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2017 Tesla Model 3: Monthly Update for April 2018

by Travis Langness, Staff Writer

2017 Tesla Model 3

Where Did We Drive It?
Where we drove our long-term 2017 Tesla Model 3 in April is a bit less relevant than what happened while we were driving it. We did local commuting and a few freeway journeys, sure, but everywhere we went the car was fraught with problems. Sixteen weeks into ownership, we've had so many issues with our Model 3 that we started a shared Google Doc to catalog various warning messages, necessary screen resets and general failures.

Forget that this is a "cutting-edge" EV with a cult following. That's irrelevant if Tesla wants to be anything more than a footnote in automotive history. Our Model 3 cost us $56,000, and by that standard alone, the ownership experience so far has been unacceptable. But this is no ordinary $56K car. We put down a $1,000 deposit to get on a two-year waiting list for this car and it's falling apart.

Early adopters who could spend six figures on a car such as the Model S might've given Tesla a bit of extra leeway. Maybe they figure it's a small price to pay for such a technologically advanced car. Maybe it's a sacrifice they're willing to make to avoid using fossil fuels and get free access to the carpool lane. This far into its run, though, and with a car intended for mass appeal, Tesla should have the bugs worked out. It clearly doesn't.

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2017 Tesla Model 3: Monthly Update for February 2018

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Road Test Engineer

2017 Tesla Model 3

Where Did We Drive It?
February represents the first full month that we've owned and driven our long-term 2017 Tesla Model 3. We took delivery of it during the first week of January.

Beyond commuting between Orange County and our Santa Monica office throughout the month, our lozenge-shaped EV made a trek to Borrego Springs, California, to deliver some crappy car parts. It also took part in a comparison test that entailed a good chunk of miles. Mum's the word for now because we don't want to spoil the surprise, but we think you'll be interested in our findings. Stay tuned.

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2017 Tesla Model 3: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Tesla Model 3

Where Did We Drive It?
We took possession of our 2017 Tesla Model 3 sedan on January 5, which left 27 days before the month ended. In that time we added 1,388 miles. That may not sound like much, but it does work out to a rate of nearly 1,600 miles per month, pretty much where it needs to be to achieve our nominal target of 20,000 miles in a year.

And we pulled it off despite a steady diet of local commuting and running around town. We haven't really gone anywhere, the lone exception my weekend drive into the local mountains to a place called Crystal Lake Cafe. You'll find it where Highway 39 dead-ends high up in the San Gabriel Mountains. Highway 39 is the sort of road that gets a lot of attention from motorcyclists and drivers of nimble-handling cars.

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2017 Tesla Model 3: Will an XL-Size Mountain Bike Fit?

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Tesla Model 3

Maybe you've heard: I'm fairly tall. I'm nowhere near the tallest guy you've met, but a height of 6 feet 2 inches puts me in what statisticians call the 95th percentile. As a result, my mountain bike is pretty big. This all came to a head when I decided to go for a ride on a weekend when I was driving our 2017 Tesla Model 3 sedan.

My bike isn't the bulkiest one you've ever seen. For one, it's a hardtail, not a full suspension bike. And it doesn't have those cartoonishly fat tires that are starting to gain, ahem, traction. That said, it is quite literally a giant. Says so in 2-inch letters right on the frame. And it is Giant's XL-size mountain bike frame with 29-inch wheels, too. Call it an XL 29er in front of your biker friends and you'll get knowing nods.

As for the Model 3, it has an all-glass roof. All 3s built so far have one. It's part of the Premium Upgrades package, an option that is mandatory until further notice. Point is, the glass roof spans all the way to the seam where it meets the body sides, leaving no room for the kind of hidden rack receptacles you see on many other roofs. The owner's manual hints at the future existence of a Tesla accessory rack, but it hasn't yet hit the market. I can only imagine what it might mount to.

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2017 Tesla Model 3: Introduction

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2017 Tesla Model 3

When we last left off in the 2017 Tesla Model 3 ordering process on December 20, 2017, I thought we'd be waiting four weeks for our car to be ready. But things went faster than anticipated. Before we get to the car's official introduction details, here's the rest of its order and delivery backstory.

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2017 Tesla Model 3: Pre-Introduction

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Tesla Model 3

The Buying Process Has Begun
We're doing something different. We have not yet taken delivery of what will be a 2017 Tesla Model 3 sedan, but the pre-ownership experience has just passed a critical milestone and we thought you'd want to follow along. As you can see, we have recently received an invitation to configure our Tesla Model 3 and begin the actual buying process.

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