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Bumper Panel Gap?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by zero610, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. zero610

    zero610 Member

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    This picture is right below the charge port door so I see it everyday. It always catches my eye - the bumper piece sticking away from the panel above. In the middle of the panel line, you can see behind the bumper (where the plastic ridges are). Is this something that can be fixed by a service center? I compared it to the same color M3 at the delivery center - mine was definitely worse but their wasn't perfect either. The 2d picture doesn't really do it justice... IMG_2227.jpg
     
  2. P85_DA

    P85_DA Supporting Member

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    Probably just the clips ...easily fixed
     
  3. borka105

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    My August 2018 built white model 3 has the same issue and it’s really bothering me. You can see the plastic ridges inside the gap.

    Was the SC able to do anything to help resolve the gap?
     
  4. Ludatik

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    I have the same issue. I have to get paint issues fixed on my back bumper (pre delivery). Body shop will have to remove and reinstall. I pointed out the problem to them. Hopefully will he fixed once they’re done.
     
  5. No42

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    Same here. Can see plastics inside from the gap. SC says it is within the specs. Not happy with the specs.
     
  6. borka105

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    I am wondering if all model 3 have this and it’s just more noticeable on the white. The gap wouldn’t bother me as much if I couldn’t also see the ridges inside which make me think something is wrong.
     
  7. Briandeese

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    I have the same problem on the opposite side of the bumper.
     
  8. samta09

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    Same problem on white but only on the driver side. Curious if anyone was able to get it fixed.
     
  9. ChrisH

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    I think this area is similar to the front near the headlights and the upper ridge where the trunk closes. They have gaps significant enough to see the hardware inside if you look close enough. I thinks it’s just how the specs are set in the factory. Check the back of your car near the tail light where the bumper meets it. It seems a little “gappy” there too.
     
  10. borka105

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    I agree. I was initially more concerned from the few instances online where people had their bumper detach, but I’m now pretty certain all cars have the gap, but it may be more visible in certain colors than others. I still think it’s ugly, but something an owner will notice more than a passerby.

    I am now also noticing the black plastic panel above the side mirrors. It seems to be somewhat detached at the top/tip. Not sure if it’s a cosmetic panel or if actually supports the side mirrors. It kept catching the microfiber cloth I was using to wash my car last week.
     
  11. Ludatik

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    So I just got the car back. They tried to address the gap - it's better but not perfect. They say all Model 3's have the gap. They chalked it up to variances in the bracket underneath that holds the bumper in place. My bracket was fine (i.e., not broken or defective). They could order me a new bracket but the new one could be better or worse. Plus, closing one gap could introduce bigger gaps elsewhere. I decided to just leave it. It's noticeable to me but only at certain angles.
     
  12. ChrisH

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    Almost all model 3s have the black mirror trim issue. I am hoping it is just for cosmetic purposes.
     
  13. SeanM

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    Yes, would definitely take it to Tesla for their opinion. All the best.
     

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