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

     6 months ago +364

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  • Frank Patti

    Frank Patti

     19 hours ago

    Andy, thanks for this very informative clip. I pick up my Model 3 on Saturday and feel like a kid who can't wait for Christmas. Like yours, mine is a long range, dual motor in red. Thanks again, Frank

  • fenderstratguy



    "It's ruined all other cars for me..."
    You are very fortunate to have such a beautiful car

  • AlanSinclair



    dope man

  • admtech69


     2 days ago +1

    Between this video, an estimated gas savings over 6 years of $6,700 - eligible for a $5,000 Federal Incentive - what's not to like?

  • Sxalty -

    Sxalty -

     2 days ago

    I have a Model 3, my favorite thing is the SPEED

  • Ava Yu

    Ava Yu

     2 days ago

    Great video! Thank you!

  • donna vega raykovich

    donna vega raykovich

     2 days ago

    You forgot to say for such an expensive car it doesn't' have an auto trunk closer.
    I'm a little disappointed with Elon since all types of low end cars have it as well as the Tesla model S and X.

  • Dino Resler

    Dino Resler

     2 days ago

    hello Andy! I enjoy your video's! I am an owner of the model 3 since 28 March 2019 and love the car! Only thing is the sales person should give more information about what to do in case I need service! A contact information etc! Tesla could print out a quick reference sheet and give it to all new owners! Thanks Dino

  • davidtheguitarman


     3 days ago

    I've always been discouraged by their range and the charge time.

  • Sue V

    Sue V

     3 days ago

    Tesla..a car for only the rich?!

  • Eric Wanyonyi

    Eric Wanyonyi

     3 days ago

    Waiting for the price to drop abit more.

  • Fernando Martinez

    Fernando Martinez

     3 days ago

    The design is pretty ugly and TOO expensive.

  • Laday Blues

    Laday Blues

     4 days ago

    I have a Hyundai Kona Electric it’s free to charge it if you live in an apartment complex if not it take $6 to charge to 100% and I get like 260-280 miles range !! I have saved so much money not spending it on gas

  • Hvac sales1

    Hvac sales1

     4 days ago

    I'm saving for mine:)

  • ronnieh77


     4 days ago

    Great vid/info, like to get me one soon. Nice seeing a local from Louisville, KY as well 👍

  • grabir01


     5 days ago

    80 percent efficiency is a fraudulent statement. Once the car is charged it may be 80 percent efficient to then drive and use. Only if you ignore the inefficiency of charging the car can you say it is 80 percent efficient.

  • grabir01


     5 days ago

    ok.. So.. I bought a used Lexus with 100k miles. Cost me 4500. I have owned it for a year now. Spend another 1200 on fuel. Car is fast 151 mph top speed 0-60 in 6 seconds. Handles like a dream, stops on a dime and gives me change. Totally reliable. So.. After one year I have spent 5700 dollars including the price of the car not including the insurance cost to insure the car which I can guarantee you is way cheaper to insure than this Tesla. The Tesla model 3 will cost you around 3000 dollars a year to insure. A used older model Lexus around 500 a year liability only. That savings alone will buy you all the fuel you need for the next 2 years. You will save 2500 a year over the Tesla. In 2 years your savings will allow you to buy another used Lexus!! Wow!! Also buying a used Lexus cost 4500 a New Tesla Model 3 55,000. You just saved another 50,500 dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!! Heck!! If you blow the engine on the Lexus for that kind of savings you can do a Frame off several times over for that kind of money!!!!! Wow!!

  • grabir01


     5 days ago

    Screen is distracting. It would be nice if you could black out the screen and goto HUD or a round speedo small screen in front with a small simple display of speed and range. You can buy after market small GPS speedos with HUD. Can you turn the Tablet display off?

  • george jetson

    george jetson

     5 days ago +1

    very ugly car