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News Tesla Model Y Quality Issues Not Unexpected But Still Disappointing

Tesla Model Y Quality Issues Not Unexpected But Still Disappointing

Tesla Model Y build quality has not improved despite Musk asking to minimize rectifications


  • The title should read “many” quality issues.

  • Tesla is approaching the end of the 2nd quarter so getting vehicles out the door is a priority.

  • In some cases, the Model Y is so “bad” that Tesla is pushing back delivery dates.


Tesla is no stranger to build quality issues. All of their vehicles, from the Model S, Model X to the Model 3 have suffered uneven assembly quality, so much so that rectifications post assembly have caused delays in the past. Unfortunately, the latest Tesla Model Y SUV, and its owners are dealing with greater problems than we’re used to seeing.

Tesla Model Y – Tesla

To give you an idea of how bad the situation has become, Electrek reports that some would-be Model Y owners are being contacted by Tesla to inform them of impending delivery delays due to defects.

All of this comes after Musk emailed his team less than two weeks ago mentioning the productions challenges and basically asking everyone to minimize issues:

“It is extremely important for us to ramp up Model Y production and minimize rectification needs. I want you to know that it really makes a difference to Tesla right now. Model Y, especially GA (stands for General Assembly), is the top priority for both production and manufacturing engineering. GA4 (stands for General Assembly Line 4) is also top priority for facility improvements. For those working in GA4, thank you for bearing with tough conditions. Will get better fast. I will be walking the line personally every week.”

It would be wrong to state that the email has had no effect but Tesla forums are loaded with complaints about everything from paint issues, trim problems, dents in seats, unattached rear seats, and lose seatbelts.

Tesla Model Y | Photo: Kevin Huang

These concerns have led many owners to take advantage of Tesla’s 7-day return policy or to simply refuse delivery.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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