Does the Tesla Model 3 still have Quality Defects in 2020?

With the Tesla Model Y now in full production, fit and finish issues are once again at the forefront of many reviews of early production models. Body panel alignment and paint are not areas that Tesla is known for having high quality. However, with more manufacturing experience, Tesla's do tend to come off the factory line with better body panel gaps and paint application. Thus, I wanted to look at my Model 3 specifically, a model that has now been in production for over 3 years, and identify whether the fit and finish quality has improved. I was able to identify several minor fitment issues and I also discuss one issue that required me to have Tesla repair my car under warranty. Despite the issues I identified, the overall build quality of my Model 3 is significantly better than early production models and will only continue to improve as Tesla produces more vehicles.

Car Specs:
2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range
Dual Motor
Full Self Driving Package
Current Software: 2020.28.5

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  • Ben Fred
    Ben Fred10 månader sedan

    These are similar to the problems I had with a new Corvette, paint looks like orange peel, hatch lid misaligned, gasket that seals the top not fitting correctly. I think everyone has become hyper vigilant with Tesla, these are the same issues you see with a lot of cars, The difference is no one is looking for the same types of defects on other cars.

  • Ken Howard

    Ken Howard

    3 månader sedan

    @Snow Rabbit I owned two new Saturn (GM) cars for 1 - 2 years in the '90s, and both were the worst I've ever seen for build quality, from day-1. Squeaks, rattles, body panel gaps, seat covers coming undone (on day-1), loud wind leaks, engine overheating, etc., etc. Extreme cheapness for cars that weren't cheap. Living 80 miles from the nearest Tesla service location, I wish they would, by now, be showing more pride in how their products are built.

  • Malinkadink

    Malinkadink

    8 månader sedan

    @Snow Rabbit I would tend to agree. My first car was an 02 Celica made in Japan, no problems just normal wear and tear for a used car. My second and first new car is a 2019 model 3 performance and I had an absolute laundry list of issues. Three service visits later and some but not all were fixed. I plan to sell it this year and not even bother with a car again since I’m working from home and don’t see a point making payments for a car and insurance when I barely need to drive anywhere. My next car will either be Japanese or German.

  • KilowattAuto

    KilowattAuto

    10 månader sedan

    Could not agree more! I get that it’s frustrating because you’re paying a fair amount of money for a Corvette or a Tesla and you expect the fit and finish to be near perfect. But at the same time there seems to be just as strong of a group of Tesla doubters as there are fanboys. I try to stay somewhere in the middle. Hope you’re enjoying the Corvette, that’s a sweet ride.

  • Reza Shefa
    Reza Shefa3 månader sedan

    Just remember that these cars are made in the US... we dont have the best picks when it comes to work ethic.

  • George C
    George C4 månader sedan

    just buy a german electric car. they've been in the game for almost a century now and don't allow for these kind of rookie mistakes when it comes to quality control

  • Jerry C
    Jerry C4 månader sedan

    I am going to wait till they fix all these glaring issues before getting them at all. I have a 2018 Kia Stinger and barely any cons. The only exceptions are the paint thickness, terrible brake pad material, plastic bov leaking pressure, and heat soak problem with the intercooler. I have addressed most of the issues with aftermarket parts except the paint, which I will get to later.

  • Mehul Shah
    Mehul Shah5 månader sedan

    I took delivery of my 2021 model 3 last week. They fixed couple of scratches that weren't a big deal. But I hear a lot of vibration noises coming from the passenger seat or the back. Have been into service twice already. Still not fixed. Kind of ruined the new car experience for me, especially for such an expensive car.

  • Mehul Shah

    Mehul Shah

    5 månader sedan

    @KilowattAuto thanks I'll check it out

  • KilowattAuto

    KilowattAuto

    5 månader sedan

    Sorry to hear that 😔. Hopefully they are able to isolate the issue for you and fix it. I know there are some apps that can help you pinpoint vibrations. Check out this guys video. He uses a tone generator app to find out where the noise is coming from: seblacks.info/cold/video/baGg0bCMb5lmq6g.html

  • Emanuel  4K
    Emanuel 4K5 månader sedan

    Its not a BMW or Mercedes what did you think you get quality Made in Germany?🙄

  • Joshua Kim

    Joshua Kim

    4 månader sedan

    Bro, These sort of defects are on par with 90's cars. Look at any other car, german or asian. Their fit and finish is night and day vs tesla

  • Yumuura
    Yumuura5 månader sedan

    Yea not that bad lmao Still the worst build quality of all brands

  • 국화맛
    국화맛7 månader sedan

    manufacturing qualities are severely bad.

  • Hank Kingsley

    Hank Kingsley

    5 månader sedan

    No they aren't. The quality level is very good across the board and getting better every time they make changes. There are similar or worse problems with almost every legacy ICE auto manufacturers. Tesla is still in growth/startup mode compared to those legacy auto makers, and Tesla is already starting to eclipse many of them in terms of build quality. Stop spreading FUD.

