UPDATE: Are Tesla Model 3 Rear Bumpers Falling Off In The Rain?

AUG 13 2018 BY JOHN NEFF 162

There’s probably a better explanation.

***UPDATE: A Tesla spokesperson responded to our request for information regarding this situation. We’ve included the response below:

“We’re setting an extremely high bar for Model 3, and what happened in this situation is not how we build our cars. We’re investigating the issue to understand what caused it, and we are contacting our customers to resolve this and ensure they are satisfied.”

Additionally, the automaker reminded us that its own internal data shows that Model 3 quality has continued to improve over time, despite a seven-fold increase in deliveries. Tesla also pointed out that customer satisfaction rates for Model 3 quality have been high from the beginning of production and continue to remain high.

Over the weekend, brand new Tesla Model 3 owner Rithesh Nair tweeted a picture of his new car with the rear bumper completely missing. His caption read: “1/2 hr, bringing Model 3 home, run in to heavy rain on the streets & bumper comes off .” Another Model 3 owner on Twitter who goes by the handle @Benj1franks replied to Nair’s tweet with a similar picture of his own car sans rear bumper and the comment, “Hey that looks like mine!” @Benj1Franks goes on to offer his explanation of what’s occurred to both their cars.

So here’s the problem: there is shielding on the bottom which should deflect water around the bumper. It is right around the centerline of the tires. That shielding gets torn (it’s a fiberglass type cloth material) then water is diverted to the bumper which acts like a parachute

Watch this video to see the exact panel that @Benj1Franks describes.

So what’s going on here? Is the Model 3’s rear bumper susceptible to falling off just by driving in the rain, or could something else be happening?

For one, it’s impossible to say what really happened in both these cases because we weren’t there. Was their description of merely driving through the rain accurate, and if so, how hard was it raining and how deep was the water or puddles they were driving through? On the other hand, it could be the case that their situations were both more outside the lines of normal vehicle operation then they’re letting on. I’ve driven through water deeper than I should’ve before too and didn’t want to admit it.

Let’s set those questions aside, though, and consider the car itself and its components. The “fiberglass type cloth material” that @Benj1Franks describes is definitely not something with the characteristics of cloth, nor does it appear attached to the rear bumper.

It’s a composite material of some sort that looks strong and rigid in the video, and was probably used because it’s easier to form complex shapes with than metals. Whether or not it’s as strong as, say, plastic, only Tesla could tell us for sure, but it appears it is in the above video and we’ll stick with that until we have the chance to reach under a Model 3 and give the piece a hard knock to find out.

Lastly, that particular component’s placement doesn’t seem like it would rip from water spray and act like a parachute as @Benj1Franks describes. The cover ends right before the exposed components of the rear suspension, which means spray from the rear tires in the rain would occur behind it.

There is another panel behind this composite one, though, that could perhaps catch rain if it were attached incorrectly or became loose. It appears to be the bottom of the rear fascia and is composed of smooth plastic. If it were to detach at just the right spot, it could perhaps catch air and water that might lead to the bumper falling off.

Is that what happened in these two cases? We can’t say, nor will we. There’s just not enough information to make an informed conclusion. Rear bumpers, though, have fallen off of vehicles other than Teslas. That said, we’ve never seen it happen to a brand new car, so maybe Tesla should inspect those fasteners on the bottom of the Model 3’s rear bumper fascia, just to be sure they’re as strong as they need to be.

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I’m not worried, it rarely rains where I live.

Nice, haha.

It also does not rain much in Saudi Arabia, so it would be prefect there!

It never rains in California/
But girl, don’t they warn ya…

— Albert Hammond

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain. No worries for me either.

Where they driving through flooded streets?

We did reach out to Tesla about this. We’re hoping for a statement/explanation. If they respond, we’ll fill you in.

Pamela E. Swope-Bland

Please notify me if you hear anything back from Tesla. My Model 3 bumper detached at 2 days old after being driven in a heavy rain. I have been attempting to invoke my right to rescission, but cannot get anyone from the Tesla store to return my calls or email. I adamantly no longer wish to own the car, and am asking for a full refund.

