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Anyone park outside exclusively?

M3FNATIK

Recovering BMW Addict
Nov 9, 2019
256
159
SoCal
I have a 3 car garage but the 3rd one holds all the kids toys, 2nd fridge, and our treadmill so it looks like I may have to park the Model 3 outside exclusively. I plan to tint the car with 3M Colorstable film and 3M Crystalline on the windshield. How are others who park outside, is the paint holding up? Any premature wear on seals, rubber trim, etc?
 

SSonnentag

Rocket Scientist
Apr 11, 2017
1,711
2,166
Arizona
30 years of vehicle ownership and have never had a garage or carport. The Teslas are faring the weather just as well as the best of all our previous vehicles. They've even gone through grape-size hail storms, twice, without any damage.
 
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kappadon3

Member
Sep 29, 2018
15
6
Eastern NC
my model 3 stays outside, wife gets the garage and I am too much of a wimp to park 2 cars in the 2 car garage... LOL all good so far. I did have a 5 yr ceramic coating and glassparency added about 5 months into ownership. 15 months and a hot Eastern NC summer later... all is good
 

kai2002

Member
Jul 13, 2018
30
6
West Hollywood
Parking outside exclusively - UNDER A TREE (designated parking spot meeeh) with new constructions on the neighboring lot and 2 additional ones across the street. Had ceramic coating applied one day after delivery. In the summer, I was too lazy for 2 weeks to wash it and 2 bird droppings seemed to have left their mark in the paint for good, couldn't remove them with just CarPro reset and/or TarX. Might have to polish it out. Using a car cover now 90% of the time so it stays clean and shiny. Would kill for a garage right now.
 
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joebruin77

Active Member
Dec 23, 2018
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859
Encino, CA
I have to park outside all the time. LIke others have noted, it has held up very well. I do highly recommend paint protection and frequent car washes. For paint protection, at a minimum, I would apply a synthetic sealant once every 3 to 4 months. I would also consider more elaborate options like PPF and ceramic coatings. I also like to apply a rubber rejuvinator and protectant once every 6 months to all the rubber seals.
 

ewoodrick

Well-Known Member
Apr 13, 2018
5,285
3,722
Buford, GA
both electric cars are outside, a bit paranoid about fires ;)

You'll have to wash your car more often or purchase a car cover.

Wow, misdirected paranoia. It's okay to park a really hot chunk of metal attached to 20 gallons of highly flammable fluid that has caused an unbelievable number of house fires in a garage?
 

ewoodrick

Well-Known Member
Apr 13, 2018
5,285
3,722
Buford, GA
I have a 3 car garage but the 3rd one holds all the kids toys, 2nd fridge, and our treadmill so it looks like I may have to park the Model 3 outside exclusively. I plan to tint the car with 3M Colorstable film and 3M Crystalline on the windshield. How are others who park outside, is the paint holding up? Any premature wear on seals, rubber trim, etc?

Your neighbors will always appreciate you parking it inside
 

M3FNATIK

Recovering BMW Addict
Nov 9, 2019
256
159
SoCal
I was more curious about weathering of the paint, trim, plastics, leather, etc. Seems like the car is pretty new so only time will tell. Doesn't sound like there are issues at this time.
 

SMAlset

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Mar 4, 2017
8,823
9,413
SF Bay Area
I've park my Model 3 outside in the driveway for the past year plus (pearl white/black interior). I do have full PPF on it and ceramic pro and it cleans great. The bird and bee poop comes off really easily.

As for the interior, with this being my first summer with the car, I did buy a solar sunscreen for the windshield to protect the interior and electronics and use Tesla's solar shade for the driver's overhead glass. Also use cabin overheat protection setting during our hotter months.

Can't say I've noticed any issues with the exterior or interior.
 

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