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    Test drove the Model Y, Model 3 and the Mach E back to back to back, yesterday

    The Mach E has Apple play, if that is important to anyone. My Tesla M3 does not, but I love the car anyway.
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    Why a Y Needs Mud Guards/Flaps

    I bought some mud flaps on Amazon about 6 months ago. I'm not sure if the brand can be stated her, but the name has some of the letters shown: Fa****a. It took me about 30 minutes to install all four flaps. The rear rivet was definitely the hardest to push in place. I had to use a piece of...
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    What percentage of Model 3s are "lemons"

    I also live in Los Angeles, Northridge in the San Fernando valley. I've had my Tesla model 3 for over two years, and have had only one service on my driveway. The Tesla mobile van pulled up and the car got a 2 year recommended service: tire rotation, new cabin filter, fluids topped off for...
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    So.... I rejected my collection car today :(

    Sorry for all the problems. What you really want is a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday car. On Mondays, people are still hung over from the weekend.
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    Tech Improvements Unveiled on Battery Day

    I have a couple of questions; 1. since the new 4680 battery takes up 4.8 times the area (21mm dia. vs 46mm dia.), how many of these batteries can fit into say a model 3? Not that this battery will ever be destined for use in the model 3., but you cannot fit 4416, 4680 cells under the floor of...
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    Curb rash. Ouch.

    I had my car serviced a couple of months back, on my driveway, using the Tesla mobile service. Tired of hitting the curb with my tire rims (I use Rim Blades to reduce the damage), I asked the service tech why do the rims stick out beyond the tire profile. He claimed that is makes the base of...
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    Screw you, Model 3

    Nicely written Mosby and thank you for your service. I just celebrated the second anniversary of my 40th birthday. I've owned my model 3 LR RWD for over two years. I did not get to serve in the military, instead, I was an engineer working on military projects. I look for reasons to drive...
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    Another rejected model Y

    I also would have rejected this car Besides several bad panel gaps, there were several paint issues and there seemed to be dust or dirt particles everywhere. My Tesla model 3 was in much better condition when I accepted delivery. Hope you do not have to wait to long for an acceptable MY.
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    Finding it hard to remain passionate about Tesla

    WOW, what a bunch of negative nanny's. I picked up my Model 3 LR RWD on May 31, 2018. A week later I called the service center near me asking to come by the SC and see if they could install my front license plate holder. A real live person answered the phone. I was treated like a VIP and...
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    I get it now.....

    I lived in Scotts Valley for 10 years (1990 - 2000). Due to a job change, I had to drive to Milpitas over HWY 17 for work. I have a white M3 LR RWD that I picked up on May 31,2018 after waiting 26 months (to the day). I agree that It is best car I have every owned. Enjoy! In a previous post...
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    I get it now.....

    Mark 75476: I drove Hwy 17 for over 7 years. I had a Honda Prius at the time. After several years of driving along side those large gravel trucks, my wind shield and front hood were badly pitted from the rocks and sand that falls off the trucks. I would suggest that you clear rap the front...
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    Blog Tesla Horn to Get Custom Sounds – Goats, Farts, Coconuts

    I totally agree with you. I paid over 50000 for my model 3 LR RWD without EAP. I would like a software upgrade that gives me adaptive cruise control like most other 50K + cars have.
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    Hit a Few Plastic Barrels, Pay Half Your Car's Value

    I do not have EAP and I'm regretting less every day. After seeing news reports of Tesla drivers going down the Los Angeles freeway at 70+ miles/hr sound asleep, and some do not appear to have either hand on the steering wheel. CRAZY!!
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    Video: Driver left scene of an accident / Update: driver caught

    Sorry you had to endue something like this. There seems to be a rash of hit and runs, at least, in Los Angeles. An accidental hit makes more sense, to me, than a purposeful act. F.Y.I. In California it is illegal to park in front of any driveway, including your own (I missed this question on...
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    Tesla moments

    I open my frunk after washing the car to dry the water around the rubber weather stripping and the little bit of water that may get inside. I have yet to use it for it's intended purpose--I rarely back into a parking space.
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    Wireless Phone Charger by Tesla

    I bought the TapTes dual, Q1 wireless phone charger and saved $55 (incl. tax). It installed in seconds and is working fine--I have an iphone XR and my wife is using an 8+. There is a little bit of pad movement, but they supplied two double sticky-backed pads if this bothers you. The original...
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    Pictures of production Model 3s

    Is there anywhay that you can move that background across from my house? I also have a white M3.
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    NEMA 14-50 Plug Meltdown / Near Fire

