Review Claims Tesla Model 3 Has Panel Gaps ‘You Can See From Mars’!

Tesla may have entered the automotive industry with a bang thanks to its electric vehicles that are packed with tech features, but the automaker has had quite a few build quality issues.

Munro & Associates, an engineering consultant firm in Michigan, is set to tear a Model 3 down in the near future, but have already found some glaring drawbacks.

The Model 3, as some have already found out, is a great car. It sure is fast, as it does the quarter mile in just 13.3 seconds, comfortable, and is an ideal vehicle for an automaker looking to grow significantly in the coming years.

However, while the first few impressions of the Model 3 were positive, the video below points out all of the electric sedans flaws – and there’s a lot of them.

Autoline Network got to join Sandy Munro, the CEO of Munro & Associates, as he reveals all of the quality issues with Tesla’s entry level model. We’ll admit that some of the things that Munro points towards are a little nitpicky. Munro, for instance, doesn’t like the way the door handles open, as they require using two hands instead of one. Other than that, though, he points towards some pretty big quality issues.

When closing the door, something inside of it rattles. That problem is confined to just the two front doors. Our favorite criticism, though, comes at roughly the 3:20-minute mark where Munro claims that the Model 3 has gaps that you can see from Mars.

At the end of the day, Munro is surprised to see that Tesla actually released the vehicle in this state. It is possible that they have gotten their hands on a dud, which is known to happen in the industry, especially at the beginning of a car’s production, until the automaker irons out all the imperfections.

If that’s not the case, Elon Musk should have known better than to release a product that’s not ready. To see all the issues with the Model 3, check out the video below.

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  • S3XY

    Complaining about panel gaps on a black car. Lol. Only senior citizens.

    • Matthew Daraei

      Only expecting comment from S3XY and of course world famous “Own comment upvoter”. Tesla is perfect, are you happy now?

    • salamOOn
      • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC2jGzUnqX8 carscoop why not videos like this instead of 2 old people hating on Model 3

        • A LOT INTERESTING DETAILS. ONE ITEM TESLA SEEMS TO NOT THOUGHT OUT IS THE BLACK PLASTIC ON THE CONSOLE. PUTTING WOOD LIKE ON THE FRONT DASH ON THE CONSOLE TO ELIMINATE NASTY FINGERPRINTS.
          SEEMS LIKE THE PANEL GAPS ON THEIR EXAMPLE ARE OK.
          THERE IS HOPE.

          • Mark Hawthorne

            WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING?

          • songoku64

            Dude relax, no need to yell

        • salamOOn

          OMG, grocery bag holders, tow hook or double floor in the trunk…. you simply cant have those in other cars! what an awesome “goooooodieeeees”

          almost everytning in that video is standard (except trunk window, that camera above rwm and “easter eggs”)

        • Bruce K

          to me, this video just emphasizes how stupid this car is. “hidden goodies”?!? “easter eggs”? hooks for shopping bags, vanity mirrors, velcro, center console storage…you’ve got to kidding me. These are not innovations. And they have nothing to do with driving. I was unimpressed.

        • Six Thousand Times

          John McElroy and Sandy Munro have forgotten more about the automotive industry than you’ll ever know.

    • Six_Tymes

      a really dumb comment, one of the worst iv seen here.

    • LeStori

      So Tesla only makes Black painted cars these days? Doing a Henry T- Model Ford.
      Or is it a case that the panel gaps only mysteriously appear on black cars?
      Lol. Only Junior Citizens…

    • LWOAP

      Fine, we’ll paint it white and complain. Happy now?

    • Jay

      In your mind panel gaps are only big on the black car. The truth is, they are on all of the other colors as well..

    • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

      being different always make people nervous i have no idea why ,,, i dont own a tesla but im a big fan of the company, they are brave in trying to push humanity forward and change the norms in the auto industry. ofcourse big oil companies and automakers dont want them to succeed and if tesla fails then its a step back for humanity and this planet…

      • LWOAP

        What?

        How is it a step back for humanity? There will be other EVs that will take Tesla’s place.

    • Frank Yoster

      buddy did u even watch the video…even i was like smh..stupid tesla..that car has too many flaws.

  • UGH! Another Tesla Story

  • Honda NSX-R

    Tesla build quality will probably improve once they gain more experience in the industry

    • haudit

      I’m sure someone probably said the same about Chrysler in the 1920s.

      • EyalN

        1920s Chrysler was in a better build quality than 2018 Tesla. where did they get this car anyway? Tesla didn’t really deliver cars to private owners so it’s kind of beta version of the car and not the finish product.

      • Honda NSX-R

        Lol

      • Six Thousand Times

        W P Chrysler and the Dodge Bros, Made fine cars back in the ’20s. Loved that Victory Six.

