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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?

8078 Views 29 Replies 14 Participants Last post by  Rick Steinwand
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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I have a late 2018, so I have the orange roof and all the radar. I would say that the only "hit" i had to take on this car was the MCU board upgrade which I think started some time in 2019 to come standard in the car. I also got premium interior/sound as standard and homelink.

I did add a charge pad, and debated in auto open struts for frunk/trunk but never considered kick open. the close on a button would be nice, I have had that on the other car for years, but to be honest auto open is too slow for me and I hit my head as I head around to the hatch too quickly.

did I mention
orange roof?
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I'm envious of those with an orange roof.
My roof usually looks more yellow. Sometimes more of a yellow-green. Not quite as pretty as the deep orange/red I've seen on others.

it's a particular shade - i believe that the Pantone name is "early adopter orange"

yours look perfect to me.
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The best year is always next year.

Tesla does remove features, but overall they keep improving the car, so keep waiting and waiting and it'll get better and better!

Oh you actually need a car? Then the best year is when you need it. :) I guess if I had to pick a best-combo-of-features, it would be spring 2021 with all the 2021 improvements in place, before the 2021 feature removals (radar, passenger lumbar, USB-C data connection). Or it would be right now with MCU3 + li-ion, and retrofit any missing features you really care for. But there will be further improvements...
the best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago. the second best time is today.
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