    It's great that no major damage occurred. Your melted connector most likely was caused by a loose connection to one of the terminals. A loose connection increases the resistance in the circuit. Power equals: current squared times resistance--more resistance, more power, ie. more heat. There...
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    NEMA 14-50 UMC Adapter No Longer Included With New Purchases

    Sorry I was not clear. The NEMA 14-50 adapter that comes with the Tesla M3 (or used to) requires a 50 AMP circuit breaker outlet and is designed to deliver 40 amps, due to the required 20% derating requirement. If the Tesla 14-50 adapter is used, it programs the charging current to the car at...
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    Help, Tesla wants me to buy a new tire after a failed tire patch job

    I was concerned, after reading several forum posts, that Costco might not have the proper lifting equipment.
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    Anyone want free genuine leather upgrade for seats (Bay Area) Brand New

    Just out of curiosity, why did you upgrade to genuine leather seats? The vegan seats, that come with the car, are supposed to be very durable.
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    Help, Tesla wants me to buy a new tire after a failed tire patch job

    Has anyone checked to see if Costco can do Tesla tire repair/change?
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    Irritated after 4 days of SR ownership.

    I bought my M3 LR RWD back in May of 2018. I figured that $10K would be coming back to me ($2.5k state of CA, $7500 from Trump) which put the car into my price range. I have thoroughly enjoyed driving my M3 for almost a year now and have no desired to update it to any for the newly minted...
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    NEMA 14-50 UMC Adapter No Longer Included With New Purchases

    ucmndd is correct. the nema 14-50 adapter would be derated to 40 amps, however, I was informed that the actual charging current, controlled by the car, would be only 32 amps. The story goes that Elon thought that a 50 circuit was to high of a charging current for most households and derated it...
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    I don't see why you'd need the quicker model 3.

    I've been married for 53 years. i guess you never learn the phrase "yes dear".
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    Ok to use Nema 14-50 plug with 40amp circuit?

    Thanks for the info. I was not aware that a Gen. 2 version was available.
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    Aero Wheel Covers - Do They Add Range?

    I like them on a white car as well.
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    Ok to use Nema 14-50 plug with 40amp circuit?

    My question is what is the rating of the circuit breaker in your power panel. A nema 14-50 is designed for a 50 AMP. circuit breaker and the allowable current draw is recommended to be 40 Amps or lower (a 20% safety current reduction). To draw 40 Amps, I believe 6 AWG wire is recommended. For...
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    SR now 215 mile range, 0-60 in 5.1 (AWD?)

    Flat road, single male driver, average weight (approx. 175 lbs).
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    SR now 215 mile range, 0-60 in 5.1 (AWD?)

    I just watched a YouTube video (dated Jan. 2018) by "Vehicle Virgins" that tested the model 3 with the big battery. Their results, after two runs, 0 - 60 mph in 4.4 sec.
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    EAP Users- Is it worth $5k?

    My son and I both got Tesla model 3's. I, having a limited budget, made the decision to trade off the EAP for the large battery (+ $9000 -$5000). My son, thinking he is Rockefeller, opted for both (he also works). I am retired and do not drive in stop and go traffic very often. My son drives...
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    Hot outlet reducing charging speed

    The Nema 14-50 outlet connector is fastened to the 240 VAC wiring by means of torqued screws. If either of these screws are loose, you will get some electrical sparking that will cause heating. If you are comfortable checking the wire connections (2-hot, 1 ground/neutral) to the 14-50 NEMA...
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    Is it "safe" to lock a keycard inside the car?

    One thing you should never do is leave your smart phone in the charging area and walk away from your car. Not only will they be able to steal the car, but they will also get your phone as a bonus.
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    I don't see why you'd need the quicker model 3.

    I was stopped at a red light in my model 3, when a Maserati challenged me. He took off like a bat out of hell, making more noise than a singles bar scene. I caught up with him at the next light and gave him a thumbs up. I would have tried to challenge him, but my wife was in the passenger...
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    How does Regenerative Braking slow you down??

    The forward motion of the car produces kenetic energy. The motor becomes a generator when no electrical power is applied. The battery becomes a load to the generator when you remove your foot from the accelerator converting kenetic energy to electrical energy. The greater the load on the...
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    What is the least attractive color for Model 3, from your observations?

    As did Gambit48, I picked pearl white. I like the way it looks. Being and engineer, I selected white because it is cooler in the hot Los Angeles summer sun, it is easy to spot, day or night, and it doesn't show the dirt like a black car does. Black only looks good after it has been washer and...

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