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Model Y bumper almost ripped off in pooled water

ROFL, it always makes me laugh when I see this. Don't drive in water that is that deep. Even the people in jeeps with snorkel system that allows going into deep water think they can fly into deep water and damage their cars. Water is like hitting concrete when going at speed. You also passed by a car that had already attempted to drive in and was stalled out and you should have known it would be deep water.
 
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Pianewman

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I drove really, really slow. The fisheye lens effect might make it look faster than it was.

That said, it wasn't very deep either, given that the water pooled only to the height of the sidewalk. Compare that to the video from China I posted as a reference.
Since we're all still here, hopefully with buckets of popcorn for sustenance, I'd like to offer:

The water spraying from your car indicates you did NOT "drove really, really slow." Forget the rooster tail, forget any discussion of video speed, etc. The spray from your car indicates speed.
 
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Moderator Note: 17 posts moved to snippiness. Personal attacks are forbidden here, and that includes calling people "fanboys" in an attempt to undermine arguments. It's unequivocally an ad hominem argument. Some posts that were moved were merely quoting others that had to be moved as part of the chain of sub-discussion so apologies in advance if you feel like your post shouldn't have been moved. You're always welcome to visit the link and copy and paste any non-offending material back here if desired.
 

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For anyone trying to argue this should be covered under warranty, note the warranty explicitly excludes damage from floods or deep water:
This New Vehicle Limited Warranty does not cover any vehicle damage or malfunction directly or indirectly caused by, due to or resulting from normal wear or deterioration, abuse, misuse, negligence, accident, improper maintenance, operation, storage or transport, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
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Fire, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, lightning, hail, flood, or deep water;
https://www.tesla.com/sites/default/files/downloads/tesla-new-vehicle-limited-warranty-en-us.pdf

Also it is just common sense that warranty would not cover damage trying to ford deep water. The previous TSB for Model 3 was necessary because rear bumpers fell off just driving through rain (not actual flood water).

As for why Teslas might possibly be more susceptible than other ICE cars (even though as others pointed out, ICE cars may stall in the first place before being able to make it through), Teslas have an aero shield that is designed to block air from getting into the underbody of the vehicle. These panels also serve to catch water. If you drive through flooded water too fast for it to drain out, that puts a lot of stress on the rear bumper. However, a lot of ICE cars nowadays have similar aero shields in order to try to squeeze out the max fuel efficiency.
 
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