Vinny Bamboozalini Shares 5 Worst Things About The Tesla Model 3


Don’t be bamboozled! Learn about what Vinny thinks are the five worst things about the Tesla Model 3.

Every car has positives and negatives. Some positives are features that would prove fantastic in nearly anyone’s opinion. Just the same, there are certain negatives that would likely be deal breakers in the eyes of the majority. However, aside from the more obvious pros and cons, many good and bad features of any vehicle are subjective. What you consider “best” and “worst” comes down to your priorities.

YouTubers Now You Know are here to help. They don’t want you to be bamboozled, so they attempt to provide the “good” and the “bad” to assist you in making an educated decision. Most of us are well aware that these guys are Tesla fans and seem to really love their Model 3, but that doesn’t mean it’s free of faults. Just like any car, it has its drawbacks. Whether or not any or all of these five worst things are deal breakers is for you to decide.

Be sure to watch the video carefully and take it seriously so that you can feel confident about your decision if you choose to cancel your Tesla Model 3 reservation.

Video Description via Now You Know on YouTube:

Welcome back to another word from your trusted automotive advisor, Vinny Bamboozalini! In today’s video, Vinny shows you the 5 worst things about theTesla Model 3!

If you’d like to learn about Now You Know’s top five BEST things about the Model 3, we’ve attached the video below:


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We got “The Good”, we got “The Bad”, but where is “The Ugly?” ( Jim Chanos?)

I like the end ….Funny!

How about a few more…an editorial from today’s AN: ———————————————————————————————————————— Shortcuts have no place when it comes to automotive safety. That’s a lesson many of the big, established automakers learned the hard way. But we’re not sure young Tesla has paid as much attention to its elders as it should. And the people who have forked over their cash for the chance to buy a hastily built Model 3 have reason to be concerned. What are we to make of reports last week that Tesla scrambled to reassemble mothballed factory equipment, overworked its staff, took out 300 welds and stopped a standard “brake and roll” test as “redundant,” as it raced to meet an arbitrary, self-imposed goal of building 5,000 Model 3 sedans in a week? What was it trying to prove? We’re not out to get Tesla. Its unlikely rise has impressed us, and it has been good for the rest of the industry, driving innovation and competition, and inspiring unprecedented interest in cleaner transportation. Watching the company and its flamboyant CEO, Elon Musk, flout some of the conventions of the staid auto industry has certainly been good for the storytelling business. But watching them flout the norms of… Read more »

“We’re not out to get Tesla.”

Then why did “today’s AN” (I have no idea who or what that is) put together a laundry list of regurgitated Tesla bashing FUD?

This is a fine example of the “Gish Gallop” method of underhanded and dishonest propaganda, where FUDsters try to bury any opposition in a blizzard of claims, knowing that nobody will take the time or trouble to refute them all in detail.

In case anyone hasn’t been paying attention, Tesla isn’t one of the auto makers which try to hide any safety-related concerns with its cars. Tesla is the auto maker which goes out of its way to issue recalls when it finds anything which it thinks might become a safety issue someday, even when no customer has reported any problem. See details here:

Extra FUD points for repeating the wholly unsubstantiated accusation questioning the safety of Tesla workers, agitprop promoted by the UAW, and ignoring the strong refutation by Tesla. It’s really despicable how the UAW is conducting a full-on, almost entirely untrue mudslinging campaign. But hey, who needs real facts when they can make up fake news?

FYI AN is automotive news website

Autonews. com

Just sayin’

I read that article and agree it just seems like a cheap shot at Tesla

Thanks for the Gish Gallop. “Now we know”

I love how it’s insinuated that the non-Tesla manufacturers operate with “honor.” If the Model 3 is unsafe, then come out and say it. Hastily built is different from unsafe. Laughable how they blur the two together.

“We’re not out to get Tesla…” Um, yeah, right.