In NJ, they provide permanent license plates when you buy a car?

I believe he replied to someone that this is, indeed, a temp plate.

Okay. Thanks.

In Poor Old. Backward Canada, Every Province, and I suppose, all 3 Northern Territories, all have permanent plates for you, for when you Register your car!

Plates don’t come with the New Car, but from the Regitration Office!

I think he probably drove the car through 12″ of water, and went faster than he should have. The pressure of the water popped off his bumper.

“Ran into heavy rain on the streets” sure sounds like his Model III went swimming to me.

Driving through 12” of water still shouldn’t rip the bumper off.

GM cars don’t have their bumpers pop off driving through a little bit of water.

What person buys a BEV and then camps out at EV sites to bash other EV companies??

Crappy should be bashed. Leaf is an example, so is (was) iMiev. And if this turns out to be crappy design flaw by Tesla, it should be bashed. But I suspect more mundane thing, like someone forgot to tighten some bolts.

Bolt is so much better than any other EV (with or without bumpers). Why on earth are people buying Teslas in such huge quantities?

If you don’t think bumper falling off a new car is crap, you are blind. What has to fall off a new car for you to consider it a crap?

Just TTB (Typical Tesla Behavior) man, TTB. Same thing with the X. Just junk build quality – they just don’t know how to make cars.

For a TSLA fanboi? All 4 wheels. Even then, they’d blame the shorts for taking the lug nuts off their car so they could have more material to short the stock. Lol

By the way, I suspect this bumper thing is fixable, in which case Tesla goes back to not being crap. But if they are unable to fix for whatever reason and all future cars have bumpers falling off, like Leaf unable to provide TMS or iMieve slowest car in the world, Tesla 3 will remain as crappy car.

Us, the Bolt people, will bash the Bolt just as enthusiastically as we berate all other automobiles – EV, FCEV, plug, non-plug … You can visit any Bolt forum and see for yourself. Here is a sample from my very own kvetchlist … do you have yours for the TM3?

1. No spare tire/donut… why??? 2. Who placed seat heating controls and half of HVAC controls on the darn touchscreen? … 3. For such a tall car the rear opening is too small, 4. Who deleted the CD player – the same wizard who put incandescent bulbs into the cabin lights???

My biggest complaint about Bolt is why the hell is it stepping down DCFC at 55% and even worse step at 70%.

Does the Bolt REALLY have incandescent bulbs in the cabin? I mean, seriously?

Yep. 60 kWh batteries ain’t cheap. 😉
I swapped mine out for LEDs. Admittedly lame GM couldn’t spend another 10 bucks or so outfitting the Bolt with LED cabin lights.

My 2016 Volt has LED cabin lights. That seems like a step backward to me.

I’m sure one can easily find a “kvetchlist” (nice term!) for the Model 3 if one spends a bit of time looking around on the Tesla Motors Club forum.

Complaints posted by actual Model 3 owners, and not — as John rightly put it — by the sort of person who buys a BEV and then camps out at EV sites to bash other EV companies.

Altho I think the real reason MadBro is so mad is that he really wanted a Model 3 and had to settle for a Bolt EV. Poor baby!

I agree, if something doesn’t work it should be bashed. The person I was responding to bashes EVERYTHING Tesla all the time. There’s no objectivity at all. As much as you (and bro1999) may hate Tesla, they aren’t 100% wrong 100% of the time. That’s simply mathematically impossible.

You’re projecting your irrational hatred of non-Tesla to others. I have more love for Tesla than I do for Bolt. But Tesla I want is not available for purchase at this time.

Not the case. I’ve owned a Leaf, Volt, and Tesla, and came about 20 minutes away from buying a Bolt. 3 different manufacturers, all of which were phenomenal in their own right. I don’t have a particular brand, and currently have a Volt and a Tesla. Not really irrational hatred of non-Teslas, no? There’s a difference between someone like myself and bro1999- I appreciate all EV’s for the fact they’re EV’s to begin with, because as I’ve mentioned ad nauseam, we’re all on the same team. The rest is just preference. And if you think bro1999 is simply a product of my Tesla projection, you must not really pay attention to the tone and content of both our comments at this site.