    • LeStori

      Soon they will have to compete with the big boys and girls in the EV market. And the Chinese who are intent on dominating the EV industry. Hammered on quality and price. Does Tesla have the time to improve?

      • Six_Tymes

        true, and great question.

      • Honda NSX-R

        Ptbn

    • Six Thousand Times

      Su hold off a few years before you buy?

      • Honda NSX-R

        Probably, maybe even a few generations honestly

  • Mars Musketter

    Well, that explains why Musk wants go to Mars. He wants to see the panel gap clearance from a distance.

  • David Giles

    The engineering wonder boys at Tesla consistently violate the KISS principal with nearly everything on their vehicles.

    • LeStori

      So Tesla is a female engineer free work place?

      • David Giles

        Whatever Snowflake. Wonder boys is one of them “non-gender specific” terms – like Mailman. If you’re offended – piss off.
        Furthermore, yes – probably most of the engineering wonder boys at Tesla are male. Cause – that’s how it is in the engineering world.

        • WHY NOT JUST EXPLAIN WHAT “THE KISS PRINCIPAL”IS RATHER THAN GO OFF ON A “SNOWFLAKE” RANT?
          NOT OFFENDED JUST CURIOUS.

          • David Giles

            K.I.S.S. – “Keep It Simple Stupid” (a very common saying). Tesla doesn’t seem to understand that basic engineering principle.
            The reason for my response to LeStori is – snowflakes are offended by the stupidest and simplest of things now a days. I for one am very tired of it. My original post had nothing to do with any type of sexism. LeStori implied that it did. As such, my response was what it was.

          • LeStori

            The K.I.S.S. principal is related to unnecessary complication. Having worked as a qualified engineer (university educated) and with the within auto industry, often you are not given a choice. You have to work within the parameters given. These are often incomparable with simplicity. In fact the K.S.S. principal was an American Navy term. Now we all know why simple is best. If you are in a combat situation you want things to work and be simple to fix. Complication might get you killed. If the Tesla shown was in a crash the bonnet/hoood would probably be bent and battered . No opening without force as mechanism stuffed.Therefore the secondary release is really only a workshop system. If the car was already on fire, no one is going to try and release the mechanism to cut the cable.

            As for being a snowflake. I wish I was so young that I could be offended by the term. In reality whilst I was essentially making a joke you resorted to abuse. I suspect you might be the snowflake.

          • David Giles

            If you were making a joke – then my apologies. However, it certainly didn’t come across as one.

            As for me being anything even remotely linked to a snowflake:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orR2Rre5SGg

          • David Giles

            Interesting – my original reply was removed.
            Anyway, if it was meant as a joke then my apologies. However, it didn’t come across as one.
            As for my being a snowflake – now that’s a joke.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Typically, when they call you a snowflake, they’ve become upset.

          • THANKS FOR THE EXPLANATION.

            YES, MUSK DOES SEEM TO MAKE THINGS MORE DIFFICULT FOR HIMSELF AT TIMES. CASE IN POINT MAKING HIS OWN SEATS FOR THE MODEL 3. SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE THAT MAY MAKE SENSE BUT RIGHT NOW, NOT SO MUCH.

  • John F. Murphy

    The back door release worries me.

  • Six_Tymes

    I wonder what Elon musk would think if he watched this

  • TheBelltower

    Okay, I like this guy and all. I found his research on the i3 fascinating. But seriously with this? “Owww, my hand! I can’t open the door!” Never mind that the same design is used in Jaguars, Aston Martins and the Nissan GT-R. “The trunk, it’s sooooo heavy!” I expected him to scream “I’m OLD….where’s my pokin’ stick?” And how ridiculous is it that they suggest that a child climb through the back seat and out of the trunk if they can’t open the rear door mechanically? If you are going to crawl all around the car, why not just go out the front door, which can be opened mechanically? He’s very interesting, and I think we know that early Teslas are buggy. But I gotta say, he is a bit of a twat here.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Fair enough but Munro tests everything so he’s comparing it to Hondas, KIAs, Fords and the like. It’s likely neither you nor I have the same hand injury so the door pulls won’t be a problem. Also remember that he is an engineer and not just some street-corner crank.

