Hey Model 3 owners - are those door panels steel or aluminum? I'm thinking about future door ding/dent repair. Thanks!
Early reports from people who got early rides in the Release Candidate cars tested the doors with magnets. the door panels didn't attract the magnets. Non-ferrous? or non-magnetic ferrous alloy? I don't know for sure, but I'd bet they're aluminum. Rear quarter panel is mild steel.
Op. Any issues with fixing dent/ding on an aluminum body?
Carlk - I've heard that aluminum is much harder to pop dents out of, whereas steel is easy. I'm dreading the inevitable first dent. Anyone here have experience (e.g., new Ford F-150 pick up trucks)?
Model S and X too. They got fixed everyday.
@ TimGrok I will check it out tomorrow and provide you with a full report!
Pretty sure like other cars, its a steel frame, with aluminum body. Kind of like steel structure in buildings, and wooden carpentry, as a comparison example.
The hood and doors are aluminum, the fenders and trunk are steel. The majority of the frame is steel but some of the structural components are aluminum.
Be careful the way you word things @Tobasco. I believe the frame is considered structural.
Sorry, I meant structural sub-components. Thanks @andy.
Can confirm. Fenders, trunk, and roof pillars are steel.
Interesting - thanks all! Looks like dent repair on doors will be a little tricky, since aluminum doesn't have a "memory" like steel that will pop back into place. However, I'm reading that more and more shops can deal with aluminum now. Meanwhile, I'll pray to the Dent & Ding Gods for my first ding to be on a fender... :-)
You'd rather to have a steel body because it's easier to repair? Weird.
A lot of high end/ higher end cars have aluminum body nowadays.
And according to this article it's not harder to repair than steel, just different.
Since I plan to take the car to Costco and Home Depot, the sides are just going to be peppered with vertical creases from people slamming them with their doors.
Then again, I won’t be parking in compact spaces anymore; perhaps that’ll make a difference.
Too bad about fenders as they are the first place to rust in most vehicles. If aluminum they'd be good for a very long time.
I have had a ding with my s and the ding doc got it out perfectly.