Side mirror trim panels separating

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Just picked up my Red RWD today (21 days after placing the order :)), and this trim issue was the only gripe I had. Otherwise the car looks/sounds/feels great.

Its the same issue as others here. The passenger side "triangle" is separating at the top. The driver side is fine. June 2016 build date.

I was VERY underwhelmed by my delivery specialist's response, something to the effect "Yeah, we've been told that's normal. There's nothing we can do about it. If you look at the other Model 3s on the lot, you'll see they all have the same issue". He was right about the last part. I checked 5 or 6 other Model 3s, and all except one had the same issue. It's still not right though.

I appreciate the photo of the backside one person provided that gives a bit more insight how this is built. It sounds like engineering is aware of the issue and is hopefully working on a more permanent solution than glue or 2-sided tape. I do want to get mine fixed when they've developed a proper solution. Its not pretty, and I expect better on a $50K car, at least acknowledgment from the delivery specialist that it shouldn't be that way.
I have the same issue and paid around 60 for mine so I'm with you.

It's not that noticeable but once you do see it, its hard to unsee it...

Not sure I would consider this normal, they have to come up with a better solution for this.
 
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Some may frown on this, but I used 5 minute epoxy, a toothpick, and some wood shims. Roll the windows down (to get better curvature), lock the car to fold the mirrors. Apply a dab of epoxy inside the black trim pieces and then use a wood shim under the chrome trim to press the black trim down and hold in place by the folded mirror. Let cure over night. It has held up for a few months now. Don't use super glue, only plastic/rubber safe adhesive. And yes I know it is a $60k car :)
 
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I noticed this last week on my car, both sides appear to be puling away at the top. I had planned on letting the service center know the next time I brought the car in. If it gets worse, I'll schedule an appointment for it.
 

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Some may frown on this, but I used 5 minute epoxy, a toothpick, and some wood shims. Roll the windows down (to get better curvature), lock the car to fold the mirrors. Apply a dab of epoxy inside the black trim pieces and then use a wood shim under the chrome trim to press the black trim down and hold in place by the folded mirror. Let cure over night. It has held up for a few months now. Don't use super glue, only plastic/rubber safe adhesive. And yes I know it is a $60k car :)
@David DUffey, no frowns here :)

My DIY fix was masking off the appropriate zones and injecting black silicon into the space between the trim and the sub structure.

Has held beautifully for the past four months.
 

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Anyone had any issue with the trim coming off their side mirrors? I noticed today both my quarter panel trim pieces on the side mirrors are separating from the sides.

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Yes, this is a very common thing I've noticed on Model 3 and it always seems like it's the passenger side that's most affected.
 

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Hi Trev!

Yeah, I posted this back in March. But it's been resolved since. I have a new side mirror, and the driver side is fixed. It does look they glued the driver's side to make sure it doesn't come apart. I'm not complaining though. It is staying together, so it's good.
 

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They applied some adhesive tape to mine 8/31 when mobile came out. I just checked and it seems to have started to separate again. I will ask if he has any other ideas when he comes tomorrow afternoon for the taillight replacement for water/condesation
And totally forgot to ask him about it :rolleyes:
 

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I reported this issue with my passenger side mirror protruding with Tesla over a month ago. They are waiting on a replacement mirror to do the repair. I asked if they could've just applied an adhesive fix like others in this thread have had. They confirmed that there are several fixes for this, including the adhesive fix, but that they remotely identified that an assembly replacement for me is necessary instead.
 

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Same here. Passenger side triangle not flush. Reported, they told me a redesigned part needed to be ordered. It came in, was replaced, and still is not flush! It’s better than before, so I’m not complaining. If it gets worse I’ll try the DIY fix posted here.
 

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My SC used the adhesive fix for now. It doesn't sound like a redesigned replacement part that actually solves the problem is available yet, so I'm happy with this fix for now.
 

