Panel Gaps

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So I wish I never noticed any of this, but after taking a picture of the front of my car, I saw that the right gap looked slightly bigger than the left: https://i.imgur.com/fdEKnGM.jpg

I went to measure it and indeed it seems about 1.5mm bigger:
left side: https://i.imgur.com/Xzdbt7Z.jpg
right side: https://i.imgur.com/ICMacGa.jpg

Unfortunately this caused me to look closely at the rest of my car and I see a bunch of other gaps now:
trunk left (good): https://i.imgur.com/VzcDlUM.jpg
trunk right (bad): https://i.imgur.com/RSJh9hu.jpg

chrome trim right (good): https://i.imgur.com/9KuXY5l.jpg
chrome trim left (bad): https://i.imgur.com/CuF1eOj.jpg

Also, the plastic cover to the shifter stalk seems to be coming loose (I imagine this is a simple fix?): https://i.imgur.com/BvEYISa.jpg
left stalk for comparison: https://i.imgur.com/sEB3rpy.jpg

Does anyone have any experience with Tesla adjusting the panel gaps?
 

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Unfortunately this caused me to look closely at the rest of my car and I see a bunch of other gaps now
when I took delivery i noticed a few. Guy said they were within tolerance so they wouldn’t fix. Not sure if he was just getting me out the door or not. I try very hard not to look for things like that now and so far no one else has noticed. If they ever do it’ll drive me nuts.

Also, the plastic cover to the shifter stalk seems to be coming loose (I imagine this is a simple fix?)
Hey, mind does that too! I found if I press it hard (squeeze it) it sort of shifts back into place but then it works it way out again later. Whenever I go in for service the first time I’ll mention it to them.

Does anyone have any experience with Tesla adjusting the panel gaps?
I don’t have an answer there but looking forward to hearing any responses...
 

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how about your glass roof and panels gap? my passenger 's side is about double that of the drivers side (4 nickels vs 2 nickles width)
 

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I noticed some uneven gaps on my car at delivery, but I must say that if the internet did not exist I would have never noticed. I read way too much online (forums, articles, etc.) before seeing my car for the first time and that caused me to scrutinize this vehicle more than anything I ever have before. I've never looked a car over like this, like I'm a quality assurance specialist looking for flaws.
I've come to the conclusion that I was really unfair to myself and my car, and thus Tesla...and caused myself unneeded stress over such trivial things.
I say this all as someone that has now had their car for over 6 months and has had time to reach this conclusion, so I certainly am not meaning to blow off your concerns or be negative. I hope I'm not coming across as such... just hoping to give a different perspective. Over time, my thoughts of "this is a little more of a gap than the other side" has given way to "does it even matter?" and "nobody notices it unless I specifically point it out." My wife has even rolled her eyes at me when I've pointed out something and thought it was "out of spec."

I also believe 100% that had I done this same scrutinizing examination during previous vehicle purchases, I definitely would have found the same gaps and problems ... and that if I'd read just a few online reports from media or owners suggesting there were issues about them like I did about this car, then I would go in with a preconceived idea that there WOULD be issues.

I clicked on a few of your pictures and I see you're close enough to show the calipers/measurement. If you take a picture of your car from a distance that would be about where you would stand, smiling, showing it off to a friend, who probably also would be all smiles, do you think they would notice?

All this being said, if you feel the gaps are not to your liking, you should at least contact Tesla and ask them to examine them and see if they fall within their specs. By all means, do what will make you feel you've had the issue addressed.

As for the stalk issue, I actually had mine replaced due to the same thing. The ranger came out and did it in short order, I'd say it took roughly 30 minutes... then he had to calibrate the steering and that was it. I've noticed the new one is only slightly better... it sits flush but will work its way off and up. Not as bad as the one it replaced but noticeable (to me) as I'm always using that stalk for EAP, TACC and the like. It's another one I chalk up to "eh, whatever" now as I'm sure if I had them replace it again, it would be the same... I believe it's a supplier issue. I'll update my car thread if I ask them to revisit this again... perhaps at my yearly service as I'd like it looked at again, but don't think it worth a trip for their ranger.
 

