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2017 Tesla Model 3: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2017 Tesla Model 3

Where Did We Drive It?
In case you missed it last month, we returned to the Edmunds test track with our long-term2017 Tesla Model 3 to retest braking performance following an over-the-air software update that Tesla pushed out in late May. This software update was in response to various production Model 3s returning less-than-stellar emergency braking performance during instrumented testing. You can read all about it (and watch it!) by following the link above.

The rest of the month was spent mostly around the Los Angeles area, with a couple of short weekend trips north to the Ojai Valley. Thankfully, we encountered very few issues in June compared to months prior. Let's hope it's a sign of the times and more stable firmware.

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2017 Tesla Model 3: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Tesla Model 3

Where Did We Drive It?
May was a light month for our 2017 Tesla Model 3 sedan. Our drivers only managed to add 752 miles to its odometer. We charged it just five times.

Part of the reason why is that our Model 3 spent four days in the shop getting the issues detailed in last month's update looked at. On three other occasions, it sat idle because no one chose to sign it out — over a three-day weekend, in one case. What's up with that? These added up to 10 days with absolutely zero driving miles.

Of those who did drive it, most were commuters. One staffer who drove it over Memorial Day — a person who was in the last-to-pick slot this month and saved it from another idle weekend — didn't stray too far from home. He did manage to add some 200 miles during his Memorial Day trip to the next county, though.

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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 March 2018

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2017 Tesla Model 3

Where Did We Drive It?
It was a busy month of learning with our 2017 Tesla Model 3, which meant it was also a busy month for Vehicle Testing Technician Rex Tokeshi-Torres, who was its primary chaperone. Between vehicle repairs, software updates and learning what it takes to simply remove a wheel (news flash: it isn't simple), it's been an exciting few months so far.

Miles logged in March were mostly local, though we still managed to cover a decent amount of ground for an EV. Our Model 3 comparison test video is about to go live in just a couple weeks, so be sure to keep an eye on the YouTubes for it. Even better, subscribe to the Edmunds YouTube Channel and get notified the moment it's posted.

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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: 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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