This Tesla Model 3 Has Driven 20,000 Miles: Long-Term Overview

OCT 23 2018 BY STAFF 24

This Tesla Model 3 owner says the car has changed his life.

Matt Shumaker of Tech Forum uses his Tesla Model 3 for his personal businesses. He’d been waiting for the day that he could buy an EV to use for his work and almost bought a Chevrolet Bolt EV. While he admits that on paper the Bolt seemed like it could have been a better option due to its hatchback configuration, he ended up choosing the Model 3  and has no regrets. The high points for Shumaker are the car’s range and surprising level of comfort, since he drives 100s of miles every day. Even though he’s only at 20,000 miles, he has experienced some minor issues and potential degradation.

As with most of Shumaker’s videos, he’s just driving along in his car, talking at length. It’s almost as if there’s no script and he’s just sharing stream of consciousness. He even admits that there is a lot of rambling in the video. Still, there are some excellent points along the way. With that being said, we find that there’s not necessarily a reason to watch the video, since there’s nothing visually compelling. Instead, think of it as a podcast and just listen to Shumaker’s account. It gives you a solid idea of what it’s like to own a Model 3 for a more extended period of time.

Do you own a Tesla Model 3? Are you happy with your decision? What are the high points and what would you change? Leave us your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Video Description via Tech Forum on YouTube:

20,000 miles on my Tesla Model 3

In this video I discuss 20,000 miles of Tesla Model 3 ownership. Warning ALOT of rambling in this video!


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24 Comments on "This Tesla Model 3 Has Driven 20,000 Miles: Long-Term Overview"

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“since he drives 100s of miles every day”
Good lord, what the heck kind of commute does this guy have??

Maybe he has multiple clients to visit? If you commute that much every day there’s no car for you, you need to move.

Surely his work involves driving to a lot of meetings. If I have the odd day where I have to criss-cross Phoenix a couple of times because such a scheduled couldn’t be avoided, I can rack up a couple of hundred miles in a day.

Just fly

Good thing he selected the most comfortable EV with that kind of driving.

I would think a Model S/X would be more comfortable than the 3.

What problems has he had? I’m not watching a video of a rambling guy. I’m at 14900 miles on my Model 3 – no non-software problems yet, other than some two passengers (out of dozens) complaining that the rear bench isn’t comfortable enough… my understanding is shortly after my VIN (14716) they changed to another bench design with more padding.

According to the efficiency number from, Model 3 typical efficiency is between 260-290 Wh per mile. 215 Wh/mile is considerably more efficient. The guy in the video must be driving in nearly ideal conditions to get that much of an efficiency improvement.

I have 18,100 miles on my Model 3 and have averaged 226 Wh/mile. When driving on the freeway, I am staying with traffic which is between 75 and 80mph. This is in Southern California, so no real cold weather driving.
No problems with the car at all and I have done no preventative maintenance. I should probably rotate the tires, but probably won’t.

Have you—, er, I mean, has one of your friends attended any EV focus groups lately? 😀

Not any more…

I’m at 223, I often get under 200 but when I drive fast on the freeway or drive in the rain it goes down big time. It’s an incredibly efficient car.

The EPA numbers include charging losses the numbers in the car do not. So while I average 230 Watts/mile in driving I am likely closer to 260 Watts/mile from the wall.

4.65 miles per kWh?! WOW!!! That is impressive! And i bet most were high speed miles too. WOW!
That is my consumption on my eGolf in SoCal….much smaller car with a third of battery.

Watts per Hour (Wh) != kWh

It’s watts x hours NOT watts per hour. Power (watts) x time (hours) = energy (watt hours).

As Dave notes above, that probably doesn’t include charging loss, but even so, it is pretty impressive.
I can get 4.5 miles per kWh/222 watts per mile at a steady 65 mph in my Volt but that doesn’t account for 20% charge loss rate, which would raise it to around 266 watts per mile.
My usual around town, stop and go efficiency is around 4.2 miles per kWh/238 watts per mile. But if I include charging loss, that 238 watts per mile is probably closer to 286 watts per mile.
After Christmas those numbers drop like a rock though. On really cold days I have gotten as little as 2.6 miles per kWh/385 watts per mile, plus charging loss drops me down to 461 watts per mile.

I have to do the math on my charging losses but since i charge on L1 i really don’t want to know…will switch to L2 soon and will do it then.

We have 11,500 on our Model 3 and have been very pleased with it. No issues and pure joy to drive.

20000 miles / 25 mpg = 800 gallons of gas saved

I have a technical question for someone who actually knows: Is the 4302 kWh used the the output of the charger(s) used (and therefore include charging losses) or the net energy the battery took in while charging or is it the output from the battery to the motor and other vehicle systems?

I’m at 6K miles in my Model 3. Only issues I’ve had so far are:
* Screen glitches/phantom touches – these seemed to be fixed from OTA updates
* Blacked out rear camera – fixed by OTA updates
* A-pillar bulge, both sides – these were replaced by ranger visit
* phone connection issues once in awhile for door unlock & driving

The last V9 update finally provided a shuffle feature for USB music. However now it doesn’t always start playing the USB music when I re-enter the car and I have to go through the music menu again. Hopefully another update will fix this bug.

Maybe “Insideevs” could have done a summary, you know what “journalists” do…

sorry but he nailed it with one comment… “lot of rambling”