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2018 Tesla Model 3 repairs by problem area

Engine (13%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (34%)

Other (12%)

Chart based on 68 repairs.
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2018 Tesla Model 3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (4%)

< $100 (96%)

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Chart based on 26 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2018 Tesla Model 3 4dr Sedan

258-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic RWD

Tesla Model 3 in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2018 - Jul 2020
Dec 2018

8000 mi
Replaced defective front trunk latches. 
Jul 2019

15695 mi
Replaced charge port insulator pins and verified fitment, Replace Charge Port Door Sensor Target 
Nov 2019

20985 mi
Replaced right headlight assembly (DRL broken). Steering column motor lubed due to loud vibrating noise Lower trunk area filled with 1/4" water. Soaked insulation and trunk liner. Resealed trunk pan seams. Replaced missing underbody panel screw and panel clip. 
Jul 2020

27000 mi
Replaced coolant superbottle due to suspected internal issue, filled and set coolant levels. 
Tesla Model 3 in South Carolina, United States
May 2018 - Dec 2019
Aug 2018

3000 mi
Air conditioner pressure sensor failed. 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Apr 2018 - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

6000 mi
Rattling/squeaking caused by cowl, cowl reseated. 
Tesla Model 3 in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2018 - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

4650 mi
Back Window replacement. There was a crack under defrost line. Frozen charge port 
Tesla Model 3 in Virginia, United States
Apr 2018 - Jun 2020
Aug 2018

5000 mi
There was a deformity in the rear glass making it look warped when looking through the rear view mirror (replaced). Found chrome trim over driver side door had wear mark. (replaced). Charge port door magnet fell off (replaced). Tinging sound heard from speakers randomly. Skipping to next song generally clears it up. Transmission shifter trim plastic popped out. High rate of failure to unlock doors via phone key via phone. Found issue realistically was on my end. Samsung S9+ power save features were interfering. 
Jul 2019

18000 mi
Receive reduced charging warning. Only able to draw 32amp on 48amp connection at home on HPWC. Correction: Power Conversion System (Remove & Replace) Tube - Input - Coolant - Power Conversion System (Remove & Replace) 
Oct 2019

23000 mi
Bad mildew smell persists in cabin. Started around middle of July. Evaporator cleaned and Filter - Cabin (Remove & Replace) 
Nov 2019

27000 mi
Heard loud fan noise in park (Car off, parked). Performed a thermal test, ran ac on high, drove vehicle and inspected fan for possible objects. Everything checks out well at this time. 
Tesla Model 3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2018 - Jul 2020
Nov 2018

6820 mi
Frunk actuator replaced 
Mar 2020

22320 mi
Upper left ball joint developed a squeak 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Jun 2018 - Jun 2020
Jan 2019

9000 mi
rear taillight condensation 
Tesla Model 3 in New York, United States
Mar 2018 - Jan 2019
Nov 2018

9000 mi
Frunk was struck closed and wouldn't open. fixed latch mechanism. 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Jun 2018 - Jul 2020
Jul 2020

21000 mi
Right driver window rocker switch broken and replaced. 
Tesla Model 3 in Indiana, United States
Apr 2018 - Jun 2020
Jun 2020

21000 mi
Charging port wouldn’t open. Forced open using a credit card. At the next charge it closed automatically and then started working correctly. 
Tesla Model 3 in Washington, United States
Apr 2018 - Jun 2020
Mar 2020

15381 mi
Defective rear glass defroster, rear glass was replaced. 
Tesla Model 3 in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2018 - Jul 2020
Sep 2019

18000 mi

US $120
Known problem with early Model 3: the cabin air filter gets moldy and needed to be replaced (cause of the mold was fixed by software update). 
Tesla Model 3 in Texas, United States
Feb 2018 - Jun 2020
Apr 2019

8000 mi
The drive motor shorted out and blew the main battery cutoff. The entire drive unit was replaced under warranty. 
Tesla Model 3 in Quebec, Canada
May 2018 - Jun 2020
Dec 2019

6820 mi
Chrome on rear passenger handle was sharp and handle was replaced. At same time power port recall was performed (which I had no issues with) to change part to avoid moisture entering system. I never had issue, but apparently in cold climates there had been. Mentioned earlier. At same time as call they replaced the Charge Port carrier port and Insulator pins. I never had issue but they had issues in other cold climate areas 
Tesla Model 3 in Washington, United States
Apr 2018 - Jun 2020
Dec 2018

6500 mi
Front trunk wouldn't open. 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Apr 2018 - Dec 2019
Sep 2018

5000 mi
Rattle coming from rear of vehicle. Diagnosed, but was not successfully fixed. The LED light strip DRL on the driver's side headlight is no longer working. Parts not in stock, so no repair attempted. 
Jun 2019

15000 mi
A knocking from the rear of the car was apparent at low speeds over bumps. It was diagnosed to be a faulty rear shock, which was replaced. 
Tesla Model 3 in New Mexico, United States
Apr 2018 - Dec 2019
Jun 2018

100 mi
replace ac compressor 
Tesla Model 3 in Missouri, United States
Apr 2018 - Jun 2020
Jun 2018

2000 mi
Blemish on paint at delivery 
Jun 2020

36000 mi
Front right upper control arm and ball joint. 
Tesla Model 3 in Alabama, United States
Feb 2018 - Jun 2020
Jun 2018

5000 mi
Replaced the center console due to a scratch from the factory.  Adjusted the trunk due to interference with the lift struts and the seal. Replaced rocker panels due to damage from delivery. 
Jun 2020