I really don’t get the point of taking every shortcut to hit a self-proclaimed production number. Aside from avoiding the stock from dropping by missing said self-proclaimed production number.
Tesla proved it can make ~5k Model 3’s a week if they pull Model S and X workers off those lines, have the paint shop paint only Model 3s, and make Model 3s with 300 less welds and skip industry standard braking tests.
The 5k/week number is obviously still not possible under “regular” manufacturing conditions. If the CEO would stop making such outlandish goals, the company employees wouldn’t have to scramble to catch up with the CEO’s furiously flapping lips. It all comes back to TSLA’s stock price and keeping it inflated as much as possible. The CEO’s future compensation is completely based on TSLA’s stock valuation, and he is doing everything he can to keep that ticker moving upwards no matter what. I feel sorry for the regular Joe employees at Tesla.

BRO1999 aka Bob Lutz do you really believe that Elon Musk is managing Tesla just to make himself wealthier? Elon Musk could’ve taken his $180 million PayPal earnings and bought Amazon, Facebook, Apple shares and would’ve made a lot more money without any stress and criticism from tesla haters but he didn’t and chose to make a difference CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS

I can’t believe this site publishes you as one of their writers, it really hurts the credibility of this place to hire one of the biggest trolls of the comment section. They still hit their weekly Model S/X targets, so they didn’t sacrifice one vehicle for the other.
The weld reduction is something ONLY brought up by trolls. This is something manufacturers, including auto manufacturers, have always done. Streamlining the production process by identifying redundant or unnecessary parts of production is a vitally import part of improving production lines. Unless you have some evidence, any evidence, that the weld reduction is a shortcut that reduces quality, then constantly bringing it up is nothing but a troll tactic.
And the braking test exists primarily so manufacturers don’t need to test vehicles on a track, as Tesla currently does with all Model 3’s, so the test was clearly redundant.
Btw, the couple people I know who work at the Freemont factory don’t want or need your pity. They love their jobs. Those deserving pity are the ones who spend significant amounts of free time trolling article comments and communities.

Tesla’s track tests are clearly substandard: otherwise they would have found Consumer Reports’ braking issue before they did. Consumer Reports consistently finds problems (using only a couple of writers) that elude Tesla’s entire testing “infrastructure.”

LOL you realize that was BEFORE they eliminated this extra brake test right?

Russian Troll, next……..

Here are my top 5 worse things based on myself and riders in my car (no particular order):
1. Keycard / phone app problems – need a real keyfob
2. Emergency front door handles that everyone pulls – can damage door/window hardware, really Tesla?
3. No HUD, tiny font for driver info / non-configurable LCD – If you’re going to have everything on the one screen, allow the user to choose what’s best for them
4. AC vents (I actually like them,however nobody else driving with me does) – solution looking for a problem.
5. Vampire losses – I see 4-20 miles a day, unacceptable. This occurs even during a two week period of no driving, in a garage plugged in. Checking app once a day.)

Phone issues are especially bad if you have more than one Tesla. If the app. is focused on the wrong car (from a prior session) it won’t open the doors for the 3. Even when properly focused it fails about 25% of the time for me.

Your scenario is patently silly. Unless you now have TWO Model 3s, no other Tesla uses low power Bluetooth to gain entry into the car. There is no conflict because Bluetooth is used for different purposes between the three models.

I believe he owns 4 or 5 Teslas depending on the negative situation with which he is portraying.

The problem is the phone app only opens the Model 3 if it is currently selected in the app. If you have a Model S or a Powerwall and used to app last for either of those, the Model 3 will not respond when you walk up to it. You have to open the app and select the Model 3. This is easy to fix in software, hopefully they do at some point.

I thought that Tesla had greatly reduced the vampire loss rate in the S. Was that not the case? 20 miles is ridiculous, 4 is barely tolerable. I think my Volt loses a mile or two in 3 days. But I have only left it unplugged for relatively short times over weekends away from home, so I don’t know if my impression is all that accurate.

In my experience, vampire drain is much lower on the 3 than it is on the X: about 1.3 miles every seven hours. That’s about a third of the X.

This is the first time recently I have heard about phantom loss to the extent of anything over a few miles a day. Those who did have an issue say it was fixed in updates the last few months. As I mentioned, some third party tech apps that monitor the car, do not allow the Model 3 to sleep. But Tesla can do a diagnostic over the phone.

Before taking the Model 3 in, an owner should to a “control-alt-delete” of the car. Push both balls/buttons on the steering wheel in (control-alt) while pressing the brake pedal (delete) for up to 30 seconds (the screen will go blank showing the 3 is rebooting). This will restart the car and perhaps address the phantom drain.

