All of the quality issues that my brand new Tesla Model 3 arrived with.
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A detailed look at the build quality issues with my mid-range Tesla Model 3 including exterior scratches, paint quality issues, panel gaps, and panel placement.

What quality issues did my Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range arrive with? It's been heavily reported that while Tesla has been ramping up the production quantity of Tesla Model 3's, the quality of the builds is not fully there. In this video we'll look at all of the various paint scratches on my Model 3, paint defects, and also the mismatching panel gaps on each side of the vehicle. As a control, we'll also look at the panel gaps on my Subaru Crosstrek (a vehicle that cost 1/2 the price), and see how the panel gaps compare to the Tesla at the exact same locations. All of the issues shown in this video are from how the car arrived at my house. I took delivery on November 29th, and the car went straight into my garage at 22 miles on the odometer for this video to be filmed. I had not yet driven the car before filming this video, except from taking it from the delivery truck and placing it into my garage, several hundred feet of travel. Are the flaws I show worth mentioning, or am I simply being petty? Feel free to let me know how you feel in the comments.

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    • Engineering Explained
      Engineering Explained

      Lots of vernier caliper experts in the comments! "Jason, you don't know what you're doing away from a whiteboard!" While partially true, whiteboards are my safe space, I know how to use a caliper haha. The reason I'm not using the other end of the caliper (as demonstrated at 10:48, when measuring a glass gap) is because even though it's plastic, it'd be enough to scratch the paint if I wasn't super careful with it. Easier to hover over it, get it as close as possible (with my eyes, not the camera you're watching from), and not worry about scratching the areas I'm measuring. That cool? Find your next ride here!

      about 7 months ago
    • Redrum Twins
      Redrum Twins In reply to Engineering Explained

      Cant believe you bought that POS. Y did you accept delivery without looking at paint ? You are probably in Info Tech...all info tech people are real world fools... that cars gonna fall apart after 60,000 mile...u've been taken by a con artist company

      about 1 month ago
    • Ivan Smith
      Ivan Smith In reply to Engineering Explained

      You bought the car its your money so its your car and its your opinion good video

      about 1 month ago
    • Dani Bee
      Dani Bee In reply to Engineering Explained

      Elon needs a Japanese girlfriend!

      about 2 months ago
    • h82fail
      h82fail In reply to Engineering Explained

      You were using it right by the end of the video thats all that matters :) I heard the model 3 had the best panel gaps of all the Telsas, if this is still that inconsistent the others must be really bad!

      about 2 months ago
    • Frank Olsen
      Frank Olsen In reply to Engineering Explained

      I just hope your ow sake that there is not a single Americans among they who complain about Tesla quality. This is how American cars has been delivered for as long as I can remember. At least back to the fiftees. Poor plate alinement. Poor plate cut. Poor choice of cutting light plastic to fit the plates. The sound of closing the doors. Gaps makes wind sound. The whole paint job looks like it went through an auto washer ten times at the delivery day to get all those fine scratches. This is on top of all the scratchers made by the factory workers taking in as exstras from the harbor. Poor color mixing when red looks like orange when getting closer. American customers have always been allowing this crap and let it fly, if they just got that AC and 8 track cassett deck. Then everything goes with the Americans. Americans have never been anywhere near accurate in any of their work. If it looks good at on distance of a mile all is good to the American. Let me be perfectly clear about this, this is not obviously anything negative about American sense of quality. Finish doesn't come cheap at a factory. Instead of 9 of 10 can work at the factory, with good finish this falls down to below 1 out of 10. A car is not a jewelry - at least not first and foremost. A car is means of transport and if you can get from a to be comfortably, every aspect of quality an American can care about is covered. I myself, I am always buying my cars with my ears. I listen to every one of them when the door is opened and closed. This sound discover everything I need to know about quality and finish. Not a single car made in America has ever been good enough to me, with the exception of foreign brand under close control of European eyes. Americans are doomed to make cars with poor accuracy. It's all in the mentality.

      about 2 months ago
    • Steeltrap

      That car costs about US$70-72k in Australia.

      about 10 hours ago
    • Steeltrap
      Steeltrap In reply to Steeltrap

      Amazed you accepted it with that paint damage alone. Not good enough for that sort of cost.

      about 10 hours ago
    • Gahl Yogu
      Gahl Yogu

      "HA HA"  

      - Nelson

      about 13 hours ago
    • TheBanjoShow

      From delivery? Not gonna lie, this would receive a failing grade. Not good. Those scratches were awful

      about 15 hours ago
    • Ben Burgess
      Ben Burgess

      You should give the same type of review fro the 737 max 8 and see what you find.

      about 18 hours ago
    • Dan B
      Dan B

      Jesus its used car cant complaint

      about 1 day ago
    • Dieter Roos
      Dieter Roos

      Unacceptable 😤 I would be livid if I bought a brand new car and it arrived in such a state!

