Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 comes in many different flavors: Performance, All-Wheel Drive, and Standard or Long Range. Safety is the most important part of the overall Model 3 design, but its interiors are equally amazing. You can use your smartphone as a key, and access all driver controls in the central 15-inch touchscreen. The all-glass roof extends from front to back, creating a sense of openness from every seat. Learn more about Tesla Model 3 and check out Model 3 Order and Delivery FAQ here.

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Top 8 accessories for your Model 3

October 17, 2019

If you’ve just got delivery of your Model 3 and are looking for some of the best accessories to consider buying, you’ve reached the right place. Also, congratulations on your new Model 3! The following are products that we recommend because we really like them.

Videos about Model 3

2019 Tesla Model 3 - Review & Road Test

Is there a more polarizing car company or car than the Tesla Model 3? Maybe, maybe not, but whatever you think, there is much to be said about the disruption happening at Tesla. Kelley Blue Book's Micah Muzio is never one to shy away from a little controversy, and he takes an in-depth look here at the car that a guy whose name starts with an Elo... believes would change everything. By Kelley Blue Book

Tesla Model 3 Guide: What to Know Before Buying

Tesla Model 3 Buyer's Guide: What the Model 3 is all about, how to order & design, and how to prepare for ownership. By Andy Slye

Past Tesletter articles

$35,000 Tesla Model 3 available and other changes

Last Thursday (Feb 28th) Tesla introduced their highly expected $35k Model 3! The Standard Range Model 3 has 220 miles of range, a top speed of 130 mph, and 0-60 mph acceleration of 5.6. At the same time, they introduced the Standard Range Plus, revisited a bunch of prices and announced that Tesla would be closing most of their retail stores soon and selling exclusively online.

While we understand that selling exclusively online lets Tesla reduce the price of their cars by 6%, we probably wouldn’t own a Model S if it wasn’t because we did a test drive at the Tesla store in Walnut Creek.

Read more: Tesla

From issue #49

2018 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance quick test review

All the test numbers on the latest Dual Motor Model 3.

Read more: Motortrend

From issue #25

2018 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance review: first taste

«We pile into the compact confines of the Model 3, which looks the same as any other, except for having a combined 450 hp and 471 lb-ft of torque. That sort of power should put its performance on par with a BMW M3 super sedan.»

Read more: Motortrend

From issue #18

2018.24.1 brings summon, WiFi, and cabin overheat protection to the Model 3

The latest software update brings these long-waited features to the M3 in addition to speed limit mode and TACC on-ramp off-ramp released for MX and MS as well.

Read more about 2018.24.1

From issue #14

A comprehensive guide on preparing for, taking delivery of, and owning a Model 3

«I couldn’t find a good resource for the soup-to-nuts process of buying a Model 3, so I made one. This document is adapted from Will Fealey’s UK-based guide on the Model S.» Thank you Myke!

Read more: GitHub

From issue #16

Auto-lifting Tesla Model 3 frunk

The Tesla Model 3 frunk releases on its own (with the push of a button on the touch screen or mobile app), but it doesn’t pop open. i1Tesla figured out that you can order inexpensive gas spring struts on Amazon that will make the frunk lift on its own.

From issue #25

Calculate your loan (M3 vs. MS)

Model S or Model 3, which one should you get? Use this comparison spreadsheet to compare costs. Thanks nberardi!

Read more: Spreadsheet - Reddit

From issue #11

Check out this Tarantino-inspired 'Death Proof' Tesla Model 3

Lots of Tesla owners try to make their vehicle unique, Jaimee Newberry has customized her Model 3 to resemble the iconic car from Death Proof.

BTW, if you have a creative child you probably want to check out Jaimme’s project https://picturethisclothing.com/

Read more: Evannex

From issue #73

DIY Chrome delete for your Model 3

For $80 with 3M 1080 Satin Black Vinyl.

From issue #34

Do It Yourself - Model 3

Tesla just released a bunch of DIY articles for Model 3 owners, check them out!

