March 8, 2019
When one of the best known pro-Tesla blogs on the web says that the Model 3 has a substantial design flaw, it’s time to pay attention.
The “mass accessible” electric car, which became infamous for having its bumpers fall off, was found to have a design flaw in its underbody that causes the car to trap and retain dirt, water and sand from roadways, according to electrek, who this week published an article detailing the flaw.
The blog points out that Tesla has “often been accused of designing cars for the Californian climate” and that water, dirt and sand used to de-ice roads in colder climates are susceptible to getting trapped in the underbody of Model 3 cars.
Hilariously, after the pro-Tesla rag says that Tesla vehicles have “performed extremely well in colder climates”, it goes on to remind readers that some owners, including the editor of electrek himself, ran into “issues in Canada where things like the door handles, charge ports and frameless windows didn’t perform well in extremely cold weather”. For those who missed it, here’s our article from November 2018, inclusive of a video of editor Fred Lambert cursing at his Tesla.
“Jesus Christ!” Lambert exclaims about 53 seconds into the video, hands shaking from the cold, upon finally getting his door handle to pop out.
And the reality check keeps on coming for electrek’s editor, who has now learned – firsthand – about yet another problem with the Model 3 in cold climates.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Eric Bolduc, who owns a body shop in Quebec has “found significant amounts of sand and dirt accumulating in the underbody panel at the back of every Model 3 he has worked on so far.”
There’s even a striking video of him removing sand and dirt stuck inside of a Model 3 before working on the car. The video shows him approach the vehicle, repeatedly tap the underbody of the…