Tesla Model 3 VIN #89 Vs VIN #78712: What’s Changed? Video


How different are newer Tesla Model 3 sedans compared to early production vehicles?

Hardcore Tesla fan and YouTuber Marc Benton owns two Tesla Model 3 sedans. He was one of the first people to take delivery of the car back in 2017. Mark still owns the early production, Model 3 Long Range (single-motor, rear-wheel drive), with its #89 VIN. More recently he took delivery of a Model 3 Performance with a VIN near 80k. Tesla has made a few cars between these vehicles, as well as some notable changes. Benton takes us on a side-by-side tour.

Generally, changes to a vehicle are considered updates/refreshes and are intended to improve the vehicle. Typical legacy automakers carry out such adaptations during a model year change. Tesla has made it clear that changes are happening on a much more regular basis. While most are welcome, since they address previous issues, some are considered cost-cutting efforts and are frowned upon.

Do you own a Model 3? Early production? Late? Are you happy with your car? Do you wish you had an earlier or later model? Check out Marc’s video to see what he’s discovered. Then let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Video Description via Marc Benton on YouTube:

WHAT’S DIFFERENT?? Tesla Model 3 RWD #89 VS Tesla Model 3 P3D #78712… Let’s Look!

Ever since I bought my new Tesla Performance Model 3 in late October 2018, I wanted to do a comparison video between these two cars. My first Red Model 3 was VIN #89, so it was a VERY early build. Tesla has changed quite a bit in these cars over the last year and I thought it would be interesting to look at the differences.

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45 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 VIN #89 Vs VIN #78712: What’s Changed? Video"

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How about a concise description of the changes so I don’t have to watch a 17 minute video with unicorns?

I second that. Lazy journalism.

I didn’t see a single unicorn – watched it a second time just to be sure. ;’-(

Really? 1:02 into the video – unicorn! 🦄

where are the other unicorns in the video? She used the plural. I only noticed the one, but maybe I missed the other(s).

Amen to that… not everyone with a camera and Final Cut should be posting videos on Youtube.

You should watch it….it’s not that bad and has interesting info.

Tough Crowd.

There are lot more better, more entertaining and well shot/edited videos on this subject than this one.

“Typical legacy automakers carry out such adaptations during a model year change. Tesla has made it clear that changes are happening on a much more regular basis. While most are welcome, since they address previous issues, some are considered cost-cutting efforts and are frowned upon.”

Legacy automakers also provide updates for addressing issues and cost cutting outside of the “mid-cycle refresh” process. This is a sign of immature design procees and quality control, but it’s good they fix their issues.
The big difference is that Legacy automakers finish deleloping their models before they start production.
OTA updates for software controlled functions is a very nice trend and are also becoming much more common across manufacturers.

As you can see in the video not all were issues…some were purely esthetic.

“The big difference is that Legacy automakers finish deleloping their models before they start production.”

Surely you joke. The big difference is that legacy automakers screw up a design or software and the owners live with the issue until they sell the car. At least Tesla can provide an over-the-air update to fix many issues.

Black one looks whole lot better. Jay “Vader’s my son” Cole was right all along…

Cut to the chase and spare us the War and Peace unabridged version.

-Different headliner: Alcantara in early models, fabric in everything else
-Trim behind the steering wheel
-Faster door actuators
-Better trunk seal
-Trunk garnish, can be purchased from Tesla: Part 1132812-00-A
-Better trunk handles
-Front dash trim piece
-Better front seats and higher rear seats
-Brushed metal T logo on steering wheel instead of chrome
-No orange UV coating on the rear window
-Softer suspension

MVP right here

Nice. You just saved the world 100’s of hours of watch time.

spoiler alert!!

Note to editor. Marc could not have taken delivery of his Model 3 “back in 2016” as reported since the first production vehicle came off the assembly line on July 7, 2017.

Such issues will quickly show in resale value. First year units will depreciate much more compared to later units. That’s the issue with releasing beta products to the public when the issues can’t be solved.

