Tesla Model 3 Review after 1 year & 26,000 miles! Still the best car or was it a mistake?
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Almost a year ago I took delivery of my Tesla Model 3 and since then I've driven it over 26,000 miles. Is it still the best car I've ever driven or was it a $50,000 mistake? Let's find out.

In my original Tesla Model 3 review I mainly went over the features of the car but in this video I'm going to go over my experience of owning a #TeslaModel3 and focus on the 3 most important factors:

Reliability:

When I first got my Model 3 I was skeptical on how reliable it would be since it was a first generation of its kind, and there were a few horror stories online from early adopters who were experiencing software & hardware issues.

I can honestly say my Model 3 has been 100% reliable for me so far, and yes even though that should be expected for a brand new car, it’s still a nice surprise how reliable it has been since Tesla is still relatively so young & since Model 3 is a very unique car. Range anxiety does exist, but the Model 3’s energy graph is extremely accurate in predicting the estimated range left when driving so as long as you pay attention to that and plan ahead you’ll be fine and shouldn’t ever have to worry about running out of battery.

For how heavily it’s integrated with software I’m actually surprised my Model 3 has worked this well, and I’ve been extremely satisfied with it over my first 26,000 miles.

Cost:

Out of all those things during the first 25,000 miles in a Model 3 you only need to do tire rotations and I know this isn’t the norm but luckily for me there’s a local tire shop that gives free tire rotations to Tesla owners, just one of the many perks of going all-electric I guess.

The only thing that has cost me money to drive my Model 3 this far is electricity from either at home or a Tesla Supercharger. My city is one of the best locations to put the Model 3 range efficiency to the test and with an average of 248 Wh/mile through all the seasons means the LR Model 3 is one of, if not the most efficient electric car out right now.

It took 6,457 kWh to drive just over 26,000 miles, and since the Model 3 gets about 80% efficiency it actually took about 8,071 kWh and at my current electricity rate of 6.8 cents per kWh that comes to $549 that I’ve spent on electricity to drive my Model 3 over 26,000 miles. I’ve also charged for free at hotels, parking garages, and family members houses so my total cost to drive over 26,000 miles in my Model 3 is less than $600. My monthly electricity costs have only increased by an average of $36. To put it in perspective, a car that gets 30 mpg at $2.75/gallon would cost $2,383 to drive 26,000 miles and if you add a $50 oil change every 4,000 miles that would be an additional $325. This shows how much a person can save in fuel & oil by going all-electric, especially a Model 3.

Enjoyment:

It’s no surprise that the Tesla Model 3 is a joy to drive but I’ll quickly go over a few things that I don’t like because nothing is perfect. The windshield and windows fog up more than any other car I’ve ever driven. Fortunately I got some fog reducer that helps. I wish the frunk had a better closing mechanism or was able to close automatically because I hate leaving hand prints on the hood from closing it. I also wish the driver profiles would save the lumbar setting. Luckily that can be fixed with a software update which is one of my favorite things about the Model 3.

Now moving along to the other things that I enjoy most about my Model 3: How a car can be this simple & minimalist yet pack so much power and torque is something I’ll always be impressed with.

Yes there are times when it phantom brakes but if you're using it as it's designed you will always have a hand on the wheel ready to take over and I love knowing each time I use it it's getting better through the neural network.

It charges overnight while I sleep, it stops charging when it reaches whatever limit I have set, and I wake up to an 80% charge every day or 100% charge if I'm about to take a road trip - no more stopping at gas stations. I can tell it to drive somewhere and it gives me real-time step-by-step directions on the beautiful responsive 15” touch screen which is the best screen in any vehicle out right now in my opinion.

Now after a free software update and even after any battery degradation from driving 26,000 miles, my Model 3 now gets 320 rated miles on a full charge.

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    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye

      *Ordering a Model 3? Get FREE Supercharging* ➡️ http://geni.us/t3sla
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      about 28 days ago
    • 411Adidas
      411Adidas In reply to Andy Slye

      Tesla's dont work up north. The batteries freeze up, the doors wont open, and the defrosting is horrific.
      Tesla's will have to to make their cars less pos before anyone up north will buy them.

      about 14 days ago
    • Dori B
      Dori B In reply to Andy Slye

      Will you give me your model 3 for 5 years of unlimited on demand bj’s

      about 18 days ago
    • Commander Shepperd
      Commander Shepperd In reply to Andy Slye

      you do know that if your battery fails, a new battery would cost you $14,000. A prius battery can be found on ebay for 700

      about 18 days ago
    • nwmacguy
      nwmacguy In reply to Andy Slye

      +bikingcat I took the video as primarily a review of the Model 3 and less of a general vid about EVs, though he touched on the benefits. I myself drive a 90s Chevy S10 or Toyota Corolla (4AFE) depending on need. Someday it’ll be an EV, that’s the way it’s going. I sleep just fine that there are tax breaks for EV purchases or lease. Why aren’t you happy that the more EVs people are driving, the more and cheaper gas and/or diesel there is for you? As for free electric provided by Tesla as a perk, the power will come from various sources depending on where in the country. Andy being in Louisville is served by LG&E and KU Energy. Natural gas, hydro, coal for now. So the carbon emitted from generating the power to the charging of his vehicle is about the same as a gas car getting 72 mpg. I don’t know of many that can do that. It’s also easier to de-carbonize a few power generators and millions of individual vehicles, appliances, etc by swapping out for advanced nukes, offsetting with solar at some locations, etc. https://cdn.blog.ucsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016-map_best-EV_logo.jpg

      about 20 days ago
    • Ryan Peña
      Ryan Peña

      Looking to buy a new car within the next year. My job is 4.4 miles away so I won't be driving far at all. Wondering if the model 3 is my best bet

      about 2 hours ago
    • Dave Lewis
      Dave Lewis

      you said "it ruined all other cars for me" (or something close to that) YES, this is how you feel after driving one for even a couple of weeks. I look at fancy BMWs and Mercedes and I feel a little sorry for them having to deal with antiquated technology. Plus they are not nearly so responsive and fast.

      about 2 hours ago
    • Sebevrah006 [WZ-CR]
      Sebevrah006 [WZ-CR]

      Such a lovely car, my most favourite altought there is model S , in blue color looks awesome

      about 2 hours ago
    • Silba-Lo
      Silba-Lo

      Dam, there is a huge difference. Last year I've driven about 16k miles and spent around 1.5k in gasoline

      about 3 hours ago
    • Gadgets&Co
      Gadgets&Co

      thank you

      about 3 hours ago
    • Roger Goodman
      Roger Goodman

      It's worth it. Thank you for reconfirming my decision to buy. Now the wait for RHD delivery!!

      about 6 hours ago
    • SingingMyBlue
      SingingMyBlue In reply to Roger Goodman

      Congrats in advance!

      about 9 minutes ago
    • Siddesh Gannu
      Siddesh Gannu

      Eel on Musk

      about 6 hours ago
    • Balázs Molnár
      Balázs Molnár

      And do you think using chargers will remain free forever...? Or without taxed...?

      about 7 hours ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Balázs Molnár

      Superchargers are not free. The cost depends on location: https://www.tesla.com/support/supercharging

      about 7 hours ago
    • lil oof
      lil oof

      You look like acidicblitz

      about 8 hours ago
    • John Doe
      John Doe

      It's getting better through the neural network .. lol. Dumbass.

      about 10 hours ago
    • Craig Pretzinger
      Craig Pretzinger

      It's like driving a video game
      Love my S

      about 17 hours ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Craig Pretzinger

      Likewise but love my 3!

      about 8 hours ago
    • Darksun_15
      Darksun_15

      I do wish that one day I can afford a tesla

      about 1 day ago
    • Mitchell Stephany
      Mitchell Stephany

      You were going 10 over.

      about 1 day ago
    • Mitchell Stephany
      Mitchell Stephany In reply to Mitchell Stephany

      +Andy Slye I'm just pointing out unsafe driving habits.

      about 8 hours ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Mitchell Stephany

      your point?

      about 8 hours ago
    • Greg Guan
      Greg Guan

      my only concern is: which color should I get? lol

      about 1 day ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Greg Guan

      I love the red

      about 1 day ago
    • ChermBo
      ChermBo

      Nice job

      about 1 day ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to ChermBo

      Thanks!

      about 1 day ago
    • Fly In the Sky
      Fly In the Sky

      I think The benefit for having a Tesla is that we can refill the fuel in home which the gas couldn't .

      about 1 day ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Fly In the Sky

      Yes this is something most people don't think about. With a Tesla/EV you wake up to a "full tank" every morning because it charges while you sleep. It's a great perk.

      about 8 hours ago
    • Danielle Requa
      Danielle Requa

      I have a model s and you are making me want a Model 3.

      about 1 day ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Danielle Requa

      😂

      about 1 day ago
    • Lost Memories
      Lost Memories

      The fog issue is common with almost all cars. Some manufacturers will put a defogger chemical on the car on the inside and virtually lasts about 200,000 miles before a new application needs to be applied. Tesla doesn't put this on its car at all. For about $9 at your local car parts store or walmart, you can eliminate this problem. Worked on my Tesla.

      about 1 day ago
    • Jannis Chytiris
      Jannis Chytiris

      i think im gona buy a tesla model 3 its awesome!

      about 1 day ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Jannis Chytiris

      It's an amazing car. Use my referral link when ordering to get free Supercharging: http://geni.us/t3sla

      about 8 hours ago
    • marc whitsett
      marc whitsett

      What about the impact on the environment when the batteries go bad? Cost to contain? And who pays for that? The taxpayer [won't be Tesla, and not the car owner]? If everyone owns an EV that's gonna be a lot of dead batteries [eventually].

      about 1 day ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to marc whitsett

      Tesla recycles the batteries https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/07/yes-tesla-recycles-all-of-its-spent-batteries-wants-to-do-more-in-the-future/

      about 1 day ago
    • dumdrop17 dumdrop17
      dumdrop17 dumdrop17

      how did elon musk buy into nicola tesla? gypsy, non-royal free energy advocate, this type of person was different.

      about 1 day ago
    • Luka Nogalo
      Luka Nogalo

      You Americans can feel really lucky!!! in Germany the Tesla model 3 costs from 50kEuros thats a little over $55k also electricity is about 0.30euro/kW, again thats around $0.35 per kilowatt. Oh and gasoline is about 1.40Euro/Liter thats $6 per Gallon

      about 1 day ago
    • PrettyBoyNewtonGaming
      PrettyBoyNewtonGaming In reply to Luka Nogalo

      Luka Nogalo that’s the cost of importing you’re not gonna get it for as cheap as where it’s made just like here in the US we pay more for European model cars that people in europe

      about 1 hour ago
    • K F
      K F

      Is dual motor necessary( not care about 0 to 60)?

      about 1 day ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to K F

      Not necessary imo

      about 1 day ago
    • Pablo N
      Pablo N

      No Andy you did not make a mistake buying a Tesla for 50K. I am the one the made a mistake buying a new Mustang GT, the trips to the gas station at 4 bucks a gallon and about 15 MPG fuel economy are painful.

      about 1 day ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Pablo N

      Hope you can go electric soon!

      about 1 day ago
    • Eric
      Eric

      is your car all wheel drive? i live in snow area

      about 1 day ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Eric

      No it's RWD and it handled Midwest winter just fine. I did a video about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCUBRYusWnA

      about 1 day ago
    • Cole
      Cole

      Great review! When's Telsa coming out with a pick-up?

      about 1 day ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Cole

      thanks! Yes they are

      about 1 day ago
    • Yao Mung
      Yao Mung

      TLDR: Every other car manufacturers include basic ergonomics at the same price Tesla sells their cars at. in 2019 and 2020, Tesla isn't the only guys making an EV

      about 1 day ago
    • Evil Snowman
      Evil Snowman

      Well call me old fashioned, but I want my car to be able to roar and I want to experience the smell of burnt rubber and gasoline. Driving a design smartphone with wheels is not going to turn me on.

      about 2 days ago
    • Pharmatica
      Pharmatica

      Multiple quality issues and poor service on top of a car priced out of most people?

      about 2 days ago