Two things to keep in mind. One, many of the “negative” reviews seem to be visceral reactions by owners who just got the car (sometimes less than 48 hours) and can’t adjust to the 3’s idiosyncrasies. Two, in most cases the same owners who pan the car ultimately praise it. So, it’s more like nitpicking than “I don’t like this car.”
The video below “5 Things I Hate About My New Tesla Model 3!! (Owner’s Perspective)” is a gripe session which nevertheless ends with this: “No dealbreakers. Just little things…keep an eye out for things we absolutely love about this car. It’s far more lengthy than the things we don’t like.”
That said, here’s what the owners don’t like. Note that their yardstick is a Tesla Model X P90D Ludicrous, which they also own.
–The three-click rule should be a two-click rule when you’re driving a car. In short, too many screens to navigate, according to the owners. They cite one click for music, another for channels, then another for something else (like balance). Another example: looking for a glove box button (3:00 minute mark). Also the common gripe you hear that the display isn’t close enough and you have to look off to the side.
–Lose direct, straight-ahead view of turn-by-turn. “It’s all the way over here.” That is, the map needs to come over to the left side of the display.
–Autopilot lurches or “jumps” changing lanes. “Needs to get a chill pill.”
–“Piano black” trim in the center console area. “Thinking about a ‘screen protector’ to keep it from getting scratches.
–Can’t slow down or speed up autopilot with the stalk. On the screen, “you have to hit [little] pluses and minuses. You have to take your eyes off the road…Big problem.”
Another video below, “Living With Tesla Model 3: The Good, Bad & Ugly!” is not really a gripe session but more of a here-are-some-things-Tesla-could-improve with the Model 3.
Fit and Finish: Here’s a headline that may get your attention. “Munro Compares Tesla Model 3 Build Quality To A ‘Kia From The ’90s'” from CleanTechnica via Jalopnik. In short, it’s a beat down of the Model 3 fit and finish from Munro & Associates based in Auburn Hills, Michigan (see this for some background on the firm). Read the story for the list of claimed issues*.