I have been a Tesla Model 3 owner for 3 weeks now. Incredible car. Just nice in almost every way. Hands down the smartest car I have ever driven!
There are a few major flaws... lack of audible warning for lane changes when a car is in the blindspot (almost every new car has them now) and lack of same audible warning for cross-traffic (cars approaching from side) when backing out of a parking spot.
By far, the most serious flaw is the auto-dimming mirrors. I have almost been involved in two accidents on the highway at night because I can't see out of the rear view mirrors. For me, it is almost like you have put on very dark sunglasses at night. I can see points of light, but the mirrors are so dark that I cannot figure out whether cars are a few feet or a mile away. Yes, a shoulder check is mandatory. But rear-view mirrors are just as necessary.
I have not had this issue in any other car. I have contacted Tesla Service, and they say that the feature can be disabled in software for the Model S, but there is no option to do so for the Model 3. I was told of the light sensor above the cameras in the windshield - covering that up with hockey tape had no effect.
This feature is outright dangerous for me, and I am considering my options.
1) The best option would be for Tesla to allow us to disable the auto-dimming feature. Any help with this would be appreciated.
2) I am considering not driving the Model 3 after dark. A bit impractical, and sad to put such a nice car on the shelf
3) I am considering looking for a glass cutting service to cut mirrors to shape so I can stick them on over top of the existing mirrors. Would be a shame to have to do this to such a wonderful car. Might have to come to this, though, as I want to live to purchase another Tesla :0)
Help is much appreciated!