Everything Gone Wrong With This Tesla Model 3: Video


The Tesla Model 3 is fantastic, but still, things may go awry.

It’s important to note that this review is not discounting the all-new Tesla Model 3. Conversely, it further proves that it’s truly a terrific car. However, it’s not uncommon for first-year models to encounter some expected issues. This is true of nearly all OEMs, and of course, new automakers like Tesla.

The only time new cars may not experience issues is if the automaker is not innovating. True innovation brings issues and generates complaints. Thus, Redline Reviews is honest to share some early concerns. What can you expect to go wrong early on?

Fortunately, for upcoming owners, the new Tesla Model 3 has undergone myriad changes and updates, so many of these problems may become a moot point. Tesla is known for correcting issues in its cars on the fly. Rather than dealing with model year changes, the automaker addresses problems and owners’ concerns nearly immediately via over-the-air updates. In addition, Tesla changes out hardware and overall vehicle build features as soon as it learns of a better way.

Do you own a Tesla Model 3? Early build or late? What are your immediate concerns? Let us know in the comment section below.

Video Description via Redline Reviews on YouTube:

2018 Tesla Model 3 Update #1 – Here’s Everything That Has Gone WRONG

After over 4 months and nearly 6,000 miles, our long term 2018 #Tesla #Model3 has been one of the coolest cars we’ve ever had the pleasure of owning. However, buying a car like this has its challenges and we’ve managed to experience quite a few of those issues and the car has spent quite a good chunk of its life at the service center since taking delivery at the end of August 2018. Find out in our first update video exactly what those issues have been and if we still love the car, despite all the headaches.


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Not sure I agree with the second paragraph of this article, which implies that anyone wanting a reliable car is a Luddite!

Regardless, the old adage that to avoid quality problems one should not buy a new model in the first year of production seems to apply to Tesla as much as any other manufacturer.

Yes, but I would push your last sentence quite a bit further: Given that Tesla is a brand new car company, I think it’s bordering on miraculous that their quality in 2019 isn’t a five-alarm dumpster fire. Yes, EVs are easier to develop and build than ICEvs, but that only buys you so much. The common parts between ICEvs and EVs still present a withering number of opportunities to screw up. (Look at all the legitimate complaints we have about such issues with cars from the Legacies.)

I waited to go in on Tesla until it was clear they weren’t going to have any five alarm dumpster fires and that they were able to get past their production bottlenecks. Many Tesla fans won’t admit it, but it was a real possibility of having an issue that could have ended the company. I think there are enough in the field now that the chances are much better they will be successful. Even if some more major issue shows after 3 or 4 years they would have other revenue streams by that point to cover costs (like Model Y and Semi).

Fair point, Lou. It certainly could have been much worse.

The people working at Tesla worked at other companies before and they have the money to hire people that know how to build reliable cars.

The excuse that Tesla is only a very new company is stupid, this isn’t a family business where mommy and daddy struggle to make business run with the occasional help of uncle George.

Quality control isn’t something you un-learn when you quit at Toyota and go to Tesla. There are things that are harder to replicate by newer companies, but testing stuff before selling it and doing quality control isn’t one of them.

And Tesla isn’t alone either, Alpha Romeo is an old company that has had the same problems for decades. It comes from rushing out products and saving some bucks on quality control.

You can get a lemon with nearly any model of car. If that wasn’t true, then there wouldn’t be “lemon laws”.

Entropy happens. Things go wrong. The more complex something is, the more things there are to go wrong. Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can possibly go wrong, will.”

Tesla isn’t immune to Murphy’s Law, any more than any other auto manufacturer. In fact, since Tesla makes only “premium” cars, with more parts and more functions, its models are perhaps more susceptible to Murphy’s Law than the average car on the road.

Hummm, well overall the car seems to have been fairly reliable for the first 6,000 miles – although $2,000 for repair of wheel bearings is a bit of a Jolt….I’m surprised the warranty didn’t cover at least a part of it – unless it was totally blamed on running off the road… But some of the propaganda here is pretty transparent – “….The only time new cars may not experience issues is if the automaker is not innovating….” That is clearly nonsense. Both the original Chevy VOLT which was CLEARLY unlike any car ever mass-produced (even all the Tesla Service people who drove the car loved it), and of course, my current 2014 ELR, which had a totally new body for the VOLT power train, along with a truly innovative Watts-Link passive suspension – so much so that Car and Driver said it was the best handling HYBRID (Plug-In or Not) they had ever tested obviously had MAJOR innovations yet were quite flawless in execution. And being very reliable cars. But I’m personally interested in the ultimate reliability of the Model “3” – so far it is better than expected, and probably more serviceable than what would normally be expected.

