering problem and not necessarily assembly related. The parts of an assembly should fit together tightly. If they don't, there could be an issue with the manufacturing tolerances of the individual parts(too large). Large manufacturing tolerances allow Tesla to speed up...
  49. WATT TF

    I had no idea insurance was so much!

    I did a lot of research into auto insurance before buying my car and found it odd that about half of the comments are from people claiming it's less than their 8 year old Pruis or other vehicle, and the other half claiming it's outrageously expensive ($2000/yr +). I called my insurance prior to...
  50. WATT TF

    Panel (mis)alignment and/or gap getting worse?!

    Last year my German made VW CC was bumped on the quarter panel in a slow speed parking lot collision. I took it to Gerber Collision, a reputable corporate body shop, to repair. When the car was returned I noticed a small panel misalignment and brought it back due to their lifetime warranty. The...

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