2021 Tesla Model 3: E5 – Rear Body Review / Megacastings?
In Episode 5 of the Tesla Model 3 teardown, Sandy examines the Rear Body and speaks about the changes with the Megacastings.
This episode goes into detail about changes made to the new generation of the Model 3, that might not be an improvement. More importantly Sandy details several reasons why perhaps the design of the body, especially behind the rear wheels is creating the gap issues that keep creeping up on the fit and finish of these cars.
Finally, Sandy talks about some interesting findings regarding the megacastings. But to find out more, you will just have to watch the episode. Click here:
In episode 4 of the new Tesla Model 3 teardown, Sandy has a look under the hood of our new Model 3 and compares it to several of the discoveries we made under the hood of the Mode Y during last years teardown.
One such issue that was caught in the Model Y teardown was the snap fits holding the plastic panels. Marketable improvement was found on the new Model 3. Sandy then goes further into examining the frunk and how it is attached, improvements on the air vents, the HVAC, and other components and clips.
In the second installment of the Tesla Model 3 Road Trip, Sandy recaps some of the places he has visited.
The best part of the trip, however, was meeting up with a dozen or so Tesla fans and Munro Live viewers. From Altuna Iowa to Glenwood Springs Colorado, Sandy met all kinds of Tesla owners, some very unexpectedly that recognized him.
Sandy would like to send a special thanks to Benjamin Westby, President of the Western Colorado Tesla Club for bringing him and Cory one of the best hamburgers that Sandy has ever had!
Sandy also talks about how the wind effected the trip so far, but to hear how that plays out, you have to watch the video:
2021 Tesla Model 3: E3 – Sandy Learns How to Close Frunk / Ride & Drive
In episode 3 of Munro’s analysis of the new Tesla Model 3, Sandy examines the “Frunk” as well as gives some preliminary perspective on the ride and drive experience.
So… you have the frunk vs. Sandy for a good couple of minutes without any satisfactory resolution. This is one aspect of the Tesla 3 that Sandy absolutely hates. It doesn’t lock closed consistently and this is purely an engineering flaw and not a manufacturing error, which are the kinds of failures that Sandy absolutely detests the most. Problems like this shouldn’t exist because they should be eliminated in the design or redesign phase. Although having the frunk is a great idea and use of space, not having a consistently locking cover is not only annoying but will maybe also lead to some weather damaging the items you place in that compartment.
Moving on though, once Sandy begins to drive the car, he is happy with the experience. Even on a usually rough road, such as the industrial road that Munro & Associates is located on, the car gives a very comfortable experience. Sandy goes on to remark about wind noise and the upgrade in the windows. Sandy goes on to remark the smoothness of acceleration and the overall feel that reminds him of a racecar/luxury car.
At the end we get a little story about Mercury cars, but you will have to watch to find out. Click below to watch:
2021 Tesla Model 3: E2 – Hoist Review & Some Cost Savings
In the second episode of Munro’s new analysis of the Tesla Model 3, Sandy walks us through a hoist review of the vehicle.
First, Sandy addresses a somewhat hidden front access cover under the car that (we think) might be for the euro towing package because you can access the internal front bumper from there. Why this would appear on a US model, however, is puzzling to Sandy as this would add cost to the vehicle. That being said, Sandy is very impressed with the snap fits that he finds. The precision of the snap fits is excellent, leading Sandy to further ponder why the rest of the fit and finish gaps exist on the doors and rear trunk/lights talked about in the last episode.
Next Sandy addresses some of the conspiracies, or at the very least, accusatory comments that we have been getting regarding missing nuts on the upper and lower control arms and the like. Sandy, however, doesn’t find anything out of sorts on the car like this and, to the contrary, praises Tesla’s suspension.
He goes on to reveal some parts that Tesla has decided to eliminate which, as the man who invented the Lean Design® methodology, Sandy is all too happy to find – discussing the cost savings of these design changes. But to learn what he found as he crunches the numbers… well you are just going to have to watch the video by Clicking on the link below:
Surprise! We listened to what you wanted to see next and the vote’s in… so you get another look into the new and improved Tesla Model 3.
While we haven’t started tearing it apart just yet, in this video Sandy gives his first impressions on the vehicle. Unfortunately, Sandy’s first finding regarding the fit and finish is still, well… unfavorable. Uneven gaps still abound on the outside, but Sandy is impressed with the paint job and the interiors.
Sandy goes on to talk about where we will go with the car from here. But spoiler alert, Sandy is planning to take it on a road trip first before the teardown, so stay tuned to watch how this all progresses.