Consumer Reports Won’t Recommend The Tesla Model 3 Because Of Rubbish Brakes

The American consumer magazine highlighted a number of issues with the Model 3, such as a worse stopping distance than a Ford F-150 truck
Consumer Reports Won’t Recommend The Tesla Model 3 Because Of Rubbish Brakes

The Tesla Model 3’s awkward launch phase continues, and yet again Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to defend his product.

Piling on top of issues such as poor build quality and missed production milestones, we now have potentially rubbish brakes on Tesla’s electric car for the people.

Consumer Reports put a Model 3 through its rigorous testing process, and ultimately concluded that it couldn’t recommend the car to its readers, citing difficult to use controls and long stopping distances.

Consumer Reports Won’t Recommend The Tesla Model 3 Because Of Rubbish Brakes

It’s the latter that’s causing a stir. In the magazine’s testing, the Model 3 took 152 feet to stop from 60mph, which was “far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested and about 7 feet longer than the stopping distance of a Ford F-150 full-sized pickup.”

Tesla responded by saying that its testing puts the stopping distance at 133 feet, with Consumer Reports confirming that it managed 130 feet in its first test, but could not repeat that distance even after leaving the brakes to cool overnight. Testers even got in a second Model 3 to check it wasn’t a problem with that specific car, but recorded similar distances.

Consumer Reports Won’t Recommend The Tesla Model 3 Because Of Rubbish Brakes

For some perspective, the magazine says that the Model 3 takes an extra 21 feet over the average of 131 feet for its class, and 25 feet further than the much larger Tesla Model X.

Consumer Reports also cites a Car and Driver review, which noted inconsistencies with the braking, but, naturally, Tesla boss Elon Musk took to Twitter to respond. He said: “Very strange. Model 3 is designed to have super good stopping distance and other reviewers have confirmed this. If there is vehicle variability, we will figure it out & address.”

Later, he added that it looked like the issue could be fixed with an over-the-air firmware update, which would be rolled out in a few days. He also claimed Consumer Reports was testing a pre-production model, and that there were improvements across the board for customer cars.

As always with Tesla, it’s difficult to know what to believe. However, if there are any braking issues, customers will be sure to address their concerns publicly once production ramps up and its not just fanboys and girls driving them.



He should go into politics.

05/22/2018 - 09:31 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Why because he is a good liar?😂

05/22/2018 - 13:15 |
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Could you please include the metric units? Like, get over the god damn imperial units already, for god’s sake

05/22/2018 - 09:37 |
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Chewbacca_buddy (McLaren squad)(VW GTI Clubsport)(McLaren 60

In reply to by TheChocolateOne

Sorry man, it’s not happening anytime soon. I would prefer
To switch to metric too. Make it much easier on everyone l

05/22/2018 - 09:53 |
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it’s literally a 10 second google search lol

05/22/2018 - 10:23 |
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Well the Britts still use some imperial units and Americans most definitely do. I’m not saying they’re bettet, I’m just saying you should remember your basic conversions from school

05/22/2018 - 10:25 |
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Why do Europeans get so offended over what another country uses to measure things… I didn’t think this level of pettiness existed.

05/22/2018 - 11:34 |
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152 feet = 46 metres. That’s not only worse than an F-150 (as the article said), that’s the same as a Lada Niva 4x4. This is absolutely unacceptable for a car like this. For God’s sake, this is unacceptable for any kind of passenger car in the last ten years.

Designed for super good stopping distance my ass.

05/22/2018 - 09:39 |
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In reply to by Jakob


05/22/2018 - 11:30 |
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In reply to by Jakob

I was telling some guy on the last tesla post that they were horrible cars, citing the fact that it had worse brakes that my 6000lb 10 year old Suburban and then a few days after this comes out. Called it CannedRex24 Monty4248

05/22/2018 - 13:41 |
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Fastlane Blocker

In reply to by Jakob

152 feet fck that that is wayyyyy more than any car at this price tag produced today….. that is 10 m longer than my 1990 BMW M5 takes…

05/23/2018 - 14:45 |
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In reply to by Jakob

THE CAR OF THE FUTURE! they said, total bullsh!t.

05/25/2018 - 05:31 |
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Hahahaha Elon Musk hahahaha

05/22/2018 - 09:46 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Rightfully so - a stopping distance like this extremely irresponsible towards their customers. No company should get away with selling a car lacking the most basic safety feature, be it Tesla or Hyundai or Mercedes or whatnot.

05/22/2018 - 18:01 |
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Bavarian Banshee

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

If it’s already shit, why would we add to the pile?

05/22/2018 - 20:48 |
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In this thread: people using one bad company to express all their doubts and fears about automation and electrification

05/22/2018 - 09:56 |
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“super good” seriously as the head of a multi billion dollar company you could choose a more professional phrase

05/22/2018 - 10:13 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

It’s because he likes to come across as “cool” and a “relatable” guy. In reality, he’s just a massive fruit cake.

05/22/2018 - 10:23 |
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Noah Thorley Images

Will Tesla’s problems ever stop?

05/22/2018 - 10:14 |
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If they got no brakes…do you think they will ever stop?

05/22/2018 - 10:20 |
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Sneaky comment of the week

05/22/2018 - 10:49 |
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H5SKB4RU (Returned to CT)

Clarkson couldn’t have said it better

05/22/2018 - 10:17 |
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H5SKB4RU (Returned to CT)

In other coment…this used to be the brakes of a Model 3…before the owner did a Single hotlap around Laguna seca…not even the brakes of my s40 would end like this.

05/22/2018 - 10:20 |
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I literally came up with that myself

05/22/2018 - 10:44 |
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I can tell

05/22/2018 - 11:35 |
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Lol nice one

05/22/2018 - 11:44 |
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