Tesla Model 3 Review: The TRUTH After 26,000 Miles

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • Tesla Model 3 Review after 1 year & 26,000 miles! Still the best car or was it a mistake?
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    Almost a year ago I took delivery of my Tesla Model 3 and since then I've driven it over 26,000 miles. Is it still the best car I've ever driven or was it a $50,000 mistake? Let's find out.

    In my original Tesla Model 3 review I mainly went over the features of the car but in this video I'm going to go over my experience of owning a #TeslaModel3 and focus on the 3 most important factors:


    When I first got my Model 3 I was skeptical on how reliable it would be since it was a first generation of its kind, and there were a few horror stories online from early adopters who were experiencing software & hardware issues.

    I can honestly say my Model 3 has been 100% reliable for me so far, and yes even though that should be expected for a brand new car, it’s still a nice surprise how reliable it has been since Tesla is still relatively so young & since Model 3 is a very unique car. Range anxiety does exist, but the Model 3’s energy graph is extremely accurate in predicting the estimated range left when driving so as long as you pay attention to that and plan ahead you’ll be fine and shouldn’t ever have to worry about running out of battery.

    For how heavily it’s integrated with software I’m actually surprised my Model 3 has worked this well, and I’ve been extremely satisfied with it over my first 26,000 miles.


    Out of all those things during the first 25,000 miles in a Model 3 you only need to do tire rotations and I know this isn’t the norm but luckily for me there’s a local tire shop that gives free tire rotations to Tesla owners, just one of the many perks of going all-electric I guess.

    The only thing that has cost me money to drive my Model 3 this far is electricity from either at home or a Tesla Supercharger. My city is one of the best locations to put the Model 3 range efficiency to the test and with an average of 248 Wh/mile through all the seasons means the LR Model 3 is one of, if not the most efficient electric car out right now.

    It took 6,457 kWh to drive just over 26,000 miles, and since the Model 3 gets about 80% efficiency it actually took about 8,071 kWh and at my current electricity rate of 6.8 cents per kWh that comes to $549 that I’ve spent on electricity to drive my Model 3 over 26,000 miles. I’ve also charged for free at hotels, parking garages, and family members houses so my total cost to drive over 26,000 miles in my Model 3 is less than $600. My monthly electricity costs have only increased by an average of $36. To put it in perspective, a car that gets 30 mpg at $2.75/gallon would cost $2,383 to drive 26,000 miles and if you add a $50 oil change every 4,000 miles that would be an additional $325. This shows how much a person can save in fuel & oil by going all-electric, especially a Model 3.


    It’s no surprise that the Tesla Model 3 is a joy to drive but I’ll quickly go over a few things that I don’t like because nothing is perfect. The windshield and windows fog up more than any other car I’ve ever driven. Fortunately I got some fog reducer that helps. I wish the frunk had a better closing mechanism or was able to close automatically because I hate leaving hand prints on the hood from closing it. I also wish the driver profiles would save the lumbar setting. Luckily that can be fixed with a software update which is one of my favorite things about the Model 3.

    Now moving along to the other things that I enjoy most about my Model 3: How a car can be this simple & minimalist yet pack so much power and torque is something I’ll always be impressed with.

    Yes there are times when it phantom brakes but if you're using it as it's designed you will always have a hand on the wheel ready to take over and I love knowing each time I use it it's getting better through the neural network.

    It charges overnight while I sleep, it stops charging when it reaches whatever limit I have set, and I wake up to an 80% charge every day or 100% charge if I'm about to take a road trip - no more stopping at gas stations. I can tell it to drive somewhere and it gives me real-time step-by-step directions on the beautiful responsive 15” touch screen which is the best screen in any vehicle out right now in my opinion.

    Now after a free software update and even after any battery degradation from driving 26,000 miles, my Model 3 now gets 320 rated miles on a full charge.

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  • Andy Slye
    Andy Slye  7 months ago +371

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  • Zef Zakaveli
    Zef Zakaveli  8 hours ago

    Reloaded let’s go!!👊🏾💯🅱️🅱️

  • AlohaMD
    AlohaMD  21 hours ago

    Love your reviews. Getting me so excited for my new Tesla! Also nerding out.

