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Issues after one week.

Discussion in 'Model 3: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by slipnslider, Aug 13, 2018.

  1. slipnslider

    slipnslider Member

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    No, I'm not a troll or a tesla short. I've been enjoying this car since I got it. I just wanted to share my list of problems I've noticed so far for new prospective buyers. I have a white RWD LR with EAP and 18s. VIN around 43000.

    I was hoping more problems would have been worked out by 43k, but I also thought it was likely that problems could result from being built during the rush to 5k per week. "Faster faster faster!" leads to quality issues in any industry.

    1. The windshield is optically incorrect. It warps the light coming through and gives things a ripple-effect.

    2. The steering wheel leather is flawed on the left spoke. Sort of bunched up and looks like it could peel loose someday.

    3. Small scratch in upper part of hood near windshield.

    4. Rear bumper doesn't quite fit properly to the rear quarter of the car, creating some uneven gaps.

    5. Loose rubber trim around the windshield exterior on the lower passenger side. The early build model 3 I rented months ago had this same issue except on the drivers side.

    6. I also get a spring-like reverberation through the steering wheel when I go over bumps, almost like part of the suspension is loose. Not sure if this is a problem, but I don't remember feeling it in the Model 3 I rented earlier.

    7. Drivers side mirror enclosure is a little loose compared to the passenger side.

    8. Dried paint pimple on the lower part of the door, and a tiny missed paint section right at the edge of the front bumper. But neither of these are really visible so I'm not even going to mention them to tesla.

    I love the car. Super excited to own it, and I expected some problems would need to be addressed. Just wanted new buyers to be aware that these flaws are still happening.
     
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  2. brkaus

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    My S does the same at certain angles. As does my dodge. I think my BMW did the same, but it was a very much smaller region on the windshield.
     
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  3. slipnslider

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    I've never noticed it in any car I've owned, Infiniti, Nissan, Acura, Subaru, or Chevy.
     
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    The S is by far the worst windshield of cars I have owned. On the others they were smaller areas, but once I saw the optical issues I could never unsee them. Our Acrua is fine.
     
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  5. Wubbles

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    Does your steering wheel look like mine? I'm trying to get Tesla to replace it. No luck though :(
     

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  6. Trevor B

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    #6 Trevor B, Aug 14, 2018
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    With issues like this, let's not act surprised next year when Consumer Reports ranks the M3 low on reliability (similar to what they did with the Model X).

    I'm happy with my car, fwiw :cool:
     
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  7. Trevor B

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    Are they refusing to fix it?
     
  8. slipnslider

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    Yes it's almost the exact same as that. On the model 3 I rented last February, it looked screwed up on the right spoke instead.
     
  9. Jedi2155

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    I just noticed it on my wife's 2017 Mercedes C300, it was giving me a odd non round (kinda like a starfish) optical effect on the windshield. I was quite shocked but apparently. Never saw on my Chervolet.
     
  10. Wubbles

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    They gave the leather a tuck into the plastic but it's still all wrinkly and not smooth. The service guy who looked at it felt that was good enough. Going to try and escalate it to someone at a management level when I call tomorrow.
     
  11. TheLocNar

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    Definitely not acceptable. That’s funky as hell.
     
  12. Kandiru

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    That windshield has to go, get creative, I cannot encourage insurance fraud though you already know what to do.
     
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