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Factory Reset


Aug 19, 2020
North Carolina
Have any of you Model 3 owners done a factory reset? If so, did you lose any of the OTA updates? My car has been acting up a lot lately and hard reboots isn't doing the trick. Screen freezing while driving, going black, popping noise through the speakers and so on. (2020 M3 SR+)


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Apr 2, 2016
Northern Virginia, USA
It doesn’t do anything except theoretically delete personal data. Not ‘back to like it left the factory’. And it doesn’t even delete personal data well last I’ve heard.

It was designed to be what you do when you sell the car to clear out nav history, music favorites, location data, etc. But it doesn’t work as far as I know. I believe it’s supposed to delete a certain Linux partition and doesn’t?

What you might want to try is the power off on the menu. Wait at least five minutes without touching anything then open the door to restart the car. Probably won’t help this problem but can’t hurt.

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