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Track Mode is only for Performance. I do not believe you can enable it via download on the LR AWD, but you can get the Accel Boost.

For street driving, Track Mode is superfluous, but for track driving, the Performance brakes and suspension aren’t up to par.


It’s a strange position to be in. But honestly the best move if you actually anticipate track driving is probably to buy a Performance model, sell the wheels/brakes/suspension to an LR owner, and replace with higher capacity/better performing equipment. If you’ll never take it to the track, just get the LR with the 19s, put on some PS4S, and download Accel Boost.
Somebody brought one to my last autocross on Michelin Sport Cup 2's. It was extremely fast in between the corners, but too large and heavy for our tight course. The body roll was hilarious. Too much tire, not enough suspension. I beat it by 1.2 seconds on a ~ 37 second course in the CTR. On a course with longer straights it would have been difficult to beat.
 

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I just don't know how well frameless windows handle the winter
They handle just great because the car never actually ices over if you are always plugging it in or using preheating. I don't think I even had to use the scraper once on my car here in Vermont last winter as it's always warm enough to melt the snow/ice over all the glass.
 

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At the rate that Tesla seems to keep improving their vehicles, I can seriously see myself in a 3 in the near future. As much as I love my R, I have a hard time trusting a German vehicle with no warranty. Maybe by 2024 when mine runs out, the 3P will be cheaper :D I really wish they'd offer the Performance model with an option to downsize to at least 19" wheels though, as here in the thoroughly ass-backwards state of WV, the roads are garbage. The charging infrastructure isn't very good either, but it's slooowly getting better. Granted, I only commute about 40 miles a day 3 days a week (or less right now, thanks covid), so I can easily just trickle-charge via 110v and not have to worry about installing anything higher power.

Seeing as how it's cold around here for roughly half of the year, the cold weather range loss does spook me a bit, I have to admit. Is it really as bad as some people say? Sadly I don't have a heated garage, but it could at least be plugged in at all times. Hopefully future revisions and tech improvements such the heat pump will regain some of that lost range. I've also heard rumors that the 3 is getting a heated steering wheel pretty soon, which was another thing I really wanted my next vehicle to have. Now, if they'd just throw in ventilated front seats as well, I'd be beyond sold.
 

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Somebody brought one to my last autocross on Michelin Sport Cup 2's. It was extremely fast in between the corners, but too large and heavy for our tight course. The body roll was hilarious. Too much tire, not enough suspension. I beat it by 1.2 seconds on a ~ 37 second course in the CTR. On a course with longer straights it would have been difficult to beat.
A Tesla 3 won BS in nationals last year (beating out cars like a gt350, an M2, and Focus RS). 37 seconds is an extremely short AutoX course, so that's likely a worst case scenario for it. They do seem so respond very well to upgraded suspensions.
 

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Seeing as how it's cold around here for roughly half of the year, the cold weather range loss does spook me a bit, I have to admit. Is it really as bad as some people say? Sadly I don't have a heated garage, but it could at least be plugged in at all times. Hopefully future revisions and tech improvements such the heat pump will regain some of that lost range. I've also heard rumors that the 3 is getting a heated steering wheel pretty soon, which was another thing I really wanted my next vehicle to have. Now, if they'd just throw in ventilated front seats as well, I'd be beyond sold.
The addition of the heat pump for the refreshed 3 should go a long way in improving cold weather performance.
 

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They handle just great because the car never actually ices over if you are always plugging it in or using preheating. I don't think I even had to use the scraper once on my car here in Vermont last winter as it's always warm enough to melt the snow/ice over all the glass.
But you have a garage. How often do you need to leave your car parked overnight somewhere when it is snowing, sleeting or freezing rain? And it isn't plugged in?
 

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But you have a garage. How often do you need to leave your car parked overnight somewhere when it is snowing, sleeting or freezing rain? And it isn't plugged in?
Oh that's fine too. Just pre-heat the cabin 10-15 minutes before you get there. The ice should have fall off by then. If there are 10 inches of snow on your car, yeah you will need to brush it off but at least it wont be stuck either.

I'll never forget 2 winters ago when I had my BMW i3. I used to drive to work at a pretty large company with a big parking lot. 5pm rolls around on a January night, dark of course by then, and there had been an ice-storm that afternoon. Every car has 1/2 inch of ice. The whole lot is filled with cars, all on, headlights on, and owners scraping away at the thick ice. "scrape scrape scrape scrape" is all you could hear. I walked to my car with a smirk on, hit the wiper stalk for one swipe and drove away. To be fair, this would also have worked for cars with remote starting via an app but I think VT has no idling laws.
 

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At least the front didn't fall off.

Tesla admits design flaw led to vehicle rear bumper falling off when driving in puddles of water



Tesla admits that a problem with Model 3 vehicles led to them losing the body panel on their rear bumper when driving in puddles of water.

Early on, the Model 3 had some issues with the body panel on the rear bumper falling off after driving through what drivers have described as heavy rain or water puddles.

That’s obviously not normal, and Tesla said that it was investigating the situation, but we never heard back from the automaker. Some owners had issue with Tesla performing the repair under warranty as the company argues over how deep the water was that car owners drove through.

