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  1. J

    21” arachnid or 19” base

    I'm getting antsy waiting for any official indication from Elon as to potential delivery dates for the LR Model S I ordered on 1/13. So..... today I test drove a 2017 100D (Red with white interior) at a local used car dealership. Nice car, but it seemed that there was a lot of rumbling noise...
  2. J

    Tow hitch install problems

    etrailer's part number is C45FR. The bumper cover/bottom plate assembly wouldn't fit and I'm pretty sure it's because of the additional thickness of the hitch mounting plates relative to the thickness of the original mounting plates that are no longer used. I tried "tugging" in several...
  3. J

    Tow hitch install problems

    Sorry to hear you had the same problem, but happy to hear it wasn't my fault. Poor customer service only makes it worse. I think COVID-19 has given many companies an excuse to reduce their customer service budgets. I WILL ABSOLUTELY NEVER BUY ANOTHER CURT PRODUCT! I sent them a copy of my...
  4. J

    Tow hitch install problems

    I purchased a Curt Class 3 trailer hitch for my 2018 Model 3 from etrailer.com. While waiting for the hitch to be delivered I downloaded Curt's installation instructions from the etrailer website. The job seemed simple enough and required just a few hand tools (not even close), including a...
  5. J

    USB music files "loading error"

    I used Apple Lossless after watching a Tesla audio system review by Matt Farrell on his Undecided YouTube channel. As he said, it worked beautifully for months. Then the software update started giving me Loading Error messages. There has to be another reason why this is happening, especially...
  6. J

    USB music files "loading error"

    Apple Lossless. That worked well for months before the software update.
  7. J

    USB music files "loading error"

    Tried that now. No change. I also tried using another thumb drive with the same results.
  8. J

    USB music files "loading error"

    Can you explain the procedure for a hard reboot.
  9. J

    USB music files "loading error"

    I'm having the same problem. I had about 40GB of music on USB from iTunes library with no problems until a software update. Now it won't play anything from USB. The files all show to be there, but I get the "Loading Error" message instead of music. I tried erasing the drive, then reloading a few...
  10. J

    Long-term charging/storage

    Great! Just what I wanted to hear. Thanks much for the quick and pertinent reply.
  11. J

    Long-term charging/storage

    I'm going to be away from home and my Model 3 will sit in the garage unused for about six weeks. My question is whether I should leave it plugged into the Tesla wall charger in my garage or let vampire drain do its thing and then charge it up when I get home. I'm concerned that if I don't leave...
  12. J

    Firmware 8.5

    OK, I just checked and I'm running on 2018.50.6 4ec03ed. Does that mean I'm way behind? If so, should I do something to acquire the latest?
  13. J

    Firmware 8.5

    As a new (3 weeks since M3 delivery) Tesla owner I'm confused by one aspect of this thread. Posters are referring to versions 5.xx and 8.xx firmware while my car is running on software version 9.0. Are "software" and "firmware" two different things? If so, how would I know which version(s) I...
  14. J

    "Phone still in car" alert

    Got it. Thanks, Ken! Lots of innovative features.
  15. J

    "Phone still in car" alert

    Thanks for the tip, Ken. I haven't been able to find the app on the App Store. Can you send me a link to it or more specific identification of the app?
  16. J

    "Phone still in car" alert

    Plugzin, I like your idea about the seat sensors and multiple beeps. So now we have to get Tesla to write it into their code. devilmountain, the PIN idea is a good idea until Tesla finds a better way, though it doesn't protect the phone and other valuables from being stolen.
  17. J

    "Phone still in car" alert

    Does anyone know of a way the 3's software can be set up to warn you when you forget your phone in the car. I do that too often and it scares me to think that I will someday find my car missing for just that reason.
  18. J

    Aero wheels without wheel caps, without lug nut caps and center cap

    I bought the $50 dress up kit without knowing that the Aero hubcaps will not go back on for range improvement on long road trips unless the center logo caps for the naked wheels are removed first. The center logo removal requires prying them out with the possibility of leaving marks at the pry...
  19. J

    Lug nut torque

    Aha! Thanks for the embarrassing lesson. At least the scientist in me got to play.
  20. J

    Lug nut torque

    I've seen some threads here that speculated about lug nut torque for the M3 with one or two sounding a bit more certain at 129 lb.ft. My M3 now has about 700 miles on it and I'm getting ready for my first road trip in a couple days. So, it's time for a good self service. Uhhh.....well I'm glad...
  21. J

    Swap your Model 3 wood dash for my white one.

    Just wanted to let you all know that another member here contacted me and we've arranged a swap. He's taking delivery of his M3 today and we're meeting at a point not far from a trip each of us just happens to be taking at the same time next week. A major coincidence! Really amazing considering...
  22. J

    SR+ Audio System

    A software difference may be what it takes, though I think it's more likely the head unit doesn't have the power or the channels to drive the unused speakers. Those speakers aren't very expensive when purchase in the large quantities Tesla buys, so it may suit Tesla's needs to limit the number...
  23. J

    Swap your Model 3 wood dash for my white one.

    Would you be willing to send me yours and then wait for mine to get back to you?
  24. J

    Swap your Model 3 wood dash for my white one.

    I'm traveling to northern VA and DC next week and could possibly meet you somewhere in between. What part of PA are you in?
  25. J

    Swap your Model 3 wood dash for my white one.

    That would work only if you'd be willing to be without the dash for a week or so.
  26. J

    Swap your Model 3 wood dash for my white one.

    I want a wood dash for my one week old M3 with white interior/white dash. If you live in driving distance from the Asheville, NC, area I'd be interested in swapping for my white dash. Also, I'm taking a trip to the DC area next week in the M3 and could meet along the I-81 corridor.
  27. J

    The view from one week in.

    Very helpful. Thanks.
  28. J

    The view from one week in.

    I placed my order for a Model 3 Dual Motor Long Range in Midnight Silver with white interior and both software packages on 3/4/19. The Charlotte showroom called to say they found my car just three days later and I picked it up the following day, 3/8/19. I felt so fortunate after hearing so many...
  29. J

    Newbie confusion

    Thanks. Midnight Silver.
  30. J

    Newbie confusion

    After doing a ton of research over several months, I took the plunge and ordered a Model 3 today. It's been hectic since a lot of the info on the web was posted before the price and purchasing changes went into effect four days ago (3/1/19). No matter. I'm glad for the lower pricing and looking...

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