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1 Year Review - 23,790 miles

April 16 marked my one-year anniversary with my Model 3, and figured out post a few thoughts on my first year of ownership. Overall the car is been fantastic, with virtually no issues to speak of over almost 24,000 miles.

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Upon delivery I noticed the cowl panel covering the windshield washer reservoir had a crack in it. The delivery specialist noted that, and suggested I make an appointment with mobile service for then replace the panel. It was fixed in my garage less than a week later, and this was the only defect I've had to deal with. I was having issue with the car getting "scared" in the middle of an auto lane change in swerving back into its lane, but that turned out to be a software issue that was fixed in subsequent updates.

My decision to buy a Tesla was driven by a medical condition that has taken much of the use of my hands from me. Grasping a steering wheel for more than a few minutes at a time has become quite painful, and autopilot is the only system on the road capable of helping me steer a car. I've always been a car/tech nerd, so part of me looked at this as an excuse to get the most advanced car on the road. It doesn't disappointed me, autopilot is been truly a lifesaver as this disease is taken more for me in recent months. I probably use autopilot for 90% of my driving, and continues to impress me every day. I miss the capability of my minivan, but the need for autopilot and continuous software improvements have kept me more satisfied with this car than I ever have been after a full year.

I originally purchased the car with standard autopilot, but was one of the lucky few to get EAP features enabled from the beginning. Last month I noticed the FSD purchase price was down to $4000 because the system thought I had purchased EAP, so I jumped at the chance and made the purchase. Two weeks later I had HW3 installed without issue at my local service center, and I'm really excited to see the FSD features that are supposedly being rolled out in the coming months.

Not breaking the budget was a primary concern, so I chose the SR + despite the harsh winters in high mileage that I drive. On the coldest days I lose about half my range, which was expected, and so far I've been able to plan for it. I purchased a set of General Altimax Arctic tires for winter, and I've been truly amazed with how well this thing gets through snow. The traction and stability control systems are almost telepathic compared to everything else I've owned, and it's a breeze to drive even through moderate snowfall. I'm in a better financial place now than before, so if I had to do it again, I would get an LR AWD model. No regrets with the SR+, though, but I went into it with a clear expectation of what my realistic range would be.

I have almost 19,000 miles on the factory Michelins, and I'm still showing 5/32nds tread remaining all around. I rotate every 5000 miles, and expect to see 30,000 miles on this set. I don't exactly drive the thing gently, but take care to avoid full throttle below 40 mph to keep the rears happy with me.

Battery life seems to have remained stable, and I'm showing 232 miles that hundred percent. I have taken a few road trips, and discharged to under 5% a half-dozen times, and have not noticed any derogatory effects. I've read enough from other high mileage users to not be concerned much about battery degradation, it doesn't seem to be an issue worth worrying about.

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Overall I couldn't be happier with the car. I'm almost excited to own it now as I was the day I bought it, which is a first for me after owning a car this long. I'm very intrigued with the Cybertruck and Model Y, but don't plan on making a change in less I need to. That may happen soon, as am starting to have serious trouble walking, so I may need something with some hitch capacity for a power scooter of some flavor. Not exactly lifestyle change I was planning at age 34, but the technology Tesla developed has kept me mobile for the last year, which is something no other automaker can accomplish to date. Highly recommend the Model 3, and would make the same purchase again in an instant.
 

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April 16 marked my one-year anniversary with my Model 3, and figured out post a few thoughts on my first year of ownership. Overall the car is been fantastic, with virtually no issues to speak of over almost 24,000 miles.

View attachment 540091

Upon delivery I noticed the cowl panel covering the windshield washer reservoir had a crack in it. The delivery specialist noted that, and suggested I make an appointment with mobile service for then replace the panel. It was fixed in my garage less than a week later, and this was the only defect I've had to deal with. I was having issue with the car getting "scared" in the middle of an auto lane change in swerving back into its lane, but that turned out to be a software issue that was fixed in subsequent updates.

My decision to buy a Tesla was driven by a medical condition that has taken much of the use of my hands from me. Grasping a steering wheel for more than a few minutes at a time has become quite painful, and autopilot is the only system on the road capable of helping me steer a car. I've always been a car/tech nerd, so part of me looked at this as an excuse to get the most advanced car on the road. It doesn't disappointed me, autopilot is been truly a lifesaver as this disease is taken more for me in recent months. I probably use autopilot for 90% of my driving, and continues to impress me every day. I miss the capability of my minivan, but the need for autopilot and continuous software improvements have kept me more satisfied with this car than I ever have been after a full year.

