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Comprehensive List of Model 3 Updates

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Jedi2155, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. Jedi2155

    Jedi2155 Model 3 has Arrived.

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    I'm sure someone has already tracked all the hardware differences in the Model 3 since initial release but I was wondering if anyone here has it. There has been many changes in hardware revisions (new motor/inverter pairs etc.) but I'm more interested in meaningful changes unless there's a widespread reliability problem.

    AFAIK, these are the changes I'm aware of:

    2017:
    • Initial Release: Fit & Finish
    2018:
    • 01/18: Alcantera -> Textile
    • Q1/18: Suspension Spring improved
    • 04/18: Seat cushions changed
    • 04/18: Shiny to Matte Tesla Logo on Steering Wheel
    • 07/18: Rear Pano glass IR coating changed
    • 12/18: License Plate Frame change
    2019:
    • 04/19: Removal of Homelink
    • 05/19: HW3/FSD Computer
    • 08/19: Vegan Steering Wheel (vs. Leather)
    • 09/19: Pedestrian Speaker

    Anyone have a more comprehensive list or are aware additional changes I'm missing?
     
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  2. webbah

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    I’m so glad I got my production 06/2019.
     
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  3. KenC

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    Rear deck hole changed. Some people report that the SC tells them the trunk gasket has been changed.
     
  4. CharleyBC

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    Two other things I remember from about Spring of 2018:
    • A change to the seal or weatherstripping around the glass to improve wind noise
    • Revision to painting the white bumpers so they actually match the rest of the car
     
  5. zannman

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    I think Homelink was removed 6/19. My 5/19 build still has it.

    USB cables and 14-50 adapter removed approximately 4/19.
    Frunk mat removed 9/19.
    Trunk gasket was modified sometime in 1Q'19 to stop rain from pouring in. My May build has the revision.
     
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    This changed too, now it's one piece with a thin line under the wood dash. Early models had it shown as in the picture.
     

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  7. Adam3

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    #7 Adam3, Oct 8, 2019
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    Glass was changed at some point. Not sure if it's rear glass or also top & windshield. I posted this in another thread - tint shop in orange county has tinted over 800 model 3's. They bought gen1 and gen2 rear glass from Tesla that they use to cut tint on so there is no risk to scratch a customer's car. They claim gen2 glass is thicker and more durable. More than just coating change.

    There are lots of little changes, and many that are probably undocumented. For example, they added protection to the computers in the dash to prevent damage from liquid (eg. tinting the windshield).
     
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  8. woodisgood

    woodisgood It's walnut, beech

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    Isn't there a recent change to the rear bumper/undercarriage to allow for a tow hitch/cutout?
     
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  9. Chewy3

    Chewy3 If MacGvyer had a beard

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    I never knew they changed the steering wheel emblem. Before/after pics? I know mines shiny.
     
  10. oripaamoni

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    Hitch area door seems to be on most of the cars now.
     
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  11. CharleyBC

    CharleyBC Active Member

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    Oh, add right-hand drive availability to the list as of a few months ago. Welcome, Kiwis, Aussies, and more!
     
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  12. SDSeth

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    At some point in the middle of 2018 they added what was called the "Rear Trunk Garnish". Basically its this plastic piece that covers the exposed metal on the underside of the top part of the trunk. It helps prevent scratching luggage or other cargo as you pull it out. I believe there were some threads about it.
     
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  14. Jedi2155

    Jedi2155 Model 3 has Arrived.

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    Updates in Red

    2018:
    • Dash Trim changed to single piece
    • Weatherstripping change to reduce wind noise
    • 01/18: Alcantera -> Textile
    • Q1/18: Suspension Spring improved
    • 04/18: Seat cushions changed
    • 04/18: Shiny to Matte Tesla Logo on Steering Wheel
    • 07/18: Rear Pano glass IR coating changed
    • 12/18: License Plate Frame change
    2019:
    • 04/19: Removal of Homelink
    • 04/19: USB dock cables removed
    • 05/19: HW3/FSD Computer
    • 08/19: Vegan Steering Wheel (vs. Leather)
    • 09/19: Pedestrian Speaker

    Other Notable Changes:
    • 12/18??? - Possible Rear Trunk Gasket Change
    • 05/19??? - Removal of Frunk Mat
    • 05/19??? - Removal of 14-50 / J1772 Adapter
    • Hitch Area change to allow Tow??? (European spec only AFAIK)
     
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    Headlight beam improvement June 2018.
     
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    SR+ Fog Light Delete August 2019
     
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  17. SlimJim

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    I did not know my steering wheel was real leather. I just assumed it was vegan leather like the seats.
     
  18. Jae001

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    They added the "Dual Motors" emblem in the rear. Mid 2019 models
     
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    What changed with the license plate frame?
     

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