      about 1 day ago
    • Dieter Roos
      Dieter Roos

      I don’t get it; why the funny pronunciation of “water”? 😐

      about 1 day ago
    • TheBanjoShow
      TheBanjoShow In reply to Dieter Roos

      Dieter Roos chrisfix talks with that accent

      about 15 hours ago
    • gordon McKenney
      gordon McKenney

      You fix The Cat, you repair The Car! The Car has 20 miles on it. The Car has only twenty miles. On on it, please!

      about 3 days ago
    • augenbutter

      Wow, those are the gaps of a wreck after a triple roll-over, lol.

      about 4 days ago
    • seb c:
      seb c:

      The way I see it is that the Model 3 is the cheapest and probably the more quickly produced car Tesla is making so maybe quality control may be a bit overseen but I doubt many people buying 70k+ Model S and X are seeing the same quality of build. I' de like to see a comparison between the M3 and Ms and X.

      about 5 days ago
    • jtaylor6661

      That's what happens when you push thousands of cars out super fast. They should've taken more quality control for a vehicle you have to order

      about 5 days ago
    • Payden Carroll
      Payden Carroll

      I'd still buy it. Teslas are awesome even with their flaws.

      about 5 days ago
    • Giovanni Foulmouth
      Giovanni Foulmouth

      This human garbage just made the best YT video on paint scratch and panel gap analysis :) Love the vid but I was expecting you to check the whole car not just the paint and panel gaps.

      about 5 days ago
    • daniel

      I like tesla but you're a ASSHOLE if you defend tesla in this guy's case noway you would defend it if it was delivered to you like this but on YouTube in the comments or if you don't have the cash it's EASY to talk obviously

      about 5 days ago
    • RD Ridinredd
      RD Ridinredd

      Flip the calipers around youll get an accurate reading

      about 6 days ago
    • Jack is not in the box
      Jack is not in the box

      biggest question is HOW LONG DO I HAVE BEFORE BREAKDOWN?

      about 6 days ago
    • John Roberts
      John Roberts

      Terrible take it back

      about 7 days ago
    • Brent Regan
      Brent Regan

      The error in your measurements are probably huge, considering a) you are using the wrong end of the calipers while trying to b) measure a round edge in c) shadowing conditions. There is no validity here.

      about 7 days ago
    • bobwatters

      That is a ton of paint defects for a new car! A whole video on these "small flaws" and did not even cover anything in the interior lol.

      about 7 days ago
    • Agumon5

      Man, I'm glad I bought a Ford pickup .....

      about 7 days ago
    • clean_ 335ix
      clean_ 335ix


      about 7 days ago
    • Sandertu

      Are you sure your car has not been in a fender bender? like maybe you got your car as a swapped repair?

      about 7 days ago
    • TheEditor

      You've been swindled my friend.

      about 7 days ago
    • James Harvey
      James Harvey

      There is an obvious solution to the Tesla quality issues... buy an I Pace!

      about 8 days ago
    • James Harvey
      James Harvey

      I'd have sent it back for the scratches alone!!

      about 8 days ago
    • Brad Anbro
      Brad Anbro

      Elon Musk can't manage his way out of a paper bag! His manufacturing facilities have the highest rate of OSHA recordable injuries (and FINES) of all the North American auto manufacturers. Employee morale is close to ZERO. If it wasn't for the related government SUBSIDIES in relation to the production of electric cars, he wouldn't even be in this business. I really hope (for the EMPLOYEES sake) that the United Auto Workers union organizes his manufacturing operations...

      about 8 days ago
    • Andreas Seifert
      Andreas Seifert

      They delivered a car in this condition??? Are you kidding? I would give back this 55000€ car! This is unacepteable. I dont understand that there are clearly people outthere who think this is accepteable! Its beyond me. I wouldnt buy a car in this condition not even for free. There are countless videos from people describing the same flaws on Tesla cars. As long as build quality is as bad as this I wont buy a car from Tesla. There are plenty of other car manufacturers who do a way better job. Its an outrage that even newly produced cars from Tesla have these flaws. It doesnt take much quality controll to stop this. Its like the customer dont matter to Tesla. I also heard that customer complains arent answered from Tesla etc. That all adds up. If I pay 55000€ for a car I want premium quality. And no waste of time or nerves on fixing something which never should have left the Tesla factory in the first place! No Tesla for me. And Im not sorry for it lol. Thx for the vid. There are thousands others just the same.

      about 8 days ago
    • Parth K
      Parth K

      It is considerable but Tesla isn't a bad car

      about 8 days ago
    • dgracey01

      You bought that car new? you said 22 miles on the meter, right? and you accepted a NEW car on those conditions? I don't want to sound disrespectful but, are you out of your effin mind?

      about 8 days ago
    • Giovanni Foulmouth
      Giovanni Foulmouth In reply to dgracey01

      He said he returned the car so it can get fixed, are you deaf?

      about 5 days ago