  • Олег В.
    Олег В.7 månader sedan

    Сколько стоит это кривое косое собранное ногами ведро в США? Левую и правую сторону разные мастера видимо собирают, а уплотнитель в багажник забивали камнем...

  • Anuel Velasco
    Anuel Velasco7 månader sedan

    I just got mine last week. Excess paint in door window chrome. The interior pilar comes off easily, front trunk has a big gap.

  • KilowattAuto

    KilowattAuto

    3 månader sedan

    Scaling production seems to be what is causing the defects. Musk talked about this in an interview with Sandy Munro. I think in general people are hypersensitive to issues with Tesla quality and while seeing videos like this mighty deter some people from buying, overall there continues to be demand for Tesla vehicles.

  • Ken Howard

    Ken Howard

    3 månader sedan

    @KilowattAuto The question is why Tesla allowed it to leave the factory this way? And why keep making excuses for them?

  • KilowattAuto

    KilowattAuto

    7 månader sedan

    Tesla should be able to fix all of this hopefully.

  • Why Not
    Why Not7 månader sedan

    Did look like some misalignment top left frunk in the video. Same goes to chrome details. The faulty rubber sealing is a major issue in my opinion as it will irritate over time..Specially if you got eyes for details. But if you dont care that it looks strange as long as it works,well then youre probably ok with other small defects too. I'm into details and its either ok,or not. And Tesla has sadly still some issues with quality control. Its not a german car....yet

  • Super Duper
    Super Duper8 månader sedan

    THis is good to know for people who want to buy Tesla but heard horrible stories about quality so waited to see how the bugs got worked out before making the leap!

  • Thomas Piper
    Thomas Piper8 månader sedan

    Does anyone worry that there are issues that you can't see with these cars. I have a Toyota Prius and want to buy a Tesla but I'm worries I have had Prius for 9years no issues. do you think this car will last that long.

  • The Oracle

    The Oracle

    5 månader sedan

    I agree. Some sort of misalignment in a cable run could cause unnecessary wear and shorting.

  • KilowattAuto

    KilowattAuto

    8 månader sedan

    From what I’ve seen so far the cars are mechanically sound. There are some fleet models that have over 400,000 miles on them. You should check out the channel Munro Live if you want in depth information on the mechanical inner workings. Sandy Munro is an engineer with a lot of experience in the auto industry and has some pretty encouraging things to say about Tesla motor and battery design.

  • Chris P1
    Chris P18 månader sedan

    Ur video is too high level. Many more issues with the car which you have not looked at

  • keimolantio
    keimolantio8 månader sedan

    As Tesla and iPhine owner I can tolerate all errors, bugs, faults from the manufacturer, because I'm true believer

  • vincent lee
    vincent lee9 månader sedan

    zero

  • Alexei Voloshin
    Alexei Voloshin9 månader sedan

    So, basically, the customer has to do QC for Tesla during delivery.

  • Mario Vjačka
    Mario Vjačka9 månader sedan

    These problems are not expectable for a car like this mean BMW or Mercedes these are cars that are worth to buy and not that. So many people say that Tesla is the future but these problems would be expectable like 10 years ago and not now..???????🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

  • latibes
    latibes10 månader sedan

    Regarding the seal, a ranger fixed mine by removing seal and and remounting it and problem was solved

  • Ron Balchin

    Ron Balchin

    8 månader sedan

    That is precisely what I thought he should have done when he commented on it.

  • ChitFromChinola
    ChitFromChinola10 månader sedan

    I’d like to see Tesla youtubers ease back on these videos. Enough is enough, throw away the microscope. I got a Model Y on June 28, and it was immaculate, inside and out. It’s an amazing car. So, can you find another idea for a video?

  • Alexei Voloshin

    Alexei Voloshin

    9 månader sedan

    ChitFromChinola Perhaps if Tesla’s QC gets a microscope, SEblacksrs will not have to.

  • Theodore Haskins
    Theodore Haskins10 månader sedan

    I bought my Tesla Model 3 back in 2018 & it had a couple of the superficial minor details, e.g. the trunk seal wasn’t completely tucked in & the inside upper pillar panel rattled loose, but nothing like a misaligned panel or anything like that! Most of these items were just minor & was easily fixable & I’ve had no other real problems & the service was pretty damn good too!

  • Javier B
    Javier B10 månader sedan

    Will take delivery soon! Super excited for it! Thanks for the info, will keep an eye out for defects

  • KilowattAuto

    KilowattAuto

    10 månader sedan

    Very exciting! Check it over at delivery but don’t go crazy. You’re going to love it!

  • cm chiu
    cm chiu10 månader sedan

    For the trunk rubber seal problem, you can slide a plastic pry tool between the seal and the bumper cover to help you push the rubber seal down. Hope it helps!

  • KilowattAuto

    KilowattAuto

    10 månader sedan

    Thank you! I’ve been meaning to get a plastic pry tool kit so when I do I’ll definitely give it a try

  • Listerdude
    Listerdude10 månader sedan

    I'm confused. How do you have a 2020 model if you took delivery in 2019?