Later, Electrek reported on a Tesla Model 3 design flaw that results in sand and water getting stuck in the underbody.

Eric Bolduc, an anti-rust body shop owner in Quebec who specializes in Tesla vehicles, documented the issue in detail and believes that it puts pressure on the rear bumper.

He believes it could be linked to the issue with the rear body panel, and he has witnessed the issue on many Tesla Model 3 vehicles.

At the time, Tesla again said that it was looking into the issue, but we haven’t heard back from them.

Now fast-forward to earlier this year when a video of Tesla Model 3 losing its rear bumper panel in puddle of water went viral.

It looks like this event made Tesla finally acknowledge that a design defect on Model 3 vehicles built before May 21, 2019, lead to this problem.

Tesla wrote in a service bulletin obtained by Electrek:

In rare instances, certain components on Model 3 vehicles built at the Fremont Factory before May 21, 2019, might be damaged when driving through standing water on a road or highway with poor drainage or pooling water. In these rare instances, the rear fascia might detach from the vehicle and harnesses and/or body fasteners/mounts might also be damaged. This document clarifies that damage caused during these instances is covered under warranty.

It apparently affects all Model 3 vehicles built up to May 2019, at which point Tesla apparently changed the rear fascia diffuser as well as the front and mid aero shields.

Therefore, it seems like the previous design of these parts contributed to the problem with the water pulling off the rear panel.

Here’s the Tesla service bulletin in full:

SEE ARTICLE FOR SCRIBED DOCUMENT.

Electrek’s Take

Ladies and gentlemen, it took two years, but we finally got confirmation from Tesla that it was indeed a design flaw that cause those rear fascia to fall off.

Also, the document confirms that Tesla will perform the repair under warranty. That’s a nice confirmation.

But I feel like over a year between when the defect is first reported and fixed, and two years before Tesla acknowledged it, doesn’t show the company at its best.

Tesla is generally fairly quick and proactive to fix issues, but this is not a good example. Also, it again shows a lack of communication with customers.
 

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We're gonna see the same thing with the CyberTruck. Prob all kinds of terrible issues for the first 100,000 copies
You have a 2019. Is it pre-May 21, 2019 build or post?
 

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We're gonna see the same thing with the CyberTruck. Prob all kinds of terrible issues for the first 100,000 copies
I doubt it, Tesla's quality issues seem to be centered around Fremont. The quality from the Shanghai plant is reportedly good. *If* Texas and Berlin start cranking out vehicles with the same issues, than yes they really do need a QC specialist to come in.
 

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I doubt it, Tesla's quality issues seem to be centered around Fremont. The quality from the Shanghai plant is reportedly good. *If* Texas and Berlin start cranking out vehicles with the same issues, than yes they really do need a QC specialist to come in.
I think Tesla Fremont has QC issues in both production (as you mention) as well as in design (ie. bumpers falling off, suspension breaking, suspension bolts that aren't spec'd properly). So the plant in China might be building the cars better but they are building them after nearly 2 years of teething issues that got sorted out by Fremont's experience. When they start building brand new designs in a brand new plant, you can be sure there will be design issues (just like every manufacturer has) and possibly build issues given the new staff and plant.
 

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I think Tesla Fremont has QC issues in both production (as you mention) as well as in design (ie. bumpers falling off, suspension breaking, suspension bolts that aren't spec'd properly). So the plant in China might be building the cars better but they are building them after nearly 2 years of teething issues that got sorted out by Fremont's experience. When they start building brand new designs in a brand new plant, you can be sure there will be design issues (just like every manufacturer has) and possibly build issues given the new staff and plant.
Absolutely true, but keep in mind Fremont was not a clean paper design, it was a legacy ICE plant they got for cheap. I think they make it work, but it is far from ideal, and Shanghai, Berlin and Austin are all going to be evolutions towards what Tesla wants their plants to actually be.
 

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So, the only emissions is.... itself?
 

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Yeah this is obviously a design issue and has nothing to do with where it's manufactured.

Our car is ~July 2018. I just start a list of things to have looked at before the warranty is up -- it's been in once, but i should take it once more before I hit 50k.

But, I don't think they'll fix the bumper issue unless it actually shows damage. so.. you're SOL if it happens at 100k? :laugh:

also, my list doesn't really have anything on it. Think there's a very subtle high frequency buzz from the driver's seatbelt hanger on rough surfaces. ... uh.. i guess, check one panel alignment? :confused: hasn't really bothered me, but might as well complain. Maybe complain about A-pillar trim fitment since I broke a clip removing it :rolleyes:
 

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I’d love not only the heat pump but that double pane glass. I think I am getting some tinnitus in my left ear from this thing. It’s straight up loud on the highway.

Also, first service appointment in a week or so. I was looking at a house and the idiot sellers basically installed a speed bump at the top of their steep driveway, hopped it and came down hard plus somewhat high centered the model 3. It could be my imagination but feels out of balance and somewhat “wobbly” compared to before. Possible alignment or shocks issue?
 
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