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

  • Published: 26 March 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   8 months back

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    • BannedPlayer
      BannedPlayer  1 months back

      Nah I'm good

    • dthao227
      dthao227  3 months back

      Why ordering a new one when you can just buy one of the ones in stock?

    • dthao227
      dthao227  3 months back

      I thought supercharging is not free for models 3?

    • Bea F.
      Bea F.  3 months back

      Jay O I also live in apartment so having three super chargers near home and work is a life saver. I tinted all my windows including sunroof because I live in sunny San Diego so it keeps it cool and I get the sun protection. Spent an extra 5k on the tint and the ceramic coating but it’s well worth it in the end

  • Miss Viking
    Miss Viking  7 hours back

    I tried Audible and found out I have some sort of Audible-ADD. I find my mind wondering off and unable to follow the storyline. I love the real book experience so... I still love music but listening to a book has been challenging lol

    • Shanifornia
      Shanifornia  21 hours back

      I get fog super bad also. Its to the point where my blind spots on senosors are fogged to. Like Every other night. I live in SD where the weather is nice so I have no idea why its that bad

      • Amadeus Benjamin Cho
        Amadeus Benjamin Cho  21 hours back

        Life Goals:
        - Buy a Tesla Model 3
        - Customize the Tesla Model 3 to look even more attractive
        - Drive for Uber or Lyft
        - Offer passengers free water, gum, breathmints, or band-aid + Neosporin
        - Earn tip
        - Try to make 6 figures as a Chauffeur

        • Michael
          Michael  1 days back

          Stopped watching at 7:50

          • Zef Zakaveli
            Zef Zakaveli  3 days back

            Reloaded let’s go!!👊🏾💯🅱️🅱️

            • AlohaMD
              AlohaMD  3 days back

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

              • Oldestries
                Oldestries  4 days back

                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  4 days back

                  Where is electricity under 7 cents per kWh?

                • Van's Best Friend
                  Van's Best Friend  5 days back

                  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.

                  • Brandon Sanchez Rojas
                    Brandon Sanchez Rojas  5 days back

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                    • JJ
                      JJ  6 days back

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

                      • Dawn Hardin
                        Dawn Hardin  1 weeks back

                        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  1 weeks back

                          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  1 weeks back

                            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  2 weeks back

                              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  2 weeks back

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

                                • Brool Whath
                                  Brool Whath  2 weeks back

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

                                  • Ferruzzicati
                                    Ferruzzicati  2 weeks back

                                    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  2 weeks back

                                      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  2 weeks back

                                        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 !

                                        • Dermot O'leary
                                          Dermot O'leary  1 weeks back

                                          Moto Gizmo these are not cheap batteries in the Tesla, you will lose around 4% battery capacity every 100,000 miles, Elon musk said new batteries will cost $5-$7k, these cars can do 1 million miles easily.

                                      • Patrick P
                                        Patrick P  2 weeks back

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

                                        • FranksDD15
                                          FranksDD15  2 weeks back

                                          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  2 weeks back

                                            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.

                                            • Johnney Foster
                                              Johnney Foster  2 weeks back

                                              I can recognize those shipping containers anywhere (Ft Knox) lol! Nice to see a fellow Kentuckian on YouTube.

                                              • Marcus Svensson
                                                Marcus Svensson  2 weeks back

                                                Ok charding batteries.....but changing diskbreakes, breakpads, electrick window motor? Chanding the touchscreen if some pixels don´t work? wheelbarings, suspension? New front screen, or if a led rear lamp stop working???

                                                • ElectroBreamer Streamer

                                                  the Audi e-tron is better

                                                  • Taunter Atwill
                                                    Taunter Atwill  2 weeks back

                                                    To 'earn' it back you only have to drive it for 25 years. . . . right? :-))

                                                    • mpg20011
                                                      mpg20011  2 weeks back

                                                      did he cover the paint problems in the first video.

                                                      • Ray
                                                        Ray  2 weeks back

                                                        Oh yeah - when you compare the cost of gs vs electricity - don't forget to include the price of a small car when you replace the battery.

                                                        • Ray
                                                          Ray  2 weeks back

                                                          Next to useless for long cross-country drives. My normal 12 hour to Halifax trip became a 20 hour trip . Imagine when I do the trip at night in -20' weather in a snowstorm......

