Freshly Delivered Tesla Model 3 Still Comes With Certain Quality Issues

There has been a lot of talk surrounding the various quality issues that plagued the Tesla Model 3, especially in earlier models, but now we get the chance to find out what the popular EV is like straight from the delivery truck, courtesy of Engineering Explained.

Popular YouTuber Jason Fenske took delivery of his personal Model 3 and instead of driving it right away, he parked and went through the condition of his brand new electric car, spotting some quality issues along the way.

With the car having just 22 miles on the odometer, Fenske spotted more than a few scratches and imperfections on the Model 3’s red paintjob, which is a $2500 option. Orange peel is also very present.

He then measured the body’s panel gaps and compared then to those of a Subaru Crosstrek. What he found was that the inconsistencies between the driver’s side and the passenger’s side were significantly bigger than those in the Subaru. One of the biggest panel gaps in the Tesla was found between the rear quarter panel and the rear door on the driver’s side, at 6.8mm.

At least most of the trim pieces look way more aligned than what we’ve seen in the past but the manufacturing tolerances of the Subaru are way more tighter than Tesla’s, given some of the results in the video that follows.

 

  • FordMopar

    I’m not surprised. Tesla will disappear in the future.

    • Jason Miller

      Doubt it.

    • CHRYSLER IS OWNED BY THE ITALIANS SO WE’LL SEE HOW LONG IT AND MOPAR LASTS. FORD BUILDING CARS IN CHINA FOR SALE HERE IS OK WITH YOU?

      • FordMopar

        I’m not pro-Ford or Mopar. It’s what my wife and I currently drive. Sheesh! I would get a Mazda or Volvo if I could when leases are up.

        • I WAS JUST MAKING A POINT THAT AT THIS TIME TESLA IS THE ONLY AMERICAN CAR COMPANY DEDICATED TO THIS COUNTRY. EVEN MAZDA MAKES CARS HERE.

          • FordMopar

            I don’t give a shit where it’s made. God! Get over it. You’re fighting a losing battle. Buick brings Chinese made Envision here and people still buy/lease these.
            Sure Tesla is all American made but TERRIBLE and laughably built. Too new and too rushed to bring out to public.

    • People keep saying this for many years. This is getting old.

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        Just like your loyalty to a brand that poorly throws cars together. Your defense of the brand is hilarious.

    • StrangerGP

      Tesla will keep selling in the States, but it’ll have a hard time in Europe when all the big manufacturers will catch up.

  • Mr. EP9

    I could have left a comment on his reveal video warning him about what he was getting himself into but I figured I’d let him find out on his own.

  • Bash

    Wow, that panel gap is very clear even from distance. And don’t go ahead telling people to get their Model 3 in black, I’m talking to you S3XY!

    • Momogg

      Will he reply? ?

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    A Tesla with quality issues? Who’d have though it? ?

  • charlotteharry57

    This thing will look REAL pretty in 10 years.

  • lagunas3ca

    Seems to be the easiest way to get views these days. Funny he didn’t have any problem upon taking delivery. If you don’t like it, then don’t buy it. Still the #1 best selling car in the US revenue-wise, and the main reason why auto sales have outpaced forecasts for 2018.

    • MasterB

      Whoops, we have a triggered tesla fanboy here, people!

      • WHAT’S FANBOY ABOUT IT? WANTING A NEW AMERICAN CAR COMPANY TO SUCCEED WHILE PEOPLE STAND ON THE SIDELINES AND WHINE?
        CHRYSLER IS OWNED BY THE ITALIANS AND THEY’RE RUNNING IT INTO THE GROUND WHILE GM AND FORD WANT TO BUILD CARS IN CHINA FOR SALE HERE.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Just because it is the “best selling” car in the US, it doesn’t mean it is any good. Fools and their money are easily parted. ?

      • lagunas3ca

        You’re right, there is no correlation at all.

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          Tesla has produced a car that is clearly sub-standard, and yet you say “If you don’t like it, then don’t buy it”. When people usually buy a brand-new car it turns up in pristine condition, nobody expects it to turn up looking like it has been thrown together by a bunch of amateurs. Would you accept a brand-new car with these faults?

      • S3XY

        Your right, the Model 3 isn’t good, it’s revolutionarily extraordinary.

