After 2 Months
in our Model 3

Mark D Larsen
July 3, 2018

Shifty Character
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After 2 months, 4,000 miles, and a long-distance roadtrip, I can state unequivocally that I truly adore our Tesla Model 3. I thought our previous Nissan LEAF was great, but there is no comparison with Correcaminos’s superb handling, power, comfort, convenience, features, styling. There are simply not enough superlatives to adequately praise it.

With those months, miles, and roadtrip now behind me, I would like to offer a few suggestions that perhaps Tesla might consider for future software updates. Other owners may or may not agree with them, but there’s no harm in sharing the feedback, for whatever it’s worth.

My 2¢ worth, anyway. And I'm sure that, with more time and miles, I’ll have a few more pennies to add to the bowl.

Thank you, Tesla, for a truly amazing car!


I was flattered and humbled that Elon Musk tweeted that my suggestions had been “noted.” I was even more surprised to see how many Tesla owners, fans, and critics then also tweeted reactions to them. As anticipated, many agreed with my feedback, but there were some who expressed adamant objections.

I will admit to the latter group that I should have clarified above that any such changes could certainly be accomplished as optional settings so that owners could choose whether or not they wished to implement them. For example, here are some edited photos of control screens in the Model 3 that illustrate possible buttons with the options I suggest:

Disengaging Autopilot

Regen Settings and Shifting into Neutral

Homelink Settings

It seems to me that, as long as suggested changes are optional, everyone’s a winner. No worries!

By the way, many helpful owners explained that, to keep climate control on when the driver exits the vehicle, a passenger simply needs to touch the touchscreen. My wife and I went out to the garage to test out this tip, and... it works! Many thanks to all those who passed it along! I had searched through the Owners Manual for such a solution, but couldn’t find one. Good to know!