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Best and worst week ever

MaxCorgi

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Jun 8, 2018
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Longtime lurker here to the Model 3 forum.
Ordered online 3/31/16
Config 4/18/18
VIN on 5/25/18
31XXX
Delivery 6/5/18

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.
 

chinnam3

Member
Apr 26, 2018
328
231
Bellevue
Really sorry to hear for your loss. It is really painful, you just got the car, and then this happens. But damage does not look bad, hopefully they can repair quickly and get your car back.
 
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MikeBur

ManualPilot
Dec 8, 2014
1,373
721
Seattle, WA
Such an unfortunate first post. So sorry for you here. Just happy to hear no injuries and that you enjoyed it, albeit briefly, and understood why so many people are ecstatic for their Tesla’s.

Good luck, and hope things work out well - and promptly - for you
 
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9erDog

Member
Aug 2, 2017
249
316
Cypress, CA
So sorry to hear of this. Glad to hear no one was hurt. If the car is totaled perhaps you should share this story with Tesla and they may move you up on the list. Hopefully everything works out okay and you end up in a Model 3 (either this one repaired or a new one) soon.
 

Chickenlittle

Banned
Sep 10, 2013
2,781
4,943
Virginia
View attachment 308034 View attachment 308037 Longtime lurker here to the Model 3 forum.
Ordered online 3/31/16
Config 4/18/18
VIN on 5/25/18
31XXX
Delivery 6/5/18

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.
You say car 5 wasn’t ‘lucky’ but reality is that 3 cars were able to stop in time. Alert and following at a safe distance were all that were required to avoid all that damage. I see too many tailgaters. Anyone too close on my tail...I gradually slow till they get message.
 

Stirfelt

Member
May 3, 2017
415
305
Mountain West
"Alert and following at a safe distance were all that were required to avoid all that damage. I see too many tailgaters."

I just returned from a 4k trip and speed, tailgating and pick-ups are the treat to everyone.

I suppose the police have just given up trying to enforce speed laws. In every state, cars would pass us with reckless abandonment. Completely oblivious to poor visibility due to rain or fog.

Several times I had to tap the break pedal to get a following motorist to back off.

Pick-up truck drivers must think they are invincible. Waaaay to aggressive. Reckless passing, too fast, loud exhaust, just obnoxious driving habits. Modern day cowboys.
 

chronopc

Active Member
Jul 8, 2017
2,873
2,722
California
View attachment 308034 View attachment 308037 Longtime lurker here to the Model 3 forum.
Ordered online 3/31/16
Config 4/18/18
VIN on 5/25/18
31XXX
Delivery 6/5/18

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.
Really sorry to hear this. It makes me cringe to see those photos.
 

David29

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Supporting Member
Aug 1, 2015
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DEDHAM, MA
Sad. This is why we need another icon, one with a sad face. Glad you were not hurt, and good luck with the aftermath of insurance, repairs or replacement, etc.
 
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Atari2600

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Oct 4, 2017
1,042
844
Cincinnati
Did you turn the claim in to your company or driver #5's insurance? I'm just curious, I always turn the claim in to mine because I don't like hassles but I see a lot of people try to deal with the company who represents the person at fault and wonders why they end up screwed. Assuming you don't live in a no fault state.
 

ForeverFree

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Supporting Member
Jul 9, 2015
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Sherman Oaks, CA
"Alert and following at a safe distance were all that were required to avoid all that damage. I see too many tailgaters."

I just returned from a 4k trip and speed, tailgating and pick-ups are the treat to everyone.

I suppose the police have just given up trying to enforce speed laws. In every state, cars would pass us with reckless abandonment. Completely oblivious to poor visibility due to rain or fog.

Several times I had to tap the break pedal to get a following motorist to back off.

Pick-up truck drivers must think they are invincible. Waaaay to aggressive. Reckless passing, too fast, loud exhaust, just obnoxious driving habits. Modern day cowboys.


Oh, you didn’t know? People in big white pick-up trucks have been given official immunity. Not only from speed limits, following-distance standards, and reckless driving prohibitions, but also from the laws of physics.

At least that seems to be the case here in California. If they decide that they want to drive 85 in a 65 zone, it’s their god-given right, and they will do everything short of ramming you to assert it.

Police, many of who drive pick-ups in private life, turn a blind eye. But, woe unto you if your HOV sticker is placed three inches too low. That is deemed worthy of a pull-over and a stern, judgmental lecture!
 

shrspeedblade

Rideshare Monkey
Sep 29, 2015
1,129
4,211
CA, United States
So sorry for what happened! For a vehicle of its value it certainly looks repairable, but let us know what happens. Best of luck!
(Side note: my experience with tailgaters in N. California these days is tap your brakes, and they proceed to begin physically intimidating you with their vehicle! Doesn't matter if someone is in front of you and you can't go any faster, anyway. It's almost the same type of reaction to honking at somebody now!)
 

⚡️ELECTROMAN⚡️

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Jul 15, 2016
2,858
5,067
Pacific Northwest
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,
That's first I've heard that and I've been in two accidents and on this forum for two years. Gas cars have a lot of electronics also.
 

Stirfelt

Member
May 3, 2017
415
305
Mountain West
Had the air bags inflated ..... there would be a greater chance that the vehicle would be totaled. Since it does not appear they did inflate .... I'm sure it will be repaired. The front and rear damage is mostly limited to facades (that once were called bumpers). They literally snap on, and are easily replaced. Hopefully there is little damage behind the facades.

I well remember the day when bumpers could and did absorb a pretty hard hit without severe damage to the coachwork.
 
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ModelNforNerd

Active Member
Apr 17, 2015
4,100
3,919
Norway, ME
You say car 5 wasn’t ‘lucky’ but reality is that 3 cars were able to stop in time. Alert and following at a safe distance were all that were required to avoid all that damage. I see too many tailgaters. Anyone too close on my tail...I gradually slow till they get message.


don't do it in the left lane, you can get a ticket for that now.

leave it up to the police to enforce traffic laws.

i find everyone is happier if you just pull aside and let them go.

occasionally, you'll see them pulled over, having an expensive rendezvous with the local constabulary. it's not up to you to regulate the behavior of others.
 
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