2022 Tesla Model 3 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Structure and electrical system issues are among the top complaints from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

When it comes to electric vehicles, the 2022 Tesla Model 3 is one that consistently gains attention. After all, the EV manufacturer claims it can “go anywhere.” Yet, customers are having trouble with both the electrical system and structure, causing there to be a long list of complaints online.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2022 Tesla Model 3

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Forward Collision Avoidance: Adaptive Cruise Control
Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
Service Brakes
Vehicle Speed Control
Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings
Unknown Or Other
Electrical System
Lane Departure: Assist
Lane Departure: Blind Spot Detection

Problems with the Electrical System

It would seem given that an EV would have a reliable electrical system, but that seems to be one of the biggest problems with the Model 3.

One user on the Tesla Motor Club Forum said, “Hello, I got my new 2022 model 3 LR last week (Dec 30). On Jan 1st, I got the message ‘vcfront 192’ and the model 3 was unable to drive. The screen worked good, but drive shift could not work at all. After few minutes, it worked and It was able to be driven. Jan 4th, I got the same issue and never fixed. My model 3 is in the service center. They have not told me why yet. If you have some experiences about it, please give me any information for me. I cannot find out enough information about the issue on google. I cannot believe it…it is just brand new one…”

Tesla isn’t a stranger to electrical system issues. This problem listed above requires a brand new battery, which is simply ridiculous. But, even older models suffered from an electrical system defect that required the touchscreen to be recalled. These parts seem like basic components that shouldn’t fail in an EV, yet Tesla seems to fail every which way around. It doesn’t seem that the Model 3 can “go anywhere” after all, especially when the car is in the shop for a battery replacement.

Problems with the Structure

Tesla is a company that portrays the image of offering more than the average automaker. From the sleek design to high-tech equipment, customers expect more. They become sorely disappointed once they get inside.

Just check out this comment from a Tesla Motor Club Forum user. “I formatted a USB stick on with a third party app on my Windows 10 computer. Today I went to plug it in to my 22 Model 3 I picked up on December 22, 2021. I spent about 20 minutes poking around in the compartments in the front console while looking at the users manual. (Searched usb.) Then I gave up and drove away on my first interstate journey. I wanted to enable Dash Cam and try out Sentry Mode. I’m at my destination now, and thought I’d look further. Poked around some more and gave up again. Some online searches say there’s a formatted USB drive already installed in the glove compartment’s USB port. I haven’t gone out to the parking lot to check, but even if it’s there, I still don’t know how to initiate Dash Cam and Sentry Mode.”

How is the cabin laid out in such a bad design that the driver can’t even find the USB port? It seems impossible to get the information by looking in the owner’s manual, only further leading to more confusion. This is one EV that is going to “go anywhere” as it makes its way to the junkyard. That’s where it belongs.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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