"... The car scored 'below average' on the fit & finish quality audit which looked at >1, 500 gap measurements," UBS' Colin Langan wrote in the note to clients. "The team also found the body-wind noise was 'borderline acceptable.'"
"The results confirm media reports of quality issues & are disappointing for a $49k car," UBS said.
They won't be easy fixes, either, UBS added, especially when it comes to the structural issues creating excess noise. ..."
This confirms my own observations, and of several other owners who have commented online and in person to me: the Model 3 is NOT a quiet car, due to the manufacturing defects and structural issues mentioned in the article.
If Tesla is able to do anything to reduce the amount of road and wind noise within the passenger cabin, I wish they would. I realize that some of the sources might be very difficult to remedy post delivery, but it is possible that some relatively cheap aftermarket additional dampening, insulation or seals could make a noticable difference. If so, then I suggest that Tesla should offer to make these adjustments on any Model 3 that could benefit from them (where the cabin noise is above a certain threshold, for example.)
I'm not asking for a freebie: early buyers of this car would have no way of knowing about the cabin noise level. The Model S I test drove wasn't this bad. And I, for one, noticed immediately how much noisier my Model 3 was, but I was told that the noise level was "within range deemed acceptable" (I.e., "as bad as expected") when I brought it in for service for an unrelated matter.
Don't get me wrong: I still love my car. I wouldn't want to give it back. I just wish Tesla could done more to insure that road and wind noise was lower and better isolated. I'm sure they will in the future, but my early production car is noisier than necessary.