Volt and ELR are great cars. I think GM misjudged the market for those vehicles though and thought people would be more comfortable going from an ICE to a PHEV. However, I think it was the wrong market decision as they didn’t make them better than their existing gas vehicles in terms of performance and price. I think Tesla found the more marketable solution and will perform well because of it.

No, that’s not what he said. It was $2000 for front and rear control arms, 2 wheels and 2 wheel bearings. The Tesla parts and labor was pretty cheap. Most of the expense was for the wheels.

When you buy into the bleeding edge, things are expensive and some times not perfect.
I prefer Tesla put all their effort in the functionally of their electric car which is where the cost is, the decorations are nice to haves, low on my scale of importance, just like the cover of a book.
My Model 3 LR RWD with 14,000km great car.

Meh. Tesla should put some/more effort into improving the processes and Quality Control of their paint shop. Imperfections are not always fixable without a major repaint. Painting a car isn’t bleeding edge tech, and there are plenty of auto industry consultants around to help Tesla figure out what they’re doing wrong and how to improve their paint quality. Bad paint quality is inexcusable in this day and age when sub-$20,000 cars come with flawless paint jobs.

Someone calling himself “Impartial Observer” shouldn’t use that screen name to post nothing but Tesla bashing comments.

I call him: Not-Impartial Observed to hate Tesla.

Stop harassing me Get A Life. Find a hobby other than trolling and stalking me. I suggest that you skip over and not read my comments if they bother you so much.

It might sound like a harsh criticism but Tesla is absolutely loosing sales over these issues. People who buy $40-50k cars typically have an eye for quality and it’s hard to assume the quality beneath the surface is any different than what you can see when you walk up to the car. Skewed body lines and poor paint… makes me wonder how well the drive-line components are aligned and how well the internal coatings necessary for long life components were applied. Innovation and quality can be simultaneously achieved, but Tesla hasn’t done it yet. I hope they do, I really hope they do by the time their truck model comes out. Unless Tesla starts improving quality by 2020 they are going to be a joke with many of the legacy and new players coming to market. The only other high quality mass produced/marketed EV variant to date is the BMW i3 (which intentionally self limited it’s sales via polarizing looks). When models like the Taycan hit the street… the game will change.

You are exactly right. I mean really, this is now the second video in a week where someone has complained about dirt under the $1,500, to $2,500 optional DeLuxe Paint Job, meanwhile my cars that have either the standard metalic paint (ELR), or $395 Red Metalic (Bolt LT) are absolutely flawless – and certainly no dirt anywhere.

Tesla must have done SOMETHING right since all these cars are being sold yet people are not complaining about mechanical failures right and left.

But it is EXACTLY the point that if they obviously couldn’t care less about the CA$H people spend for an expensive option and then apparently give them dirt and shoddy execution, what else is lurking under the skin?

No issues with mine either, 13,000 miles. Also LR RWD.

It doesn’t sound like anything “went wrong”. It arrived with cosmetic blemishes and someone drove the car into a ditch. Repairs took a while.

I kept skipping parts (30 minutes? Seriously?) so I only actually heard the word “actually” 5,364 actual times. Did anyone get a full count?

I admit I also skipped over some sections (don’t need to watch someone change a wheel). But I agree, other than the initial paint blemishes & roof panel, all that went “wrong” seems to be self-induced. The edges of my glass panel are not perfectly clean either, but not rough enough for me to ask for a replacement. Must be a slow news day.

Agreed, considering this was one of the very first cars produced I would have expected a lot more drama than this.