  • Oldestries
    Oldestries  23 hours ago

    Fogging up is condensation. Level up inside temp a bit with outside. In the winter, u need to vent the heat out when u driving.

  • GT Kona
    GT Kona  yesterday

    Where is electricity under 7 cents per kWh?

  • Van's Best Friend

    You didn't mention anything about the leagues of children found in the Congo digging for Cobalt, Rhodium, and Lithium in the mines. Nor did you mention the hundreds of million tons of Earth that needs to be strip mined for only a few hundred pounds of the noble and rare metals for the manufacture of the batteries. And, of course, you didn't mention any REAL WORLD usage like in temps less than 20 degrees F where there's less than half the battery power available! You have low criteria for a vehicle and are young, so it's to be expected. But I can tell my experience... even though I haven't owned one, the two people in my complex that did couldn't wait to get rid of them and buy/lease gas engine cars once again. What about THAT? When you look at the big picture, electric cars are the worst thing to ever happen to humanity and our environment since the gas and diesel engine! But, just like holocausts happen out of ignorance, so will the proliferation of electric cars - until it's too late.

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  • JJ
    JJ  3 days ago

    Wow how comprehensive ! I''ve always enjoyed the drives but exciting to hear your take :o)

  • Dawn Hardin
    Dawn Hardin  4 days ago

    Thank you, Andy! I just had my first visit to Tesla to begin my research for a new car. I learned more about the model 3 from your video and am so appreciative for your perspective. I will be leaving a little fast, flashy BMW, but I’m convinced I’ll enjoy the change. The dog mode SOLD me immediately! Thank you!

  • John Stapleton
    John Stapleton  5 days ago

    You sure Elon isn't sponsoring this???
    Oil change every 4k miles... Come on geezer.
    Not keen on the vid.
    still cynical
    maybe that is my age and i aint fooled by trump type hype.
    Tyme will tell.

    Firkin UK...

  • lavanyalea
    lavanyalea  6 days ago

    Hi Andy, I started following your account after I placed my M3 model on 1st May and guess what! I'm waiting for its delivery in less than 2 weeks! It's finally coming together now. I think your reviews are excellent and I can't wait to start driving my Tesla!

  • Johnny Walker
    Johnny Walker  7 days ago

    the Scion xB ruined other cars for me. The only thing likely to replace it is a Rav 4 Hybrid or a Tesla

  • Alexander N
    Alexander N  7 days ago

    Picking up deep blue long rage model 3 in a week, it's like a child waiting for Christmas! :D

  • Brool Whath
    Brool Whath  7 days ago

    Watched one tesla video, now I can't sleep because in the near future I can't even afford a used car :(

  • Ferruzzicati
    Ferruzzicati  7 days ago

    Saw one of these today, what a bland, plastic, badly screwed together pile of shit. Tesla is going to get killed when the proper car manufacturers start releasing their electric models. Just like all US built cars it’s shit.

  • Ray Habenicht
    Ray Habenicht  7 days ago

    Really curious what is with these biased reviews. Looks like neat tech and fun to drive, but you are only attempting to fool yourself when you talk about how much money you saved. Are you trying to justify the purchase? Real costs of ownership do not only take into account the amount spent over one year. You can't compare something to a 'Corolla' (without any specs or price) without also taking into account initial costs. I'll be looking forward to your review in another 4 or 5 years, sir.

  • Moto Gizmo
    Moto Gizmo  7 days ago +1

    50 thousand is a lot of money, I want to hear from you when your range has diminished to the point of requiring a new battery ! Talk about your average cost per mile when you do ! I really hope you will be as enthusiastic then !

  • Patrick P
    Patrick P  7 days ago

    Hopefully Tesla will have some incentives end of year, can't wait!

  • FranksDD15
    FranksDD15  7 days ago

    So let’s go on a road trip to Dallas Texas. I bet I’ll get there first lol

  • Chuck CTS-V
    Chuck CTS-V  7 days ago

    Enjoyed your review, Model 3 seems like a great vehicle. Try this on closing the frunk lid. It might not be heavy enough. The way to close a Corvette hood is to hold it about 6 to 8 inches above the closed position and drop it, might work on the Model 3. Or give it a push at 6 to 8 inches. If it has a gas strut on it this might not work.