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Venting about future steering wheel

SlicedBr3ad

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I know I'm late to the party. However, in anticipation of interment vin assignment and future delivery I need to vent. how could tesla get it so wrong!!!!

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Chickenlittle

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I know I'm late to the party. However, in anticipation of interment vin assignment and future delivery I need to vent. how could tesla get it so wrong!!!!

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Tesla Model S Steering Wheel (Day 7 of 50)
I have had all the tesla models and before those a new car every two years over 40 years with many luxury cars. I like the feel size and comfort of the model3 wheel the most including the scroll wheels. Do wish it was heated but the heating so strong in car that I find it ok. Can you explain what you find “ugh” about it? Have you driven it yet?
 
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SigNC

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I have had all the tesla models and before those a new car every two years over 40 years with many luxury cars. I like the feel size and comfort of the model3 wheel the most including the scroll wheels. Do wish it was heated but the heating so strong in car that I find it ok. Can you explain what you find “ugh” about it? Have you driven it yet?
He likes to rest his hand in the middle of the bottom of the wheel which isn't possible with the current 3 wheel.
 
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SlicedBr3ad

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Was just about to say that. If i'm holding with 1 hand, i hold on top. Also, not sure if autopilot would recognize the slight movements if holding on the bottom of the wheel. Comes down to personal preference....

I also stabilize with another hand on top. we have to keep in mind that while driving defensively, and if you can see the road miles ahead, the change of emergency is incredibly low. Bottom line, this is going to be a pain.
 

PoitNarf

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Same spoke placement as the steering wheel of my current car that I'm trading in so this doesn't bother me one bit. I always rest my right hand next to the bottom spoke. Very comfortable for long distance drives, for me anyway.
 

AustinPowers

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This. For long distance travel, this is especially important.

Are you serious?
I hope you never get into a situation where you need to quickly turn your steering wheel because of some obstacle that comes into your path without notice.
One should never hold a steering wheel like this - especially on long distance drives. Plus it doesn't even look comfortable. Come to think of it, I never had a car that allowed such a position. Not that I would know many cars that would have such an arrangement anyway. By the way, my current steering wheel looks quite a bit like the Model 3 one:

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Note: the picture is just symbolic, this is not my actual car - but my type of steering wheel.

Three spoke wheels seem to be quite typical for sportier cars, which the Model 3 certainly is.
 

gregincal

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I also stabilize with another hand on top. we have to keep in mind that while driving defensively, and if you can see the road miles ahead, the change of emergency is incredibly low. Bottom line, this is going to be a pain.

I rest my hand on the bottom when using autopilot in stop and go traffic all the time, no problem. It goes right next to the spoke and feels totally comfortable.
 
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Barklikeadog

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Who holds the steering wheel like that?!
Steering wheels are pretty much designed for two things:

10 & 2 for active driving
8 OR 4 for cruising (and your arm is on the armrest or the door armrest)
 
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Cnasty

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The Model 3 steering wheel is one of my favorite, under appreciated pieces about the car.

Its about the size of a go kart steering wheel and feels like you have complete control and fluidity of the vehicle. I absolutely love it and the small size is shocking at first but then you handle it and its....wooooowwwwwww.
 

brkaus

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Was just about to say that. If i'm holding with 1 hand, i hold on top. Also, not sure if autopilot would recognize the slight movements if holding on the bottom of the wheel. Comes down to personal preference....

I don't think the top is recommended anymore. Neither is 10/2 position. This is due to the airbag and how it would force your arm up if activated.

Things Have Changed Since You Learned to Drive – State Farm®

Of course, the side arms of the wheel block the 9 & 3 spots.
 
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T34ME

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Here is the picture of the steering wheel in my current car. Every other steering wheel design is just "UGH" in comparison! Notice the flexibility of where to rest your hands, the lack of that pesky airbag, and the diameter is great for plenty of leverage when turning. And that gloss black console in the model 3 is a fingerprint magnet. Like @buttershrimp

I

AM

GOING

TO

CANCEL

But wait! The model 3 has a center UI like on my car. That will be easy for me to get used to. Back to the FUTURE! Maybe I'll wait until next week to cancel.
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TexLaw

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That really might be the least safe place to rest one's hand on the wheel. About the only thing you could do worse would be to cross over and hold the opposite side of the wheel (which I've seen more than one person do, believe it or not).

In any case, if you have AP engaged, you wouldn't want to hold the wheel there, anyhow. I've been very comfortable with the MS wheel configuration, which is similar. You want to put just that little bit of torque on the wheel to keep AP happy. We recently went about 1,800 miles, round trip, and I drove every mile of that. The wheel was fine.

Don't decide you hate the wheel before you even get behind it for a while.
 

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