Read more: Tesla

From issue #60

FAQ for prospective Model 3 buyers

One of the main problems on EV adoption is the lack of awareness and its misconceptions. This is why Brenden Mulligan - long time Tesletter subscriber - has created this fantastic article to respond to the FAQ for perspective M3 buyers. Good job Brenden!

Read more: Medium

From issue #59

First report of a M3 pausing the music because of ambulance an approaching

Kenneth Moore reported on Twitter that his M3 paused the music when an ambulance approached them and resumed it when it was out of ear shot. This is the first time that we’ve heard about something like this. Have you seen it happen before?

Read more: Twitter

From issue #55

FW 2019.8.3 appears to increase Model 3's battery heater from 2.5 to 6 kW

The Model 3 comes with a battery that turns on when the temperature of the battery pack goes below a certain threshold (about +5°C/41F in u/Wugz observations), but only when your car is charging or preheating. Prior to 2019.8.3, the measured amount of power used by the heater was ~2.5 kW, but on 2019.8.3 u/Wugz observed an increment up to 6 kW. According to his calculations, that decreases the amount of time to wait before charging by as much as 60%. Thanks for sharing this u/Wugz!

Read more: Reddit

From issue #53

How to jack up your M3 when doing a wheel change

The Model 3 has small jack points, messing up when changing the tires could puncture the battery liner. How should it be done?

Read more: Reddit

From issue #13

M3 AWD also available on standard battery

Elon recently confirmed on Twitter that the Model 3 AWD will also be available on standard battery. Woooot?!

Read more: Reddit

From issue #21

Model 3 - Stop rattling from tweeter - fast & easy

In case this happens to you here is an easy fix.

From issue #69

Model 3 admissible for import in Canada from US

I have no idea if it even makes sense, but at least is good to know that Model 3s are admissible for import in Canada without modifications, as well as original roadsters from VIN #501 through #1420. Model S and Model X - for what I understand - require some modifications.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #75

Model 3 buyers in Ontario can now officially get the $14,000 EV incentive again until September 10

A judge in Ontario has sided with Tesla and agreed that the government was discriminating against the company when it excluded Tesla from the phase-out period of the removal of the province’s EV incentives. (…) Now, if Tesla delivers their cars by September 10, it looks like they should be able to take advantage of the $14,000 EV incentive like buyers of any other EVs in the province.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #24

Model 3 DIY Wireless Phone Charger (no tools needed)

There are a few wireless phone chargers for the Model 3 already in the market but doing it yourself is always cool. Great job reflexiveblue documenting the process!

Read more: imgur Gallery

From issue #20

Model 3 Dual Motor AWD and Performance versions announced

In the rare event you haven’t heard yet, Tesla finally released the specs and opened the orders for the long-awaited Model 3 dual motor all-wheel-drive and performance versions.

Dual Motor AWD
  • Range: 310 miles
  • 0 to 60 mph acceleration: 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 140 mph
  • Price: $5,000 for AWD option
Performance
  • Range: 310 miles
  • 0 to 60 mph acceleration: 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 155 mph
  • Price: $78,000 (without autopilot)

Read more: Electrek

From issue #9

Model 3 efficiency with wheel caps off by Bjørn

Bjørn just did some testing about the efficiency of the Model 3 with the Aero Caps on and off. The difference that he noticed is 299 Wh/mi (186 Wh/km) with caps off and 288 Wh/mi with caps on, roughly a 4% increase.

From issue #43

Model 3 owners share the audio preferences

The consensus seems to be that the audio is a little front-heavy - so people faded it halfway to the back, boosted bass and treble slightly. dirtyfries also suggests to turn immersive to high since it enables the A-pillar speakers.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #3

Model 3 Performance pictures

Shared by ‘The Tesla Show’ podcast. Thanks! We really like how neat the black and white interior looks in the M3P.

From issue #19

Model 3 seat testing

This video shows Model 3 seat testing, 40,000 cycles (the equivalent of 12 years of seat use!).