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didn't want to start a new thread although this is old now. I noticed my drivers side rear window is much farther back on the car than it should be. This causes the front gap to be very large and the rear gap to be extremely small. Its annoying me but isn't causing a mechanical issue so I hesitate to bring it up to the service department.
 

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didn't want to start a new thread although this is old now. I noticed my drivers side rear window is much farther back on the car than it should be. This causes the front gap to be very large and the rear gap to be extremely small. Its annoying me but isn't causing a mechanical issue so I hesitate to bring it up to the service department.
I had a couple of fairly noticeable issues that Tesla resolved with a smile. One issue could not be resolved w/o major body work and the actual “issue” wasn’t really significant so I let it go. A non-Tesla owner would probably never notice.

Your gap is unacceptable to my eye. I know I would expect that to be resolved. Some of the OP’s issues are not significant enough to me that I wouldn’t bother - just by comparison.
 

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I looked at your pictures as well. The only concern I would have on yours is that chrome piece. All the others aren't something I would have an issue with. If you are taking a meter to the gaps and measuring down to the microns I think you might be obsessing a bit too much? I totally get it. This car was the most significant amount of money I've ever spent on a vehicle so I'm right with you.

Double whammy is the white car. The gaps seem to show up the most on the lighter color cars.

On the shifter, mine does it too, and that in my mind is not acceptable. The ranger will be replacing it.

I have tail light issues. They were slightly fogged up when I picked up the car. I had both replaced, and now both are doing it again. It comes and goes. Service told me its by design, but its a matter of time before dirt gets up there
 

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I have tail light issues. They were slightly fogged up when I picked up the car. I had both replaced, and now both are doing it again. It comes and goes. Service told me its by design, but its a matter of time before dirt gets up there
I bet they dont have new brake light housing designed yet. Im sure its something they will need to address. Housings like that are supposed to be completely sealed by some form of plastic welding; be it laser, vibration, ultrasonic, etc. If moisture is getting in, there is most likely a crack at the seam of that weld, or some other design flaw like at the interface between the wiring and the housing.


I looked at your pictures as well. The only concern I would have on yours is that chrome piece. All the others aren't something I would have an issue with. If you are taking a meter to the gaps and measuring down to the microns I think you might be obsessing a bit too much? I totally get it. This car was the most significant amount of money I've ever spent on a vehicle so I'm right with you.
My issue isnt with the body panels or chrome, its with the window in relation to the glass A pillar and glass rear triangle window. It actually doesnt look as bad in pictures as it does in person. The front gap, I can stick my whole finger in there, the back I could barely fit a flathead screwdriver. It MAY become an issue with the window sealing, becuase the front of that rear window barely has any overlap with the window seal. We shall see in the long run/
 

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The gap between the trunk lid and the bumper varies slightly. At first I didn't think it mattered, but after 7k miles, I noticed that where the gap is narrow, the paint on the bumper is being scuffed. Does anyone know if there is a way to adjust this?
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They should be able to make a minor adjustment to either the trunk or bumper. Take it to your service center.
 

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I took Blanche into the Tesla JAX Service Center this morning for 3 issues: the trunk lid misalignment, the windshield drip defect and the charge port door magnet fell out. It took then about 2 hours to take care of all 3 items.

Fixing the trunk misalignment was very fast. It turned out that it was the bumper was not seated properly. They adjusted the bumper and the gap is now very even along the bottom. For the windshield defect they scrubbed out the drip marks with.....wait for it....steel wool. And then they applied some sort of liquid polish. The drip marks are gone and the windshield looks perfect. They just glued the magnet back into the charge port door.
 
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Also, the plastic cover to the shifter stalk seems to be coming loose (I imagine this is a simple fix?).
I would say virtually every car has this problem. It is a design problem. Getting it replaced will not fix it. I have read elsewhere that piece is held together with foam tape. Until they re-design that part, it is not worth fixing. I suppose we will eventually find out on the forums when there is a new design.
 

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You want to see some bad panel gaps?

Take a look at Doug DeMuro's review of the BMW i3 starting at the 5 minute mark: