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Feeling blue...[trouble finding door handle in the dark]

quentinsf

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Oct 20, 2020
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Have found a problem with my (otherwise fine) new blue Model 3 in the middle of a northern-European winter...

Black de-chromed door handles on a dark blue car are really hard to find on a dark night!

This was never the case on my previous cars which (a) didn't have such aerodynamically-flush handles and (b) had puddle lights and things which would give you some illumination when you walked up to it. With the Tesla, I'm in the dark until I can find the handle, and I can't find the handle in the dark.

Anyone else have the same problem?

I guess I could get a key fob which might allow me to turn on some illumination in advance, or use the watch app. But the magical automatic unlocking is spoiled a bit as both my wife and I have to grope around the wet door to find the way in...

:)
 

EVMeister

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Might be worth getting a small and compact torch to keep in your pocket? Annoying having to get it out to use it, but would solve the issue. Sometimes I can't see my chrome handles on my Model 3 if it's dark enough, either. But over time I've gotten quite used to their exact position so can usually find them without seeing them.
 

quentinsf

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Oct 20, 2020
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Cambridge, UK
If you use the app to remote unlock the car, does it turn on any lights?

Sadly, no - I just went and tried. Well, yes, it turns on the interior lights and the headlights but neither of these actually help you see the doorhandles :-(

Not, I'm sorry to say, as cool as my old i3 which did light up the doorhandles... and had cool blue interior LEDs until you opened the door!

:)

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TLLMRRJ

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Sadly, no - I just went and tried. Well, yes, it turns on the interior lights and the headlights but neither of these actually help you see the doorhandles :-(

Not, I'm sorry to say, as cool as my old i3 which did light up the doorhandles... and had cool blue interior LEDs until you opened the door!

:)

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You would think, with the interior lights on to frame the windows and B pillar, you could develop the muscle memory to figure out where the door handles are.

Maybe a dog trainer could help in this case, and as a bonus, you would get a treat every time you successfully find the handle!
 
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quentinsf

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Oct 20, 2020
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Cambridge, UK
:) Yes, perhaps you're right.

On the other hand, if I have to take my phone out to unlock, it would be much quicker just to turn on the flashlight!
Unlocking on my watch is much quicker though; perhaps I'll do that.

For now, it can go on the (admittedly fairly short) list of things I miss from the i3... :)
 
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Kat Jacks

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Sep 26, 2020
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When the light burned out in my garage, I had that problem of not finding the handle easily. I practiced going from the door post to the handle a few times, now I can find it if needed, even without getting out my iPhone first. Too bad the lighting is not better where ever you are parking in such darkness.
 

quentinsf

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Oct 20, 2020
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Cambridge, UK
Ha! It’s on my own driveway! But I live on the edge of a field - not much ambient light around here. There’s even a light on the garage but it’s directly behind the car, so it illuminates the boot nicely but leaves the door handles in darkness.

You’re right, though: if I follow the line of the back of the window glass down, it takes me to the door handle!
 

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