        Saying something like that tells me you have never driven a Tesla. There’s a reason why Model 3 is outselling all of the german’s gassers. A test drive will change your oblivious perspective.

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          I’ve test driven a Model S and been a passenger in a Model X. I wouldn’t dream of putting my money anywhere near a brand that has thrown cars together in such an amateurish way. The interior were cheap and poorly constructed. Once you’ve moved out of you parent’s basement and finally seen the inside of a Tesla, you’ll think the same.

      • Seriously? So if something sells the most it’s not an indicator at all? Jeez some people are sad.

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          Samsung sold 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones. Were they any good? Of course not, far too many overheated and caught fire. So you think just because Tesla is selling lots of Model 3 cars, they are good? The video clearly shows that’s not the case. Cars from some of the world’s cheapest car companies, like Dacia, wouldn’t have such amateurish build quality.

          • Tesla is also leading satisfaction surveys. Who are you to tell that they don’t produce great cars when the owners say otherwise? When the market says otherwise? As I said before, it’s a pathetic attempt to diss an innovative company. Without Tesla the electric revolution would have been much slower and our cities would be more polluted for longer.

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            I’ve seen Tesla’s Owner’s forum. It makes for very grim reading. Tesla isn’t innovative. Nissan was successfully selling the Leaf, two years before the Model S launched. You Musk fanboys should read some history. Many innovative car manufacturers of the 20th Century went bust, Tesla is not immune.

          • I can tell you plenty of stories about my BMW’s, Audis, Merc’s – you can find these on the forums as well. It’s about statistics, not individual cases. Tesla did hell of a job for a fresh company. You can hate all you like, but without this company the electric revolution would have been way slower. Nissan Leaf, really? As much as I respect them to have been early in the game, that car is not comparable with the Model 3. It’s not about being a fanboy or a hater, it’s about having a clear picture of achievements. If you would be running your own innovative company you would understand the complexity and the enormous job that Tesla (all employees) has done.

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            What electric revolution was created by Tesla? Nissan was thew first to bring an affordable mass-manufactured electric car to the masses. Musk knows Tesla’s days are numbered, why else would he be concentrating on other projects like SpaceX and the Incredibly Boring Company.

  • Blade t

    Im no Tesla hater but ,this is no surprise, they have been in a mad rush to put out these model 3’s. On 60 minutes they showed these being built in a temporary tent building..

  • BGM

    Don’t worry guys. The inventor of the electric car – Musk – is also going to hurl you inside a vacuum tube at ludicrous speeds under LA. What is there to be worried about? Did I mention it’s Musk’s idea?

    • Six_Tymes

      maybe the “Say No to Drugs” campaign wasn’t a bad idea after all…

    • Jason Miller

      Haters gonna hate.

      • Enter Ranting

        Haters hate terrible ideas. Musk’s idea is terrible.

        • At least he has. Most people just complain and do nothing in their life. Of course there are many bad ideas, but if one works that’s already a huge success. Try and fail, try and fail and repeat this a million times. That’s what clever people do.

    • IN THE MEANTIME ANOTHER “BILLIONAIRE” IS SITTING IN THE WH “ALL ALONE” HURLING INSULTS AT THE WORLD. SO MUCH FOR BRINGING BACK CHRISTMAS.

  • Six_Tymes

    disappointing, come on Elon, put down the weed and get back to work already.

    • Jason Miller

      Weed jokes are getting old. Find a new one.

    • Craig white

      It’s what happens when you overpromise and then start assembling cars in tents
      But as you can also see all the Tesla groupies even one above saying “ they ll send a Tesla technician to yiur house “ …. cars should be bully correctly and rectified BEFORE they leave the factory and delivered to clients ……. the Tesla groupies will soon run out as clients and Tesla will them have real clients to try and sell to and that’s when the problem s will really start …..