1. Never heard of anyone with a keycard issue. It works, just that simple. As to the phone, most of the posters on any Model 3 comment board say the problem with the Android phone was fixed with an update. (I have Android, and had one problem early on that was fixed by deleting and reinstalling the phone.) 2. Do you run an Uber service with your Model 3? When someone new uses my car, I point out the button when they exit. I never had someone use the handle yet. But if you do use your car for Uber, maybe a piece of clear packing tape over the offending handle might help. (The handle will still work in an emergency.) 3. No HUD. Yep, that would be nice. And yes, the LCD should be configurable. At least make the bottom menu buttons larger so my big fingers can hit the right button. (Who designed the menu; Trump?) 4. This is the FIRST time I have heard of anyone who had a problem with probably the most ingenious car vent invention ever. 5. Phantom loss has been a struggle with Tesla. I regularly lose about one to three miles a… Read more »

1. The keycard is a problem in that you have to tap the b pillar, then lay it in a specific location near the cup holder, then you have to remember to take the card, etc. Meanwhile a fob would stay in your pocket the whole time.
2. Not Uber, but lots of friends and family have used the car. It’s ridiculous to have to remind people not to touch a button or it will damage the car.
4. Not me, but many people in the car don’t want to have to go into a menu. My wife totally hates it and can’t get it to position in an acceptable way.
5. I’m just finished testing with Tezlab for a month. Now, I’ll be checking without any data services.

Good idea on dropping Tezlab for a time. My experience with a new app called “Tesla Spy” was awful. When I disconnected from the app (you just need to change your Tesla password), the phantom drain was stopped immediately. You will tell in a day or two.

Wish you could let me know if Tezlab drains the battery. I obviously won’t be going back to Tesla Spy. But I thought the graphics and info was great.

Actually you don’t need to lay down the keycard on the console after unlocking the car, as long as you turn the car on within 5 minutes I think it is. Otherwise, you would need to ‘reauthenticate’ yourself with the card.

You lose paragraphs when your posts get too verbose and run on too long. I think it is more for the phone view, where extra long posts used to force you to scroll a lot.

I plead guilty on being one of posters that probably brought this on, because I’ve hit the character limit for a single post a (ahem) “few” of times before….

Playing “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” with the Model 3 door handles is the most irritating flaw in the 3. At night it’s like threading a needle. You can’t do it simply by touch. Like most “knobs” in a Tesla, you have to stare at it to do anything with it.

How would you know this, 7 E-Toothbrushes?

Because I’ve owned one since March. How do you think I got to seven? 😉

Because you finally mastered the art of counting all the way up to seven? Keep on dreaming baby, ROFLOL!

You have been bashing the model 3 for as long as I can remember and now you say you bought one in March. Why would you buy something you don’t like. Your credibility is zero. Less than zero.

Another slavishly worshipful video of Tesla. The lowest quality car on the planet.


You forgot to mention any off planet Tesla vehicles, in your scathing survey response to The Universal Planetary Vehicle Quality ASSessment!

Vinny works for Evannex???

Another minor nit I have is that the auto rain sensor feature is garbage. This is because Tesla ignored twenty years of rain sensor development and tried to do their own using the cameras. In theory, this is a brilliant idea; in practice, it doesn’t work well.

This illustrates at trend with Tesla, where they think they can do everything better than the industry, but it’s an illusion: Tesla was simply the first to get to a real electric drivetrain, so they think they’re God’s gift. In reality, they probably aren’t the best at EV drivetrain development either (just the first) but they took from it the wrong lesson.

You own a lot of Teslas for being on here for years complaining about how bad they are. Now “they probably aren’t the best at EV drivetrain development either”. Why do you keep buying more of them? I’ve never once heard you comment on what is good about Tesla yet you’ve spent almost $200,000 on their products. Either you’re lying or you’re a deranged masochist.

I would go with both!

That’s one feature on my 3 that I feel works well for me. Light drizzle, infrequent wipes, more rain, increased wiping speed.

I could see personal preference on speeds though. There should be a menu option to adjust the speeds for auto wipe. Even my Mini allowed that.