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Is the Model 3 build quality getting better?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by juanmedina, May 9, 2018.

  1. juanmedina

    juanmedina Member

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    I haven't seen many post in a while about people complaining about build issues. I have seen the same trend on the Facebook groups.

    Is the model 3 build quality on newer cars that much better?

    I can't wait to get mine.
     
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  2. voip-ninja

    voip-ninja Give me some sugar baby

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    First year of a brand new model is the worst time to buy it from a fit/finish/reliability standpoint.

    ALWAYS.

    Generally speaking, build quality always gets better on a particular model as the assembly team and engineers get more and more experience with doing the assembly.

    Some manufacturers (Tesla, BMW, Toyota) do more iterative work in the middle of model production to address issues being seen at service but to some extent all makes do this.
     
  3. cellogig

    cellogig Model X..Model 3

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    All the wheels are still on my car.
     
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  4. Thomas Edison

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    How high is your vin ?
     
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  5. mtndrew1

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    Mine is beautifully assembled. April build, 126XX VIN.
     
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  6. xav-

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    Only issue on mine is the plastic under the seat that pops out. Nothing major. Much better than my 2013 Scion FRS (one of the first cars) that had several rattles. 109XX
     
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  7. cellogig

    cellogig Model X..Model 3

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    #7 cellogig, May 9, 2018
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    Hey glad to see you made it past the 666 post...something with a rejected red car on another thread.

    Anyway vin 87xx middle-ish range.

    I recall the reviewers of the media were getting crazy build issues and why I responded to the post above with the wheels comment.

    I have a gap and a raised area in the trunk location of the vehicle. It was like a birth mark with character. Was not a big deal for me. I should probably have it fix since the trunk is not quite aligned and wondering about longevity of usage. But otherswise everything has held up. No problems.


    I have a friend here locally that got a later build in the higher 9 range.
    she no idea or even heard of build quality problems of the model 3 and hers was excellent.
     
  8. TT97

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    You must be one of the lucky ones, I heard most Teslas have "whompy wheels." :)
     
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  9. RangerRick

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    Yeah, my car had basically no issues. 4/18 build, 130xx VIN. Still having a freakin' blast driving it!
     
  10. azred

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    Mine was 47xx built in Jan and after a few tweaks of fit and finish it has given me 3000 trouble-free miles. For a new model I am very satisfied and definitely glad I've had it for 3+ months. And remember the cars trickled out for the first six months so any major issues should have appeared by now -- and haven't. (Even the dumb decision to replace the key fob seems to have been solved by firmware.)
     
  11. Motor Mouth

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    To answer the op's original question - I think yes. Took delivery 4/13 and was concerned. I'm not an auto tech or anything, but I took it through the checklist and didn't find any problems. So, while I completely believe there have been problems, my experience was fine.
     
  12. cellogig

    cellogig Model X..Model 3

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    Wow I googled whompy wheels, I had no idea that was happening to other Teslas. Gods honest truth.
    Ouch sorry for those people. :(
     
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  13. MVuu

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    All was good until rear section pano roof on passenger side developed stress cracks. Bringing it back to SC next week. Other than that, car has been amazing. Worth the wait and minor headaches.
     
  14. TT97

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    While there have been incidents on suspensions/axles breaking and wheels coming off in accidents, it is really no different than any other manufacturer. There was (is) a Tesla Troll that had been spreading the rumors and has tried to raise money through GoFund me campaigns (guessing just to make a quick buck).

    Elon Musk on Twitter
     
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  15. cellogig

    cellogig Model X..Model 3

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    Wow the twitter comments are crazy in itself. A sensitive subject . Did not mean to rattle the cage. Thanks for the heads up on this subject.
     
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  16. TT97

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    I should have been more aware that not everyone knows the back story and doing just a search for Whompy Wheels will freak out most people.
     
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  17. cellogig

    cellogig Model X..Model 3

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    I know it was all meant to be harmless fun.
     
  18. Tezlanian

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    Other than superficial fit and finish issues like slightly bulgy headlights? Nothing. Everything functions perfectly.
     
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    I have 1000 miles on 17xxx and it’s flawless. I can’t find anything wrong with it. In fact it is getting better!
     
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  20. zosoisnotaword

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    It should also be noted that whompy wheel Keef is also a firm believer that the earth is flat. Just some perspective.
     
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