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February 21, 2019 Consumer Reports can no longer recommend the Tesla Model 3. Because members say they’ve identified a number of problems with their cars, including issues with its body hardware, as well as paint and trim. CR members reported these results in our annual reliability survey, which includes data on about 470,000 vehicles.
Model 3 owners in our spring survey sample reported some body hardware and in-car electronics problems, such as the screen freezing, which we have seen with other Tesla models. The latest survey data also shows complaints about paint and trim issues. In addition, some members reported that the Model 3’s sole display screen acted strangely.
“The touch screen would intermittently begin acting as if someone was touching it rapidly at many different points,” one member wrote in. “This fault would cause music to play, volume to increase to maximum, and would rescale and pan the map in the navigation system.”
Some owners also complained about glass defects, including cracks in the rear window, in their survey responses.
In fact, CR experienced similar problems with its own Model 3. Earlier this year, our test vehicle developed a large crack in its massive rear window during a cold spell when it was parked outside.
March 1, 2019: Tesla is closing most of its physical stores, except for a small number in “high-traffic locations” that will serve as “showcases and Tesla information centers,” according to an official update.
March 11,2019: Just a few weeks after it originally announced it would be closing almost all of its physical stores, Tesla has reversed course somewhat on this decision, saying now that it will raise prices on its vehicles and keep more stores open than originally planned. The company says that about half of the stories it originally planned to close will remain open, and an additional 20 percent of stores that had been flagged for closure are under review. Because of this, Tesla will raise prices on all models except for the base $36,200 Model 3 by around 3 percent. The price increase goes into effect March 18, meaning current prices will still be valid for orders placed between now and then. The company’s new online-only sales model remains in place.
June 7,2019: Some Tesla owners who bought the standard Range version of the Model 3 for $35,000 have been getting away with the features of Tesla’s more expensive Standard Range Plus Model 3, but the automaker now says that it will start downgrading the software of those vehicles within the next 10 days.
Earlier this year, Tesla launched its base Model 3 for $35,000 – something that the company had been promising for years.
But things got increasingly complicated after the launch as Tesla removed the configuration from its website and made it more difficult to order the vehicle just a month later.
Furthermore, the vehicle was only sold as a software-locked version of the ‘Standard Range Plus’ (SR+) Model 3.
“Its range will be limited by 10%, and several features will be disabled via software (including our onboard music streaming service, navigation with live traffic visualization, and heated seats).
When it comes to the actual hardware, the two versions of the vehicle, which now start at $35,400 and $39,900, are identical.
The automaker started to deliver Model 3’s to people who bought the Standard Range last month, but we checked with a few owners and they all report still having access to all the same features as the ‘Standard Range Plus’ to this day.
In the last few years ,many auto bloggers, podcasts have purchased a Model 3 to test the cars durability. The Fast Lane Car based in Colorado, recently purchased a Model 3. They took us through the purchase process to delivery. An unfortunate accident is turning out to be an eye opening nightmare. A repair that might take a week to repair on an average car, could take 30 days or more. This Watch the following video…