I’m living rent free in Johnny boy’s mind. Lol

“As much as you (and bro1999) may hate Tesla”

Then why do you say I hate Tesla?

I don’t agree you should love all EV because they’re EV. If that’s the case, you’d love Tesla even if they made something like iMiev and Leaf, something that I would never drive.

Irrational love of crap only hurts EV image, not help. Like the old saying, spare the rod, spoil the child.

Brosef born in 1999 that’s who 😜

Hmmm … IDK … do you mean those folks who deliberately misspell “fuel cell”?

Looks to me like you are deliberately misspelling “fool cell”. 😉

tesla doesn’t need to test like GM. guinea pigs are plentiful with fistfuls of cash.

Yup, I’ll be glad to pay for some Tesla Roadster tests with fistfuls of cash. You know what they say about a fool and his money…

And much cheaper that doing proper internal testing!

No one said it was “a little bit of water”. That’s your biased and distorted imagination.

That proves for me, that Tesla don’t make so many quality tests to their cars. They are sold without be finished and is the consumer, when find some issue, who makes the final testing job. I think that’s not serious.

That is very true. All of my GM cars have been driven through flooded streets and roads, and none have lost any parts.

Anyone can speculate.

It would have been good if he had mentioned largest puddle sizes in his tweet though.

Probably has no guess as to how little or how much the water depth that he drove through was!

“The pressure of the water popped off his bumper.”

That’s not a bad theory. Those composite panels are going to hold against water reasonably well, and immersing the car quickly is going to put a lot of pressure on the underside of the panel, probably breaking the fasteners around it.

This is normal.

Another Euro point of view

Now I see who you are making fun about in your posts 😉

Everybody know EV should not be driven in the rain. Big problem.

and probaly not go into car wash, you can get electrocute

We do drive EV in the rain here in East of US. You can tell the engineer who signed off on the deflector material does not have any experience on east of the US where it rains, here in Florida we get over 2 inches yesterday’s rainstorm. Also the computer model must not account for heavy rain when the car was designed.

Should not be driven in rain, uphill, near churches and schools and on Sunday afternoons and national holidays. Everyone knows it.

Tesla has sold 65,000 Model 3s. This is 2 out of 60,000 (0.00307692% occurrence rate). On average ICE cars have rear bumper dropping at a rate of 0.00307753%. So it is a non issue and media is trying to make it a big deal. Sincerely, Elan Misk.

Please retake a look at your computer model and adjust for the 2.5 inches of rain in a hour. You be delivering a lot of Mod 3’s where it rains. Also with this cycle of Solar flairs being low the year I do not believe this was pridictable in the 22 solar year even with the earth being a few degrees off the Sun’s equator.

Interesting stat you have. Where did you get it? Somehow, I doubt that stat is on new cars from about 1 year ago having bumper falling off in 30 minutes after driving off the dealer lot.

Should have gotten a Model T:

Sounds like they need to look at their mounting hardware, and beef it up.

It would be interesting to see close-up pictures of the body-side mount points and see if there are parts of the bumper or parts of the attaching hardware still left there. Same with close-up’s of the inside of the bumper cover.

Worth noting that this is the bumper cover, not the structure. An annoyance but not a safety issue at all. That said, it does look like a minor assembly or design issue.

It’s certainly a safety issue to people driving behind the Model 3 when the bumper cover falls off. It’s an accident waiting to happen. Hitting road debris at speed or swerving to try to avoid it can be dangerous and in certain cases deadly.

The bumper cover is decorative. The real bumper that protects the vehicle is behind. If that falls off, then the Model 3 owner is violating Federal laws by driving on a public road without it.

rear bumpers are overrated anyway… =)

Technically just a bumper cover. The structural bumper is firmly attached.

this happened to me also. the rear bumper cover extends very far forward under the trunk area. in water deep enough to reach the bottom of the car, if you drive forward the bumper cover acts like a big sea anchor and will be ripped of if you keep moving forward. $2300 for my insurance company and 4 weeks for the body shop to get the parts to repair it. IMO this is a design fault. it could probably be prevented had they put holes in the bumper cover to allow water to flow through.

