2017 Tesla Model 3 Reliability - Consumer Reports
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Tesla Model 3

The latest model to join Tesla's portfolio is the Model 3 sedan, positioned as the most affordable car in the line. With prices starting at $35,000 before incentives, the Model 3 with the 60-kWh battery promises an EPA-rated 215-mile range, swift acceleration, and a full suite of standard advanced safety features. There is also a higher-performance 75-kWh version with dual motors.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Model 3 will have about average reliability when compared to the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

Overall Reliability
The 2017 Tesla Model 3 has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Recalls
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BACK OVER PREVENTION, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, VISIBILITY
Dec 21, 2021
A rearview camera that does not function reduces the driver's rear view, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling all 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles. The rearview camera cable harness may be damaged by the opening and closing of the trunk lid, preventing the rearview camera image from displaying.
What should you do:
Tesla Service will inspect and install a guide protector and new cable harness as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed February 18, 2022. Owners may contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla's number for this recall is SB-21-17-008.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V00D000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 356309
FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE
Oct 29, 2021
Unexpected activation of the AEB system may cause the car to stop suddenly, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain 2017-2021 Model S, Model 3, Model X, and 2020-2021 Model Y vehicles operating software version 2021.36.5.2. A communication error may cause false forward-collision warning (FCW) or unexpected activation of the automatic emergency brake (AEB) system.
What should you do:
Tesla Service has released an over the air (OTA) software update, free of charge. The recall began October 25, 2021. Owners may contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla's number for this recall is SB-21-00-004.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V846000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11728
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