It’s forgivable to defend Tesla’s quality problems to a certain extent, but after three years of production in July 2020, you’d expect the Model 3 to be built with a little more attention to detail. The gallery the owner has uploaded to Imgur further reveals dirt inside the taillight’s lens, paint imperfections, blue scuffs, protruding trim, uneven body panels, some serious cases of asymmetry, and gaps between the taillights.
The “trim panel chrome is peeling,” a paint chip on the door is also visible, the glass roof is scratched, and “perhaps the most important issue” comes in the guise of “the glass rooftop not seated in all the way, leaving a protruding and noticeable lift up on one side.” Considering the price of the M3P, these issues are very, very bad.
As mentioned time and again, Elon Musk should definitely learn a thing or two from Toyota about how build quality can be combined with high production volumes. At the present moment – and this has been going on since the Model 3 started rolling off the line in Fremont, California – the American automaker appears to be exclusively interested in making as many cars as possible to the detriment of build quality.
Tesla’s battery and e-motor technology may be great, but when it comes to actually putting the car together, Elon Musk still has a long way to go. On an ending note, the Reddit thread started by the owner of this Model 3 Performance has received a few replies that cement Tesla’s reputation for second-rate build quality.
Here is one of them. “My dad’s friend just took delivery of a Model 3 Performance after owning a 997 [the Porsche 911 sports car from two generations ago] for 5 years. He said the exact same thing. The build quality is terrible. The driver’s window is very slow compared to the others and the rear windows aren’t properly fitted. Even though the car hasn’t been washed yet, it has swirls and a large scratch already.”