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 4 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 16 days 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 21 day ago
      IL MOSTRO In reply to Engineering Explained

      Actually, using the other side of the caliper might not even work well due to the large radius on the edges of the panels. Just holding it up and eyeing it was the right way to do it. The smaller (inside measure) blades probably wouldn’t even fit right into the panel gaps.

      about 1 month ago
      IL MOSTRO In reply to Engineering Explained

      YouTube is full of genius commenters who think they know better.. it’s actually pretty cute. Don’t get me started on all the trolls who comment on dyno videos with regards to power loss between crank and tire, OMG. 🤣

      about 1 month ago
    • Stefano Savoia
      Stefano Savoia In reply to Engineering Explained’s all scratched up anyway....

      about 2 months ago
    • Terry Monks
      Terry Monks

      Kids in poor areas of Africa: gee, I hope I'll eat today.
      Here: The panel gap in my Tesla is 2mm off.

      about 5 hours ago
    • Robert G
      Robert G

      I love the color!

      about 7 hours ago
    • byrongove

      Send that POS back

      about 13 hours ago
    • Bystander505

      I would not have accepted delivery of a vehicle like this. Too late for you to tell the driver to put it back on the truck.

      about 17 hours ago
    • Ethan Radd
      Ethan Radd

      Wow, I can't believe Tesla put out such a garbage product

      about 21 hour ago
    • Ydna Llah
      Ydna Llah

      Would you like some Tesla with your orange peel sir?

      about 1 day ago
    • ReX

      I would not hacve accepted this car with all of these flaws, absolutely No way not for a new car. This is making me have second thoughts about buying a tesla

      about 1 day ago
    • Hillside Chalet
      Hillside Chalet

      Owner of the company is a pothead

      about 2 days ago
    • Captain Jim
      Captain Jim

      Buy another Subaru and forget Tesla you will find out when you trade it in..

      about 3 days ago
    • Grieg Ragen
      Grieg Ragen In reply to Captain Jim

      Oh, I heard of one recently that was 2 years old and 33K miles. Dude lost 50K on it.

      about 1 day ago
    • Brolick Scholar
      Brolick Scholar

      I remember when he was just a little kid with a white coat. Almost whispering all of the knowledge he learned about internal combustion engines!!! 😃 Now he's a young man talking electric vehicles and what-not.

      about 3 days ago
    • JP Tétreault
      JP Tétreault

      maybe Elon should watch Youtube instead of Twitter ;)

      about 3 days ago
    • Tomas Christleven
      Tomas Christleven

      Elon can't build a proper car but he sends rockets into space.

      about 3 days ago
    • Rob Watt
      Rob Watt

      Very bad quality control. Assembly is not done very well.

      about 3 days ago
    • Rob Watt
      Rob Watt

      I would send it back.

      about 3 days ago
    • ivanhuguan95

      They should have made a cheaper and subcompact cars first before trying out sedan. Sad.

      about 4 days ago
    • Dallas Aya
      Dallas Aya

      Hello Kitty Band-Aids and Tape from the Dollar Tree will fix it rite up.

      about 4 days ago
    • John Curry
      John Curry

      I was actually thinking about getting one before this video that whole cars crooked af

      about 4 days ago
    • John Curry
      John Curry

      Hell my Silverado that’s 5 years old with 60,000 miles on it has less scratches on it than that not even any swirl in the paint

      about 4 days ago
    • kevin u
      kevin u

      The rear seats in the big Tesla are the worst

      about 4 days ago
    • kevin u
      kevin u

      Electric cars have a long long way to go. I rather have a nice big V-8 naturally aspirated engine.

      about 4 days ago
    • kevin u
      kevin u

      These electric cars fail and cold winter states.

      about 4 days ago
    • kevin u
      kevin u

      So return the damn thing

      about 4 days ago
    • Ed Day
      Ed Day

      I think that the cosmetic issues are minor compared to the body mechanical and electric issues these cars can have.  I was a Chevrolet tech from 1973-75 and you would not need to measure to see how bad panel gaps were.  The Corvettes were a horrible mess.  And the Vega door hinges as well as the window regulators were welded not bolted to the car.  To replace a door window regulator (and we replaced many) you first had to air chisel it from the car to break the welds.  Funny thing is the replacement regulators were designed to be bolted to the car.

      about 4 days ago
    • Tokoloshe Bishop
      Tokoloshe Bishop

      During Delivery you got all those scratches

      about 4 days ago
    • mymotorcave

      Completely unacceptable!

      about 4 days ago

      That car is a disgrace , the paint is very crap job, i would not accept the car with paint job that bad, as for the panels you are right to complain, the front bumper part is a joke , the scratches my not be Tesla fault , but the bad paint with dust and a bad finish is, the boss man Mr Musk will go crackers if he sees that, i remember seeing a video before the cars were in made, He made a big fuss over the paint work he said it has to be perfect , well yours is not in fact its crap , i hope you complain and get a new car don't accept that one other flaws are probably just waiting to jump on you ,

      about 5 days ago
    • V Ando
      V Ando

      man I feel sorry for u because u got used car

      about 5 days ago
    • smokemagnet

      Utterly unacceptable build quality.

      about 5 days ago
    • Albert Bundy
      Albert Bundy

      The paint job is just unacceptable.

      about 5 days ago