I originally purchased the car with standard autopilot, but was one of the lucky few to get EAP features enabled from the beginning. Last month I noticed the FSD purchase price was down to $4000 because the system thought I had purchased EAP, so I jumped at the chance and made the purchase. Two weeks later I had HW3 installed without issue at my local service center, and I'm really excited to see the FSD features that are supposedly being rolled out in the coming months.

Not breaking the budget was a primary concern, so I chose the SR + despite the harsh winters in high mileage that I drive. On the coldest days I lose about half my range, which was expected, and so far I've been able to plan for it. I purchased a set of General Altimax Arctic tires for winter, and I've been truly amazed with how well this thing gets through snow. The traction and stability control systems are almost telepathic compared to everything else I've owned, and it's a breeze to drive even through moderate snowfall. I'm in a better financial place now than before, so if I had to do it again, I would get an LR AWD model. No regrets with the SR+, though, but I went into it with a clear expectation of what my realistic range would be.

I have almost 19,000 miles on the factory Michelins, and I'm still showing 5/32nds tread remaining all around. I rotate every 5000 miles, and expect to see 30,000 miles on this set. I don't exactly drive the thing gently, but take care to avoid full throttle below 40 mph to keep the rears happy with me.

Battery life seems to have remained stable, and I'm showing 232 miles that hundred percent. I have taken a few road trips, and discharged to under 5% a half-dozen times, and have not noticed any derogatory effects. I've read enough from other high mileage users to not be concerned much about battery degradation, it doesn't seem to be an issue worth worrying about.

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Overall I couldn't be happier with the car. I'm almost excited to own it now as I was the day I bought it, which is a first for me after owning a car this long. I'm very intrigued with the Cybertruck and Model Y, but don't plan on making a change in less I need to. That may happen soon, as am starting to have serious trouble walking, so I may need something with some hitch capacity for a power scooter of some flavor. Not exactly lifestyle change I was planning at age 34, but the technology Tesla developed has kept me mobile for the last year, which is something no other automaker can accomplish to date. Highly recommend the Model 3, and would make the same purchase again in an instant.

Very happy to hear that your car has been part of the management of your physical challenges. But, mostly I am personally encouraged by your attitude and forbearance. It's good to have you on the forum. My very best, and prayers for improvement and healing.
 
Very happy to hear that your car has been part of the management of your physical challenges. But, mostly I am personally encouraged by your attitude and forbearance. It's good to have you on the forum. My very best, and prayers for improvement and healing.

Thanks, I really appreciate that. Life's too short to focus on the negative, and this car has had the biggest impact of almost anything else around me in staying active and mobile. God has a plan for all of this, and the timing was perfect. The release of the SR + model put the Model 3 in my price range right at the time when I really needed it, for the last six months driving a "regular" car has been extremely tough for more than 10 or 15 minutes. Such as life, I suppose, and there are worse problems to have.

Besides, how many people can claim a career-ending disability forced them to buy their dream car?:D
 
Thanks, I really appreciate that. Life's too short to focus on the negative, and this car has had the biggest impact of almost anything else around me in staying active and mobile. God has a plan for all of this, and the timing was perfect. The release of the SR + model put the Model 3 in my price range right at the time when I really needed it, for the last six months driving a "regular" car has been extremely tough for more than 10 or 15 minutes. Such as life, I suppose, and there are worse problems to have.

Besides, how many people can claim a career-ending disability forced them to buy their dream car?:D

I love your attitude! As much as I enjoy reading about these cars exceeding owner expectations, just taking a small glimpse into your attitude is way better. Keep on charging forward man, it's very inspirational. You're in my prayers for a healthy improvement as well!!
 
April 16 marked my one-year anniversary with my Model 3, and figured out post a few thoughts on my first year of ownership. Overall the car is been fantastic, with virtually no issues to speak of over almost 24,000 miles.

View attachment 540091

Upon delivery I noticed the cowl panel covering the windshield washer reservoir had a crack in it. The delivery specialist noted that, and suggested I make an appointment with mobile service for then replace the panel. It was fixed in my garage less than a week later, and this was the only defect I've had to deal with. I was having issue with the car getting "scared" in the middle of an auto lane change in swerving back into its lane, but that turned out to be a software issue that was fixed in subsequent updates.

My decision to buy a Tesla was driven by a medical condition that has taken much of the use of my hands from me. Grasping a steering wheel for more than a few minutes at a time has become quite painful, and autopilot is the only system on the road capable of helping me steer a car. I've always been a car/tech nerd, so part of me looked at this as an excuse to get the most advanced car on the road. It doesn't disappointed me, autopilot is been truly a lifesaver as this disease is taken more for me in recent months. I probably use autopilot for 90% of my driving, and continues to impress me every day. I miss the capability of my minivan, but the need for autopilot and continuous software improvements have kept me more satisfied with this car than I ever have been after a full year.

