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10 Model 3 Improvements over Model S

tomas

Out of warranty...
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Oct 22, 2012
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OK, have now had model S for 5.5 years and model 3 for a little over 1 month. I drive the S 80% of the time. But every time I drive the 3, I am impressed by SOMETHING that Tesla must have learned... Anyhow, here's my starter list of improvements IN MY OPINION, and NOT in any particular order:

1) Homelink... signal a ton stronger, operation a lot more consistent.
2) Mirror dipping on reverse... just does it automatically, no need to program in dip setting.
3) Coat hooks... of course some are better than none, but they did it nicely by having them flush/pop-out
4) Door pockets/storage... again, some better than none, but they don't detract from clean look
5) Ventilation... I think the slot vent is genius. really works well, no vent covers to rattle and have to adjust... rear ventilation seems much stronger.
5) UI content organization.... I liked the S at first when it was driver configurable. Since it became half configurable (some apps claim top, menu bar disappears), it is unpredictable and much worse. I prefer just having everything dictated, easier to learn and remember, and the 3 does it well.
7) UI visibility... that screen is so bright and clear that it defies sunlight!
8) Microphone setup... it must be better. voice commands work. people don't complain they can't hear me on calls.
9) Forward visibility... amazing. like being on a motorbike.
10) The balance... the balance of power, responsiveness, steering, suspension, feedback, etc. is perfect for me... The S wins on pure grunt, but the 3 has that elusive balance that few cars have IMO. My first 2002, Boxster... still trying to think of another.

Other dual Tesla owners, please nominate your own. For those who want to jump in and argue... please don't do it unless you have lived with both cars, and please don't make this about which car is better. They are both great and have their comparative virtues.
 

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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Jul 12, 2012
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Maine
I agree with all of the above.. I have a loaner S while they are fixing a paint issue..The more I drive the S the more I love my M3.. I also believe that it charges faster at 32 amps then the S (30 m/hr vs 22 m/hr at home)..

That's an indirect benefit of the greater efficiency: faster and cheaper home charging.
 
15. Keyless entry (could be +/-) ... I no longer carry a keychain!
16. Better lights
17. Faster LTE (at least maps are much much faster than the S or X)
18. Better mobile phone center charging solution (although I chose to use this which rocks: Review: Magnetic Power 2 XVIDA Qi Charger - The perfect Model 3 mount?)
19. Lighter, thinner, and less expensive charging cable
20. Sound/speakers are superior to my S and X.
 
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2) Mirror dipping on reverse... just does it automatically, no need to program in dip setting.

This is a regression for me, not an improvement. The mirrors are not aimed properly for me when they auto-tilt on reverse, and it's not possible to save new positions for them. Unlike on the Model S, I need to adjust the Model 3's mirrors manually every time I reverse.
 
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Randy Spencer

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Mar 31, 2016
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This is a regression for me, not an improvement. The mirrors are not aimed properly for me when they auto-tilt on reverse, and it's not possible to save new positions for them. Unlike on the Model S, I need to adjust the Model 3's mirrors manually every time I reverse.
What happens when you hit the save button for your config after adjusting the mirrors with your foot on the brake and in reverse gear? I did it once upon a time and I haven't thought about adjusting them since.

-Randy
 

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