I Traded My Tesla For The Model 3 Performance – Regret Buying Mid-Range

I Sold My Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range & Bought A Model 3 Performance!
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After driving the Tesla Model 3 mid-range, I regretted not opting to upgrade to the Performance AWD Model 3. The Model 3 mid-range features a unique permanent magnet rear motor, which gives it different driving characteristics versus many other electric cars, including the Model S and Model X, which both use induction motors. This video will cover what the differences in the motors are (front and rear), how this affects the driving characteristics of the car, the mechanical differences between the mid-range and Performance, as well as the overall condition that my Tesla Model 3 Performance arrived in.

How Do I Know I Didn’t Get Special Treatment From Tesla With Paint Repair/Car Exchange?
First off, this seems strange to me, but many have asked if I somehow received special treatment with regards to getting paint fixed, ordering the Tesla, delivery, etc. That’s not how Tesla works, nor myself, but here’s how I know that no special treatment was provided:
1. Both previous videos were filmed before either video was released. I took delivery of the Model 3 Performance BEFORE the video about paint scratches went live. Hence, Tesla had not seen that I had publicly posted paint issues until I already had my new vehicle. The paint video was filmed before I had decided I was going to trade-in the Mid-Range.
2. I specifically selected the vehicle which I bought. I called Tesla to find out what was in inventory, and I selected a red M3P from that inventory, with VIN. Tesla did not choose the new car for me.
3. When I received the Mid-Range with paint scratches, I called Tesla SLC for the fix. I had heard horror stories from friends about the process required to get the paint repaired (multiple body shop visits, coming back worse than before, loss in value from repaint, etc) so I decided against getting the repair and asked Tesla if they could compensate me at all for the damaged paint instead of dealing with the hassle of repair shops. I felt $2,500 was an unjustified payment for the red paint if it arrives defective/scratched. Tesla said they would get back to me about this. They never did before trading in the car.
4. I only put 49 miles on the car before calling Tesla to inform them I wanted to exchange it for the Performance. This was outside of the 3-day return window (we had a bunch of snow after I took delivery, so I waited until snow had melted before driving for the video review, thus no 3-day window). Tesla said they might be able to switch the car due to the special circumstances (71 miles on the odometer, typical 3-day window needs mileage under 500). Then, they told me they could not.

How Much Did All Of This Cost?
– I bought the Model 3 Mid-Range in November 2018. $46,000 base price.
– $2,500 red paint option, $1,500 19” wheel option, and $1,200 delivery. Total: $51,200
– $7,500 tax credit. Actual Total: $43,700
– The trade-in value of the Mid-Range was $43,200. A $500 loss. The $7,500 tax credit can only be applied to the first buyer, so it instantly loses this much in value. Essentially, buying used means getting the tax credit up front.
– I bought the Model 3 Performance in December 2018. $64,000 base price.
– $2,500 red paint option, and $1,200 for delivery. Total: $67,700
– $7,500 tax credit. Actual Total: $60,200
– Total Cost To Upgrade To Model 3 Performance: $17,000

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50 Replies to “I Traded My Tesla For The Model 3 Performance – Regret Buying Mid-Range”

  1. Engineering Explained

    I hope everyone's having a wonderful day! I had a great time filming this and remain a 5-year old when it comes to the fart mode button haha. If you end up buying a Tesla, using my referral link means we both get free stuff: https://ts.la/jason66047 If you end up buying a Mazda Miata, I wouldn't blame you, they're one of the best. If you decide, like me, to someday own a Crosstrek, be sure you're mentally prepared for how fast they are.

  2. Bruce Bolduc

    Great video and engineering explanations. Would the standard 2 motor Tesla address the responsiveness issues you had? That doesn't have track mode and is a bit slower but still insanely fast. I'm considering one when my lease is up and torn between the dual motor and the performance version

  3. DNTME

    Could you have chosen a worse road on which to drive while you talked? Not giving a road like that your full attention as you navigate it is a bad idea. In snowy, frigid conditions like that when you could hit a patch of ice at any time is near suicidal.

  4. Kally Gehly

    Great review! Interesting to note that they delivered you a defective product and did not compensate you for it, nor did they make it right. Perhaps not pertinent to this review video, but noteworthy. I really hope they improve this.

  5. Lars Volz

    Looking at your chrome delete, I'm trying to figure out what you did on the mirror mounts. It looks like it's not a full delete but there something going on. I like the look. What's happening there?

  6. shwndh

    I’m very interested in those motors. They have a 6 pole reluctance motor in the rear and a 4 pole induction motor in the front? I’d like to know what kind of feedback those motors use.

  7. Joe Merlo

    Does your performance model have the same amount of orange peel? I think its just so noticeable on the model 3 because of the lines on the car. Seems like alot on my blue 3, but they all seem to be that way.


    I rode the model 3 performance vs the standard range plus. The standard range plus rides better and more efficient than the performance also less cost lessor to replace standard 18" tire vs 20" tire, which also battery degrading is better in standard range plus than performance its a not worth paying extra $15,000 for performance of your plans use for daily driving the better valve and long term investment is standard range plus. The 3.5 second 0-60 is fun but you're not trying to ride a track style everytime you get in the car it won't last, mechanically not well for daily driving and efficiency, standard range plus is far better value in term of investment and more comfort than performance.

  9. voidedwarranty

    How noticeable is the torque ripple? If I've never driven an electric car before would I notice it? I'd love a dual motor long range but I just don't have the money. The standard range would fit my daily requirements without problem so just how bad is this torque ripple?

  10. JM M

    AFAIK you got your motor descriptions wrong.

    1. You described a universal motor, like ones used in vacuums. They have electricity applied to the rotor and stator.

    2. Induction does not do that. They only apply electricity to the stator windings.
    3. The differences is the rotor and stator – induction doesn't use PM in the rotor. But their reluctance motor, the PM are in the stator, not the rotor. Although you wouldn't think that judging by the pictures of them.
    One is more efficient, but the induction has more low end torque.

  11. George Mavrides

    Great tech, too much money for low end sedan quality (outside US). Still a good decade before these cars become cheap enough for the masses. In the meantime, ICE/hybrids are closing the consumption gap (at 5-6l/100km combined) so, taking into consideration the charging and maintenance costs, no major disruptions predicted from Tesla. Most major manufacturers already have their electric line ups and they build better quality cars (Nissan,Honda,VW,Audi,Kia,Hyundai etc).

  12. James Dearth

    How did u like waking up this morning to $6,000+ being stolen by Tesla? I purchased a M3P (white) 2 weeks ago at the time it was $62440 woke up today to a price drop from Tesla now my same car is $55,990 . Went to bed a huge Tesla fan and now I can’t look at my new car without getting pissed. Hard to recommend a company I feel screwed by, what is your opinion?

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