Submitted by Bluesday Afternoon on Fri, 2016-12-09 15:27
Tesla is shielding early production issues from the general public by building initial Model 3's for Tesla/Solar City/SpaceX employees. I'd guess well over one thousand would come off the line prior to the general public and some with issues. As we know, Tesla employees must remain silent both on the forums and publicly or their job is at risk. So employee build complaints should be, basically, non-existent to Consumer Reports, Seeking Alpha and us. Great plan! Additionally, the builders have a real vested interest in getting everything right. If you are like me, an early reservationist and/or current owner, this Shield coupled with the fact Tesla is no longer a rookie in car manufacturing increases my confidence in receiving a solid, well built early Model 3.
A comment to future first time owners:
Understand the unique Tesla philosophy of not having a traditional model year build cycle. It doesn't take a year to see a significant change in a Model S or X. I'm fully aware of this important issue and you need to process it ahead of time. I understand my early Model 3 may not have all the new bells and whistles after just three months of ownership. You see my Model S85D doesn't have the biggest battery, V2 hardware or ventilated seats. But it's still such a sweet ride!