See The Changes: Old Versus New Tesla Model 3: Video


There’s no doubt Tesla vehicles are ever-changing.

Those that follow the segment are likely aware that Tesla doesn’t rely on traditional model years. This means that its vehicles are continually adapting as new hardware, software, and other technology become available. The software updates happen “over the air,” while other changes are made during vehicle production. This YouTuber takes an in-depth look at an “old” Tesla Model 3 versus a newer one. How do they compare?

Teslatunity looks at a first-production, rear-wheel-drive Long Range Model 3 with a VIN under 6,000. Sharing a driveway with the “old” car is a new, dual-motor Model 3 with a VIN over 101,000. The host also points out that the cars are about seven months apart in age.

While it may be interesting to try to provide a written description of each change, there’s no better way than video to actually show the variances side-by-side. The video focuses primarily on interior changes, although the UV coating situation is addressed as well.

Watch the video to learn about the variety of differences between these two cars. Some seem to be positive, while others not so much. It all comes down to your opinion and priorities. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Video Description via Teslatunity on YouTube:

What Did Tesla Change on the Model 3?


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14 Comments on "See The Changes: Old Versus New Tesla Model 3: Video"

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Interesting.. It appears my Model 3, which was bought about 4 months ago is of the older style.

I am sure there are lot of small engineering changes that is not visible and Tesla easily doesn’t talk about it.

Exactly. You’d need to put both on lifts to thoroughly check out the suspension, brakes, steering, etc. We also know that the computers are upgraded almost as often as the software.

Kind of different having a continuous improvement model vs a model-year break in updates.

> Kind of different having a continuous improvement model vs a model-year break in updates.

Musk has very explicitly said that this is exactly what they do, and that they will never have a “model refresh” like other manufacturers.

It’s driving the car magazine reviewers crazy because their whole thing is reviewing new models. A refresh is an easy way to know when to do a big review. Without a refresh, or even an annual update, they get caught in a state where they never know when to do a new review of a Tesla model.

Yeah, it really became an issue when reviewers were commenting about ride comfort at the beginning of 2018. Tesla changed the suspension springs right in January and it wasn’t clear if reviewers were talking about vehicles with the revised springs or not.

It will be fun to track parts when owners start doing repairs at home. It could be a stocking nightmare for the parts guys or a convenient way to lock in Tesla as the parts supplier since no one else knows what parts went into which car.

Or the driver just gets to install upgraded parts and improve their vehicle. Guessing most items are upgrades but still built to fit with the rest of the ‘old’ car, meaning interchangeable.

I have one of the first Performance White on White Model 3’s out there. My VIN is less than 20000 and my white seats match your wifes seats front and rear. I also have the metal piece that travels behind the steering wheel.

Lastly…there are 3 kinds of treatment on the rear glass of the model 3. I have the treatment your wife’s car has.

So….it appears that white interior cars were made one way and black interior cars were made another way – from the beginning. Its not the age of the car.

Thought they already were perfect

Well, mine that was built in August is missing the Dual Motor badge. 🙂

I am finding Tesla’s online parts catalog to be a very interesting source of updates. Most folks know the struts/springs were changed at the very end of last year, but in fact, it looks like there have been several revisions for the RWD cars. I think they are on version G of the struts if I recall correctly. We never really know the nature of the changes, but I very much get the impressions that Tesla continues to tweak these cars (or some might say “finish” them).

It was tough for me to willingly walk away from the full rebate this year, knowing full well I would likely end up with a Model 3 but I decided I didn’t really “need” (does anyone) to replace my Model S quite yet and I’d rather put the cash into something else (not the stock market – ugh!). Knowing the Model 3 will continue to improve from a HARDWARE perspective makes the loss of the full rebate a little easier to swallow.

I wonder how this will affect the eventual used market for these. IE a low number VIN is worth $2k less than a higher VIN because of running updates.

No mention of the changed headlights?

Some changes are just poor engineering in the first place, things you won’t find In BMW/Audi/MB. It’s like Tesla is finishing its development along with the customers. Cash flow restrictions I guess… the need to put the product in the market and start generating revenues whereas the Germans take their time developing some details before launch.