Got my AWD Model 3 - First Impressions of the Experience and Car

Silvermagic3

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Run up to Delivery (2 out of 5)
Like a lot of people I got the September 9th email to setup delivery date, but then had almost no communication for 2 weeks. Then they asked for info on my trade in, took the pictures through the website, and 3 days later got a quote. The quote was ~$500 less than CarMax, but ~$1000 less than Vroom. Tesla said they will match CarMax, but not Vroom, so I sold my old car through Vroom, smooth process. My delivery date was set for October 2nd since shortly after the Sep 9th email, but on Sep 25th I got a call offering a next day delivery *YEA*, then 4 hours later a call saying that was a mistake and they don’t know when it’ll be delivered *BOO*, then the next day I get a call 2 hours before delivery saying they were on track for 6pm *UH WHAT?*. Turns out that the 2nd call was actually in error.

Delivery Experience (5 out of 5)
I had the Bay Area delivery at home service where a Tesla employee drives your car to you. Albert, the Tesla employee whose normal job was in the energy division, called me about 2 hours in advance letting me know that he was on schedule for the 6pm delivery. He then called again 15 minutes out. Very nice guy, he walked me through a very brief intro to the car, maybe 5 minutes, however I had my buddy there that has had his model 3 for five months, so Albert was like “I’ll let your buddy go over the details”. The paperwork was another 5 minutes. There was no issue with me paying on the Tesla site right there. He also said they would have taken a personal check. And that was it, like 15 minute from the point he showed up to the point that his Uber picked him up.

Car Condition at Delivery (3 out of 5)
Unfortunately the car has 2 issues, one paint problem where it looks like there was a chip in the paint before the clear coat went on, and the back passenger door does not want to close, like when you close it, it just pop back open a crack. I have to really force it. I made the soonest service appointment, but that’s two weeks out and I pretty much can’t use that door until then. The Tesla login for Slacker also doesn’t work, but that might be something that just needs some time…

Car (4.9 out of 5)
I’m amazed at all the things I thought were going to be an issue, and aren’t. I’ve had Fords with the same type of turn signal, where it doesn’t lock into the up or down location, and hated it. Tesla has the same type, but for some reason it works fine. I didn’t even notice that I didn’t miss the gage cluster behind the steering wheel. When my wife asked me about it, I was like “oh I didn’t even notice it wasn’t there”. It’s probably because they changed the suspension from earlier cars, but I think it’s pretty smooth, not rough at all. No problems with my phone connecting to the car and locking and unlocking as I approach and walk away (I have an iPhone 8). Door handles, yeah, those are kind of annoying.

Like everyone says, it’s fast and handles well. I’ve had top spec Vets and Mustangs, and it’s in that range. It feels like a 4 second sports car. The difference is that it does it with no fuss, nice smooth noiseless acceleration. I love the sport setting on the steering, damn that is the best electric steering I’ve driven. The turn radius isn’t as good as I thought it would be. I’ve had cars before that are the same size and would do a U-turn sharper.

The screen is super responsive and very clear, but it is distracting trying to go through the menu to get to things and having the turn by turn instructions on the right is hard to see. Hopefully version 9 fixes these things.
I’ve only used Autopilot for 2 minutes, so I haven’t figured out if it’s worth the $5K yet. My buddy talked me into it a couple weeks before, and it was no problem adding it on.

Thank you everyone on the form for sharing their experience. Coming here and reading everyone’s comments has help me stay sane over the last year.
 
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Is your car in your Tesla account? After my direct delivery experience, I was not able to add my phone as a key (it's still not marked as delivered).

I'm glad you (mostly) like your car!
 

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What would have made the car a 5 out of 5 for you?
I have to admit I'm one of those people that never give a perfect score on something unless I can't think of anything wrong with it (its the engineer side of me). For me, its a bunch of little things that add up to just not being perfect (VERY VERY GOOD, just not perfect).
These are my little gribs:
Using the door handles with the other hand then its intended for. I think they could have easily had a design that worked with either hand.
The turn radius is not as sharp as I would like for a car this size.
The back window has limited viewing.
Using the screen to adjust your mirrors and steering wheel isn't the easiest, feels like they took a step back from whats standard on other cars.