From issue #44

Model 3 software update

Two additions in this release:

  • Your M3 now supports key fobs (available to purchase in the Tesla store)
  • Regenerative braking has been improved (only for M3 RWD)
From issue #31

Model 3 v 8.2 will introduced improvements reported by users

Model 3 version 8.2 will allow Tesla owners to report bugs via voice, select a song from the Tesla app, and receive blind spot notifications, according to Elon Musk’s tweet.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #10

Model 3 v9 dash cam footage

The dash cam feature includes one camera and no sound but the quality of the image in the video is pretty good. Some people say it’s using the narrow camera to compensate for the lack of definition on the other cameras. The narrow camera has better quality but it lacks some wider angle. Judge it yourself.

From issue #27

Model 3 vinyl wrap template

Awesome templates for Model 3 interior. If you don’t have access to a vinyl plotter you can also purchase a pre-made kit. Highly recommended you use an automotive grade vinyl. Enjoy!

Read more: GitHub

From issue #14

Model 3' new backseat for better ride comfort

The cushions for side support are significantly bigger on the new backseat than the original one. It should make for a more comfortable sitting experience for rear passengers in the Model 3.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #11

New Model 3 Mid Range battery

Tesla made a change in their Model 3 offering this past week. They stopped selling the Long Range RWD Model 3 and started selling a Mid Range RWD instead (leaving the AWD as their only Long Range option). With this change, the cheapest of the Model 3s starts at $46K. If you take into consideration that if you order now you most likely would qualify for the full $7,500K federal tax incentive, this leaves the car at $39K + taxes which isn’t much more than the future cheaper $35K M3 version. And it gives you ~40 more miles of range :)

If you were interested in the Long Range RWD but were holding off, it seems like it’s still available off-menu for a couple more days, you could go to a Tesla store and get it!

Read more: Tesla

From issue #30

Non-owners are starting to get delivery of their Model 3

thekalki reports getting delivery of a Model 3 despite being a non-owner.

Read more: Reddit.com

From issue #1

Pedestrian warning sound in a Model 3

New Model 3s are now being delivered with a speaker for pedestrian warning sounds. Here is the sound that it makes when driving at less than 18.6 mph (30 km/h).

From issue #77

Performance Model 3 top speed at Transport Canada test track

Trevor, from Tesla Owners Online, and Ian Pavelko, took a Model 3 into track. Spoiler: the Model 3 Performance peaked at 163mph or 262kmh.

From issue #74

Rear lighted applique installed today: makes my Model 3 unique

The famous artsci is back, this time lighting up the back of his Model 3 as he previously did with his Model S. You can find the WIP here.

From issue #48

Screenshot of an internal document on the Model 3 battery

wk057 published an internal doc on the M3 battery that reveals that there is only two batteries, one with 50kWh and another with 75kWh. Honestly, this seems kind of surprising given the range they can squeeze from them.

Read more: TMC Forum

From issue #56

Spreadsheet comparing the time spent in road trips for Model 3 SR/MR/LR

u/ChemtrailDreams has published a spreadsheet comparing the time spent (or saved) driving a certain distance by the different versions of the Model 3. There is a bunch of interesting data there, for example, this Seattle - San Francisco (815 miles) trip:

  • SR 16:23:00
  • MR: 15:26:00
  • LR (with Aero): 14:57:00

So the difference between the Standard Range and the Long Range in a 815 miles road trip is 1 hour and 26 minutes. Worth the $18k difference (the LR being more expensive Model 3)? Well, that honestly depends on you and the options that you would add to the SR plus factoring in the tax incentive. In any case, it’s worth looking at these numbers and thinking about it when purchasing a Model 3.

See more: Google Spreadsheet

From issue #32

Tesla M3 cost calculator

Includes ‘Performace’ option. Thank you budlande for recovering this, updating, and sharing!

More: Google spreadsheet

From issue #9

Tesla Model 3 big trailer test and review

Tesla offers a tow hitch as an extra for the Model 3 in Europe, here is a review by Bjorn Nyland.

From issue #69

Tesla Model 3 in third person

According to the author he filmed this with an Insta360 attached to his car with a stick. Pretty cool!

