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Comprehensive List of Model 3 Updates

Jedi2155

Model 3 has Arrived.
Jul 6, 2018
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Upland, CA
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?
 

KenC

Active Member
Sep 4, 2018
3,753
3,487
Maine
Rear deck hole changed. Some people report that the SC tells them the trunk gasket has been changed.
 

CharleyBC

Active Member
Jun 28, 2019
1,465
1,671
Talent, OR
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
 

zannman

Member
May 15, 2019
141
116
Ohio
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.
 

mike95

Member
Jul 30, 2018
17
17
US
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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Adam3

Member
Oct 4, 2015
772
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USA
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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3peat

Member
Sep 12, 2019
21
15
San Diego, CA
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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Jedi2155

Model 3 has Arrived.
Jul 6, 2018
1,685
1,441
Upland, CA
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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