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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10 Reasons to Buy a Tesla Model 3 in 2020
In this video, I go over my Top 10 Reasons to buy a Tesla Model 3 today in 2020. This is somewhat of a 6 month review of the car, because I have been able to use it over the past 6 months, and have even road tripped with the car from Los Angeles to Boston.
10 Things I Wish I Knew BEFORE Buying a Tesla Model 3
What I wish I knew before buying a Tesla 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
What’s different about the Tesla Model Y from Model 3
In this video I wanted to help show some of the unique information I was able to find through pictures and the User Manual for the Model Y.
Past Tesletter articles
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: TeslaFrom issue #49
All the test numbers on the latest Dual Motor Model 3.
Read more: MotortrendFrom issue #25
«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: MotortrendFrom issue #18
No WiFi for Model 3 yet, though :-/
Read more: RedditFrom issue #7
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 2018.24.1From issue #14
Great compilation of tricks and fixes in case your Model 3 isn’t as quiet as you’d like.
Ian Pavelko, AKA Mad Hungarian, got his hands on a new Model 3 Zero-G forged wheels and shares his insights about them on this Twitter thread. Ian is an expert on wheels, so you want to read this!From issue #109
Aeroshields between the Model Y and Model 3 comparison, hood alignment, and more detail on engine bay rail reinforcements catered toward Small Offset Rigid Barrier (SORB) impact testing.From issue #106
Read more: GitHubFrom issue #16
A bunch of Model 3 owners have complained recently about a strange odor coming out of their A/C when they first start the car. The smell seems to go away after a few minutes but it is still really annoying. Tesla wouldn’t cover it under the warranty, but TMC user Lanzer just shared his trick to get rid of it.
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #63
Reddit user u/Wugz has captured about 2 hours of manual driving while going through various low/high speeds/pedal positions and binned it by Accelerator Pedal Position (0-10%, 10-20%, etc). The resulting plot shows the approximate pedal mapping of torque at various speeds. If you are a data nerd 🤓, I recommend you read the whole post where the author shares his findings.From issue #128
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.#25
Ian Pavelko and Trevor Page from @Model3Owners are going to be taking turns driving day and night to perform Canada’s first coast-to-coast EV road trip. They want to obliterate the misconception that electric vehicles are not made for long-distance and harsh weather. Way to go!
The adventure was scheduled to start on Feb 23r but unfortunately, due to Ian getting bad flu (we hope you feel better soon!) it’s been postponed one week. Stay tuned!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #100
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: EvannexFrom issue #73
Earlier this week we got news that Tesla leaked a new air suspension coming for the Model 3. Soon after, Elon Musk denied the news and said on Twitter that only the Model S/X and Cybertruck have/will have air suspension.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #98
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: MediumFrom issue #59
After the 2019.40.* updates that introduced Supercharging improvements for Model 3 MR, SR and SR+ cars, the first reports are starting to fly around. @TeslaOwnersLV (with an SR+) has reported seeing charging rates of 600 mph in a V2 Supercharger. Before the update, his charging rate usually leveled off at around 100-106 kW. Way to go Tesla!
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #90
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: TwitterFrom issue #55
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: RedditFrom issue #53
Who wants to go on an adventure with their Tesla? I mean, what’s not to like about going on a road trip in the safety of your car, especially in these crazy times. And if you do, you may want to consider adding a hitch to your Model Y (or Model 3).
Check out this Model Y tow hitch with 3,500 lbs of towing capacity, lightweight, made in the US, and very affordable (save over $600 compared to Tesla’s). Start your adventure today!From issue #114
A Writer and a Software Engineer buy a Tesla Model 3…now there’s a User’s Guide! This is a fun and easy read for Model 3 owners and anyone thinking of getting a Tesla. I like that it covers the most common questions about owning/driving a Tesla but also discusses real-life examples.