  • A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT THIS CAR WOULD BE A TURN OFF TO ME BUT EVERYONE WHINING “WHY CAN’T HE RELEASE CARS ON TIME?”. PRESSURE THEM AND THERE ARE GOING TO BE FLAWS WHICH SEEM TO BE FIXED RETROACTIVELY AS WAS THE CASE WITH THE MODEL S.
    FIRE DEPARTMENTS NO DOUBT HAVE BEEN APPRISED AS TO HOW TO DEAL WITH TESLA’S IN EMERGENCIES. CROW BAR, HOOD POPPED.
    DOOR HANDLE, NOT MY CUP OF T, NOISE INSIDE DOOR? STOP TALKING AND LET US HEAR IT.
    MECHANICAL SNOBS WOULDN’T BUY A CAR THAT KNOWS THE TEMPERATURE OF THEIR ASS, WOULD THEY? YET THE GUY WHINES ABOUT THE EFFORT TO CLOSE THE TRUNK, SO MUCH FOR BEING A “MECHANICAL GUY”.
    PANEL GAPS, WHEN DOUG CRITICIZED MASERATI ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.
    INTERESTING.

    • CAPSTWAT

      DON’T YOU GET IT YET? UPPERCASE MAKES READING YOUR DRIVEL MUCH HARDER THAN IT NEEDS TO BE. HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY ROAD SIGNS ARE IN MIXED CASE? THOUGHT NOT.

      SORT YOURSELF OUT IF YOU WANT PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY READ YOUR INNANE RAMBLINGS.

      • THEN DON’T READ IT.

        IF YOU HAD A REAL DISQUS ACCT. YOU COULD BLOCK ME AND I COULD BLOCK YOU. BUT SINCE YOUR A JACKASS WHO MAKES UP DIFFERENT SCREEN NAMES FOR EVERY COMMENT WE’RE STUCK WITH EACH OTHER.

        TIME TO GET YOURSELF A BIG BOY ACCT.

      • supermanuel

        Get over yourself.

        • haudit

          Unbunch your panties, girls.

          • supermanuel

            Who is that utterly brilliant comment directed at haudit? Is CAPSTWAT you by any chance?

  • Kagan

    The volvo xc90 has same problems and they have made cars for about 90 years!

  • Banesto Highland

    “Gaps from Mars”?…at the point that they actually show the worst gap @~6:30 “I can stick my thumb in it”, I don’t see it.

  • exeptor

    As state bellow the only real problem is the release mechanism in the back doors. Apart from that I can’t see any major issues in this review. And John McElroy is a joke ( at least in this video … I don’t really know him and he might be a cool in general). He is acting like an actor who is just trying to over emphasize (by scenario) every single flow in the car with some exceptionally childish and even retarded reactions. It looks a lot like these Chevy vs Ford videos where some extremly fake looking people are trying to make Ford looks like shit. Only in this case is “the good old ICE” vs “the crappy new EVs”. Don’t get me wrong I still think that there is not better than a V12, but attempts like this are extremly pathetic nd actually shows fear … which means that someone out there realize that some nerds beats them badly.

  • Arthur Burnside

    The biggest blunder is the touchscreen that may be the biggest liability any automaker ever faced. It is a texting type distraction that will cause many fatalities and will likely be banned. Perhaps Tesla figures the drivers will use the “autopilot” while trying to wrestle with the Musk-inspired touchscreen. Oops, I forgot – the autopilot already has caused several accidents.

    • salamOOn

      for me the best solution in industry is in new mercedes benz cars…. and i mean those steering wheel trackpads.
      you can operate both screens without taking your hands off the steering wheel.

  • europeon

    Remember a few months ago when Maserati’s chief engineer said that Tesla’s technical solutions, execution and quality control are at the same level other car manufacturers were back in the 70’s and everyone laughed?

    Well… I guess he was right.

    • haudit

      Their technical solutions, engineering and quality control don’t seem to be all that far removed from 1970s British Leyland.

  • Nick099

    It is not easy to mass produce a car…which is why Musk has always been full of it for making lofty claims. Fine panel gaps, fit and finish quality are now expected of all cars in advanced markets.

  • Dennis James

    The Mars-observable Tesla panel gaps are there for a reason. It’s the backup guidance system for the Mars spaceships.

  • Six Thousand Times

    The fan boys will freak out but this is something everybody knows. Tesla skipped a step in design/engineering/development.

  • Bash

    Hey Mr. Elon, your model 3 panel gaps are so big you can fit another model 3 in.
    HAHAHAHA

  • ace_9

    Tesla should sell it on aliexpress. It looks ok on pictures, features list is good, performance figures too, there are many many positive reviews… So you order it, it arrives so late, that you already forgot about it and when you finally get it you wonder in disbelief what a cheap knock-off you bought again… but you are not a nit-picking person and the price/value ratio is so good, right ? right ???

  • David

    This mans biggest clients are Ford , GM , Chrysler ……

    Wonder who paid for the strip down , no pun intended.

    Plus he may be good at pulling products apart but I wonder how much love was put into putting it all back together.

    Its quite easy to miss align panels, I also drive an i3 and its far from perfect.

  • lagunas3ca

    If you don’t like it, then don’t buy it. Oh, and hey Sandy, get a SureFire.

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