I originally purchased the car with standard autopilot, but was one of the lucky few to get EAP features enabled from the beginning. Last month I noticed the FSD purchase price was down to $4000 because the system thought I had purchased EAP, so I jumped at the chance and made the purchase. Two weeks later I had HW3 installed without issue at my local service center, and I'm really excited to see the FSD features that are supposedly being rolled out in the coming months.

Not breaking the budget was a primary concern, so I chose the SR + despite the harsh winters in high mileage that I drive. On the coldest days I lose about half my range, which was expected, and so far I've been able to plan for it. I purchased a set of General Altimax Arctic tires for winter, and I've been truly amazed with how well this thing gets through snow. The traction and stability control systems are almost telepathic compared to everything else I've owned, and it's a breeze to drive even through moderate snowfall. I'm in a better financial place now than before, so if I had to do it again, I would get an LR AWD model. No regrets with the SR+, though, but I went into it with a clear expectation of what my realistic range would be.

I have almost 19,000 miles on the factory Michelins, and I'm still showing 5/32nds tread remaining all around. I rotate every 5000 miles, and expect to see 30,000 miles on this set. I don't exactly drive the thing gently, but take care to avoid full throttle below 40 mph to keep the rears happy with me.

Battery life seems to have remained stable, and I'm showing 232 miles that hundred percent. I have taken a few road trips, and discharged to under 5% a half-dozen times, and have not noticed any derogatory effects. I've read enough from other high mileage users to not be concerned much about battery degradation, it doesn't seem to be an issue worth worrying about.

View attachment 540080

Overall I couldn't be happier with the car. I'm almost excited to own it now as I was the day I bought it, which is a first for me after owning a car this long. I'm very intrigued with the Cybertruck and Model Y, but don't plan on making a change in less I need to. That may happen soon, as am starting to have serious trouble walking, so I may need something with some hitch capacity for a power scooter of some flavor. Not exactly lifestyle change I was planning at age 34, but the technology Tesla developed has kept me mobile for the last year, which is something no other automaker can accomplish to date. Highly recommend the Model 3, and would make the same purchase again in an instant.
 
April 16 marked my one-year anniversary with my Model 3, and figured out post a few thoughts on my first year of ownership. Overall the car is been fantastic, with virtually no issues to speak of over almost 24,000 miles.

View attachment 540091

Upon delivery I noticed the cowl panel covering the windshield washer reservoir had a crack in it. The delivery specialist noted that, and suggested I make an appointment with mobile service for then replace the panel. It was fixed in my garage less than a week later, and this was the only defect I've had to deal with. I was having issue with the car getting "scared" in the middle of an auto lane change in swerving back into its lane, but that turned out to be a software issue that was fixed in subsequent updates.

My decision to buy a Tesla was driven by a medical condition that has taken much of the use of my hands from me. Grasping a steering wheel for more than a few minutes at a time has become quite painful, and autopilot is the only system on the road capable of helping me steer a car. I've always been a car/tech nerd, so part of me looked at this as an excuse to get the most advanced car on the road. It doesn't disappointed me, autopilot is been truly a lifesaver as this disease is taken more for me in recent months. I probably use autopilot for 90% of my driving, and continues to impress me every day. I miss the capability of my minivan, but the need for autopilot and continuous software improvements have kept me more satisfied with this car than I ever have been after a full year.

I originally purchased the car with standard autopilot, but was one of the lucky few to get EAP features enabled from the beginning. Last month I noticed the FSD purchase price was down to $4000 because the system thought I had purchased EAP, so I jumped at the chance and made the purchase. Two weeks later I had HW3 installed without issue at my local service center, and I'm really excited to see the FSD features that are supposedly being rolled out in the coming months.

Not breaking the budget was a primary concern, so I chose the SR + despite the harsh winters in high mileage that I drive. On the coldest days I lose about half my range, which was expected, and so far I've been able to plan for it. I purchased a set of General Altimax Arctic tires for winter, and I've been truly amazed with how well this thing gets through snow. The traction and stability control systems are almost telepathic compared to everything else I've owned, and it's a breeze to drive even through moderate snowfall. I'm in a better financial place now than before, so if I had to do it again, I would get an LR AWD model. No regrets with the SR+, though, but I went into it with a clear expectation of what my realistic range would be.

