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Ordered 3/25 and build is set for mid April

hellobye

Member
Apr 14, 2021
77
63
Indiana
Today new dates: May 02 - May 18
history:
04.17 - 05.06
04.18 - 05.06
04.19 - 05.06
04.20 - 05.06
04.21 - 05.06
04.22 - 05.06
04.23 - 05.06
04.28 - 05.18
04.29 - 05.19
05.11 - 05.31
Mine bumped out as well...
MY5 LR-AWD, DMB on White/19", Tow, no FSD
Yesterday was 05.01-05.19, bumped out to 05.09-05.29 today.
Order date 04/06.

Moved me out of 1 weekend trip, into another week long trip... Hoping it's before the 22nd or after the 25th...
 

mr. macintosh

Member
Apr 15, 2021
27
48
Oklahoma
Ordered on April 4th, and my the timeframe has been 5-9 weeks the entire time. Hoping for an actual time frame to figure out when to sell our car, etc. Very frustrating.
 

damonbrodie

Member
Mar 5, 2021
84
50
Ottawa
Ordered on April 4th, and my the timeframe has been 5-9 weeks the entire time. Hoping for an actual time frame to figure out when to sell our car, etc. Very frustrating.
It'll come. My order was placed 10 days before yours and mine still fluctuates quite a bit, and only recently settled on an estimate - May 4-18. You're likely still a couple weeks away before it firms up.
 

live2veg

Member
Mar 18, 2020
47
22
Campbell, CA
Just came back from Fremont factory and rejected the car. Ordered 4/5 LR AWD blue/black 19" wheels. front bumper had paint damage, hood gap not even, big gap down front doors (esp by side mirror), hatch closed past body about 1/2". Would have accept for some of these issues but just too many to overlook. Two other blue cars there appeared in better condition. Back on the waitlist....
 

Peelz

Budding EV fanatic.
Apr 10, 2021
317
441
SE Iowa, the armpit.
Mine bumped out as well...
MY5 LR-AWD, DMB on White/19", Tow, no FSD
Yesterday was 05.01-05.19, bumped out to 05.09-05.29 today.
Order date 04/06.

Moved me out of 1 weekend trip, into another week long trip... Hoping it's before the 22nd or after the 25th...

same stats here. Ordered 4-6. Same delivery date too.

blue/white LR 19” tow hitch
 

Sponch

Member
Mar 26, 2021
56
53
Texas
Just came back from Fremont factory and rejected the car. Ordered 4/5 LR AWD blue/black 19" wheels. front bumper had paint damage, hood gap not even, big gap down front doors (esp by side mirror), hatch closed past body about 1/2". Would have accept for some of these issues but just too many to overlook. Two other blue cars there appeared in better condition. Back on the waitlist....
Damn that’s rough, sorry. I don’t get how there is so much variation between cars still.
 
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curryboy101

New Member
Apr 18, 2021
4
0
San Luis Obispo
Just came back from Fremont factory and rejected the car. Ordered 4/5 LR AWD blue/black 19" wheels. front bumper had paint damage, hood gap not even, big gap down front doors (esp by side mirror), hatch closed past body about 1/2". Would have accept for some of these issues but just too many to overlook. Two other blue cars there appeared in better condition. Back on the waitlist....
Did it have the "new headlights"? I have a LR on order but I've been hearing they still come with the "old headlights".
 

Leadinglegacy

Member
Apr 8, 2021
5
0
Indiana
Damn that’s rough, sorry. I don’t get how there is so much variation between cars still.
To be honest it's simply because they can. None of the people in this forum or anywhere buy Tesla because the fit and finish is spectacular. We do it because as far as vehicle performance Tesla is the highest performing that exists today for each dollar spent (or so we think). Performance could be many things, but what resonates in the community as make it break requirements are these things: AP/FSD, safety, charging network, acceleration, range, or supporting the earth. You'll notice fit and finish aren't really so high on the list.

My speculation is the fallout they would have would be massive if Tesla held the same inspection that typical automotive manufacturers hold. From a financial perspective, their goal is to get product shipped as "fast" as possible without sacrificing consumer safety. Do drivers really require a spotless car? No, most people don't even notice no matter what the cost. If one does, they rematch the reject to another buyer and a sale is a sale.

The build quality issues are issues, no doubt, but primarily are very low risk to the consumer and to the company. Add the huge magnifying glass effect and you have excess scrutiny where it didn't exist before.

Yes, it absolutely sucks for those of us who care about every minute detail, but in the end, the fallout of customers is really really low, for now, so Tesla has no reason to change their operating model because it is the most profitable for them as they are growing. Less vehicles rejected in the plant, more vehicles eventually accepted by the least-caring customer.

Remember, if Tesla is staffed perfectly, they don't have extra staff to rework "trivial" issues, so to take employees to fix cars at the plant, they are reducing production efficiency (in dollar spent/output of vehicles). Instead they use the consumers time and a 3rd party to address and it's relatively low cost to them, and only if they are noticed buy the buyer.

To be honest, Tesla isn't the first to approach quality in this way. Many companies do thing similarly with riskier items. Non Turbo Subaru's have historically had, without fail, bad head gaskets which result in engine failure it not addressed. These are paid for by the owner in most cases. Every vehicle manufacuter in the world has issue with Takata airbags. The "right" way is to halt use of the vehicle and provide a safe vehicle until inventory is available for repair, but I've never been given this option (for driver airbag) but others have - FWIW I did complain to Honda about this, they told me to complain to NHTSA, if I was not satisfied with their resolution.

TL;DR, Tesla fit and finish sucks because they can get away with it right now, and because they need to right now. I only hope it improves in the future as they increase their sales it they want to stay competitive.
 

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