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Bumper alignment issue?

sigurdeg

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Oct 22, 2019
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Is it normal for the older MS to have a gap between the bumper and the headlights. It doesn’t really show well on photos but you can that I can push the bumper to align it with the headlight. It’s not that bad on the facelifted s. I can’t really see any damage under the bumper either.
 

Dsancho

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Aug 10, 2019
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I had the same issue. I was was told by Tesla my bumper was warped but saw this on many pre and facelift cars. I fixed it by accident. I lost one bolt on my headlights once I had them painted. I left the bottom one out and once I replaced my bumper it’s magically aligned perfected.
 

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babywasbees

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Sorry you have the same problem. I just received my Model S in early May (built in mid March) and had the same issue. There were a few scratches on the bumper too. They decided to replace the entire bumper so something must have been "off-spec" enough for them to do that.

The gaps were fixed by replacing the bumper but a few smaller gaps showed up as a result of it. I guess overall it's better but it generally is unsatisfying to have to deal with this. As a shareholder, it's disappointing to see this.

Quality Issues on Model S built in March 2020
 

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sigurdeg

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Thanks for the replies. As long as it’s not broken I guess I can live with it, would be nice to make it align some way but seems like a lot of work.
 

babywasbees

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Jun 11, 2020
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Thanks for the replies. As long as it’s not broken I guess I can live with it, would be nice to make it align some way but seems like a lot of work.

Well...what you have looks a lot like what I have and they replaced it without question. I wonder if there is a potential for water accumulation the way it is now.
 

2101Guy

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Mine has exact same gap on same side (passenger). 2017 facelift. Gets a bit worse (gappier) if sitting in sun for long time.
One day I may remove the front bumper to see if there is anything to adjust? But I suspect its just poor QC of that particular cover. Its not enough of an issue for me to prioritize right now
 

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