Calling all Fan Bois - Model 3 car jacking

Calling all Fan Bois - Model 3 car jacking

Saw this posted online:

I’m not sure this is something anyone can report to tesla thru the app?

82bert | May 21, 2020

Real question is why was that dude parked in such a sketchy area??

fazman | May 21, 2020

@82bert, would you feel better if this happened in a nicer area? Area doesn’t matter when it comes to the vehicle allowing the doors to unlock when the occupants wanted it to remain locked.

ST70 | May 21, 2020

@82bert- That's what a Liberal would a Liberal?

webzone4 | May 22, 2020

He did not have the car locked. Maybe he figured it locks automatically while in park until you open the doors. I tried it and the doors do NOT unlock by pressing the brake. Does it for you?

webzone4 | May 22, 2020

He did not have the car locked. Maybe he figured it locks automatically while in park until you open the doors. I tried it and the doors do NOT unlock by pressing the brake. Does it for you?

jdcollins5 | May 22, 2020

You can always hit the lock on the screen to lock, or verify it is locked.

yudansha™ | May 22, 2020

Sentry mode was enabled?

Johnnyo1980 | May 22, 2020

I feel like if the guy wanted to jack the car, he could've. He was telling the guys to get the hell out of there. If you ask me, this could've been way worse. Moral of the story - mind your own damn business and move along.

vmulla | May 22, 2020

Let me verify that pressing the brake unlocks the car before I say anything else.

Xerogas | May 22, 2020

Clickbait title, along with a non-issue. Nothing to see here.

andy.connor.e | May 22, 2020

My guess is this was done on purpose for the clickbait. People do this crap all the time. People are so desperate for attention that they are willing to risk their lives for it.

82bert | May 22, 2020

@fazman and st70. My comment was said in jest. Relax. Hard to not to ask why anyone is sitting parked watching a drug deal then has another person come up and supposedly try to jack their car in broad daylight.

My point was wtf was the goal here? Clearly they had an endgame, because otherwise their decision making is incredibly poor. If you can’t see that for what it is, I can’t help you.

Also, I checked. My 3 will remain locked under the circumstance described.

82bert | May 22, 2020

Watched the video a second time. Dude is a dipshit. Agree with johnnyo. Appears the dude was telling him to get the hell out of there or else. Common sense is rapidly undergoing extinction.

rxlawdude | May 22, 2020

The poster was there to watch a drug deal.

Who does that, unless he was just waiting in line? ;-)

hokiegir1 | May 22, 2020

Car in Park -- doors unlock. (And I think this is a setting somewhere, too, but I'm not positive)
Foot on brake -- no change.
Car in Drive (or reverse) -- doors lock.

Haven't tested yet, but that's pretty much what I remember -- so, his foot on the brake didn't change anything from the prior state. He was sitting there in Park before that.

Also, if it *is* found to be an issue, the nice thing is that they will do a software update to correct it.

vmulla | May 22, 2020

I've tested the lock functionality and its good news for Tesla.

With the car in park and locked:
The car does not unlock upon pressing the brake pedal.
The car unlocks upon
(a) Unlocking the vehicle using the screen icon
(b) Opening the vehicle using the button on the handle
(c) By pressing the park button on the gear shifter stalk
(d) Unlocking the car from the Tesla app
Nothing else unlocks the car (I tried everything I could think of, including scroll wheels and horn)

billroger | May 22, 2020

The whole scenario could have been 'staged' for some reason.

geedub1023 | May 22, 2020

First of all, I agree with most posts here about it must have been staged and why would he just be parked there talking about a drug deal (doors locked or not).

Nevertheless, I have a concealed carry license so my 9mm would have greeted that guy when he opened my door along with me asking "may we help you"?.

derotam | May 22, 2020

@vmulla: You missed a test mode... roll down the window and try to open the door from the outside sure you don't unbuckle, or lift off the seat weight sensor...

derotam | May 22, 2020

...well you only stated what DID unlock the car, not all the things that did NOT unlock the car, so maybe you tried it.

bcmusik | May 22, 2020

Sitting in the car with the door locked - wife tries to open the door from the outside .... no go.
Step on the brake - the door is still locked - wife still can't get in.
Works as expected.

WW_spb | May 22, 2020

What do you expect from Fazman. Thread name tells you all.

vmulla | May 22, 2020

I did not think about that test case :) Anyway, I have happy news for Tesla.

I tried your test case shortly after seeing your input, and I'm happy to report that we cannot open the car door from outside when the car is locked. I tried with (a) seat belt on (b) seat belt unbuckled (c) lifted myself to make sure seat sensors were 'unoccupied', and there's no way to open the car from outside.

+1 @bcmusik

lbowroom | May 22, 2020

The Model 3 doesn't lock like a conventional car. The car either allows the door to electronically pop open, or not. If the driver just pulled into a parking spot and sat there, the doors can be opened from the outside. He obviously didn't tap the lock on the lock screen or the door wouldn't have opened from the outside. The article is written without the understanding of how this system works. Faz's motivation and thread title, well you can figure that out on your own.

hokiegir1 | May 22, 2020

So, basically we've determined that the dipshit in the article (and yes, he warrants that name if he was sitting there watching a drug deal go down) had put the car in park, which unlocked it. He then took no action to re-lock it at any point (tapping on the screen, putting it in gear).

So, non-story. As usual.

lbowroom | May 22, 2020

Fun experiment. Approach your car with the Bluetooth off or otherwise shielded. Pull the handle full open but don't let go. Activate Bluetooth. Door pops open.

Listen for a clunk when you lock/unlock doors, spoiler alert.... you won't hear one..

vmulla | May 22, 2020

...and that's about as aggravated as @hokiegir1 gets on this forum :))

httran26 | May 22, 2020

There is no issue and nothing to report. The car is working as designed.

If you don't like this behavior, change it in the settings: Controls > Locks > Unlock on Park

hokiegir1 | May 22, 2020

Lol @vmulla. Pretty close. I think I've surpassed it once or twice, but not often.

BruceLee | May 22, 2020


One more test but it may require 2 people. Car in park and lock door icon on screen, driver in seat, phone in car, and 2nd person tries opening the rear passenger door.

I will try this myself tomorrow if no one else does it first.

Also, wonder what would happen if there was a passenger in front seat, phone key in car, doors locked as per screen icon : stranger comes and tries to open driver door or driver side rear door. If either opens it would be bad news for the passenger sitting up front,

ST70 | May 22, 2020

He's 50 feet from Pep Boys....that's considered sketchy? Stay away from Pep boys?

lbowroom | May 22, 2020

They only put Pep Boys in ritzy areas

Bighorn | May 22, 2020

Manny, Moe, and Jack are very high brow.