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Tesla Model 3 Review - 6 Months Later

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  • The Tesla Model 3 may very well be the most important car of our time. With its
  • release, the Model 3 ushers in a new era of affordability around electric
  • vehicles accompanied with the sales and scale never seen before for an EV
  • after only one for over six months it's time to dive deep and take a look and if
  • the Model 3 has lived up to the hype we'll look at which core features have
  • been the most important what issues we've had thus far and what could be
  • improved with the car the first thing I got my Model 3 all I could think about
  • doing was throwing up to actually become a Tesla owner was surreal what was I
  • going to wreck the car would it live up to the hype a million things were going
  • through my head when I was actually signing the paperwork for my Model 3
  • which took like five minutes by the way in stark contrast to the normal
  • experience at a car dealership my first day of ownership was more about the car
  • and not about the paperwork most of the time I spent at the Tesla store was on
  • an overview of the car and an overview of its features looking back on the
  • first day of ownership now I was right to be nervous and filled with excitement
  • this car has matched and exceeded all of my expectations and to say the Model 3
  • is a great car is an understatement in my book it is the best car you can get
  • for its price range. So what makes the Model 3 so good? Let's dive in. First the
  • looks this car simply looks stunning the design language is clearly Tesla and it
  • turns people's heads everywhere you go they've done a good job making a
  • great-looking electric car which is something almost no other car
  • manufacturer has been able to do at scale up until this point it doesn't
  • look like a weird mobile and it also doesn't look like an ordinary car which
  • let's be honest if you're going to try to get people to switch to driving an
  • electric car you actually need to make that car look like something that people
  • will actually desire Tesla gets this and has exceeded at this with their design
  • language the grille this front angry headlights sharper lines that run
  • the length of the car towards the hips all work in tandem to
  • make the model three look aggressive but not too aggressive the interior is just
  • as stunning as the exterior and also turns a few heads with how sparse clean
  • and simple it looks it's also quite practical I love the storage space and
  • the phone dock as well as the USB ports up front going to the model threes into
  • your ear from any other car that has a ton of buttons and gauges it's like
  • going from a phone with a physical keyboard to an iPhone and once you go to
  • this experience you're never going to want to go back now when the model 3 was
  • first announced having one screen in the center of the dash without anything
  • behind the steering wheel caused a bit of an uproar in the Tesla community and
  • in the media questions arose like how we ever see the speed and is that even safe
  • so after six months of owning the car was all of that discussion and concern
  • valid no it wasn't not having a screen or gauge in front of you is actually
  • pretty free Tesla was able to make the steering wheel smaller allowing for
  • better grip and ergonomics thanks to its nifty vent design technology you can
  • actually push air through the steering wheel at your face which on a hot summer
  • day has been a very welcomed feature looking over at the top left corner of
  • the display to read the speed only took me a few hours to get used to and now
  • that I'm used to it I can't say it's any different than just reading the speed
  • from behind the steering wheel plus Tesla gives you a speed chime that you
  • can set in the car as well and it's something that I actually use a lot you
  • can set the car to give you a chime when you hit a certain number over the
  • current speed limit some people would probably find this chime annoying but I
  • highly recommend setting it when you first get the car if you're not used to
  • how a Tesla accelerates I found it hard to figure out how fast the car was going
  • when I first got it without looking at the speedometer so the chime certainly
  • helps ergonomics is something Tesla thought a
  • lot about with the Model threes interior design and honestly I think overall it's
  • better than the interior design of the Tesla Model S
  • the cupholders are where they should be there are pockets and the door coat
  • hooks the arm rests on the console and the doors are very comfortable and my
  • arms never get sore the seats are also one of the most comfortable seats I've
  • ever sat in in a car I've taken the car on six-hour road trips and never felt
  • sore which is something I personally have never experienced before riding in
  • a motor vehicle another nice thing about the interior especially on long road
  • trips is the premium sound system it's crisp it has a nice base and it's one of
  • the best sound systems of any car that I've ever experienced and it's become
  • one of my absolute favorite features of this car maintenance of the interior has
  • been pretty minimal thankfully since everything in the model 3 is pretty easy
  • to clean the seats are very durable since they're made out of a vegan
  • leather the only area of the car that is not very easy to clean is that piano
  • black finish on the center console even if you take a ton of precautions and try
  • not to get any scratches you're just gonna end up seeing micro scratches on
  • that thing almost no matter what you do even if you use microfiber cloth it's
  • almost inevitable that you will see some scratching on that material now on to
  • driving the Tesla Model 3 after six months the thing I still can't get over
  • is the electric torque this thing produces its quick and the non
  • performance version for me has been plenty fast in day to day situations
  • where I'm not trying to impress my friends it's basically like Elon said in
  • the past it's like owning your own personal rollercoaster and even after
  • six months of ownership I still feel good every time I punch it what powers
  • that great instant acceleration of course is the model threes electric
  • motors and battery having an electric car over the past six months has taught
  • me a lot and I found that I actually enjoy having an electric car more than I
  • thought I would I start off every morning with the equivalent of a full
  • tank of gas and I don't have to go to gas stations anymore which I don't miss
  • at all especially in situations where people are freaking out over an inch
  • I mean hurricane like they did this past summer and all the gas stations in the
  • area started running out of gas I didn't have to panic at all with the model 3
