Daniel S. Billing

Review: '21 Tesla Model 3 after 10k km

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For reference I drive a Tesla Model 3 2021 Long Range Dual Motor with Enchanced Autopilot, and I previously owned a 2014 Tesla Model S 85, non-AP but with OP (OpenPilot) from 2017 until 2020.

If you're considering purchasing a Tesla, one of the questions you may have is about the vehicle's durability and performance after driving for a significant distance. After all, 10,000 km is a lot of mileage for just owning it for a couple of months, and you want to be sure that your investment will hold up over time.

Well, I'm happy to report that after driving my Tesla for 10,000 km, I can confidently say that this is a fantastic vehicle that continues to perform at a high level even after logging a significant number of miles.

First of all, let's talk about the performance of the Tesla. This is an electric vehicle, so it has instant torque and acceleration that is truly impressive. Even after 30,000 km, it still feels quick and responsive, and I have no doubt that it will continue to deliver strong performance for many kilometers to come.

In terms of durability, my Tesla has held up remarkably well after 30,000 km. The interior is still in great shape, with no signs of wear and tear on the seats, dashboard, or controls. The exterior of the car also looks almost brand new, with no major dents, scratches, or other blemishes. And, of course, the all-important battery continues to hold a strong charge and deliver plenty of range, even after all those kilometers.

Another aspect of the Tesla that I've been particularly impressed with is the Autopilot feature. This is Tesla's advanced driver assistance system that allows the vehicle to automatically steer, accelerate, and brake on highways and other roads. After driving with Autopilot for most of all my highway driving, I can confidently say that it is a game-changing technology that makes driving safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable.

One of the things I love about Autopilot is that it takes over some of the more tedious aspects of driving, such as maintaining a set speed and staying within your lane. This allows me to relax and enjoy the ride, knowing that the vehicle is handling some of the more monotonous tasks for me. And because Autopilot is constantly improving thanks to regular software updates, I know that it will continue to get even better over time. It is important to remember that this does not replace the driver and the driver is still responsible for controlling the vehicle.

Another thing; It is frustrating that Tesla does not allow drivers to reduce the amount of regenerative braking, especially in harsh winter conditions in the Nordic countries. In these conditions, less regenerative braking can be beneficial for better control on slippery roads. However, because Tesla does not allow drivers to adjust the settings, they are stuck with the default amount, which can make driving in winter conditions more difficult. This lack of control is disappointing and can be a source of frustration for Tesla drivers in the Nordic countries. This has been a feature for older Model 3's and previous Model S'.

In conclusion, I have for ~10,000 km and have found that the vehicle's performance and durability remain impressive. The car's electric powertrain provides instant torque and acceleration, and the interior and exterior show no signs of wear and tear. The Autopilot feature is a game-changing technology that makes driving safer and more enjoyable, and the car's battery continues to hold a strong charge. However, I am frustrated by Tesla's lack of control over regenerative braking in harsh winter conditions.

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