See more: AmazonFrom issue #87
Several Model 3/Y owners had complained that their Homelink menu kind of got in the way while backing up into the garage. In 2020.32.2, Tesla has introduced a small but important change, the Homelink button area is now transparent when in reverse so it doesn’t block the rear-view camera.From issue #126
Very nice and clean infographic showing the main differences between the performance versions of the Model 3 and the Model Y.From issue #105
Full review including images. Thank you SoFlaModel3 for sharing.#13
One thing I love about Tesla is it has options for everything. One thing I don’t love is, often, documentation is lacking. In the Model S, I can see which driver profile settings are stored, but that’s not the case for the Model 3. @jchybow has recently shared a list on Twiter with all the settings that are saved to the active driver profile and the rest of the settings which are ‘universal’ (meaning they don’t change when switching the driver profile). Very helpful, thanks for sharing!From issue #118
According to some docs filed by Tesla China, the Model 3 will soon come with full a black trim. This is exactly how the Model Y comes here in North America, maybe Tesla will make modifications to the Model 3 here in NA to be like that too. If you ask me, I think the black trim makes it look sportier and I really like it.From issue #126
In case this happens to you here is an easy fix.#69
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: RedditFrom issue #75
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: ElectrekFrom issue #24
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 GalleryFrom issue #20
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
- Range: 310 miles
- 0 to 60 mph acceleration: 3.5 seconds
- Top speed: 155 mph
- Price: $78,000 (without autopilot)
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #9
Tesla has announced the prices for the new MIC Model 3 AWD LR and Performance models (prices below are before subsidies):
- LR AWD - RMB 366,550 (52,000 USD)
- Performance - RMB 419,800 (59,500 USD)
This seems to be a good move to make the Model 3 MIC more competitive, since the price of the Long Range version is ‘only’ 13% more than the Standard Range version. In the US, the cost of the Model 3 LR is 25% more than the SR+ version.From issue #107
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: RedditFrom issue #3
Model 3 paint correction with a two-step process: Spraying with Feynlab Panel Prep and then applying one layer of Feynlab Self Heal Lite and one layer of Feynlab Ceramic Coating as a top coat to give it that extra glossy and slickness. The main advantage compared to PPF such as XPEL is that this one lasts longer. Note that this is a certified installer only product.From issue #130
These guys are diving a bit deeper into the Drive Unit parts of a Tesla Model 3 than what Sandy Munro or other folks did when they tore down the Model 3. Check out the motor components, differential, oil cooling, inverter, heat exchanger, stator, rotor, and more.From issue #128
An interesting study conducted by the car search engine iSeeCars.com, which analyzed over 6.9 million car sales to identify which vehicles experienced the most and least depreciation in the past three years. As it turns out, the Tesla Model 3 is able to retain its value over five times better than other EVs in the market.From issue #121
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: TwitterFrom issue #10
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.#27
Have you ever had to explain a passenger in your Model 3 how to open the door? Did you end up getting a door label kit like this one? No more! Tesla has started properly labeling the door handles in the Model Y, hoping they will make this change in Model 3 as well.From issue #123
In case you missed this or you’re new to Tesla, a few weeks ago Jeda launched a new version of their wireless pad, both for the Model 3 and the Model Y. There are cheaper wireless pads for your Tesla in the market, but there aren’t better ones. The new capabilities of the V3 include:
- Increased charing area
- Fastest charging speeds
- Three way charging (1 horizontal and 2 portrait positions)
- Wired charging option
By now, everyone who’s been following the Model Y deliveries knows that Model Ys come with a wireless charging pad. What I did not know is that new Model 3s being delivered right now also include the wireless charging pad as well as USB-C ports. I read about it on a Facebook Group the other day and was gladly surprised to see how fast changes in the newer models make it to the existing ones.From issue #116
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: TeslaFrom issue #30
There are rumors of a new Model 3 MIC which could potentially introduce the following improvements:
- New steering wheel
- Center console 2.0 (whatever this means)
- New headlights and tail lights
- Power lift trunk
- Chrome delete
- Double-layer glass for better noise isolation
thekalki reports getting delivery of a Model 3 despite being a non-owner.
Read more: Reddit.comFrom issue #1
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).
Trevor, from Tesla Owners Online, and Ian Pavelko, took a Model 3 into track. Spoiler: the Model 3 Performance peaked at 163mph or 262kmh.#74
This video goes through different systems in the Model 3- HVAC, games, wipers, accelerating, driving- and shows how much power each one of them consumes. Apart from the engines, what uses the most power is the heating/ventilation system. If you are ever in a situation where you need to save some power in the car, lower the temperature from the inside and keep it well below the outside temperature, then manually set the fan speed to prevent the heater to heat from the HVAC.From issue #126
«Quick Bandit» is a Tesla front license plate bracket that can be installed and removed in seconds. It’s been very successful with the Model 3 and now it’s also available for the Model Y. Made in California by @tonytesla4life, a member of the Tesla community who we’ve had the pleasure of meeting IRL and we love working with. If you happen to be in the market for a front license plate bracket and also need to change your cabin air filters (or are going to have to do it soon), get the bundle and save $20. (Or you can also get the HEPA cabin air filters separately and watch @Seasonedtech replace them in under 4 minutes!).From issue #129
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.#48
This Model 3 owner had hail damages (check out the pics 🙈🙈🙈) and Tesla and got an initial estimate of $25k to repair it. He has started a thread on Reddit sharing information and interactions with the insurance (Progressive). Hopefully, you don’t have to go through this, but if you do, or are in a similar boat, I hope this information is helpful.From issue #122
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 ForumFrom issue #56
We had heard rumors about this but nothing confirmed until now. Tesla introduced many improvements during the production of the Model Y, and we were all hoping they would be applied to the Model 3 as well, or at least the most relevant ones. Now we see that the first modernized Model 3s produced at Fremont—with heat pump and octovalve—were just delivered to Europe.From issue #129
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 SpreadsheetFrom issue #32
This Spanish taxi driver has shared his honest experience after a year driving a Tesla Model 3 for work. The videos are in Spanish, so here’s a quick summary:
- Saved 10k euros after 1 year and 100km/62 mi
- Charging/Gas cost: 0.5€-1€/100km vs. 12-13€/100km 115cv Diesel
- Purchase cost: 48k euros (including tax deduction) vs. 20.000€
- Battery degradation after 100 km: 3-4% (degradation happened mostly between 30,000 and 60,000 km)
- Only maintenance was changing the tires
- Only con is that not everyone figures out how to open the doors
- Why Tesla (instead of other EV): Range/ charging infrastructure and easier to homologate as a taxi
Cool closeup pictures showing how good the quality of the Model 3 MIC is.#95
We should be really close to the first deliveries of the ‘Made in China’ Model 3. Actually, this week we’ve seen pictures of freight carriers loaded with Model 3s in China.
