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What was the best year to get a Model 3?

Poll: What Was the Best Year to Get a Model 3?

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It used to seem obvious that the Model 3 got better every year, but I'm not sure that's still the case. Radar is gone, and cars are delivered without full USB connections and passenger seat adjustments. The new heat pumps are proving troublesome. And both base price and the price for some options has been going up.

Taking into account everything about the car (including features, options, available trims, price, build quality, and delivery process), what do you think was the best year for Model 3s?

(Of course, the best year to buy anything is when you need it and can afford it, rather than waiting for the perfect moment, but for this poll I'm focussed on which year's buyers got the best car/deal/experience.)
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That's a hard question for me; since mine was early car, there were things included that now cost money, though not a lot.

My 2018 has been great, minor gap things on delivery handled soon after. Free premium connectivity and since it was performance, I had free super charging which I sold back to Tesla. Turns out I prefer the original center console vs the new one though I had put a film on it to make it a more mat color.

Tesla promised the car would get better and it does seem some things have happened; range reported more (battery chemistry?) and the heat pump (though seems an issue right now).

Part of the experience is Tesla itself - I'm not sure the company is improving over time, certainly I don't feel the software experience is at all.
I agree with this. I know dual pane glass and a few things have improved the car and I know you are looking for feedback on those things, so truly I'd say 2021 was likely the best before radar disappeared.

However, I have to say that 2018 was the best, they worked out the early bugs and provided me with a great car that I truly don't have that many complaints about. They've added features along the way with SW and nothing can take away the fun and joy I've had driving it for over 3 years.
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I don't have the proof or the knowledge but it is definitely wide spread talk about how "soft" the paint is and it is widely said that it is due to CA laws about certain substances they can't use to make the paint better.

Ready for TX to be online.
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