*Updated post to get through the new thread block. Update on 3/19/2019*
I have been enjoying my SR+ for 3 days and 354 miles now. My average will be actually higher when I start using the car for work after installing the 220 charger tomorrow. I bought the model 3 with hesitations regarding Tesla's knowledge of building cars but the gas saving mean that I'm driving a super nice and comfortable car for free. I'm extremely impressed with what I got however.
I have been in the used car business since 2012 now, I'm familiar with what looks good but is horribly made "VW" and what's actually good. I have seen all kinds of cars in different conditions and mileages at Auto auctions. I do work on my cars as much as speed and cost requires to be able to flip as fast as possible. I'm also an engineer and a car enthusiast since as early as I can remember.
The soundproofing is impressive and efficient, the car looks bare bones but it's an intelligent thick foam with deep carpeting that looks premium as well.
The front wheel suspension setup is a double wishbone just like I like with no camber changes with wheel motion, which allows for safer hard cornering on uneven surfaces unlike the McPherson setup on say BMW. However, the strut mount is integrated into the upper control arm which provides the torsional rigidity and ease of removal of the strut "McPherson" suspension.
The dashboard design and interior are extremely practical and well thought out. The lid for the compartment under the screen is designed in a way that doesn't allow stuff to fall and get trapped if the lid is halfway open. Everything is located in the most convenient location.
The range in the city is higher than shown. Given that I drive and not autopilot but we'll get to that disaster later. Chill mode, sport steering. That's the recipe.
The issues I've had so far:
A ding unnoticeable by me with the experience I have, despite being told about it and its location by the delivery specialist before the appointment "and given the option to delay delivery till fixed or fixed later, of course I choose the latter". Really good work by the delivery guys picking up that fault.
The paint needs a buff, and there are 3 tiny particulates that dried on the clear "will be taken care of later by Tesla as well"
The seals are a little wavy at some spots but no wind noise issues.
Since the software upgrade that got me 30 days autopilot free trial the screen has been freezing every once in a while, nothing a reset can't fix. I'm happy to report that the vehicle's main functionality as a car remains unaffected, you don't get a speedometer though.
The charging port didn't unlock at the supercharger, there's a rubber piece with a wire attached to it "looks more like a mic than a latch" inside the trunk that you pull on and it manually unlocks.
Now Autopilot, it simply doesn't work for me. It brakes too late, accelerates initially too slow then too fast, brakes from far away in a way that seems ubrupt, it swerves after a minute almost every time I turn it on. I'm so disappointed that I wanna opt out of the autopilot trial just to get back my good ole cruise control. It doesn't seem to have improved since my last trial in Miami in a P90D when they first came out.
My only explanation is that I'm taking it to unfamiliar territory because I drive around pickups and crossovers where I'm at in Virginia Beach. The reason why I say this is because everyone is praising it while I'm loathing it from every crash that I had to avoid. I really wanna do the work and put my streets on the Tesla autopilot neural map but it's so annoying and attention demanding I need to be getting paid for this.
Overall very impressed, and if you're shorting Tesla and laughing at the suckers who believe in the company's success despite all the issues that they are dealing with you just need to put your prejudice aside and hop in a model 3.
This was a different post about fsd with 72 replies relevant to that subject and I changed it to post my review after getting the car. Original post for comments continuity:
Tesla "full self-driving" guarantee
It would make sense that if you pay for FSD now, before the feature is activated, you will be entitled to it whenever it's available technically and legally regardless of any potential required hardware upgrades. Now if you don't pay for it and it says $4000 after delivery, does that oblige Tesla to provide you with the feature when available at that price? I don't wanna pay for something that I know for sure will be bipartisanly ferociously fought by unions "liberals" and the anti-progress old folks "conservatives" and will probably take a few years after being available technically to become legal.