It felt like this deserved a new thread because I don't want the focus to be on the actual issues with fit and finish, but rather the reasons for them and to talk about this discerning TMC crowd vs. the general public and what I learned by spending 12 hours this past weekend with the NY Tesla crew.
This applies to things like:
- Retractable door handles
- Panel alignment
- Carpet coverage, alignment, looseness
These cars are not final production quality. It's not only clearly obvious, a long-time trusted Tesla employee that I regularly talk to told me as much. These cars were slightly rushed to get them in our hands. For better or for worse, we need to cut them some slack. I realize they are the ones who exposed us to it without being terribly explicit about what we're observing, but I just spent 12 hours with the NY crew and it's pretty clear we have the wrong impression about a lot of things (believe me -- I had drinks and dinner with them as well). I also observed a lot of people who aren't part of this TMC crowd and none of them said anything about fit and finish. I really don't think we have a public dilemma on our hands.
They're *very* aware of the issues, and I have *zero* doubt they'll fix them. We can & should point out stuff that we notice, but I don't think it's helpful to anyone to have 300 posts about a particular quality issue.
(For any Tesla employees reading -- no one shared anything they shouldn't have and everyone was very professional. It was a fantastic experience to hang out with the crew and I deeply appreciate that it's not frowned upon and can participate and share observations as an owner. Please don't cut this access off -- no Tesla IP was leaked or anything of that nature)