6,000 miles and bottom back outside edges of front wheel wells have had their paint stripped and have started to rust. Anyone else? Discussed with Tesla or just shut up and repair it. But seems quite early....
I'd bring it up with Tesla. They may not do anything, but maybe they'll put a little strip of protective film in that area in the future if its a common issue to prevent damage/rust.
Sounds like you have curb rash. If you TOUCH A curb with a tire, you'll hit the rim too. It'll scrap the paint and expose metal, which will rust. Google Model 3 rim rash and you can compare to see if that's what it is. There's a cheap paint to fit the rash that I just used that'll work fine.
They are alloy wheels, no rust.
I think the OP is talking about the wheel wells, not the rims/wheels. A picture would be helpful.
"bottom back outside edges" indeed hard to picture what OP means, but outside edges triggers my rim rash alarm unfortunately. My wife just tapped a curb and it was a sad day :(
Either way OP, if paint is worn off, there's got to be something rubbing it off.
HA! Wheel wells! I missed that key word. OP, Turn the wheels full left, and look to see if it's touching anything. Then do right. If paint is worn off, something's rubbing it.
Sorry for my misread.
Ah, yes this has been reported by some. Those that drive on gravel or dirty roads will have the paint blasted off by the stuff being kicked up by the wheels.
Also, where does the OP live? Northern, cold winter areas known for salt/chemicals used for roadways which promote rust if not keep clean?
Kept clean....my bad!
@Lorenzryanc I know a great rim repair guy if you are in LA.
I'm in Delaware :/ but thanks lilbean! Luckily it was a light tap, the Ford paint pen covered it nicely.
thanks, yes winter roads here. photo here. https://ibb.co/dPh7nD9
I thought that the body panels were aluminum. Maybe not.
probably time for splash guards
Some are aluminum some are not.. you would think the bottom side edge runners would be, they are not.
How about a picture?
Speaking of aluminum, I’d never seen where they started adding steel, so I just took a magnet to the car. One other not mentioned benefit of the Model S—no rust worries.
Steel: front fender, rear fender, trunk
Aluminum: frunk, doors
I am sure it won't last 1M miles with this design even in drier climate.
I’m guessing you don’t have a million miles in you to find out. I’ll have to let you know. Lead car is at around 530k miles now.
That photo helped. Interesting. I’m thinking some clear adhesive strip along that inner edge to protect from chipping. Not gorgeous, but better than lost paint and rust.
Do you drive a white M3 with bighorns mounted to the hood? Saw one recently at a SC.
No, but there’s a Texas car with Longhorns:)
Yep, sandblasted. Check your rockers, and look all the way back in front of your rear wheels, the sand gets blasted all the way back there.
You definitely need to remove the rust, touch that up, put on mud guards, maybe even put PPF on your rockers.
I've already put mud guards on mine, the carbon fiber ones from protectmytesla.com, and will put PPF on my rockers.
First rainy day:https://www.dropbox.com/s/bfluuq45basyt0j/IMG_1940.jpg?dl=0
My old (2015) Jeep Grand Cherokee had clear plastic/vinyl guards placed in these areas from the new from factory. Perhaps Tesla can start applying these if this is a problem for the Model 3. I guess no one will really know for a few years until a lot of Model 3s, especially in cold climates, have been time tested in the real world. These are the kind of disadvantages a newer manufacturer will have.