Teardown experts Munro & Associates have gotten their hands on a Tesla Model 3 and they sure do seem disappointed.
Immediately, some glaring issues were found. Door handles are very difficult to use, requiring two hands in most situations. Door/window seals are haphazardly pieced together. High-effort trunk. The hood is difficult to open, especially in the event of a crash and on and on.
Most of the issues seem to center around usability and concerns linked to if it were in an accident. Like, for example, how difficult it may be to exit the car in the event of an accident leading to total power outage.
Yes, quite a few of the issues are minor, but Sandy Munro of Munro & Associates is used to nit-picking cars during teardown, yet he still seems especially disappointed with the Model 3.
Video description (via Autoline):
A lot has been written about Tesla’s Model 3. But those reports mostly come from EV enthusiasts and owners. By all accounts they love the car. But so far no one with deep experience in design, engineering and manufacturing has evaluated it, at least no publicly.
That’s why we were excited to get an invitation from Sandy Munro to visit his shop and take a look at a Model 3 that he’s about to test and tear down for a competitive benchmarking study. And Sandy found a number of issues that he really doesn’t like about the car, which he pointed out to Autoline’s John McElroy.
Take a look.