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How's the Model 3 Air Filter?

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

  1. sbtz

    sbtz Member

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    Coming from a Model S, whose air filter has done a great job insulating me from the exhaust, smoke, cows, etc... I'm worried about the 3 not having such an advanced filter. Any reports on how well it works compared to the S?
     
  2. wagonwheel

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    While it says nothing about their actual performance, this short video gives a nice visual of the air filters (yes, there are two filters):

    Skipping ahead to 0:50 will get you to the pertinent portion of the video.

    For what it's worth, it does appear that they are excellent quality.
     
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  3. ewoodrick

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    Pretty darn good. Have yet to smell a diesel or cigarette smoke
     
  4. RayK

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    Got a very slight whiff of skunk today while driving out in the boonies. Don't know how well / if it actually cut down on the smell as the temps were in the low 90s and I didn't lower the windows.

    Note: A/C was on but the recirculation was off.
     
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    It’s better than any other car I’ve owned (largely Japanese cars). I often forget I’m not on recirculate on the highway because I can’t smell the fumes.

    Very interesting that there are two filters!
     
  6. SDKoala

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    Excellent. I was stuck behind an obvious gross polluter in bumper to bumper traffic today and didn't smell anything.
     
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    Oh nice. Good to know. I always keep it on recirculate cuz I never know what’s out there. Seems like the better filters I’ve seen. Japanese and German.
     
  8. SOULPEDL

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    Any way to check them? Airflow ping-pong ball test or something? Looks nearly impossible to remove. "One screw" and then what?
     
  9. Nocturnal

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    Same experience as others. Very good filter. Claims from Tesla and others are that it's not as good as X/S, but still very very good. A few people have tested them also with good results.
     
  10. SMAlset

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    #10 SMAlset, Nov 29, 2018
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    Might want to read through this thread started when the Camp Fire broke out and the area even hundreds of miles away was smoky and had dangerous levels of VOCs. Near the end of the thread is some owner testing that was done. Not as good as our Model S bio-defense weapon filter but from where I drove around with my Model 3 I wasn't bothered by the air quality and at times it was in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101-150), Unhealthy (151-200), and one day in the Very Unhealthy (201-300) category.

    How is your Model 3 doing filtering out the smoke from the forest fires?
     

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