Good to know

I am not impressed

I assume you had to pay a deductible

I’d be getting my insurance deductible back from Tesla that’s for sure

And I was making fun of BMW for putting tailpipes on a supposed EV 3 series prototype. Little did I know that these were actually bumper holes to allow water to flow through.

Imagine that, proper internal testing performed prior to public release? What a concept!

Yeah, maybe next time GM builds a BEV, it will do that. Too bad about the Bolt EV and those battery pack failures.


No doubt !

“…this happened to me also… $2300 for my insurance company and 4 weeks for the body shop to get the parts to repair it.”

If what you say is true, which seems highly unlikely, then this is a design flaw and Tesla should pay for the repair under warranty. So why would your insurance have to pay for it?

And extra troll points for claiming your probably imaginary car sat in the shop for 4 weeks. Next time send it to shop which you imagine will repair it, and return it, instantly.


Try being nice !

Just heard that “bumper secured” was actually that “it could be secured if we installed it right”… =)

LOL. Can’t help with that one.

It was a great year! They had a “Bumper Crop!”

This is the driver’s fault. He should drive more carefully. And besides OTA Updates will fix that problem

Indeed, RTFM! Hands must be on Rear Bumpers all the time

Real world testing can’t be substituted.

I guess a recall at this point in time wouldn’t be overly dramatic.

What will happen in Norway with snow?
Will see.

If there is an issue you would think that cars made in a couple of months from now won’t have that problem anymore.

Probably the same as in every country with snow.

I’m sure Bjorn will take care of that

One of our serial Tesla bashing Usual Suspects calling for a recall.

Nice trolling… troll. 🙄

I’m not calling for a recall I just stated that a recall at this point in time wouldn’t be overly dramatic. Actually a rather positive note.

Lol, I was rather startled at the “positive” tone in your original comment, eject! I had to double check to be sure it was really you. 😊

All these whiners are Tesla shorts, haters, and Big Oil Shills! Pu-Pu will confirm it.

Long live Tesla, some silly bumper covers do not affect speed!!!! /s

Pu-Pu can’t come to the keyboard right now. His pants fell of while walking through a puddle of water.

If you’re going to troll, at least put some effort into it! You’re an embarrassment to the other trolls.

“All these whiners are Tesla shorts, haters, and Big Oil Shills! Pu-Pu will confirm it.”

You certainly are a shill for Big Oil, dude. That’s why you pose as a fool cell fanboy and post science denier nonsense to every single fool cell car related article at InsideEVs.

Will there be a potential problem with snow pushing on the bumper, if they drive places where the snow is fairly deep?
Can they fix this just by addid stronger clips to hold if?

I once saw a tricked out ricer with a lot of add on parts hit a 25cm deep water area/puddle at some speed. I’ve never seen so much body kit parts being removed in one second ever.

this happened to me in the Houston area. flash flood can happened VERY quickly here. I was driving very slowly. beefing up the mounting hardware will not fix the problem IMO. the bumper cover needs holes for pressure relief or some redesign to prevent water from getting above it. testing m3’s in 2 feet of water would’ve been a good idea.

testing m3’s in 2 feet of water would not occur to designers in drought stricken California.

haha – not a reasonable testing scenario.

Yes, typical water test tracks for fast speed testing are not that deep and look more like this:



Deep water testing is usually done at slow speeds, not at fast speeds

Not 2 feet deep. That’s over the tires. The car would start floating by then.

Correct, only “fording” rated vehicles would be tested in water that deep. And it would still be done at slow speeds.

Right. Those who call for testing in 2 feet of water don’t know what they are talking about. If you drove thru 2 feet of water, you’d have to dry out the cabin floor afterward.

I really don’t see how holes will solve it unless they’re enormous, because the impact of the water will be felt immediately, well before there’s any chance for pressure relief.

Sealing it up and securing it tighter to prevent it from catching hard in the first place water is the only way to improve the situation.