The great thing about Tesla is the Updates, and I think these little things can be fixed, so I don't want to come across as if I have a problem with the car. I love the car! I just think like most things, there can be some improvements.
 

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I have to admit I'm one of those people that never give a perfect score on something unless I can't think of anything wrong with it (its the engineer side of me). For me, its a bunch of little things that add up to just not being perfect (VERY VERY GOOD, just not perfect).
These are my little gribs:
Using the door handles with the other hand then its intended for. I think they could have easily had a design that worked with either hand.
The turn radius is not as sharp as I would like for a car this size.
The back window has limited viewing.
Using the screen to adjust your mirrors and steering wheel isn't the easiest, feels like they took a step back from whats standard on other cars.

The great thing about Tesla is the Updates, and I think these little things can be fixed, so I don't want to come across as if I have a problem with the car. I love the car! I just think like most things, there can be some improvements.
You know you can use the (I believe left) steering wheel scroll-wheel to adjust your mirrors and steering positions? Just bring up the adjustment UI, but then you can use the physical wheel up/down/left/right to adjust. Which is a little better than having to tap the screen to make adjustments (especially for mirrors as you want to be seated properly and not leaning over the screen)
 

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The Tesla login for Slacker also doesn’t work, but that might be something that just needs some time…
Mine was also delivered on Wednesday (with 2018.36.2] and not able to login to slacker with Tesla’s standard account login (the default). My delivery specialist said all the installs lately have done this and should be fixed in the next update. So looks like there was something missing in 36.2 for a new install
 

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You know you can use the (I believe left) steering wheel scroll-wheel to adjust your mirrors and steering positions? Just bring up the adjustment UI, but then you can use the physical wheel up/down/left/right to adjust. Which is a little better than having to tap the screen to make adjustments (especially for mirrors as you want to be seated properly and not leaning over the screen)
I think the point was you have to bring up the UI to get into the mirror adjustment.
 

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Mine was also delivered on Wednesday (with 2018.36.2] and not able to login to slacker with Tesla’s standard account login (the default). My delivery specialist said all the installs lately have done this and should be fixed in the next update. So looks like there was something missing in 36.2 for a new install
Yep! I had a update this morning going from 32.7 to 36.2 and the slacker started working.
 

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Continued thoughts:
Love the one pedal driving. I went straight from full gas to full electric so this is totally new to me, and it feels like the first time I drove an automatic. The regen is amazingly strong. It really didn’t take me very long to learn how to use it. Pretty much just lightly remove pressure from the accelerator and you’ll start slowing down and then stopping.

The front seats are very comfy. I love the range of the lumbar control. It’ll go pretty far up and down your back, which is really nice for the long road trips I plan on taking. The material they make the seats out of doesn’t feel like leather to me. It’s not bad, but I’d prefer the textured feel of leather over the smooth feel of this material. It seems like it would be easy to clean for people that have kids and pets. The back seat leg room is on the small side, but that’s pretty normal for a car of this size. I’m about average height, 5’11”, and I wouldn’t want to be back there for a long trip, however the headroom back there is huge.

The red paint is incredible. You really can see a depth to it that doesn’t give it credit in pictures. Honestly I could see paying the premium they are charging for it (thankfully I only paid $1500 for it). It’s the first thing all of the friends and family compliment.

The AC is so nice. Blows cold almost immediately, and chills the car very quickly. I love the fact that after my wife drives, it resets to my locations.

Did a trip to Costco last night, and damn the truck is huge for a car this size. I’ve had full size sedans that didn’t have this much space, and that’s not even including the well.

I edited my car score above J
 

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I also recently received my car and have the 36.2 version. Not sure why but when I login to slacker with my Tesla account it still just says login. Am I logged in or not? Not sure what slacker is supposed to look like. Right now there are about 10 radio channels from pop to southern rock...is that all there is on slacker??
 
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I have seen some discussion about the size of the frunk in the AWD version, but nothing definitive. Can you confirm that your frunk is the same shape and size as all the pictures we have seen of the RWD version?
 

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I have seen some discussion about the size of the frunk in the AWD version, but nothing definitive. Can you confirm that your frunk is the same shape and size as all the pictures we have seen of the RWD version?
Yes, frunks are identical for all Model 3s.