Consumer Reports has taken back its recommendation of the Tesla Model 3 following multiple reports of reliability issues with the car's bodywork, paint finish, trim fitment and that giant touchscreen inside.
The latest vehicle to lose that CR designation: the Model 3, which, despite getting a big thumbs-up from consumers in terms of owner satisfaction, and from CR in its road tests, fared poorly in the group's annual reliability survey. Some owners mentioned malfunctioning screens, one claiming it would "intermittently begin acting as if someone was touching it rapidly at many different points...[causing] music to play, volume to increase to maximum, and would rescale and pan the map in the navigation system."Others, including Consumer Reports itself with its own test auto, tell tales of the rear window's glass cracking in cold weather". We have already made significant improvements to correct any issues that Model 3 customers may have experienced that are referenced in this report, and our return policy allows any customer who is unhappy with their auto to return it for a full refund. The sedan's fall from grace contributed to Tesla dropping to No. 19 in Consumer Reports' brand rankings, down 11 spots from previous year and its lowest ever.
Issues include the vehicles' body hardware, such as its paint and trim.
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The website also reports another new feature for Tesla - Sentry Mode. "We take feedback from our customers very seriously and quickly implement improvements any time we hear about issues".
Model 3 buyers say they aren't satisfied. Owners also reported in-car electronics problems, such as the infotainment screen freezing, as well as defects with the Model 3's glass, including cracks in the rear window.
The Model 3, while popular and in demand on three continents, suffers from lots of problems.
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Of the 33 brands included in its 2018 survey, Tesla fell to 19th with a score of 66. "We've seen this with other vehicles such as the Jeep Wrangler and Chevrolet Corvette". The Japanese brand climbed six places to become No. 1 in the eyes of Consumer Reports, just ahead of Genesis, Porsche, Audi, Mazda and Lexus.
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