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Another panel gap thread

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by ILLCOMM, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. ILLCOMM

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    Just took delivery of my MS. The hood/fender has an alignment problem. I know I am not the first to have this, so please forgive the beating of a very dead horse. My specific question is whether anyone has has an alignment issue like this and whether there is a simple fix? I am due to have the car wrapped with a protective film and am now wondering whether I need to delay that until Tesla resolves the issue. Unfortunately, delaying the film increases the chances the car gets nicked. :(

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  2. jelloslug

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    Go ahead a wrap it. The wrap won't affect the adjustment process.
     
  3. ILLCOMM

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    That would be excellent news.
     
  4. stan23

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    I have the same issues with my hood and tesla was unable to align it.
     
  5. ILLCOMM

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    And.... that would be terrible new. They just ... left it like that? Dang.
     
  6. stan23

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    Yeah, the problem is if they moved the hood over, the hood to bumper gaps would no longer be even. I think the problem is the fender or stamping process. I took a look at the lot when they had all these new inventory cars out there and 75% of them had the exact issue.

    FWIW, my problem is exactly the same as yours. Way more gap on the drivers side.
     
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  7. ILLCOMM

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    This is what I am worried about. It seems like it's the fender that's bowed out, not the hood shifted over. Crap.
     
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    When was yours built? Mine was July 24th. Maybe they had a bad run of fenders??

    I just ignore it. Most folks wouldn't even notice.
     
  9. ILLCOMM

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    Mine was just built. How do I figure out the exact date. My guess is second week of September.

    Cannot unsee.
     
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    I would get it wrapped ASAP. In the three days between my delivery and having it wrapped, I ended up with a rock chip.
     
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    You bought a tesla man. There are a lot of build quality issues you're going to learn to ignore ;)
     
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    Could it be better? Probably. Would I complain about what is pictured - hell no, not worth the time nor effort. I bet 99% wouldnt even notice this "alignment problem"
     
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    Looks more significant than the pictures show. Dude taking delivery next to me came up and said something without me prompting him. Sucks.
     
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    This is depressing.
     
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    #15 idleuser, Sep 26, 2017
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    How can some of you just accept the panel gaps to normal? Although the panel gap doesn't look bad, one would expect perfection for the price that you're paying. I would refuse delivery until they get it right, who knows how much time they're going to take and if they can ever match the paint/align the panels correctly. Once you sign, you can pretty much forget about it.
     
  16. stan23

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    Because in life you pick your battles. Panel gaps that are within tolerances (as told to me from Tesla) is not something I want to spend time arguing over. It's just a car.
     
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    Oh, good, it's within "tolerances". Everything is fine, then.
     
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    sigh... Again you pick your battles in life. Do I want them to order me a new fender, have it painted, rip out the old one and re-install? I'll just live with some minor gaps.
     
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  19. idleuser

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    That's fine amd I respect your opinion but it doesn't make it OK for Tesla to have panel gaps. The Model S has been in production for 5 years and they still can't get it right.
     
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    Of course I rather not have any problems, it is what it is
     

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