      • BABE I’M NOT A GROUPIE, DON’T OWN A TESLA OR TESLA STOCK. IT’S COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH TESLA BUT IT’S ALSO COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY FIX THOSE PROBLEMS AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE. DO YOU THING MARY BARRA IS SO ACCESSIBLE THAT YOU CAN GIVE HER A SUGGESTION AND SHE’LL IMPLEMENT IT? NOPE SHE’LL SHUT DOWN FACTORIES AND BUILD IN CHINA. IF YOU’RE AN AMERICAN THEN I’M NOT SURE WHY YOU CAN’T GET BEHIND WHAT TESLA IS DOING. THEY BUILT THE FIRST ELECTRIC CAR THAT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE A GOLF CART AND CAN TRAVEL 300 MILES IN UNDER THREE SECONDS. BUILT AN INFRASTRUCTURE AND CHANGED THE WAY PEOPLE BUY CARS CUTTING OUT THE MONEY GRUBBING MIDDLEMAN.

  • salamOOn

    im sorry, but this is unacceptable for a new car. especially that paintwork is terrible.

    but hey, keep the tesla hype!

  • Alx

    Pathetic.

  • Paul

    Irony of ironies, he’s using a dipstick to point things out.

    • drano66

      Its the tip of a black plastic zip-tie.

  • Jason Miller

    Still selling like crazy because they are EVERYWHERE out here. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t see at least 3-4 of them on the road.

  • Jarosław Kotowicz

    We are waiting for a comment from S3XY.

    • D4VE THEFIRST

      Tesla fapboy… I mean fanboy

  • DanSemering

    That’s why people will lean more toward Audi E-tron or Mercedes EQC

    • DR.FUNK

      Indeed…they need to poach a QC/ Fit & Finish czar from somewhere.

    • S3XY

      Model 3 sales say otherwise.

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        Model 3 sales figures can be whatever. If Tesla is making tiny profits and nobody wants to buy a second generation version, they’ll go out of business. Happened with plenty of innovative car manufacturers in the 20th Century. ?

    • Except most people don’t look at the panel gaps and will never notice them in their lifetime. Actual real-life range and the amount of branded rapid chargers all over are more likely to be a selling point. Both the E-tron and the EQC are expensive SUV’s that are never going to compete with the Model 3. The only real competition for the Model 3 is going to be the VW ID, which is still over a year of waiting.

  • I TRIED TO WATCH THIS BUT HIS STRIDENT TONE WAS DIFFICULT TO LISTEN TO. IT SEEMS HE SHOULD HAVE GONE OVER THE CAR WHEN IT WAS DROPPED OFF. I WONDER IF YOUTUBER’S WATCH OTHER YOUTUBER’S. IF HE WATCHED A FEW TESLA VIDEO’S HE’D GET A BETTER IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT AND HOW TESLA WILL SEND A SERVICE TECH TO HIS HOME AND FIX MANY PROBLEMS.

    • Jason Miller

      Key word for you is “tried”. Since it sounds like you didn’t watch it, you obviously missed the part right at the beginning of the video where he talks about inspecting it when it arrived. Also, try pushing your caps lock key. It’s not the cruising for cool button.

    • db

      I tried to read your post but the capitalization became to nauseating to get through.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      They’re called Tesla buyers. They are all soy boys.

  • S3XY

    If I spent $2,500 on overpriced Multi-Coat Red (Use to be $1,000 option) it should be immaculate. That is unacceptable condition. I wouldn’t like to but I would refuse delivery. And for $2,500 you can get a custom unique wrap.

    As for the “panel gaps”, even with pointing them out, they look normal to me. Anything that opens has a gap. Only car I’ve noticed with abnormal panel gaps is the Fisker Karma, and that thing is dead sexy.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      You’ll never spend $2,500 on paint when you’re still living in your Mom’s basement. ??

    • Brent Morrison

      You’re a moron saying that “anything that opens has a gap”. Yes, it does, but consistency matters here.

  • Better look for a real job instead of spending your time measuring panel gaps…

  • FlameWater

    How can he be so calm? There would be smoke coming out of my ears at this point.

    • S3XY

      You do realize he took delivery of this Model 3 before the video right? He could have refused delivery, but he did not. He chose to accept the vehicle in this condition. Guess that makes for better video content.

  • Pedro Pereira

    Build quality is not quite there yet.

  • BlackPegasus

    I casually stroll through the Tesla Reddit forums and you’d be surprised at the quality issues new owners are discovering. Especially during the winter months. But this is part of the growing pains a company implementing new tech will endure so get ready if you plan on buying one.

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