From issue #53

Tesla Model 3 key fob available on Tesla Shop

You can purchase a key fob for your Model 3 for $150. Accoding to a few early reports the key fob doesn’t support summon or passive entry, it is unclear if it is because the car lacks the necessary components or if this will be something that they’ll activate via software later on. If these features are important to you, you probably are better off waiting.

Here is a video of the unboxing, paring, and demo of the Tesla Model 3 key fob.

See more: Tesla Shop

From issue #33

Tesla Model 3 maintenance costs, warranty info, and service items - One year later

TeslaJoy - I’m proud to say she is a subscriber to this newsletter, hi Joy! - has published a fantastic video about her first year of owning a Model 3 and what that her maintenance costs have been.

From issue #81

Tesla reveals new self-driving Autopilot hardware 3.0 computer diagram ahead of launch

A source told Electrek that Tesla updated the Model 3 wiring diagrams in its internal service documentation on January 9th to include the new Autopilot 3.0 computer as the new standard ECU in Model 3.

An interesting new piece of information is that in the diagram we can see how the chip has connectors for a second radar although current models only have mounted a forward facing radar.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #43

Tesla Shareholder Meeting

Here’s a summary of last Tuesday’s Tesla Shareholder Meeting with the things we got most excited about:

  • Tesla planning on opening their own body shops. First 10 to open by the end of June 2018!
  • Model Y planned for first half of 2020 (with maybe no steering wheel? :O) M3 test drives at some Tesla showroom locations by the end of June 2018. All stores in North America will have - M3s by the end of July 2018.
  • New Gigafactory in Shangai, the first outside the US

Read more: TMC

From issue #11

Tesla starts rolling out Model 3 key fob to a few owners

A few weeks ago we talked about Electrek confirming the key fob for the M3. Well, now they’re reporting that a small number of users are getting them. Some people have reported problems using their phone as a key with several Android devices, and although Tesla has been taking care of these problems, the key fobs may be the so much needed solution.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #30

Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable car

Tesla Model 3 shows 60-0 mph braking weakness in CR tests, Elon Musk responds: «Looks like this can be fixed with a firmware update. Will be rolling that out in a few days. With further refinement, we can improve braking distance beyond initial specs. Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable car.»

Read more: Twitter

From issue #9

The ultimate Tesla web app

Mother Frunker - yeah you read that correctly 🤣- has developed a web app with several useful apps and shortcuts right there on his Model 3. It all started as a way for him to quickly access Reddit while charging, and as he started adding more functionality, he decided to release it so we all can use it. Take a look at the video and check the app by visiting https://motherfrunker.ca/app from the browser in your car.

From issue #61

The unofficial getting started guide to your new favorite car (Model 3)

Brenden Mulligan has put together and shared with us this great guide for Model 3 owners. «You’ve just taken delivery of your brand new Tesla Model 3. You already know it’s the best car you’ve ever owned. But you can’t figure out how the hell to make it do all the cool stuff you’ve heard about. That’s what this post is for.»

And thanks for the shoutout to our Tesletter :-D

Read more: Medium

From issue #16

Track Mode for Model 3 is here!

2018.42.8 brings with it ‘Track Mode’ for all the M3P ([regardless of having PUP or not]()). ‘Track Mode’ enables Tesla’s performance-oriented stability control and powertrain settings configured for track driving.

Read more: Tesla Blog

From issue #33

Trick for M3 phone dock so smartphone + case can fit

Thank you lexiheft for posting on Youtube so we could share it on the Tesletter!

From issue #11

US Sales 2018 Q1: Model 3 vs. BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz

The Model 3 has already surpassed the Audi A4 in sales.

U.S. Sales, 2018 Q1

  • Audi A4 (includes S4): 7,906
  • BMW 3-series (sedan, wagon, GT, M3): 13,651
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class (sedan, coupe, convertible, AMG Cxx): 13,350
  • Tesla Model 3: 8,180

If Tesla achieves their production goal for Q2 they would be at the top of the list.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #2