Ordered online 3/31/16
VIN on 5/25/18
Finally received my Model 3 on Tuesday. Delivery was quick and simple. I was in a group of 4 picking up their Model 3s. We signed documents and were given a 15-20 minute tutorial and then shown our cars. My car was perfect. I didn't find any imperfections. Paint was beautiful. Didn't notice any panel gaps. The driving experience was beyond expectation!!!!! The car is so responsive and quick. The regenerative braking took about an hour to get use to but now I can't imagine not having it. The cabin is quiet - much more than my Civic and on par with my Highlander. Sound system is very impressive. No issues whatsoever with the car...until today.
I was in a multi-car accident on the freeway today. I was the #2 car in a 5 car pileup. Traffic had stopped ahead and even caught me off guard. But the emergency braking system worked as expected (I didn't order auto pilot for my car). I was warned of the stopped vehicle in front of me and was able to brake to avoid collision. The car behind me also braked in time. But car #5 behind us was not so lucky and collided with car #4, which collided with car #3, which collided with me, and I hit the car in front of me. Car #5 and #4 were totaled. There was considerable damage to car #3. The car I hit had some minor bumper damage. Luckily no one was hurt, but I still want to cry.
I won't know what the damage will be until next week. I have family members who work for insurance companies and they tell me that a lot of electric vehicles end up being totaled due to the high cost of repairing the electronic system regardless of the body damage. If it ends up being totaled, I don't know if I can wait another year for a model 3 (I sold the Civic today...was actually on my way home after having the title transferred).
Anyway...I thought I would share my short experience with the Model 3. For those of you still waiting, don't lose hope. It's totally worth it.