TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

Tesla Model 3 First Drive Reviews

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Qualchan, Aug 4, 2017.

Tags:
  1. bartekr

    bartekr Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2018
    Messages:
    12
    Location:
    Bay Area
    Awd with white interior. First impressions:

    - car is noticeably slower than my friend’s P
    - white seats are awesome looking, but lack of perforation makes my back sweaty even though cabin temp is 65 degrees
    - lots of tire noise from 18 inch wheels
    - aero wheels look suprisingly good on a white car with white interior
    - handles great, though it feels a little rubbery based on 18 inch wheels. 20 inch tires would be noticeable
    - car is so common in Bay Area that no one notices it
    -




    -
     
    • Helpful x 1
    • Like x 1
  2. LoL Rick

    LoL Rick Like Buttah

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2014
    Messages:
    897
    Location:
    Land O Lakes, FL
    This guy apparently has a Youtube channel doing car reviews but has never driven a Tesla of any kind. He just bought a Model 3 Dual Motor with performance upgrades. Skip all the boring stuff at the beginning and move to the 27 minute mark. That's where you see his reaction to the acceleration. Keep watching for a couple minutes to see him prank the camera man.
     
  3. plasmo

    plasmo Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2016
    Messages:
    355
    Location:
    Chicago
    #403 plasmo, Sep 1, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2018
    Took delivery this week of my Model 3. (Long range, Dual motor, Premium)

    Literal 1st impressions of the Model 3 after 2 years of Model X, and 1 year of Model S:

    + drive handling is great (better than X and S imo), steering wheel noticeably smaller
    + immediately got used to the single screen
    + like the iphone as key concept, but it has quirks
    + a/c controls are better than I expected
    + i like the center phone console better than the X and S
    + i like the clean look
    + LTE internet connection is faster (maps load much faster than X and S)
    + Can adjust Homelink distance to open/close garage (don't remember seeing this on X or S)
    + Audio sounds better than the X or S (plus immersive sound option)
    + Delivery appointment was fast. Literally out the door in 15 min.



    - I do miss the 2nd screen hud (prefer 2 maps at once and backup cam on too)
    - right thumb dial doesn't control temperature
    - back cupholders are there, but cannot use if 3 rear passengers
    - iphone as key doesn't work all the time
    - rear backup camera has lower resolution and poorer night vision than S (best) and X
    (see my comparison photos here: Rear camera Comparison photo: 3 vs. S vs. X )​
    - Black interior was only option when I ordered (would have preferred white, but I couldn't delay my delivery)
    - I miss my power liftgate
    - The model X spoiled me with automatic door open/close and brakepedal door close
    - removed aero covers as soon as I got home (personally don't like appearance at all)​
     
    • Like x 2
    • Informative x 1
  4. MMBTUS

    MMBTUS Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2018
    Messages:
    107
    Location:
    Palm Beach County Florida
    I’m with you completely. Since getting my M3 I have come to realize how many dials and buttons on “modern” conventional cars get such little use. Most add complexity and waste space. I’m more aware of this now and prize the minimalist approach. Thanks Elon!

    Not that a HUD speedo wouldn’t be nice, but my main first impression concern relates to the temp control interface. The up/down carets are tiny and demand too much precision (read: attention) when driving.

    I find that I have to change temp settings to maintain comfort. That’s in South Florida where the temps range from hot in the shade to blistering in direct sun. So it’s not one of those seldom-used controls for me.
    How about a simple up or down swipe control instead, active over each temp numeric display? No need to aim for a caret.

    Anyway, on a related note, your comments on AC lead me to ask for some help. My AC settings on start up always default to different settings than when I shut down. I set and use the center vents and auto fan. When I restart, My M3 always changes it to footwell vents by default, are these are not our best choice in South Florida.

    Do I really have to change AC settings every time I start up or am I missing something?

    I have never enjoyed driving a car as much as this one. It’s my portal to the future of transportation. Eliminating switches was a brilliant and bold move towards that future.
     
    • Like x 1
  5. HopeToGolf

    HopeToGolf Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2016
    Messages:
    178
    Location:
    USA - New Jersey
    I will take a look at the AC controls and venting the next couple of times I get into the car. I literally have not changed anything (location, footwell, upper body, etc) since I got it figured out some time ago. The car seems to have saved or maintained the last setting as expected.
     
  6. dfwatt

    dfwatt Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2018
    Messages:
    880
    Location:
    FL
     
  7. VT_EE

    VT_EE Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2017
    Messages:
    810
    Location:
    Maryland
    Are the settings tied to your profile?
     