That’s a bummer. I would contact Tesla with any out of pocket costs you may have, and see if they will compensate you.

I’ve never actually seen pressure relief holes in any plastic rear bumper cover designed to relieve water pressure. I’ve seen decorative panels, but not actual pressure relief holes. On the other hand there are plenty of cars that manage to attach rear bumpers without having them come off.

It could actually be as simple as changing the angle of a bumper clip that is designed to pop off and release when you apply pressure at the correct angle.

Obviously Tesla’s have been in the rain before without the bumper coming off. So the most logical conclusion is that there is likely a specific angle where water hitting the inside of the bumper is putting pressure on the mounting hardware just right to pop the bumper off.

I guess if you have a Model 3P you could use it as a parachute to slow it down in a hurry

J/k 😉

Tesla quality for ya.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Moment of silence for Joshua Brown and Walter Huang while we’re at it.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Too many names to list for the GM murders.

Let’s see, how many people died as a result of GM deliberately burying the ignition switch failure? Was it more or less than two dozen? I forget.

Does Tesla deliberately ignore safety hazards? No, not so much!


Who needs a freaking bumper. M3s look cooler without one

Obviously shorters, complaining about their (now) shorter cars.

Rather than reporting on the facts, it seems the author is trying their hardest to push the blame to the drivers. Based just on a video the author disputes the Tesla owners and fails to understand their description of the problem. I’m not enjoying how this once balanced site has become a fanzine for Tesla. Other sites are taking a more wait for fuller facts and see rather than diving in to point fingers. InsideEVs needs to step back for a moment and reassess their reporting standards.

“I’m not enjoying how this once balanced site has become a fanzine for Tesla.” This, a thousand times this. It took InsideEVs four days after the story broke – FOUR DAYS – to report that the SEC was starting to ask questions about Musk’s “take it private” ah – ahem – “exaggeration,” or that the board had asked him to recuse himself while they investigated (which begs the question – Musk goes around securing funding for privatization…without talking to the board about it? lol). Musk gets sued for stock manipulation a few days ago, and InsideEV has reported on that exactly zero times. It’s absurd.

Not every nuisance lawsuit rises to the level of news which is worthy of being reported. The only reason to run an article on that would be to laugh at how desperate the Tesla bashing shorters are getting!

I’m sorry to say that I agree, at least to some extent. This article is very much a rush to judgement. Proper reporting would be merely to report the facts, not a conclusion before any evidence is in.

I’d love to see more objectivity shown in articles that InsideEVs runs. Or at least, if InsideEVs is going to print opinion rather than facts, then label the article as an Op-Ed.

I’m very confused. The author remained skeptical of both sides and said things like: “So what’s going on here? Is the Model 3’s rear bumper susceptible to falling off just by driving in the rain, or could something else be happening? For one, it’s impossible to say what really happened in both these cases because we weren’t there. Was their description of merely driving through the rain accurate, and if so, how hard was it raining and how deep was the water or puddles they were driving through? On the other hand, it could be the case that their situations were both more outside the lines of normal vehicle operation then they’re letting on. I’ve driven through water deeper than I should’ve before too and didn’t want to admit it. Is that what happened in these two cases? We can’t say, nor will we. There’s just not enough information to make an informed conclusion. Rear bumpers, though, have fallen off of vehicles other than Teslas. That said, we’ve never seen it happen to a brand new car, so maybe Tesla should inspect those fasteners on the bottom of the Model 3’s rear bumper fascia, just to be sure they’re as… Read more »

This could be sabotage by Fossil fuel mafia agents incongnito at Tesla.

Like the one Tesla is considering sleeping with? People who bet against a stock are way more evil, right?

So not amphibious then? 😉

The bumper detaching itself is a “feature”, not a defect. It pops off automatically to reduce drag when engaged in amphibious mode. 😉

I’d suggest that flat plate of “fibre glass” material is probably rubber designed to increase aerodynamics, rather than any kind of shielding or protective layer. It looks similar to the stuff used on Pickups to help their underbody aerodynamics, and is probably used on other cars too.