                                                          • Michael Stanton
                                                            Michael Stanton  2 weeks back

                                                            Really nice reporting. Nice presentation. Can't wait to buy the car.

                                                            • Hans Schweikert
                                                              Hans Schweikert  3 weeks back

                                                              Well done

                                                              • Metalgear SolidSnake
                                                                Metalgear SolidSnake  3 weeks back

                                                                50000 $!!!! wow you have been cheated!

                                                                • boomshine7
                                                                  boomshine7  3 weeks back

                                                                  300^$ oil changes... plz

                                                                  • Agostinho Matos
                                                                    Agostinho Matos  3 weeks back

                                                                    Fantastic 5-star presentation, however I don't foresee great longevity to current electric car model. It does not make sense to increase the weight of a car by almost 50 percent, and fill the bottom of the car with so many costly batteries. I believe that electric cars with much less batteries and a generator of electricity will be the future, it makes more sense and it will be more environmental friendly.

                                                                    • Ryan
                                                                      Ryan  3 weeks back

                                                                      What you didn't mention is the motor will last 1,000,000 miles. The battery lasts only 500,000 miles, but will cost less than $4000 for a new pack. Also the brakes last much longer because they use regenerative breaking. So you can buy 6 cars and drive them each to 150,000+ miles or you can buy one Tesla. Hmmm. Why anyone buys anything else beats me.

                                                                      • ross Tolley
                                                                        ross Tolley  3 weeks back

                                                                        iwant apickup give me 200 miles

                                                                        • AdoreMiyabear
                                                                          AdoreMiyabear  3 weeks back

                                                                          Tesla never check inspection the car and alignment, shipping out to customers and let them become inspection.
                                                                          Tesla car do needs maintenance and oil lubes too, especially the battery. Elon Musk makes sure the car warranty are over, soon you’ll needs to change the new battery...heee...haa..
                                                                          People should ask Elon Musk when the Tesla car got on the NASCAR, you’ll see how the Tesla performance and process :)

                                                                          • Mark Collins
                                                                            Mark Collins  3 weeks back

                                                                            Spend $50,000 and save $2000/year or spend $35,000 on a petrol & save $15,000 + interest. Degradation is 2%/year compound which. Then there is resale value which gets very bad over time - sell in 7 years and find how much you get

                                                                            • JohnPaulie
                                                                              JohnPaulie  3 weeks back


                                                                              • 991 911S
                                                                                991 911S  3 weeks back

                                                                                Great video. So informative. Very entertaining. Enjoyed it very much. I’m almost sold....

                                                                                • Mihai Baciucu
                                                                                  Mihai Baciucu  3 weeks back

                                                                                  I want a Tesla really bad 😫😫
                                                                                  I do enjoy my bmw but spending 500 £ ( 600 $ - 700 $ ) a month on fuel is not funny ...
                                                                                  I really like tesla even with them defects

                                                                                  • The Thrawn Scotsman
                                                                                    The Thrawn Scotsman  3 weeks back

                                                                                    I think the biggest shock here is $2.75 a gallon! Doing a conversion it is $6 a (US) gallon at the cheapest in Scotland!

                                                                                    • Sintre Tizer
                                                                                      Sintre Tizer  3 weeks back

                                                                                      I would call the Tesla the car that everyone who has to do with the polluter oil hates , shareholders and well owners , gas stations owners ,etc
                                                                                      electric is the future , the countries of the world are increasingly getting filled with cars that work with petroleum derivatives , the world cannot support only cars that work with oil without affecting it destroy it , the first world countries have to be salvation for the planet , you can't count on third world countries they do not care ! .

                                                                                      • autobri1
                                                                                        autobri1  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Sorry software won’t fix the lumbar. There is no sensor in it. So your stuck.

                                                                                        • Ben Vriezen
                                                                                          Ben Vriezen  3 weeks back

                                                                                          If it's all so great, why doesn't Tesla give a lifetime warranty?
                                                                                          What does a new set of batteries cost? 40,000 euros and two children's lives?

                                                                                          • AD 2385
                                                                                            AD 2385  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Did you calculate how much others paid for you electricity. You left that out. Also, when you were low on electrons, not battery, how long does it take to complete top off the battery, and what is your recommended percentage before heading out on your journey. BTW, my friend with a Model X gave me a demo of 0-infinity mph. I still have a headache from that. Never have I accelerated that fast since childbirth.