  8. Xevex

    Xevex Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2017
    Messages:
    129
    Location:
    Canada
    Man all those reviews about Model 3 awd make me so jealous, being in a remote place in Canada. Wish I can have a driving experience of the Tesla, even a rwd one.
     
  9. Candleflame

    Candleflame Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2015
    Messages:
    944
    Location:
    QLD, Australia
    where do you live?
     
  10. coselectric

    coselectric Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2018
    Messages:
    15
    Location:
    Colorado Springs
    Here is a first drive review on behalf of my lovely wife.

    We took delivery of our dual motor non-P Model 3 two days ago during the big end-of-the-quarter push. (If you're wondering, other than a small paint chip and another small scratch on the bumper which Tesla said they'd fix, no problem, the car is absolutely perfect - no fit/finish issues at all). We chose the dual motor option because (a) we live in Colorado and sometimes need AWD, and (b) we really don't need a performance car and didn't want to spend the extra money. This whole experience was the culmination of her telling me 3 years ago that I needed a new car after my old Subaru left her stranded on a busy road (alternator failure).

    I have done my best sales job on my wife over the past 2.5 years (we were a 4/3/16 reservation holder), and she reluctantly went along with my plan to get this car, although all along the way she would have preferred I just go get a new Subaru or some other practical AWD vehicle. The expected safety of the car helped a lot, and the recent 5-star NHTSA ratings sealed the deal.

    Interestingly, in an earlier profession of hers, she was trained in advanced driving techniques, and she is a skilled driver (I'll leave it at that, because she doesn't like to talk about it). But she's been a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, and her priorities have shifted elsewhere. At this point in her life she is generally not interested in cars except to get from point A to point B. In fact, she had no interest in test driving the Model 3 before we bought it - just kind of dismissed it as "this is your thing"; I'm an engineer and have of course been enamored with the technology in Tesla vehicles. Over the past 2.5 years she did hear from me at strategic moments all the awesome things about the car, and she got kind of tired about hearing about it after a while so I toned it down in recent days.

    The morning after we took delivery of the car, after the kids were all at school, she said "OK, I guess I need to learn how to drive this thing, let's go". So we spent ten minutes in the driveway going over the basics, and then we headed out into the neighborhood with her behind the wheel. As we drove through the neighborhood, I watched her perplexed expression as her brain started adapting to the regenerative braking feel, which I had previously explained to her. It actually took her all of about 2 blocks to figure it out (a lot quicker than me). As we got closer to the large divided highway that borders our subdivision, she started getting more aggressive with the vehicle, punching it crisply into the back half of turns and using the regen to control her speed along the narrow, curving streets. Her first comment was "THIS... is brilliant". I said "this, what?" She said "this not-using-the-brake thing".

    When we approached the highway, I told her, "now after you turn on the highway, you have to floor it - just once, so you can see what it can do". So with no cars approaching, she turned onto the highway, opened up the throttle, and we were instantly thrown back into our seats as the car launched itself seemingly into oblivion. Watching her expression the whole time, what I saw was a look of astonishment that I have rarely seen followed by her mouthing the word "f***" under her breath followed a few seconds later by a wry, sinister smile.

    And now I have a problem, because I didn't see the car the rest of the day.
     
    • Funny x 9
    • Like x 6
    • Love x 4
    • Disagree x 1
  11. spinbackwards

    spinbackwards Closed

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2018
    Messages:
    187
    Location:
    North Pole
    P3D owner.

    Mountains of Colorado.

    I can't believe I'm doing this, talking to people who aren't in the room. I think social media is a social disease. If I post more than 5 times, flame me.

    I've had Audi's for years - 02 TT, 05 S4, 06 S6 Avant, 012 A7 with Stage 4 tune.

    I sold my A7 to get our Tesla.

    Tesla clearly understands car guys. The P3D is an ode to my "S" cars, that was the hook for me. I'm a car guy. Rear badges matter. Red brakes matter. Although after I took my A7 to Stage 4, I took off all the badges on it.

    The A7 feels like a car from the dark ages.

    By far and away, the best car I’ve owned.

    Seats are super comfy. Way better than the Napa in my S4, which were the best seats I've ever been in, in any car.

    Best factory sound system I've heard. It’s better than my A7 that I had custom work done. Great bass, great highs and lows. Big surprise. Usually the sound system in a factory car is a big disappointment. No changes needed.

    I'm 6'1, 193 after breakfast. It’s not too small for me. In fact it feels just right. My A7 felt a little big.

    Bonus is that 19” snow tires can go on the rims - or so they say.

    The minimalist feels right. All my other interiors feel wrong now.

    Insurance is .87 less (6 months) than my A7.

