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Tesla Model 3 Driving Guide #5443084 05/31/20 10:41 AM
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It seems a lot of people have doubts about the Model 3's lack of buttons, touch screen display and overall technology.
Car and Driver offers a quick overview of the Tesla functionality.
FYI, FSD is amazing and scary at the same time. Personally, I enjoy driving the car far more than FSD.
Knowing what I know now, I consider it a nice to have; perhaps a novelty. Maybe I'm too old and set in my ways.

Model 3 Driving Overview


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Thanks for the share!


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Re: Tesla Model 3 Driving Guide [Re: JeffKeryk] #5443179 05/31/20 01:05 PM
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Lots of technology, great car until it breaks down crzy

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Originally Posted by LazyDog
Lots of technology, great car until it breaks down crzy


You mean like a BMW or Mercedes and the cost of repairs? Since the Tesla has no engine, transmission, radiator, fuel pump, fuel lines, hoses and belts and on and on there is much less to go wrong. Basically there is nothing to go wrong with a Tesla.

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Originally Posted by Blueskies123
Basically there is nothing to go wrong with a Tesla.

Umm, did you do a Google search?

https://www.consumerreports.org/car...-recommendation-over-reliability-issues/

Just one of many hits.


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Re: Tesla Model 3 Driving Guide [Re: Danno] #5443230 05/31/20 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Danno
Originally Posted by Blueskies123
Basically there is nothing to go wrong with a Tesla.

Umm, did you do a Google search?

https://www.consumerreports.org/car...-recommendation-over-reliability-issues/

Just one of many hits.


...and one of many reversals on prior judgement.

Right at the top of the link you sent- (did you read it?)


"Update: On Nov. 14, 2019, the Tesla Model 3 and Model S regained a Consumer Reports Recommendation. Get more details here. "


https://www.consumerreports.org/car...-regain-consumer-reports-recommendation/


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Re: Tesla Model 3 Driving Guide [Re: Blueskies123] #5443239 05/31/20 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Blueskies123
Originally Posted by LazyDog
Lots of technology, great car until it breaks down crzy


You mean like a BMW or Mercedes and the cost of repairs? Since the Tesla has no engine, transmission, radiator, fuel pump, fuel lines, hoses and belts and on and on there is much less to go wrong. Basically there is nothing to go wrong with a Tesla.

Careful, on this site, you're not allowed to question the reliability of vehicles that you haven't owned...


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Re: Tesla Model 3 Driving Guide [Re: JeffKeryk] #5443348 05/31/20 04:24 PM
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Regarding Tesla reliability, it has been very good, but as a company they are comparatively young.
The complaints have been around fit and finish rather than mechanical issues,
I can tell you, from Tesla forums, owners have had problems. Again, the vast majority have been fit and finish and delivery damage.
Mostly Tesla has been good about the repairs, but there are exceptions.

The Tesla drive train has something like 17 moving parts. Other EVs as well.
Where Tesla differs is not so much the EV drive train; their tech goes beyond electric vs ICE motivation.
One of the benefits of a software based car is over the air updates and connectivity.
How many cars recognize stop signs, signal light status and traffic cones in real time?
And have billions of miles of auto pilot driving data?
The car changes and gets better all the time as it sits in your garage installing an update. No other car can say that.

NASA and SpaceX flew into space with Tesla technology, including touchscreens that replace a myriad of switches and gauges.
Full transparancy, I have not used the whoopee cushion function. Elon is whack.

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I will consider one if Louisville ever gets a dealer.


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Re: Tesla Model 3 Driving Guide [Re: MCompact] #5443358 05/31/20 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by MCompact
I will consider one if Louisville ever gets a dealer.

Tesla does not have dealers; they have service centers where you can take a test drive.
There are also stores at major shopping centers, but many of them have closed.
They don't carry inventory in the typical sense. You just click-click-click and get your car when it's built.
There are few options when you configure. Cost and standard options, like color, change.
For example, when we bought our car, black was standard, other colors (only a few at that) were extra.
White is standard now; I paid $1,500 I believe.
There are off menu options from time to time such as stealth performance.

Perhaps go drive one. I think you will be impressed. Good luck.

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Originally Posted by JeffKeryk
Originally Posted by MCompact
I will consider one if Louisville ever gets a dealer.

Tesla does not have dealers; they have service centers where you can take a test drive.
There are also stores at major shopping centers, but many of them have closed.
They don't carry inventory in the typical sense. You just click-click-click and get your car when it's built.
There are few options when you configure. Cost and standard options, like color, change.
For example, when we bought our car, black was standard, other colors (only a few at that) were extra.
White is standard now; I paid $1,500 I believe.
There are off menu options from time to time such as stealth performance.


Well, the nearest service center is @two hours away; they played some games with a coworker so I would rather not dea with them.


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Originally Posted by MCompact

Well, the nearest service center is @two hours away.

Well, get driving. The might give you a car for a few days.
I would be interested in your thoughts.


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Originally Posted by JeffKeryk
Originally Posted by MCompact

Well, the nearest service center is @two hours away.

Well, get driving. The might give you a car for a few days.
I would be interested in your thoughts.


I will definitely let you know!


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Re: Tesla Model 3 Driving Guide [Re: UncleDave] #5443398 05/31/20 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by UncleDave
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Originally Posted by Blueskies123
Basically there is nothing to go wrong with a Tesla.

Umm, did you do a Google search?

https://www.consumerreports.org/car...-recommendation-over-reliability-issues/

Just one of many hits.


...and one of many reversals on prior judgement.

Right at the top of the link you sent- (did you read it?)


"Update: On Nov. 14, 2019, the Tesla Model 3 and Model S regained a Consumer Reports Recommendation. Get more details here. "


https://www.consumerreports.org/car...-regain-consumer-reports-recommendation/



Oh, I read it.
So let's just ignore the previous cars on the road?
The reliability info is still valid.

Just do a search for Tesla suspension failures. Eye opening.

And how about this special feature, only $2500 US.

https://insideevs.com/news/401979/tesla-offers-infotainment-upgrade-mcuv1/


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Congratulations, JeffKeryk! Tesla has joined BMW, FCA products and Mercedes as a target of the BITOG SGRT (Sour Grapes Read Tester) Brigade.

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