Simple rain cannot have caused that, unless it dissolved some glue (in which case, almost all TM3s would be missing bumpers by now). It’s no different than the air flowing under the car. Obviously, they drove through water that was at least up to the undercarriage. That’s not smart in any vehicle.

“It’s no different than the air flowing under the car”

So yeah, you obviously are not an engineer. Water at the same speed as air has a lot more force behind it. Try standing in 30mph wind vs what it would feel like to hit the water at 30mph.

I knew someone would jump on that, but that just shows how willing you are to believe a bumper cover can just fall off in the rain. I’m talking about rain, not a flood. In flooding waters, all bets are off.

Just some rain flying off of the tires cannot rip off a bumper cover like that. It’s inconceivable. They would have to be driving well over 100 miles an hour in a VERY heavy downpour to even get close to the realm of plausibility – even then, I would have to see it to believe it. The far more obvious explanation is that they drove through undercarriage-deep water. When you do that, then it’s very easy to imagine enough water, with enough speed, could easily rip off a plastic bumper held together by plastic fasteners (like most cars are designed these days).

Consumer vehicles are not designed to be amphibious. That’s why safety rules state that you shouldn’t attempt to drive through standing water higher than the bottom of your hubs (particularly for sedans and other vehicles that don’t have the clearance).

That’s also because many vehicles have differentials and gearboxes/transmissions have breather holes that can let in water if they are submerged. Vehicles that can ford deeper water (like Land Rovers/Cruisers) have pipes attached that go above the rated wading depth (around 3ft in those cases) so no water can ingress.

It’s why domestic pickups “can’t” wade past their hubs either, even though that means the water may not even be at the running boards, let alone touching the body.

Presumably an EV doesn’t need those features, but there may be other air inlet valves at low heights associated with battery packs and motors that shouldn’t be submerged.

Perhaps – also, the flat bottom, particular dimensions, and/or construction details of the Model 3 might cause a unique and unforeseen circumstance with enough standing water and speed.

I’m not saying that Elon should just shrug his shoulders and move on – I’m just saying that there is most likely more to the story than what was presented in the OP.

You can tell the engineer who signed off on the deflector material does not have any experience on east of the US where it rains, here in Florida we get over 2 inches yesterday’s rainstorm. Also to computer model must not account for heavy rain.

Being an owner of new BMW M-Car I will say the Tesla Model3 Suspension look really good to me.

The amount of aluminum they are using is really impressive.

Yes, double wishbone front with huge aluminium supports and Multi-link 5bar rear as Munro said are “F1 quality suspension” but rear bars are painted steel. Though MountainPass Performance made some aftermarket aluminium adjustable rear bars. It is one reason why the car handles so well. Also the steering is precise with “sport” mode calibration done well for electrical power steering column.

This is what happens when you use Elmer’s Glue to adhere your bumper. Everyone knows Elmer’s is not waterproof. You have to use a hot glue gun.

With Rubber Sticks, not Glue Sticks!

Not even hot glue!. It is the case where aluminum rivets are needed. Plus rear hole/slots for water ejection needed.

The shorter are throwing the kitchen sink, they are desperate, no hope no way to shore Tesla in few weeks, it has been futile for years. Sorry boys.

How does Tesla judge customer satisfaction rates? I’ve owned the car for over three months and haven’t seen any surveys or asked by the service center yet.

They rely on the results of 3rd party survey results by Consumer Reports based on mathematical sample rates, just like every other car maker. So if you want to have your voice heard, you’ll have to get on their list somehow.

“Consumer Reports’ survey names the Tesla Model S as the most satisfying car with more than 92 percent of customers saying they would love to buy it again. ”


Tesla is the only major manufacturer (I guess we can call them one) that does NOT provide customer data to JD Power. So there is no real way to measure initial quality like JD Power does with pretty much all other manufacturers. I think Elon knew he would never win any of those awards, so decided to deny access to its customer base.

Even for a serial Tesla bashing FUDster, this is beyond the pale.

J.D. Power is a fake, “pay for play” award. Kudos to Tesla for refusing to participate in that fraud.