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I got my car on 9/9/2018.... there was already a mirror triangle gap.

I've been listening to the whistling since then... only shows up at highway speeds of course.

Anyhow this morning I put some blue painters tape over the gap and drove to work.
On the highway I had totally forgot about the "fix".. and to check out the whistling.
I then listened, and it was definitely muted. (I could hear a bit of wind noise -- I think it might have been the roof now.)
Anyhow, I removed the tape for the commute home.. whistling is back.

I know I should test going the same direction, etc, but it seems this little gap at the top of the triangle is the culprit.
I'd like to get the SC to fix this, but my experience is the local SC is they are totally overloaded.
The silicon filler idea seems great, but I am sure it will deteriorate over time (sun, rain, etc).
 

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Just picked up my Red RWD today (21 days after placing the order :)), and this trim issue was the only gripe I had. Otherwise the car looks/sounds/feels great.

Its the same issue as others here. The passenger side "triangle" is separating at the top. The driver side is fine. June 2016 build date.

I was VERY underwhelmed by my delivery specialist's response, something to the effect "Yeah, we've been told that's normal. There's nothing we can do about it. If you look at the other Model 3s on the lot, you'll see they all have the same issue". He was right about the last part. I checked 5 or 6 other Model 3s, and all except one had the same issue. It's still not right though.

I appreciate the photo of the backside one person provided that gives a bit more insight how this is built. It sounds like engineering is aware of the issue and is hopefully working on a more permanent solution than glue or 2-sided tape. I do want to get mine fixed when they've developed a proper solution. Its not pretty, and I expect better on a $50K car, at least acknowledgment from the delivery specialist that it shouldn't be that way.
Has anyone heard if the Tesla engineers have come up with a solution to this issue yet? Are people with recent deliveries (Nov/Dec-2018) still noticing this on their Model 3s? I may take a stroll around the local SC inventory tomorrow and see if it is still prevalent.

The gap on the passenger side is definitely creating some extra noise during highway driving which is beginning to irritate me. I know I can brute force a solution with some of the suggestions provided elsewhere in this thread, but Tesla needs to come up with a more elegant solution (imho).
 

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I have this on my passenger side mirror as well. I believe it’s actually due to the weather strip underneath that it hooks to not sitting flush against the window. Most vehicles have some sort of bow to it in the center. The larger the bow the larger the gap.
 

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Had the car in the service center today to have a replacement "target" (apparently that is the correct term) aka magnet or trapezoid glued to the back of my charge door. While there, I pointed out the gap on the passenger side mirror and the Service Advisor said they are still waiting for the engineers to develop a permanent fix and that just about every Model 3 he's seen has the same issue. He offered to have it stuck shut as an interim fix if it was causing road noise (which I said it was), so I took him up on the offer.

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The good news is that the gap has now been closed and looks like it should. We'll see how long the fix lasts. The bad news is it didn't fix my highway road noise problem on that side of the car, so I don't think it was the gap that was causing it :(.
 

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Mobile service fixed mine back in November with double sided tape. It's still good now almost three months later.
 

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Does anyone know what kind of tape they use? That sounds like an easy DIY.
Here is an example to start a detailed search:


I used to be in the classic car hobby and the 3M tapes (there is a wide selection to deal with each type of requirement) never failed to keep automotive trim in place under adverse conditions.

My DIY for these mirror was to mask off the areas and use a gloss black silicon caulking to fill in the spaces (some old photos from when I did it):
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Has been stable since I did it last summer.
 

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I don't know if this is the same for all of you, but I just got a 10-Jan-19 build date model 3 AWD. There is a bit of a gap/give the same as in these photos, but not too much. I took a close look and took this photo of the gap. You can see some sort of material (tape? sponge?) in the gap near the top of the triangle - it's a lighter shade of grey with a sort of gauze like texture. Is this something new that Tesla are putting in this gap to keep it from splitting too wide, or has this always been there?

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