In response to an analysis of the build quality of the Model 3 and the harsh criticism of its disk gaps, Tesla made a statement claiming that the model 3 disk gaps would have improved by an average of nearly 40% since the new model began Last year
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Some early Tesla Model 3 owners complained about the quality of the built vehicles – especially those that were delivered in 2017.
Michigan based Munro & Associates has decommissioned two early models, stating that they had used a car built in January 2018 and another later built, but Tesla claimed that the "primary car"  They shared their findings with MotorTrend, claiming:
"Panel gaps are inconsistent around the same car as well as between cars – many gaps exceed accepted standards for any price range, although the later car shows signs of improvement, where the bonnet strikes the left fender of the newer car, the molds do not match, indicating either a punching problem or an attempt to bend the bonnet suitably, either close the front door with the window down and it rattles.The earlier car also had an extra piece of weatherstrip attached to the driver It was glued to the front window rail. (This was the only example of obvious reworking.) "
Several other examples of bad plate gaps have been reported by the owners, but it is difficult to gauge whether the problem is widespread or exists only in a few outliers.
Electrek's own Jameson Dow accepted a Model 3 from 2017 and was satisfied with the record gaps – along with many other owners.
With that said, it looks like there's bound to be much to improve on this frontline since Tesla has confirmed that the plate gaps in Model 3 have improved on average by almost 40% since production began:
"Since we started shipping model 3 last year, we've been focusing heavily on the refinement and tuning process for the production of parts and bodies. This has the consequence that the standard deviation of all gaps and dislocations in the entire vehicle has improved by almost 40% on average, with special gap improvements can be seen in the trunk, tail lights and the rear side panel. Today, the plate gaps in the Model 3 are competitive with Audi, BMW and Mercedes models, but in the spirit of continuous improvement, we are working to make them even tighter.
In an email to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the automaker's goal was to improve build quality.
He even went so far as to say that the Model 3 "was so precise and precise that an owner can measure dimensions, gaps and flushes their dimensions do not conform to the specifications of Model 3, it just means that their tape measure is wrong. "
Electrek & # 39; s Take
I'm glad to hear that the build quality has improved in the last The statement from Tesla sounds like a confirmation that the build quality of the Model 3 is too The production process was still quite below average.
If it has improved by 40% in the course of production it is right now "c On the models of Audi, BMW and Mercedes" it is on average so that "early" vehicles Model 3 was 40% worse than the competition.
To be honest, most of the very early vehicles went to Tesla Insider employees and companies, but I think that's definitely something that Tesla needs to improve.  I would say that I would recommend staying away from Tesla's early production models, but I know an early Model S and I'm satisfied with that …