  • which was great the only downside I found with owning an electric car of the
  • past six months is with road trips no matter how you look at it typically it
  • will take you longer to drive an electric car on a trip than a gas car
  • because of the limits on the cars range as well as the time it takes to charge
  • now there are some ways you can mitigate that extra time on road trips and
  • something that I did on the several road trips I took this year with my model 3
  • was to plan my charging stops during meals so that way by the time I was
  • finished eating the car was charged up and ready to go either to the next super
  • charging spot or to my end destination the upside still vastly outweigh any of
  • the negatives that you may experience when going on a road trip you're still
  • getting that instant torque comfortable interior and drive and that awesome
  • software that comes on the model 3 is screen the software on the model 3 is
  • amazing and it's been so interesting to have a car that just like my cell phone
  • receives regular software updates and these are just little small improvements
  • or bug fixes sometimes these software updates are
  • major features that are released to the car or major overhauls to the cars UI in
  • my experience I've gotten several new features since taking delivery including
  • a new version of autopilot with 360 degree view on the center display of the
  • cars around the model 3 blind spot visualization on the center screen a
  • dash cam feature Auto high beams and better regenerative braking intensity
  • the software is snappy and responsive the navigation is hands-down one of the
  • most useful things I've come to love about my model 3 it's easy to navigate
  • anywhere you just swipe down on the navigation bar to either go home or go
  • to work the live traffic built in is a godsend the live traffic is also built
  • into the navigation which will route you on the fastest route which in my testing
  • has been equal to the experience I get with Google Maps routing safety is
  • another area where the model 3 has held up over the past six months it's been
  • given one of the highest safety ratings ever given to a vehicle here in the US
  • by our government and I've already had some experience with its safety features
  • including the forward collision warning which has saved me from accidentally
  • running into a car once I've also experienced the side collision avoidance
  • system and it does work as advertised I had a truck coming in to my lane all of
  • the sudden and before I had time to react my Tesla moved into the other lane
  • avoiding the truck while still sounding and alert now let's move on to
  • reliability I put out a video early on into my ownership of the Model 3 and it
  • proved to be a bit controversial with all of the issues I ran into most of
  • them were minor issues the charge port door sensor wasn't working correctly so
  • the entire charge port door assembly was replaced the driver's side windshield
  • wiper was loose and scraped the underside of the hood and caused a chunk
  • of the wiper blade to fall off as well as the hood wasn't aligned properly
  • Tesla fixed all of these issues early on however when they realign the hood they
  • did scratch the paint in several areas of the car causing the car Daffy to go
  • to a body shop for repair and lead paint when the car came back from the body
  • shop the steering wheel had scratches on it so that that also had to be replaced
  • the only other issues I've had that have been more recent are that the center
  • armrest squeaks when you pull it up and the rubber part above the wood panel on
  • the dash is actually discolored a metal piece fell out of the charge port door
  • it appears that the adhesive Tesla used for this metal piece just doesn't hold
  • up well in colder climates now while these issues do sound like a lot and
  • chirp it has been a longest list at least to me it just doesn't feel like
  • that big of a deal I have felt very taken care of by Tesla they've done
  • everything they've can and done all the right things to fix the car the total
  • time my car's been in the shop has been about two to three weeks which may sound
  • like a long time for a lot of people out there but do keep in mind that what all
  • my car was in the shop I was given a Tesla Model S loaner
  • which made it very hard to complain about the time that my car spent in the
  • shop because I was just whizzing around town you know going ludicrous speed and
  • just having fun while on the subject of things that didn't go correctly with my
  • Model 3 let's talk about some of the things that I think could be improved
  • with the car the largest area in the Tesla Model 3 and all Tesla's for that
  • matter that needs to be improved is the music streaming service availability
  • currently all the cars come free with Slacker which has been fine but it's
  • just not a great experience because Slacker is more like pandora than
  • Spotify when you ask slacker to play a specific song it's going to start a
  • radio station of that song rather than just playing the song outright like you
  • would expect on most major other music streaming services
  • another area of improvement Tesla could focus on with the model 3 is the
  • windshield wipers the auto wiper mode has been inconsistent though it has
  • gotten better in the past few months it still doesn't work well at night though
  • which makes sense given the Tesla's using the auto pilot cameras to sense
  • rain well the aerodynamics of the car are extraordinary one consequence of
  • that is dirt seems to collect at the back of the car a lot more than anywhere
  • else which makes sense given how water comes down the back glass and drips down
  • the lid and deposits dirt in that area here's a short list of some other
  • improvements I think could be made to the car as well a more scratch resistant
  • black finish on the console and a manual release for the two front doors that is
  • less accessible so passengers don't extinct if Lee pull it first before
  • pressing the button to try to get out of the car with all of these improvements
  • and minor issues I've had with my model 3 I'm still in love with this car and
  • don't regret my purchase for a second what Elon Franz JB and all the other
  • Tesla teams have done with this car is nothing short of extraordinary once you
  • get a model 3 you'll never want to drive any other car and that's certainly how I
  • still feel 6 months later thanks so much for watching this video
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  • watching for 6 Months Later Reviews, I'm Josh Teder.

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The best features of the Model 3 after 6 months of ownership, how well the car has held up, issues we've had with the Model 3, and improvements Tesla can make to future versions of the car.

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