This is my first week running magazine with model YC Day 1.
The Model Y was super easy to get, and you could tell that it was a well thought out process from Tesla. The money was already taken care of, and I also received a lot of significant credit as Tesla dropped the $ 3,000 price between payment and pickup. As I said before, I tried to get FSD for $ 7,000, but Tesla charged me $ 8,000, so I’ll decide later if I need it.
Compare that to my Chevy experience where it took me a full two days to sell the Bolt to MSRP, and I’m pretty sure I won’t go to a traditional dealership again. Oh, and don’t start me at the local Toyota dealer.
With Kovid, there are some nuances to the delivery experience, but here’s how it went down:
First time model y
I pulled into my Model X at the Tesla showroom and street parking. I then emailed the store to let them know that I was there and what car I was in and what I was wearing. While I waited, I tried a final reboot of the Model X screen, but Justin, my Tesla representative, welcomed me into the car before coming on screen. He said that everything was ready and asked if I wanted to fill out the paperwork. I said I want to check on the car first.
I previously asked if I could take pictures and videos, and Tesla asked me not to do so if I accidentally grabbed other customers or salutators. It looked a bit suspicious, but I planned to take some pictures of any issues with the car.
As an aside, I saw a Model Y review of MKBHD and I was surprised at the issues he saw in himself. And he had a press vehicle (!!!). Starts at 8:40 below:
Oh, is that so!
So I got out and on a socially distant walk, we both made our way to the small parking lot, where they showed me what a gorgeous white Model Y with white interior was looking like. I don’t know how they do it, but that white interior looks amazing and unlike any other white interior I’ve ever seen.
I started making my way around the car, looking for issues. Upon closer inspection, I found quite a few but no deal breaker. Most panels that did not align correctly and some of them were indicated by MKBHD.
Model Y Panel Gap / Blemish
If you need a gallery, I have put some highlights below:
Although one or a few panel discrepancies are excusable, it seems to me that Tesla could have done much better here, especially since I told them ahead of time that I was going to do a thorough inspection. I spoke with Justin about my complaints, saying that Tesla would rectify them. I have scheduled an appointment for Friday.
But nothing went right. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an email to Model 3 employees:
Most of the Model 3 design tolerances are already better than any other car in the world. Soon, they will all be better. It is not enough. We’ll keep going until the Model 3’s construction accuracy is better than ten than any other car in the world. I’m not kidding
Our car needs to be designed and manufactured with such precision and precision that, if an owner measures dimensions, panel gaps, and flushiness, and their measurements do not match the Model 3 specs, it means that their measurements The tape is incorrect.
Some parts suppliers will be reluctant or unable to achieve this level of accuracy. I understand that this would be considered an inappropriate request by some. That’s right, there are other car companies with very low standards. They just can’t work with Tesla.
Knowing that this standard is for Tesla itself, I was quite disappointed. I felt that I had waited long enough to correct the shortcomings.
At this point, the idea of driving in my half-working Model X vs Home is driving home with some weird panel gaps in an almost perfect panel Y and a small stain on the B Pilar, maybe I should be more than that. But you can probably guess what happened next.
I said, “Let’s schedule an appointment to clear this thing, and I’ll do the paperwork and be on the road.”
Model Y paperwork was a total of 4-5 signatures. I could do it in the car, but I chose the Tesla office air conditioning as there were only like 1-2 other customers.
While going back to my car, I bought two other Model Ys. Both had the same issues as me. One family was getting a Red Display Model Y, and they were looking at some panel gaps. They also looked enamored with my white interior.
Further down the line, another 40-something family man was getting a white Model Y with black wheels and black wheels. Same story, inspection of panel gaps.
In both cases, I think the enthusiasm overcomes any defective issues.
And so I met my not perfect but still lust-worthy Model Y and went home. My immediate responses:
- The car is almost 100% Model 3 from the driver’s experience. Obviously you are on a higher level and have some impact on turning and handling, but overall I was pleased. it’s funny!
- The suspension is, as you might expect, much louder than the Model X, especially on larger bumps. I got the Model 3 a little too early, so I thought Tesla had pretty quieted the 3 or Y suspension so far, but no!
- It is so fun to drive that I blew about an hour to reach home.
- I do not love standard wheels. I can black coat them
- The use of USB-C is amazing but it means that I have to get new adapters. I’m going to measure the output as well – hopefully it can charge quickly.
- The rear seating area is large and additional leg / cargo space under the front seats would be appreciated.
- The cargo area is also large and the tub at the bottom is huge … as is the frunk.
- I have already installed a Jada wireless pad so that I can landscape
- I bought a $ 50 rear area cargo liner pad for the dog.
- If you have a dog, the rear area can be perfect so that they can see what is going on and can stand but not be able to jump in the rear seats.
And some parting images that I will cover in the days ahead.
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