  • KilowattAuto

    KilowattAuto

    10 månader sedan

    I ordered my car towards the end of 2019 so it was assigned a VIN number for the 2020 model year. Traditional model years for ICE cars are similar in the US where you can typically buy a 2020 vehicle in the back half of calendar year 2019. Tesla doesn’t really have model years like traditional manufacturers but they consider it a 2020 Model 3 based on the VIN it was assigned. It’s definitely kind of weird how they categorize it because I also expected it to be a 2019 but all of my registration papers and bill of sale say 2020.

  • David Whiteman
    David Whiteman10 månader sedan

    I have March 2020 Model 3 LR in the UK. Fit and finish issues included: frunk lid wasn’t well aligned and had a large gap, front passenger window had a defect in the glass like a knot in a piece of wood, trim panel under the steering wheel had no fixings in place and dropped onto my wife’s legs while she was driving, B pillar trim wasn’t clipped into place properly, passenger side roof trim wasn’t clipped into place properly, windscreen wash tubing wasn’t attached and caused a loud flapping noise at highway speeds, loud rattle from behind drivers side door trim, loud rattle coming from behind a piece of rear trim. All of these issues have been sorted free of charge by a Tesla ranger. Is it a fantastic car? Yes. Are Tesla still rushing out cars with poor quality control? Absolutely yes.

  • Shadow IV
    Shadow IV10 månader sedan

    Quick question... to the Tesla owners... are all the issues truly worth it? These may sound like minor things to this SEblacksr, but to me, a car guy, these things would make me furious! I'm looking at getting a Model 3 soon. I really don't want to play the game of "is this the good Model 3 or the bad one?" I have no problem sending that damn thing back and waiting for another one. Not sure how many times I can do that, but I will if the car isn't PERFECT on delivery.

  • Malinkadink

    Malinkadink

    8 månader sedan

    Based on your comment don’t do it. I went from a slow 02 celica to a performance 3 and would love to have my old car back again. $56k for a new car with the crazy amount of defects I’ve had has finally made me go through with selling the car even after living with it for a year. The acceleration is fun but it does get old as does most anything and I honestly had more fun in my old car. Low power meant I could flog it all the time and the low weight made tossing it into corners more enjoyable. If you want a rundown of all the issues my Tesla had let me know.

  • tim price

    tim price

    10 månader sedan

    My 2015 Mustang Convertible has had its own set of quality issues, as does every car on the market. I've had several issues with the convertible roof, including a half inch of water in the footwell behind the driver's seat thursday (aug 13) because the roof drain clogged AGAIN. When I first got the car the gasket wasn't installed properly on the driver's side A pillar, and one of the trim pieces that cover the hinges popped off and got jammed in the compartment that the roof folds into. The backup camera had to be replaced within six months, and right at about 40,000 miles I noticed rust was forming along the hood edge that Ford has refused to cover. That doesn't excuse Tesla for still having crappy paint, particularly when they charge such a premium for their paint colors: after 3 years it shouldn't look like Earl Sheib did it. And yes, the panel and trim alignments should be fixed by now, too. But to expect "perfection" in a $50k car is unrealistic.

  • Shadow IV

    Shadow IV

    10 månader sedan

    Scott Z ... you’re right! I hate dealerships more than I hate racism... I’m black. lol!

  • Scott Z

    Scott Z

    10 månader sedan

    Driving is believing. I driven cars from 70's American muscle to high end German. Nothing beats a Tesla. I got my 3 in July 18. The only issue I had was one headlight was about 3mm higher then the other. Add the fact that you get to say good bye to the dealerships is the icing on the cake.

  • David Whiteman

    David Whiteman

    10 månader sedan

    Yes because once you own one and drive it you find normal cars a bit stone age.

  • moreuse
    moreuse10 månader sedan

    The real talk starts at 3:00 TLDW 1. It's a study with a sample size of 1 2. There are 4 defects. 3 of them are minor. (what are they? Watch the video, click the ads, support the SEblacksr). 3. Tesla fixed the issue for free as part of warranty.

  • Philip T
    Philip T10 månader sedan

    The chrome trim on your driver's door is sitting higher than the passenger door because the whole door is sitting higher than the door behind it.

  • KilowattAuto

    KilowattAuto

    10 månader sedan

    Yes it’s actually the same on the passenger side as well. Both offsets are the same.

  • MAGA
    MAGA10 månader sedan

    well they are rated last by jd power for a reason

  • Alexei Voloshin

    Alexei Voloshin

    9 månader sedan

    Poi Iop No it’s not.

  • Alexei Voloshin

    Alexei Voloshin

    9 månader sedan

    Scott Z No it hasn’t.

  • Poi Iop

    Poi Iop

    9 månader sedan

    Currently Mercedes and Audi appear close to Tesla form that rating... isn't this weird?

  • Scott Z

    Scott Z

    10 månader sedan

    JD Power has been a joke for decades.

  • KilowattAuto

    KilowattAuto

    10 månader sedan

    I hear you on that one. I think the model 3 quality has definitely gotten better from where they started but clearly more work is still needed.

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