the Tesla horror stories roll out regularly on multiple forums.
Sure, even I, what most people would consider a Fan, am vocal about Tesla's failings ... but I read horror stories about even the most prestigious marques on the internet ... and probably that Air is bad for me if I google hard enough?
(I did and, yeah, lots of hits - mostly around "bad air quality"
I'm not convinced that the Tesla numbers are "bad", but I certainly would never buy an early one, nor put my money down for two years to get "up the line" ...
The somewhat early ... I had for an overnight test drive ...
I've got trouble with "early" in this context. I absolutely agree its no excuse, and I don't remember other Marques in the last few decades rolling out cars that were rubbish until they had produced 100,000 of them ... but it seems that later Tesla ones are better.
I also see articles from respectable sources that say the faults are harder to find, in the flesh, than the critics imply. They can't both be right of course ... e.g.:
I also think that its likely that Jag will do a good job from Day One . but ... the whole EV thing is new to them, so its still brave to be early IMHO.
"Autopilot 1 was garbage
Was garbage, or is garbage? Its a very sweeping-statement ... and couldn't be further from the truth in current context. I have AP1, i use it pretty much 100% of the time when I'm on the highway (I've had the car over two years, it does 27,000 miles a year, high percentage of them are highway). AP1 has never given me a scary moment, although I do take over when i want to change lanes and it takes more than a second or so thinking about it (because me signalling and not moving is likely to confuse other drivers). I occasionally take over when I think "its going to be tight", but because I take over I have no idea if it would be tight, or not
... and sometimes AP1 jumps on the brakes for no obvious reason (usually approaching a truck in inside lane, so probably "too narrow" but to me it looks the same as other similar situations). I doubt that happens even once every 1,000 miles. AP1 also works just fine on non-highway, if road markings are good, but I tend to drive manually on those roads (because I will want to overtake when i can, and cornering speeds are then my-choice not AP, and I'm mostly wanting to press on if there is no traffic on back roads - but if I encouter bumper-to-bumper, highway or in town, I definitely use AP for that.).
From what I read it seems that auto-steer etc. on other marques is not as good - only working on some roads (e.g. only if mapped), not working on non-highway, requiring hands-on-wheel / eyes-on-road 100% of the time (i don't have a problem with that until we have perfect AP, and I do drive with hand-on-wheel at all times, but I do adjust things time-to-time and may well be hands-off-wheel or eyes-off-road for a short period)
As for squeaks, luxury ICE cars are very quiet at idle and freeway speeds
I've not been in a Model-3 (none here in UK until next year ...) but everyone who travels in my Model-S remarks how quiet it is. Majority of my mates afford "posh cars" so apart from the ones who buy based on the size/number of the exhaust! they are used to quiet luxury brands.
I had a stone-chip cracked windscreen replaced by the local Quick-Fit-Whatever company that the insurance company used. Within a couple of days I had squeaks and rattles in the headlining, and took it back to Tesla and had them fix it - assuming (quite possibly wrongly) that the Quick-Fix guys were not going to be ale to solve the problem reliably.
From article linked above:
"My Model 3 was built and delivered in April 2018. Apparently, this date was late enough into the production process to allow Tesla to get over any alleged quality issues. As a recent review noted, Tesla explains the panel gap issues as being the result of metal stamping irregularities. The stampings of the deep-draft aluminum body panels were “moving” after they were stamped, explained a production engineer. This isn’t unusual for an aluminum body project, except that these adjustments had to be made under the glare of investors and speculators. Either Tesla fixed the panel gap issue by the time I purchased it, or Tesla knew I was going to publish a review of my car at a later date. (Just anticipating the usual stock shorts’ claims.)
Any Model 3s I have seen have very straight, uniform panel gaps. The quality of my Model 3 has been excellent, except for the driver’s side “A” pillar, which has an interior cover that bows out slightly. I still need to get that fixed. I don’t doubt that Tesla, like every automaker, builds a few lemons, so your experience can certainly vary.