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Traded in my 2018 LR RWD for AWD: Observations

No42

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1. Obviously, the AWD is faster on a straight line.
2. Can feel the added weight on the front of car. Steering is less direct. RWD was more nimble. From pure driving perspective RWD is more pleasant to drive.
3. Surprisingly, Insurance for AWD is $200 less/year.
4. Pissed with fake leather steering wheel.
5. Missing FSD I got on RWD model for $2k. Current $6k is no go for me.
6. HW3 AP feel is the same as HW2.5
7. Removing garage door opener was a cheap move from Tesla.
8. Came with odd 2019.27.103 version and old maps and will not update.
9. The new one has small and incremental improvements here and there. Same car overall.
10. Fit and finish at delivery still lacking. Few minor paint issues here and there which SC should be able to address.
 

No42

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Traded in because of the damage in the picture and the $16k repair bill.
It was better financially to trade in vs repair.

It was may 2018 build 22xxx VIN with only 15k miles.
Battery still was showing 325 miles.
The old one was on v10 vs this one stuck on some random sw version.
Got the red one again:)
 

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mswlogo

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So you traded it in with the damage?
Did you get some insurance money?
I agree, some of the things they have cut to save pennies seem petty. Now it’s the front Frunk carpet.

How do you know you got a HW3?

Did your old Model 3 have leather steering wheel?

There quite a few threads / comment that RWD was more fun to drive.
 
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mswlogo

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All new Tesla's have HW3, the software just isn't optimized yet to take advantage of it.

All new Model 3's don't have leather steering wheels, this is a recent change.

It was thought that all Tesla’s had HW3, but there have been reports that Tesla has gone back and forth on that.

Only sure fire way of knowing is to physically check the rev.

OP also didn’t state custom order nor build date.
 

No42

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New one has the build date of 09/19, VIN 492xxx.

I THINK it is HW3 becouse of salesman assured me so and becouse of odd sw version.
Still need to check the part number to be 100% sure.
 
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DopeGhoti

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At the Autonomy Day conference, Elon claimed that all M3s coming off the line since April had the new hardware. Folks have looked at their computers' part numbers and build dates and found this not to be entirely true.

The same presser is where they said that HW3 is literally running the HW2.5 software for the time being, and that while HW3 _could_ run it 100x faster, it is not actually doing so presently, by design.
 

Watts_Up

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Traded in because of the damage in the picture and the $16k repair bill.
It was better financially to trade in vs repair.


It was may 2018 build 22xxx VIN with only 15k miles.
Battery still was showing 325 miles.
Got the red one again:)
I would be interested knowing a little bit more, since I am in a simillar situation.
- Does the inurance paid you back the car value and sold it as salvage,
or did you trade-in to Tesla while the car was damaged and not repaired?
- How much sales taxes to you have to paid on the new Model?
(full sales taxes on the value of the car or only sales taxes of the difference between the trade in value and the new value?)
 
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Kiwiadventure

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I do like rear wheel drive and a light front end they are so much better feeling when cornering. All top racing cars are still rear wheel drive. I'm also pleased my 3 has none of the slow driving noise.
 

Candleflame

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2. Can feel the added weight on the front of car. Steering is less direct. RWD was more nimble. From pure driving perspective RWD is more pleasant to drive.

yes, and that's why until ludicrous mode came out there were enough people willing to fork out dollar to buy a second hand P85 because it was the best driver out of the whole lineup even though the P90D and even 90D were faster.
 

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