I have almost 19,000 miles on the factory Michelins, and I'm still showing 5/32nds tread remaining all around. I rotate every 5000 miles, and expect to see 30,000 miles on this set. I don't exactly drive the thing gently, but take care to avoid full throttle below 40 mph to keep the rears happy with me.

Battery life seems to have remained stable, and I'm showing 232 miles that hundred percent. I have taken a few road trips, and discharged to under 5% a half-dozen times, and have not noticed any derogatory effects. I've read enough from other high mileage users to not be concerned much about battery degradation, it doesn't seem to be an issue worth worrying about.

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Overall I couldn't be happier with the car. I'm almost excited to own it now as I was the day I bought it, which is a first for me after owning a car this long. I'm very intrigued with the Cybertruck and Model Y, but don't plan on making a change in less I need to. That may happen soon, as am starting to have serious trouble walking, so I may need something with some hitch capacity for a power scooter of some flavor. Not exactly lifestyle change I was planning at age 34, but the technology Tesla developed has kept me mobile for the last year, which is something no other automaker can accomplish to date. Highly recommend the Model 3, and would make the same purchase again in an instant.

Great post, Tom. I have had my 3 for 2 years now, here in Cleveland and have also enjoyed ownership.
How/where did you get the map of your travels?
 
Thanks for the support guys, it means a lot.

Great post, Tom. I have had my 3 for 2 years now, here in Cleveland and have also enjoyed ownership.
How/where did you get the map of your travels?

This is from the "lifetime map" report I got from TeslaFi.com. It only collects data during your subscription term, so can't generate past travels unless you've already had a subscription. Highly recommend the service, but there are others including Tezlab, Stats, and a few others that also provide detailed information from Tesla's API.
 
Tom, thanks much for your article and the details of your first year of ownership. It's amazing that the car can give you so much driving assist and pleasure, here's hoping that your condition stabilizes. I've only had my '13 MS for about nine months, but enjoy every drive, even though I can't go far on this small island. Best wishes to you,
 

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April 16 marked my one-year anniversary with my Model 3, and figured out post a few thoughts on my first year of ownership. Overall the car is been fantastic, with virtually no issues to speak of over almost 24,000 miles.

View attachment 540091

Upon delivery I noticed the cowl panel covering the windshield washer reservoir had a crack in it. The delivery specialist noted that, and suggested I make an appointment with mobile service for then replace the panel. It was fixed in my garage less than a week later, and this was the only defect I've had to deal with. I was having issue with the car getting "scared" in the middle of an auto lane change in swerving back into its lane, but that turned out to be a software issue that was fixed in subsequent updates.

My decision to buy a Tesla was driven by a medical condition that has taken much of the use of my hands from me. Grasping a steering wheel for more than a few minutes at a time has become quite painful, and autopilot is the only system on the road capable of helping me steer a car. I've always been a car/tech nerd, so part of me looked at this as an excuse to get the most advanced car on the road. It doesn't disappointed me, autopilot is been truly a lifesaver as this disease is taken more for me in recent months. I probably use autopilot for 90% of my driving, and continues to impress me every day. I miss the capability of my minivan, but the need for autopilot and continuous software improvements have kept me more satisfied with this car than I ever have been after a full year.

I originally purchased the car with standard autopilot, but was one of the lucky few to get EAP features enabled from the beginning. Last month I noticed the FSD purchase price was down to $4000 because the system thought I had purchased EAP, so I jumped at the chance and made the purchase. Two weeks later I had HW3 installed without issue at my local service center, and I'm really excited to see the FSD features that are supposedly being rolled out in the coming months.

Not breaking the budget was a primary concern, so I chose the SR + despite the harsh winters in high mileage that I drive. On the coldest days I lose about half my range, which was expected, and so far I've been able to plan for it. I purchased a set of General Altimax Arctic tires for winter, and I've been truly amazed with how well this thing gets through snow. The traction and stability control systems are almost telepathic compared to everything else I've owned, and it's a breeze to drive even through moderate snowfall. I'm in a better financial place now than before, so if I had to do it again, I would get an LR AWD model. No regrets with the SR+, though, but I went into it with a clear expectation of what my realistic range would be.

I have almost 19,000 miles on the factory Michelins, and I'm still showing 5/32nds tread remaining all around. I rotate every 5000 miles, and expect to see 30,000 miles on this set. I don't exactly drive the thing gently, but take care to avoid full throttle below 40 mph to keep the rears happy with me.

Battery life seems to have remained stable, and I'm showing 232 miles that hundred percent. I have taken a few road trips, and discharged to under 5% a half-dozen times, and have not noticed any derogatory effects. I've read enough from other high mileage users to not be concerned much about battery degradation, it doesn't seem to be an issue worth worrying about.

