Tesla Model 3 stomps BMW i3.
On top of that the Model 3 is even worse than the Mini as far as reliability issues are concerned. Green Car Reports wrote that Model 3 “build quality was the worst we have seen on any new car from any maker over the last 10 years”. A report in the Los Angeles Times noted similar feedback from owners.
Build quality is huge issue - one reviewer compared the Model 3's build quality to that of Kia's when they first entered the market. Misaligned body panels are common as is thin and badly applied bubbled paint. Many Model 3's also arrives fresh from the factory with body rust coming through the paint on doors and door sills - in other words the car was rusty before it got painted..
A list of common Model 3 issues are:
Blurry backup camera
Door, window, and trunk defects
Shutdown while driving
Locked out of car (no metal key) . Example - if your 12v fails, you can't open the door, or the hood.
And since you order your car sight unseen - you get what you get, warts and all. You do have a 7 day return window, or you can choose to have the car 'repaired' at a regional Tesla repair center (one of the reasons for the months long wait for Tesla service). So many were returning their Model 3s in that 7 day window and trying again, that Tesla made it a rule if you returned your new i3 for build quality defects, you weren't allowed to order another Tesla for a year.
The repair network for Tesla is poor. No dealer to go to, only regional repair shops, which are mostly swamped and backed up. Waiting several months just for parts to arrive for a repair is not uncommon, and though they provide some loaner cars, there aren't near enough of them to come close to meeting customer demand.
2015 i3 Rex, Capparis White, Tera World, Technology & Driving Assistant, Parking Assistant, Harman Kardon Audio System, 19 inch 427 wheels, EVoInnovate EVSE