FYI — Bumper covers really aren’t held on that solidly anymore. They aren’t like the big heavy chrome bumpers on a ’57 chevy. They now pop off with a couple of sharp pulls, like on this Chevy Volt:


A lot of childish snide comments posted here, very little signs of knowledge.

Yep, this can happen to any car that is driven into standing water up to a car’s hubs. With the heavy rains we’ve seen across the country (except where they need them the most – in California), it is easy to come up onto a large pool of water on a road that’s a little deeper than you think. The DC area has been hit pretty hard with serious downpours that back up poorly-maintained drains and cause minor flooding of roadways.

Maybe, instead of Oil Pipelines, the USA needs Water Redistribution Pipelines Snaking all over the Country! Suck up water in Flooding Araes, & send it off to Drought Areas!

A Volt’s bumper also does not pop off during a thunderstorm/drive through standing water. Because, you know, GM actually did proper testing for those conditions, unlike Tesla.

Nonsense. If only a couple of Volt bumper covers got pulled off by driving thru standing water, no reporter would even notice, let alone bother to report it.

But hey, nice attempt at trolling there. Tell us again why you bought a BEV and then camp out on EV forums to attack every other EV maker?

The way everything related to any Tesla car is put under the microscope is sometimes astonishing. More than 50,000 Model 3’s produced, and two bumper covers being pulled off — apparently from driving thru standing water — is “news”!

No big deal. I mean, it’s not as if the front fell off.

Looks like water can rush into the bumper cover when the underbody seams are below the waterline, and the clips can’t hold it under acceleration.

Tesla needs to use some better glue! 😀

I doubt that any clips would, since most are plastic. Even the metal ones are simply holding two plastic pieces together. Plastics are miracle materials in their own right, but they have their limitations.

This must be related to TSLA shorts. They are getting desperate about their money.

Yes, I’m sure the shorts convinced these poor owners to rip off their bumpers, then fraudulently claim they fell off in the rain.

Are you fraudulently claiming the shorts are going to become ripped off and Bum-Poor?

No innocent shorts should be harmed. Especially the ones made out of organic cotton.

The guy probably went for a swim. This is possible because ‘electric car’. He should try to swim with an ICE. Not so easy keeping the pace.

Over 8,000 miles and many rains, including several hard ones, and our bumper has remained fast.

Driving 8k miles is good so far, but you have yet to hit the dangerous depths of the Tesla Model 3 rear “Bumper Pool”!

I see the physical bumper still on the car. What fell off was the bumper cover which is painted in the body color.

Yes, that is what we are talking about.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

It would’ve been an even fumier article if they showed another pic with the bumper Duct Tapped on………lol

Why wasting your time bashing iMiEVs? They were first affordable, mass produced EVs. We use one for years and it does a good job taking us around town. Yes, they are what they are a small city car. We never lost a bumper 😎. At six years of age it only needed a new 12V battery.

Why not bash the Model T? I bet is was also slow and had terrible suspension.

Just saying …

Being first with something that’s completely lacking compared to gasser in every way is crap (reminds me of Mirai). GM did right by making kickass EV that’s quicker than any car in its price range as the first EV revival with SparkEV, but iMiev soured public perception by then as EV being slower than anything on the road. iMiev is still used to ridicule EV other than Tesla. And they’d ridicule Teslas, too, if not for guys like Tesla racing channel.

Regardless of what the road conditions may have been, other cars were driving through the same conditions without experiencing any problems.

I picked up my new Tesla Model 3 last Wednesday, drove it through the deluge (and snow flurries) last Friday (12/21) to visit family. When I arrived, the rear bumper had detached from the car.

Had it towed to a Tesla-approved bodyshop, which says someone hit me hard enough to break the bolts out of the bumper. No one hit me during the drive, nor during the couple of minutes it took to get out of the car in my family’s isolated homesite.

Not a scratch, mark, ding, scrape, or sign of any impact on the bumper. It is hanging off the car and the car is not driveable.

I have gone through a nightmare of expenses, inconvenience, worry and stress due to what I believe is a Tesla manufacturing defect.