36000 mi
Driver's side upper control arm ball joint was squeaking. Service replaced both driver's and passenger's sides under warranty. 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Mar 2018 - Jun 2020
Apr 2018

327 mi
A piece of the headliner trim wasn't properly installed when new. Right rear interior next to the rear windscreen. 
Jul 2018

2000 mi
The control panel for the driver’s power seat repeatedly pulls away from the structure of the side of the seat. Requires that I push it back into place repeatedly each day to prevent it coming completely detached from the seat. Tesla replaced the lower seat side part that includes the switches and controls for the power seat, at no cost to me.  Replaced the door to the charging plug on the rear driver side tail light assembly due to a small metal part fallen off and needing driver to find the missing piece and super-glue it back on. Before replacing this part, the charging door didn’t work properly (manual press of charge door did not function to open the charge port door.) 
Apr 2020

13175 mi
Service campaign initiated by Tesla. Two small plastic parts replaced inside the electrical charging port to improve reliability of the charging port. Replacement of the two small parts was done by a mobile Tesla technician in a no-touch very quick process in my driveway. Very simple process for me with minimal disruption or effort on my part. 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Dec 2017 - Aug 2018
Jan 2018

2000 mi
door trim adjustment 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Feb 2018 - Jan 2020
Mar 2018 (Electric car) charge port wouldn't open, immediately upon taking delivery (discovered after driving home) 
Apr 2018 Parking brake sensor was flaking out, preventing the (electric) car from powering off when not in use. 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Apr 2018 - Dec 2019
Jun 2018

1000 mi
Phone key function never worked since day 1. Bluetooth connectivity is sporadic. Sometimes connecting phone function only, other times connect media only, other times no connection at all. 
Tesla Model 3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2018 - Jun 2020
Jun 2018

1134 mi
Upon delivery of car, noted mild noise at low speed from rear right wheel. Known issue with some new deliveries, required new clips for pads on rear right brake caliper 
Nov 2018

8920 mi
The front, drivers side headlamp was replaced (due to a known flaw with the LED signature [accent] lights) by Tesla Ranger Service at my home. 
Nov 2019

26040 mi
Ranger service in my home garage: R&R the left front drivers door "pull strap" (that holds the door partially or fully open) as it was making a "click click" noise when the door was swung open or closed. Ranger service in my garage: made a recommended field modification to the glove box door opening mechanism to cure an issue with the glove box door opening on its own. Ranger service in my home garage: periodic noise from the steering wheel retraction mechanism cured with correct lubrication of said mechanism. Ranger service in my home garage: executed a TSB to R&R the onboard charge connection point with a better design to prevent possible freezing issues. 
May 2020

31000 mi
Ranger service in my home garage: R&R the right front passenger door "pull strap" (that holds the door partially or fully open) as it was making a "click click" noise when the door was swung open or closed. 
Tesla Model 3 in Colorado, United States
May 2018 - Jun 2020
Oct 2018

6000 mi
Replaced door weather stripping that collected water. No interior water leaks. 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Feb 2018 - Oct 2019
Oct 2018

3000 mi
Replace headlight assembly. The daytime running light was not as bright on the driver side as it was on the passenger side. Seems like it was a common problem with the early models as I know a couple other individuals who had the same issue. 
Tesla Model 3 in Virginia, United States
Jan 2018 - Jan 2019
Feb 2018

50 mi
Fixed interior trim issue 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Jun 2018 - Jun 2020
Sep 2018

1301 mi
Body panel misalignment: - Frunk lid 3.5mm lower than fenders - Driver side and passenger side fenders protruding noticeably where they met with front doors Rattle from under dash. Notes from invoice: Removed and repaired front passenger air vent/duct as per diagnosis. Verified noise is no longer present. Parts replaced: ASY,HARN,IP,M3,LHD,PREM (1067960-00-D) Qty 1 M3, IP, AIR VENT, ASY, PASSENGER (1083325-00-F) Qty 1 

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2018 Tesla Model 3 4dr Sedan

Tesla Model 3 in New York, United States
Aug 2018 - Dec 2018
Oct 2018

700 mi
Airbag warning light caused by faulty seatbelt switch. 
Tesla Model 3 in Georgia, United States
Feb 2018 - Apr 2018
Apr 2018

3098 mi
Remove and replace left seat harness assembly 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Jul 2018 - Aug 2020
Nov 2018

8000 mi
wind noise in roof trim. adjusted trim seating an under-hood piece of trim was out of place. tech adjusted it. cosmetic only. 
Jan 2020

28000 mi
upper control arm failure. replaced under warranty 
Aug 2020

39000 mi
replaced noisy AC compressor backup camera intermittent failure. attempted diagnosis, unable to reproduce. 

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2017 Tesla Model 3 4dr Sedan

258-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic RWD

Tesla Model 3 in Iowa, United States
Dec 2017 - Jun 2020
May 2018

5165 mi
Motor for automatic look down on reverse in driver side mirror was off so it didn't fully return to set position. 
May 2020

38000 mi
Loud scraping sound from front right wheel area. Upper control arm was replaced. 
Tesla Model 3 in California, United States
Dec 2017 - Jun 2020
Apr 2018

4000 mi
Window seal was torn. There was no trip to the dealer. Tesla sent a technician to my house and repaired it in my driveway. 
Dec 2018

17000 mi
trim piece coming loose 

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