Read more: TesmanianFrom issue #89
A company called Ingenext is offering Model 3 Performance software upgrades at a discounted price ($1,100 instead of $2,000). They are not only selling ‘Acceleration boost’ but also including some additional capabilities like ‘Drift mode’. While is neat to see people unlocking stuff in our Tesla’s I have no doubt that Tesla could issue a software update to make this upgrade stop working.
Ingenext is also offering the upgrade to Model 3 Dual Motor cars with the caveat that you’d lose the ability to receive software updates. That would be a deal-breaker for me, but I assume if they are offering this there must be some demand for it 🤷♂️
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #116
This was the author’s best time of the day with 11.813 at 119.27 mph.
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 ShopFrom issue #33
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.
For a while, I considered purchasing a Tesla and paying it out renting it on Turo. I ended up not doing so since, ultimately, it required too much work and I just didn’t have the time to fully evaluate if it would financially make sense for my particular situation. In case you’ve wondered about it too, here are some interesting numbers from this article about Turo:
- It has gone from 67 Tesla to +10K in 6 years (2014 to 2020)
- The majority of those listings are Model 3
- Model X is tops in the earnings category, followed by the Chevrolet Corvette and by the Model 3
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: ElectrekFrom issue #43
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: TMCFrom issue #11
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: ElectrekFrom issue #30
If you’re purchasing a new Tesla soon, know that they will match your rate if you can demonstrate valid approval for a lower rate from your third-party bank. In our case, Tesla’s rate was better even though our bank turned out to be the same that Tesla was using 🤷♂️ Thank you @ElonAccessories for sharing this information on Twitter!
If you need a referral code when purchasing a new Tesla you can use ours http://ts.la/ignacio9266
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #99
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: TwitterFrom issue #9
At least this is what memetz from TMC was told when decided to contact support to ask for the option. According to the support agent who replied to memetz’s message, «Once logged in you will be able to view pricing and availability for the upgrade once it becomes available. There will also be a communication of its availability once available.»
Read more: TMC ForumsFrom issue #84
We shared a test by Bjørn a few months ago in which he showed similar results to this new test by ‘Car and Driver’.
Read more: Car and DriveFrom issue #91
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.#61
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: MediumFrom issue #16
Thank you lexiheft for posting on Youtube so we could share it on the Tesletter!#11
These Ultra-bright LED lights are one of the most popular accessories for any Tesla Model. We got the ones for the trunk of our Model S and they are super easy to install. Teslarati is bringing you a full DIY kit for the Model 3 and the Model Y which includes puddle lights, lights for the driver and passenger footwell, and glove box lights. A perfect DIY project for the weekend!
If you would like to sponsor Tesletter, please reach out!From issue #107
We’re proud to be highlighting Teslarati’s ultra-premium Carbon Fiber aero package for the Tesla Model 3 that’s been a big hit among Tesla Corsa racers and the general Model 3 owners community.
Track-proven (winners circle at both Tesla Corsa and Laguna Seca REFUEL), this gorgeous looking Model 3 front spoiler and accompanying rear spoiler is 100% handmade in California, looks as great as it performs, and certainly aimed at owners that won’t settle for anything less than the best for their Model 3.
For a limited time only, get 10% OFF using the coupon code ‘Tesletter’.#98
What does ‘universal’ mean? Basically, Tesla is going to update the Model 3 production lines in the US passing on the Model Y battery manufacturing improvements and eventually incorporating the Model Y heat pump in the Model 3 as well. No timelines have been shared yet.From issue #122
In this video, Ben Schaffer from Unplugged Performance shares a unique and inspiring story of how they fought and ‘resurrected’ their Model 3 after an accident, to still be able to race at Pikes Peak last weekend. In this second video, you can follow the process of fixing the car overnight at @eurocarscollison. Awesome job 👏👏👏From issue #127
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: RedditFrom issue #2