April 4th 2016 reservation holder here who picked up my Blue RWD Model 3 in Seattle on 8/3. I was one of the many who bailed on AWD when we saw the glut of RWD's being delivered.
I've hesitated to leave a review mainly because of the bitter taste of my delivery experience all self created by me. I've spent so many months in complete OCD, refreshing every forum and group 24/7.
Paint flaws, panel gaps, check lists, 15 minute delivery, reading so much on this stuff for so long had me so worked up with fear that I wasn't myself when delivery day came.
Instead of being filled with anticipation and joy I was hesitant and unsure. I work across the street from the Seattle Delivery Center. So I started popping in a few days before delivery virtually demanding to pre inspect the car........"Sir the car is not here yet". On the day of delivery I showed up 1 1/2 hrs early to have some time inspecting the car. They're not really set up to do that, the cars are in another room until they move them up for the delivery and they are real busy with other deliveries.
Finally they appeased my panic and brought the car up 1/2 hour before delivery. Now I jumped into action on my paranoid mission to find the flaws I just new that my bad luck would bring. I found things on the paint that I never would have noticed before even if you had tried to point them out to me. Suddenly I'm calling for the delivery specification manager ( Who knew there was such a thing) who comes out along with a detailer.
At one point four of us were hunched down looking for a flaw on the bumper that I couldn't even explain. " What are we looking for sir"......never mind. The detailer is following me around and around the car trying to buff away my paranoia.
Panel gaps......panel gaps......how many times I've read the horror stories. All the gaps were looking great as I'm microscopically inspecting them. Then I see it......Look at that I say! I knew it! I could see the left tail light wasn't completely flush where the trunk met the car. Suddenly in my mind this was a HUGE issue, one that EVERYONE would see. Can't they fix this? I'm assured that its within the tolerances.
The manager measures it and says its off 1 millimeter which is within the tolerance. They informed me that unfortunately it would make it worse to try and move things to make this flush.
Up until this point my wife was being patient with my bizarre behavior. Now she's looking at me like I'm crazy when I ask her if we should accept delivery. Now she's had enough...."we're leaving with this car". So I say ok I'm ready to go thru the delivery process. All the time he's explaining the car all I can think about is I'm getting stuck with a lemon. As I drive away I should have been ecstatic, instead I'm disappointed.
Fast forward to after delivery day. I'm not going to tell you all how transformative an experience it is to own and drive this car, how much I enjoy driving it. You all know this already. Nothing prepared me for how much I would enjoy owning this car.
I have nothing against those demanding perfection before forking $60k for a car virtually sight unseen, having never even sat in one before driving away with it. But reading about about this subject for months before delivery turned me into something I'm not. In the end it's a car. Most new cars won't pass a pages long microscopic inspection checklist. Sure I would prefer to draw the perfect car straw. But a millimeter gap deviation and a few microscopic paint flaws should not have been enough to ruin what should have been a great day.
If I had it to do over again the day would have gone completely different. As you're waiting with nervous anticipation for your delivery day, building your checklist. I recommend from experience to just relax. The delivery day will come when it comes, and you'll be blown away by this car in ways you can't even imagine regardless if you draw the lucky perfect car straw or not.
I've been very high maintenance with my impatience thru this experience. Every Tesla Employee who has dealt with my angst has been very helpful and professional. I'll make my way over to the delivery center eventually to apologize for my bizarre behavior and thank them for their patience.