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Once again Tesla has outdone themselves here with the build quality. A Model Y owner discovered that their liquid-cooled condenser is mounted using wood corner molding that you can find at your local Home Depot.


Now, this is only visible if you remove the inner liner of the front trunk and is normally not something the customer would see. But why the original poster, who goes by Brown1428 and mentions he paid $55,000 for his Model Y, found it is pretty telling in itself:

I spent considerable time fixing my own panel gaps after Tesla refused. This was under the cowling in the frunk.
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Is it a big deal that Tesla used faux wood trim during assembly of my vehicle? No. Is it funny? Yes, yes it is!
I’d probably think it was funnier had I not had to spend 10 + hours disassembling and reassembling my vehicle to correct the gaps and alignment.

So, because his car was so poorly assembled, he had to dig into it himself, which is why he saw $1.48 molding strips used to hold in a crucial component of the car.

And, he’s right—this may be funny on something like my Changli, but on a $55,000 car, it’s a lot less comical.

What’s going on here? Why is this key component mounted in such a slapdash, afterthought-seeming way? To understand better, I reached out again to Cory Stuben, President of Munro, for some answers. Here’s what Cory told me:

The metal band, tape, and edge protection is 100% a “bandaid.”
I have seen three separate Model Y’s. Our red one (vin 3300), our blue one (vin 700ish) and a white one (VIN 25000 ish).
Each vehicle has the metal band but the parts were different on all of them. Different tape color, and the plastic pieces were clearly cut from a some quickly-sourced-stock-material.
The metal bad routes through the Plastic housing for the Thermal system and the band cracked a portion of it.
The “faux wood” I have not seen.

I asked Cory about what might be the underlying cause of this; did they not anticipate that unit would need to have more support than its mounting bolts? Was it normally designed to be oriented vertically? Cory had some thoughts:

My hypothesis…. Tesla’s the original design of the LCC (Liquid Cooled Condenser) had a shorter “stack height” to begin with. They may have needed to add more “stack-height” for the Heat pump system to perform optimally.
I think the add stack-height made the cantilever distance too far which created a longer moment arm filled with heavy fluid in the LCC.
Tesla probably found leaks and/or failures (at the sealing face) during Validation and testing. THEN added the “Band-Aid.”
There is another smaller Stacked-Plate-Cooler used for the chiller on their thermal system, mounted in the same orientation, secured common, and that does not have the band.
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Once again Tesla has outdone themselves here with the build quality. A Model Y owner discovered that their liquid-cooled condenser is mounted using wood corner molding that you can find at your local Home Depot.




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I saw this earlier. I expect bandaids like this on prototypes, not production.

The bandaid will fail, bolts will be stressed, coolant will leak, and the heat pump that’s supposed to protect the battery will actually hasten the end of its life. Or worse, result in overheating and fire. This is sure to be a recall, either voluntary or forced.

Unforseen problems happen with every manufacturer, resulting in recalls. But in this case, the problem was known before they sold these to their customers. And its sad that Tesla corporate thought this is a valid fix instead of coming up with proper support brackets.

I’m tired of everyone blaming Tesla’s quality issues on the workers at Fremont. The poor body alignment in the manufacturing process, bandaids like this, are failures at the engineering level, before the first body-panel is stamped.

If you give a poorly fitted puzzle for your workers to assemble, what do you expect the outcome to be?

Disappointing.
 

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Tesla functions more like a tech company than an auto manufacturer. They create a beta design for production and refine it as they learn. This leads to things like this. It's also the reason I waited for some other mainstream manufacturer to come out with an interesting BEV before pulling the trigger.
 
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