Wednesday, October 27, 2021
News Tesla Model 3 Has A Trunk Problem

Tesla Model 3 Has A Trunk Problem

There’s a problem with the latest Tesla’s trunk. The design flaw in the Model 3 that could leave all of your belongings wet.

Tesla Model 3 owner Bjørn Nyland demonstrated in his video below, there’s no drainage system at the top of the trunk opening to prevent water from spilling into the cargo area. If the trunk lid is wet, all that water will fall onto whatever your hauling around.

This isn’t something Tesla will be able to solve with a software update, but it does seem like a rather easy after-sale fix. Just add a rubber barrier or drain around the trunk opening and that should prevent water from leaking in.

The issue is that Tesla may not have the time or the ressources right now to launch a recall on the Model 3. They are still catching up to demand and having to go back and fix the vehicles they finally managed to deliver is probably not something they can just snap their fingers and do.

Because Tesla owners tend to forgive just about everything and this problem isn’t something you’ll have to deal with on a daily basis, Tesla may just decide to leave the Model 3 as is.

Tesla Model 3 Has Winter Issues As Well

This isn’t the first documented functionality issue to plague the new Model 3. Last winter Tesla owner and Electrek editor Fred Lambert demonstrated in his own video how Tesla’s new EV had problems with cold winter temperatures.

Specifically, the door handles that are integrated into the doors sometimes refuse to pop out in cold weather, and when they do the window that needs to come down to open the door doesn’t always do so.

These cars were designed in California where there’s no snow and very little rain. It sometimes shows.

Tesla Model 3 Images

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2 COMMENTS

  1. How are you supposed to get your bags out of the car in rain so that they remain dry? I don’t quite see how this is a problem in real life.

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