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Any other large drivers have problems getting into Model 3?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by 1FASTROD, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. 1FASTROD

    1FASTROD Member

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    Love my Model 3 but the ergonomics of getting into the car are giving me second thoughts. I'm 6'2" (~250lbs) and whenever I get into the car I constantly hit me ribs on the door frame/seat belt ledge. My trick now is to put a hand on the ledge so I don't hit it so hard.

    Any other tall/large drivers having this issue? Any tricks to getting into the Model 3? Why did Tesla build a ledge on this frame?
     
  2. HyperionMark

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    I'm about the same size. While I don't fully understand what you mean with where you hit your ribs, I do find it not super easy to get in and out of. Looking forward to the Y. Should be a little easier for us big guys.
     
  3. ewoodrick

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    Don't let the seat be all the way back. Bring it forward so that you hit the seat, that's what worked for me.
     
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  4. Wreckless316

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    Yup. I'm having the same issue. I've been playing with easy entry to help with the situation but I still end up hitting my side as I enter.
     
  5. FunSecured

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    I find (both on our Model S and 3’s), that if I turn my body to the left as I’m about to get in (so I’m facing slightly away from the car and to where my butt is heading in sorta first) it’s much, MUCH easier.

    Once partially in, I can then just turn my body directionally to the right (forward facing angle).
     
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  6. Ivan Abundance

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    I'm 6-1 and 280. And old. My trouble is getting my pachydermal buttocks into the seat without beating the living daylights out of the weatherstripping on the front edge of the B-pillar. So I put in my right foot, pivot sideways to sit on the seat, and then turn again to pull in my left and make ready. Bit of a nuisance, but it's to get into a Tesla, and a small price to pay.

    Reminds me of the running start at LeMans- what the hell, we're out here for 24 hours, what's your damned hurry?
     
  7. sandange

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    I'm 6'1" 260 lbs, and old. I also set seat back on easy entry so it's even with the b pillar, and installed the 1.75" suspension lift kit.
    Helps to make entering & exiting easier as well as driving in deep snow.
     
  8. lolder

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    The solution is what us old stiff people use. Do not step into the car. Sit on the seat facing straight out the door. swivel on the seat and bring your feet in one at a time. Exit same way. Set Easy Entry for the optimum ease.
     
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  9. Toumal

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    6 foot 6 here. No problem. I get in butt first. Seat all the way back. Car is comfy to ride, but I do have to have the seat back.
     
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    I am a bit taller and weigh a bit less. I don’t have issues getting into the car. I put my left hand on the top of the door and just swing my body into the car. I am fairly athletic so I am not sure if that is the difference. I also use easy entry so I am able to glide right in.
     
  11. Fusil626

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    I am sure this was covered but did you set up easy access?
     
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    I am sure this was covered but did you set up easy access?
     
  13. 1FASTROD

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    Thanks all, will try some of the suggested options. Still think Tesla can improve on the b pillar shape, but guess each car has it's own challenges (I.e. I hit my head on Jeep Wrangler rollbars).
     
  14. Casmium

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    After about 2 months my body learned how to get in and out of the car and I forget how hard is was to squeeze into it when I just got the car until a tread like this pops up every so often.
     
  15. WiEVguy

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    My problem is my head hitting the headliner. I’m 6’2” with most of my height in the torso.
     
  16. lolder

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    Have you set the seat all the way down for Easy Entry?
     
  17. Phlier

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    Same.

    And I turn so that I'm 90 degrees to the seat. Sit down, rotate butt, swing legs. I'm six two and two twenty.
     
  18. AZCT42

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    This. Position the wheel and seat farther forward than you think you need for auto exit/entry. It took me a while but I got it perfect.

    Think of those lazy boy chairs for old people that help you stand up. That’s basically what I do with the seat. I’m your size.
     
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  19. S4WRXTTCS

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    I'm 6'4" and entry is so easy I don't pay much attention.

    The only time I encounter issues is when I take my mom somewhere. She has some physical disabilities, and is also large (due to physical disabilities). So getting her in involves moving the seat all the way back, but up. Then wishing there was more room to get her feet in (she has large feet).

    Then the seat belt hits her neck. I got a seat belt extender for any long trip.

    On the rare times taking her places I really wish I would have gotten the X. I imagine getting in the X is easy.
     
  20. Ivan Abundance

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    Fewer blue pills?
     
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