More bad news on the train wreck that is known as the Model 3. Elon Musk, Tesla CEO admitted to braking flaws on the Model 3 recently, in response to a testing report brought forth by Consumer Reports. While Musk acknowledged the issue, he also stated via a post on Twitter that it could rectified with a firmware update.
In another tweet, Reuters reported that the Tesla head honcho stated Consumer Reports had a Model 3 that rolled out from early production and he would like them to retest a newer unit. As he posted on social media, the car has now enhanced around ride comfort, less wind noise, and additional smaller improvements.
Still, what Musk did not tweet about was that Consumer Reports’ test discovered highly inconsistent braking, which seems to be worse than ‘any contemporary’ vehicle they’ve tested in the past; the publication was given a second Model 3 to review and the same results were revealed.
Consumer Reports did relay that it never had issues testing other Teslas like the Model S or X.
Consumer Reports stated it will not recommend the Model 3, due to the braking flaw, where they stated the vehicle broke slower than a full-sized pickup. The magazine pointed out that Car and Driver reported similar types of issues when they tested the Tesla, and Edmunds has reported problems with the Model 3 as well; both Consumer Reports and Edmunds buy these cars, much like a consumer, when reporting on them.
Consumer Reports blasted the Model 3 around its long stopping distances, the hard-to-use touch screen center; where they believed both cause safety issues. The magazine also stated the Model 3 had a stiff ride, the rear seat was unsupportive, and there was excess wind noise when on the highway, but did praise the car’s acceleration and test range of 350 miles per charge.