    Now I’m not so sure about wanting an S. Although I do like the extra space, would like a roof rack.

    I'd hoped charging would be better, oh well. I can make it from our house to Denver, 144 miles, on 80% charge. In the Winter I'll charge to 100%.

    They didn't do a very good job of detailing the car, they rushed me through. But no different than any other car dealer. In the car business you find a dealer you hate the least.

    Yes, I'm on the left - [email protected]# Trump. We have a 10kw Sun Power solar system, now the car. It feels great to do more for Mother Earth.

    "Even So", it wasn't about politics. I bought the car because of the numbers. Over 6 years, factoring the Fed and CO $5k rebate, all the other savings, free supercharging and home charging, this car will cost about $4.5k a year. My A7 cost us $11k a year. And, the car will still be worth something. I got nothing for our A7.

    We couldn't afford not to buy the car.

    Getting Vanity plates. Thought about HIPECAR to match our HIPEVAN, someone else can take that.

    Peace and love,
    P3D - 1.jpg P3D - 2.jpg van - 1.jpg
     
    • Like x 5
  12. dfwatt

    dfwatt Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2018
    Messages:
    880
    Location:
    FL
    I'm just learning the ins and outs of the model three, but my understanding is that the rear motor in the AWD version uses a more efficient technology than the AC inverter/Induction approach taken by the front motor in the model three and the motors in the Tesla S. So in that sense it's better efficiency was both a design target for the development team and not something that can be retrofitted to the S or X models – perhaps the next generation of those can incorporate some of the efficiency improvements.
     
  13. dfwatt

    dfwatt Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2018
    Messages:
    880
    Location:
    FL
    That's a great account :):). I'm hoping that my wife has a similar reaction after her first drive in the car. She's kind of technophobic/techno-skeptical. She claims that she is a Luddite. The family joke is that she can blow up any technology in short order. She's dropped four cell phones into the toy toy, trashed three laptops (mostly by spilling water, coffee or juice into the keyboards), and one iPod (accidentally hurled against the wall while making the bed). o_Oo_O Her daughter won't let my wife touch her cell phone. Oh, and then there's the time she flashed her Honda keys down the toy toy, bye bye, leading to her needing to get a ride home from 70 miles away.

    I on the other hand of course have technophilia. How do the Technophobe and the Technophile find each other? You got me on that one - I suppose a classic instance of opposites attracting. I am of course tasked with the unenviable job of fixing the technology after she's blown it up. It's a full-time job.
     
    • Funny x 2
  14. dfwatt

    dfwatt Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2018
    Messages:
    880
    Location:
    FL
    Esp. if you save that and the seat position to your Profile. Any change you might make, that automatically causes the profile save options to appear. Is the car ergonomically perfect. Nope. It is great, esp. the fabu front seats. Yup.:):)
     
  15. Candleflame

    Candleflame Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2015
    Messages:
    944
    Location:
    QLD, Australia
    the car does not charge faster at lower current. you need to switch the display from km to %/wh.
     
  16. Takumi

    Takumi Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Messages:
    592
    Location:
    IL
    #416 Takumi, Oct 1, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2018
    War of the Worlds: Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance vs Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE vs Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio - Motor Trend

    Willow Springs International Raceway
    Driver: Randy Franklin Pobst

    Model P3D (Track Mode Enabled) - 9.1 lb/hp
    1:23.97

    Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio - 7.5 lb/hp
    1:22.78

     
  17. StellarRat

    StellarRat Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2014
    Messages:
    1,041
    Location:
    Pacific
    You should get points just for being able to pronounce the name of that car.
     
  18. dfwatt

    dfwatt Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2018
    Messages:
    880
    Location:
    FL
    Thanks for posting that- I hadn't seen it as it is new. Very good review of the Tesla/Alfa face off. Would have loved to have seen the result of the Tesla having either 245/35-20 Michelin 4S, or even more radically, 265/35-19 tires on some lightweight 19x9.5 wheels. Would bet that either setup would have allowed it to beat the Alfa, esp. the 265/35. But still a fascinating review. Thanks!
     
  19. rob968

    rob968 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2018
    Messages:
    66
    Location:
    NJ
    I know it's easiest to compare stock vs stock, but running the same model tires on all cars would be the best way to truly understand the relative performance. Some manufacturers game this system a bit by putting crazy sticky tires on their highest end performance models.
     
    • Like x 1
  20. Shizzrock

    Shizzrock Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2018
    Messages:
    467
    Location:
    Boston
    Considering the Alfa tires are "Streetable Track Tires" with 60 treadwear rating, I think you have a good point. With PS4S on all three, the model 3 probably would have been on top.
     

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC