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:


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.


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.


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

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      about 3 months ago
    • TasteMyStinkhole
      TasteMyStinkhole In reply to Andy Slye

      I think the real question here is obvious.... does your boyfriend know you're gay?
      Wait till you get in an accident with a Tesla.... you'll beg the ICE gawd to never own a Tesla again, as you wait months to years for your car to be repaired, and all rental car expenses come out of your own pocket.

      about 4 days ago
    • Frank Patek
      Frank Patek In reply to Andy Slye

      Oh, so this video was a commercial for Tesla? Nice work!

      about 5 days ago
    • Bill A
      Bill A In reply to Andy Slye

      Suleiman Ribadu < In Nigeria you'd find this car with no batteries the next morning, and on 4 bricks instead of wheels. he-he jk

      about 8 days ago
    • Suleiman Ribadu
      Suleiman Ribadu In reply to Andy Slye

      Like your reviews. I love this Car, i wish I will be the first to drive this Car in NIGERIA

      about 8 days ago
    • Bill A
      Bill A In reply to Andy Slye

      I just don't understand how a company of Tesla's caliber which has put recoverable rockets into orbit and heck even a Tesla car, can't produce enough cars to have hundreds or thousands of extra ones just waiting on dealer's lots ready to be sold. I mean, if this thing is such a hot seller, why wouldn't they ramp up production by stopping the rockets for a while to produce more cars first before going skyward. This "waiting" game sounds a bit fishy to me for some reason, more like a planned artificial supply shortage to get people's appetite wet... well, maybe it's just me, but I sure wouldn't wait years or even months for a car in this "right here, right now" age we're living in. I would equate this shortage to the beginning of smartphones around 2007/8, they were more of a curiosity, high priced, with not so great battery times, then ten years later just about everyone has one. Don't get me wrong, not mocking Tesla at all, I'm just puzzled at their supply shortage. As soon as their shortage is over, and the price comes down to a more affordable level, I will probably purchase one, or two, ;)

      about 20 days ago
    • Rob Erkert
      Rob Erkert

      Did you add an Ez pass and has it caused any issues to the model 3

      about 13 hours ago
    • Manuel Clément
      Manuel Clément

      $2.75 / gallon? Here in CA it is usually above $3.50 or even $4 for premium... And you know that's only going up. In Europe it can be several times that. Thank you for the video!

      about 17 hours ago
    • Joseph Colson
      Joseph Colson In reply to Manuel Clément

      Manuel Clément move out of Cali you’re throwing your money away to a failing state government.

      about 4 hours ago
    • Scott Purdy
      Scott Purdy

      tesla should be a 1000 stock and they should be the only car on the road

      about 19 hours ago
    • Steve Miller
      Steve Miller

      Great information. My only concern is howell will Tesla sales folks be able to explain the car, 
      especially all of the ways to handle software glitches. What is the best way to get this information. Thanks.

      about 20 hours ago
    • M. S.
      M. S.

      Sure .... you forgot to mention that your tesla is HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED by all the other tax serfs who don't drive pretentious cars. Tesla cannot stand on its own without corporate welfare. How fraudulent. Also ... how do you think your electricity was generated .... in all likelihood by coal. The stupidity .... it burns!

      about 20 hours ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to M. S.

      You do realize gas & oil are extremely subsidized, right? 2 years ago US fossil fuel exploration and production subsidies were $20.5 billion annually. http://priceofoil.org/fossil-fuel-subsidies

      about 20 hours ago
    • Shadow Hog
      Shadow Hog

      This is the first tesla review i actually clicked like. Thanks for doing the math. I'm still dying to know how they drive in the winter with occasional deep snow and ice, say in Pennsylvania for example. We are almost dependent on AWD here. The cost to drive via charge is pretty enlightening. Of course as a general motor vehicle pessimist I don't trust any company to have customer interest at heart. I would love to see your 100k mile review. Also I can't find a repair cost to replace the battery's yet. Even as the tech drives those battery's cheaper i'm concerned about how they will be disposed/recycled and what that total install cost will be.

      about 1 day ago
    • robin o rhys rhys
      robin o rhys rhys

      I love technology but not overated, when things get too gimmick it is useless. As far as driving (and enjoyment part you just covered) I think it will get very boring. Great for the environment from one hand but still depletes the energy resources. Most people fear the malfunctioning, it can make 100,000 correct decision, but only 1 malfunctioning can cost lives. Very skeptical with devices. Imagine someone saying "I thought autopilot was off, then why did it took over the control and drove over the bridge.." scary!

      about 1 day ago
    • Pari Exon
      Pari Exon

      Model Z 🤗

      about 1 day ago
    • steve dunning
      steve dunning

      I agree my Model 3 is the best most fun car that I have ever driven.

      about 1 day ago
    • Devin Fuller
      Devin Fuller

      I’m trying to get a model 3 in the next 3 years. Any extra perks that I shouldn’t include?

      about 1 day ago
    • Josh Acosta
      Josh Acosta

      Oh boy how I would love to pay 2.75 for a gallon 😢 where my California’s at?

      about 2 days ago
    • Rose
      Rose In reply to Josh Acosta

      Josh Acosta I’m always paying around 4!

      about 9 hours ago
    • K Choi
      K Choi In reply to Josh Acosta

      In California, our paychecks get direct deposited to the franchise tax board

      about 1 day ago
    • kuhataparunks
      kuhataparunks In reply to Josh Acosta

      Yea gas is $2.50 in Texas

      about 1 day ago
    • Insidious DrNine
      Insidious DrNine

      The fact your electricity bill only went up $36 a month is a testament why solar roofs make zero sense. It is nice to think about lowering your environmental impact - but the return on investment will take until the sun burns out.

      about 2 days ago
    • Chris Dailey
      Chris Dailey In reply to Insidious DrNine

      Insidious DrNine My utility company charges 40 cents per kw. You would be stupid not to go solar if you lived in my area

      about 1 day ago
    • Jonas Gustafsson
      Jonas Gustafsson

      Ok. I need one.

      about 2 days ago
    • Princess Peach
      Princess Peach

      Have you driven a Porsche?

      about 3 days ago
    • Thomas K
      Thomas K

      You mentioned the user charge limits. (80% everynight or 100% for road trip). What is your reasoning for not charging 100% overnight?

      about 3 days ago
    • Mortjep9531
      Mortjep9531 In reply to Thomas K

      Battery degradation.

      Batteries degrades the most when being completely draing AND when being fully charged. The best range for most lithium batteries is arround 80% charge. this ensures better battery life over time and leads to a longer lifespan in general for the battery before you need to replace it.

      about 1 day ago
    • Johnzombi
      Johnzombi In reply to Thomas K

      like any rechargeable battery it drains the overall capacity over time if you let it sit at full charge. its more noticeable on bigger batteries like a car tho so you dont really have to worry too much about your phone

      about 1 day ago
    • Sovi

      I was wondering if you had to change your tires more often since the batteries are at the bottom near the tires. Hopefully you see this, love the vid!

      about 3 days ago
    • Ryan Herrick
      Ryan Herrick

      My least favorite thing is the crappy rim caps unless u pay a lot of extra money for the good ones.

      about 3 days ago
    • 20_Aden_02
      20_Aden_02 In reply to Ryan Herrick

      They are designed for aerodynamics rather than aesthetics.

      about 3 days ago
    • kingsmeadow

      Who in the fuck changes motor oil every 4000 miles lol.

      about 4 days ago
    • saksham garg
      saksham garg

      nice one andy

      about 4 days ago
    • Nika Kosmowska
      Nika Kosmowska

      Why do you charge it to 100% only when you take road trips? Why not a 100% every time you charge it?

      about 4 days ago
    • Isaac Lopez
      Isaac Lopez In reply to Nika Kosmowska

      Nika Kosmowska because there’s no point and it’s actually better for the car if u don’t charge it 100% every time

      about 3 days ago
    • Lance Guilin
      Lance Guilin

      Jesus you have cheap electricity. Here in SV (where Tesla is HQed and where it's assembled) my electricity rate is ~23 cents / kw. Using your number of 8071 kwh x 0.23, it comes out to $1,856.33. That's a lot of dough. But gas in SV of CA is also the most expensive in the nation -- currently around $3.60 - $4. Let's assume a comparable somewhat fuel economic naturally aspirated car that gets 30 MPG, you'd get 26,000 miles / 30 = 866.67 gallon of gas. 866.67 x $3.75 = $3,250. So $1,856 vs $3,250. You've saving some money driving electric but no where near the outrageous claims of driving for 1/3 or 1/4 the cost of gas. Add to the fact that waiting around to charge up takes so much time and the fact that Tesla M3 are dime a dozen here in SV -- so are BMWs, Lexus, Mercedes, Audies and whatever car you can think of -- driving a Tesla doesn't make you stand out or feel anything special or unique.

      about 4 days ago
    • Karl P
      Karl P

      "It's been 100% reliable" Then goes on to list the defects which had to be fixed.

      about 4 days ago
    • Karl P
      Karl P In reply to Karl P

      @Julianne Heany The console going blank and a mechanic had to come out twice? In Quality ratings, all defects are taken into account and the Model 3 is way down listings such as Consumer Reports. I've seen too many times owners who also have Youtube channels play down defects on Teslas - because they are Teslas and this guy is no different. Many of them are on the referral program so flogging Teslas is in their be$$t interest.

      about 2 days ago
    • Julianne Heany
      Julianne Heany In reply to Karl P

      Karl P they didn’t keep him from going anywhere

      about 2 days ago
    • Radiation Network
      Radiation Network

      Why is the guy filming this video wearing woman's lipstick and Gloss? It's pretty obvious when watching on a big 4K OLED TV. Now that I see it it's creeping me out!

      about 4 days ago
    • jaysbrain
      jaysbrain In reply to Radiation Network

      lol now I can't unsee it

      about 3 days ago
    • Maelani Araujo
      Maelani Araujo

      Great review!! Me and my husband just purchased our fully loaded Model X in full, after saving up for it for the last 3 years. We absolutely love it and it makes things so much easier! We'll make our own review after a year. We've only had it for 2 weeks.

      about 4 days ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Maelani Araujo

      Congrats! Awesome car 👍🏼

      about 4 days ago
    • kstars

      Can't wait to get my Tesla Semi. Gonna be king of the road baby!

      about 4 days ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to kstars

      I'm waiting for that Tesla School Bus

      about 4 days ago
    • Oscar S
      Oscar S

      Someone drank the koolaide

      about 5 days ago
    • Paul Pietras
      Paul Pietras

      “The big life style change going from gasoline to electric”

      ..it’s just a car lmao

      about 5 days ago
    • Bujumi Nodstrom
      Bujumi Nodstrom

      can a geek have an inner geek?

      about 6 days ago
    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye In reply to Bujumi Nodstrom

      M E T A

      about 6 days ago
    • Kun Zhang
      Kun Zhang

      imma about to get one, but is it worth to take the performance or not?

      about 6 days ago
    • 20_Aden_02
      20_Aden_02 In reply to Kun Zhang

      Probably not if you want better range and a more comfortable ride.

      about 3 days ago