I’ve had my Model 3 since mid-June and currently have about 15,000 miles on it. I love the car (and EAP), but there is one thing that bugs me a little – the satellite view on the center display breaks up into chunks of satellite display and chunks of ‘white’ display after a couple of hours on the road, and it gets progressively worse (more white and less satellite) as the day’s driving continues unless I reboot the display, which temporarily brings back 100% satellite. Parking overnight seems to have the same effect as rebooting the computer. This doesn’t affect navigation or turn by turn directions. i haven’t seen this issue mentioned in the forums, so it might just be a ‘my car’ issue. Has anybody else noticed a similar problem? My car has not had any servicing done on it aside from tire rotations in the 15,000 miles I’ve owned it and has never been to a Tesla service center, or I would have asked them about it.

Just guessing here, but I’m guessing this is the same issue discussed in the Tesla Motors Club discussion thread linked below. Long story short: “The Google maps are not cached and rely on cell coverage.”


So today I monitored the cell coverage when the the map started breaking up. It happened even though I had 4 bars of LTE reception here in Tucson. So it must be something else. When I get to southern California I’ll schedule a service center visit to discuss the issue.


I can’t post a comment to “Counterpoint To Munro’s Negative Analysis Of Tesla Model 3 Body Design” article.

Is this intentional?

Comments are turned off on that post. Sorry.

It’s an interesting idea that Tesla:

‘built the model 3 a few hundred pounds too heavy so they could save on shipping costs’

.. too bad we can’t explore that one.

” ‘built the model 3 a few hundred pounds too heavy so they could save on shipping costs’ ”

Or rather, Tesla moved the weight from the battery pack casing to the undercarriage of the car, in the Model 3, possibly to save weight in shipping battery packs from Gigafactory 1, where they are made, to Fremont, where Model 3’s are assembled. All three of Tesla’s previous models had heavy, rigid battery cases which were used to improve the stiffening of the car.

Yeah, it had occurred to me, too, that this would save weight in shipping for Tesla; and possibly this is the reason (or one of the reasons) why Tesla switched to a light plastic case for the Model 3 battery pack. But I have no evidence to back up that speculation.

It would be interesting to know where George got his info, or if that was just speculation on his part too.

That explains that. Thanks for letting us know.

The guy needs to get his presentation much better organized, he rambles and is all over the place, turned him off about half way through.

The guy doesn’t know how to properly use a torque wrench.

3 clicks or even 4 clicks? That is more than the torque setting already.

I own a Model 3 Performance for 3 months and 2,100 miles: Highs) 1)The car is just plain Awesome!!! electric cars are so easy to drive once you migrate your muscle memory 2)For its small size and I am 6 feet tall , it’s always comfortable even more than my Genesis G80 , which is a way bigger & wider vehicle (steeper roofline) 2) The car blows almost everything under the sun out of the water in acceleration , braking, and handling for only $65k it can keep up with any true sports car yet room for 3 passengers and a more useable trunk than a Porsche 3) the radio is excellent 4) the cost to daily drive is amazingly 15% the cost of my gasoline cars Lows) The delivery process was a nightmare 2) The ordering process was easy but trying to find out about my car from anyone was futile throughout 90% of the process 2) I had to change specs to get the car I wanted last year cos the white interior was rare in my specifications 4) I had to deal with about 8 different people thru, TESLA corporate, local ,and the delivery team in Las… Read more »

Wow misleading title. Should be, “What I did to cause issues with my Tesla”. Other than a few very minor paint imperfections and one slight alignment issues with the chrome on the door which were fixed by service and additional scratches by a body shop Tesla service used which were also repaired, the “issues” and all costs described were all the result of actions by the author. Aftermarket wheels that were not fit and suspension issues after someone ran the car off the road. The author kind of says that this was the case at the end of the video bug concludes if you want a perfect car don’t buy a Tesla? I think Tesla could do a much better job with QC before handing cars to owners. Most manufacturers have a facility at their import port or have issues addressed by their dealers which avoids damage to their reputation. Tesla skips this step and we get these videos.

For comparison, he should buy a Mercedes and run it off the road and destroy it too, and see how much more expensive it would be to fix the damage he caused.

So… paint issues? When I read the title I thought “issues with this car” would be more something more. Everything else in the video doesn’t seem to be actually related to the specific car.

True innovation brings issues?
Assembling panels correctly and lay good quality paint has little to do with innovation. Personally, I find it unacceptable in a 70k+ car. Just sloppy