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Overall I couldn't be happier with the car. I'm almost excited to own it now as I was the day I bought it, which is a first for me after owning a car this long. I'm very intrigued with the Cybertruck and Model Y, but don't plan on making a change in less I need to. That may happen soon, as am starting to have serious trouble walking, so I may need something with some hitch capacity for a power scooter of some flavor. Not exactly lifestyle change I was planning at age 34, but the technology Tesla developed has kept me mobile for the last year, which is something no other automaker can accomplish to date. Highly recommend the Model 3, and would make the same purchase again in an instant.


Wow, thank you for sharing your experience!

I'm new to Tesla and have been looking at the Model 3 SR+, and had some concerns. You have addressed pretty much all of them, so its really great to read your experience.

With the Model Y now "available" and Cybertruck around the corner, i was torn, but I'm still leaning Model 3.

Thanks again!
 
My decision to buy a Tesla was driven by a medical condition that has taken much of the use of my hands from me. Grasping a steering wheel for more than a few minutes at a time has become quite painful, and autopilot is the only system on the road capable of helping me steer a car. I've always been a car/tech nerd, so part of me looked at this as an excuse to get the most advanced car on the road. It doesn't disappointed me, autopilot is been truly a lifesaver as this disease is taken more for me in recent months. I probably use autopilot for 90% of my driving, and continues to impress me every day.
Good for you! I, too, have some physical issues that autopilot has mitigated. I WAS driving a total of 94 miles per day to and from work. I had a condition called "gas pedal knee". So much pain moving my foot back and forth from gas to brake. And I have osteoarthritis everywhere..worse in my hands, so gripping the steering wheel also hurts a lot.
Soooo... OMG! Not having to even apply the brake and rarely use the accelerator has saved me from having to retire early rather than wait 5 yrs, 5 months and 4 days when I will retire at age 70! Autopilot has become so good! I clap to the music the entire way to and from work....or did when I actually drove to work rather than working at home. It goes through intersections without veering. I love my car!! It has 25,000 miles on it after 1.5 yrs.
So, now I take a trip once a week, sometimes all the way from Zigzag to Sandy, OR...a total of 40 miles JUST to be in heaven and listen to the music while my car drives me. And then I pull into the gas station I used to stop at every evening when I had my Camry. They are my counselors and love the music I have blasting from my car when I pull to stop and chat with them.
When I first got my car, I considered lobbying for the concept of having it's purchase covered by a Flexible Spending or Health Savings account so people could buy it with some tax free money. Just get a prescription for a TESLA! Best medicine EVER!!
 
Wow, thank you for sharing your experience!

I'm new to Tesla and have been looking at the Model 3 SR+, and had some concerns. You have addressed pretty much all of them, so its really great to read your experience.

With the Model Y now "available" and Cybertruck around the corner, i was torn, but I'm still leaning Model 3.

Thanks again!

Happy to help. I was nervous switching to electric car going in, but this thing has really been a joy to own. Longer trips take a bit of planning, but with a little forethought it has not been an issue.

Good for you! I, too, have some physical issues that autopilot has mitigated. I WAS driving a total of 94 miles per day to and from work. I had a condition called "gas pedal knee". So much pain moving my foot back and forth from gas to brake. And I have osteoarthritis everywhere..worse in my hands, so gripping the steering wheel also hurts a lot.
Soooo... OMG! Not having to even apply the brake and rarely use the accelerator has saved me from having to retire early rather than wait 5 yrs, 5 months and 4 days when I will retire at age 70! Autopilot has become so good! I clap to the music the entire way to and from work....or did when I actually drove to work rather than working at home. It goes through intersections without veering. I love my car!! It has 25,000 miles on it after 1.5 yrs.
So, now I take a trip once a week, sometimes all the way from Zigzag to Sandy, OR...a total of 40 miles JUST to be in heaven and listen to the music while my car drives me. And then I pull into the gas station I used to stop at every evening when I had my Camry. They are my counselors and love the music I have blasting from my car when I pull to stop and chat with them.
When I first got my car, I considered lobbying for the concept of having it's purchase covered by a Flexible Spending or Health Savings account so people could buy it with some tax free money. Just get a prescription for a TESLA! Best medicine EVER!!

Absolutely LOVE to hear this! A lot of people are afraid of self driving and automation, but this kind of technology makes a huge difference for people and situations like ours. I'm really hoping the system gets the point where it no longer nags us to keep our hands on the wheel. I had to put weight on the steering wheel to avoid that, but it will be great to have a "clean" steering wheel again. :)
 
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