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2017 Tesla Model 3: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Carlos Lago, Manager, Feature Content

2017 Tesla Model 3

Where Did We Drive It?
September marked an important milestone for our long-term 2017 Tesla Model 3: It reached 10,000 miles on the odometer. While we neglected to commemorate this accomplishment, we are happy to report the passing of another month without a mechanical or technical fault. Now that's cause for celebration.

Our Model 3 spent the month commuting to and from the office. Dan Edmunds commented on the difficulty of achieving the electricity consumption needed to meet the rated range in comparison to other electric vehicles, and surmised the car's true value rests in the scale of Tesla's Supercharger network.

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2017 Tesla Model 3: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Carlos Lago, Manager, Feature Content

2017 Tesla Model 3

Where Did We Drive It?
Like last month, our long-term Tesla Model 3 spent most of August quietly covering miles under the stewardship of Brent Romans. Unlike last month, the experience wasn't flawless.

What happened? The switch on the passenger-seat recline broke during operation. Regular readers will remember this switch broke back in January, potentially due to user error. We had it repaired, but alas it's happened again.

Otherwise, Brent reports on getting used to the idea of leaving the physical key at home and using his phone to access the car. It's a neat process — when it works. Otherwise, we enjoyed the handling, though found the turning circle a bit larger than we expected.

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2017 Tesla Model 3: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Tesla Model 3

Where Did We Drive It?
Besides the usual daily commutes, our long-term 2017 Tesla Model 3 spent some time in Central California with editor Brent Romans. And it also co-starred in a video where it performed flawlessly during a day spent touring L.A. in search of great food. In a rare instance, the Model 3 was trouble-free for all of July and didn't require any maintenance visits this month. That's right — seven months into ownership and it seems like the turbulence has cleared.

Have all the problems been fixed? We hope so.

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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 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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