Yep, it was “cool” to get the first few cars and be the only guy on the block with a Model 3 for 6 months… but it was better to wait a year. I am glad my reservation was high, I got my car 3 months ago and I am more than happy with all the updates and haven’t had any issues.

And if you would have kept waiting, the car will be even better….

Some people wait so long, they never end up buying the car.

Then again, the vin is lower, so more collectible. I’d say the resale value will even out as time goes by, actually.

That’s like claiming that a 2015 model car will be worth more than a 2014 model. Yes, because all products improve. It doesn’t take a prophet to note that older cars are worth less than newer ones.

My biggest beef with my M3 is the GD key card/ phone connectivity. I still (2mo) have not found a “gesture” that works reliably to lock/unlock the doors. I am very glad I am not a woman living in the city. when you finally do unlock the car all the doors unlock, this is a security problem that was solved with “ordinary” cars decades ago. This seems like a pretty serious security issue to me. The Bluetooth phone (Motorola G5plus) connection quit two day after I finally got the phone key to work which then quit too. So I am back to the stupid key card and I have to pick up my phone to answer it. They really shouldn’t advertise that the car works with smart phones if it only works with some phones. I am reluctant to buy another phone because there is no way to know if it will work either.

Wow that sucks! My iPhone 4 and 7 have worked flawlessly. A few times when the car has been “sleeping” for more than a night, it takes a few seconds to respond to the handle being pushed, but that has been very infrequent.

I think that Android phones have many more Bluetooth variations. My wife and I have Samsung S8+ and they work great. Never an issue.

Now, I wouldn’t suggest you move to Samsung, but if you want real performance….

Phone as key has worked flawlessly for me – Android Samsung Galaxy 7……and it’s more like maybe dumb phones don’t work? Phone in the car also works great – over the audio system and screen.

I’m not in my car at the moment, but pretty confident there’s a setting (under Vehicle, maybe) to set the car to only unlock the driver’s door instead of all doors.

As for the phone to unlock, I’ve absolutely never had an issue with either my iPhone X or XS Max. From the sounds of it, the function works most reliably with the highest end phones (Samsung Galaxy, iPhones). I would guess that’s because those are the devices most commonly tested by Tesla.

He needs to buy another one. VIN is over 160K now.
and I don’t even start watching youtube videos over 10 minutes unless I am trying to go to sleep.

Have improvements been made in reducing cabin noise? I’ve seen a lot of complaints that the interior of the Model 3 is loud for a vehicle in its price range. The video doesn’t appear to touch on this subject.

Could you summarize the changes in a table or something so we don’t have to watch the video?

@Emotive provided a good summary earlier.

My biggest issue is the Sunroof that doesn’t open and has no Moon roof to keep the Summer Sun and HEAT out.

The UV coating/tint makes this a non-issue. I bought a sun shade for the roof and never use it.

That’s odd, my calendar doesn’t read “April 1”. #89 isn’t a real VIN.

A bunch of changes occurred during the first 10-15k sold. The biggest is the alcantara headliner, suspension, and gen 2 seats. The rest is hard to notice. Honestly, I never even noticed which version of trunk handle I had until this video.

Mine is a 14xxx, and I have the brushed metal emblem, hard plastic trunk pull, gen 2 seats, full roof/back window UV coating, softer suspension, faster door actuators.


VIN 105035 here. Oct 2018 delivery. Great car – all who ride in it leave the experience planning on how they will get one of their own. Once a person owns a real EV, going back to ICE is no longer a possibility. Now I need the Tesla pickup to get rid of my remaining ICE cars……

To the subject of the article – while there have been some hardware changes along the way, one of the best parts of Tesla ownership is the continuing update/improvement process. This is also a Tesla introduced market trend. Smaller of course than the purpose of The Mission, but a market disrupter none the less.

I like Tesla on my Tesla!

Glad my VIN is around 88k. Better seats alone make a world of difference for me.

Love the tags on the newer one!! Very, very cool!!