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Coming from a Bolt, have you considered the Model Y? I realize it's a few thousand more but if you find the hatchback concept more to your lifestyle, it fits that niche. But, the bigger advantage is all the improvements that they made compared to the Model 3.
If you watch the Sandy Munro you tube video's he gives a detailed breakdown and comparison between the two and as great of a car as the Model 3 is, the Y is just better under the skin. You may want to hold off on buying some of the OTA upgrades if the budget is tight and upgrade later if it makes sense financially then.
That's one of the underappreciated features is it not only improves over time via standard OTA upgrades which is unique in the industry but you can add options after purchase that would be impossible with any other car.
The other point that a lot of people don't take into consideration when comparing the initial price differential is the TCO? If you ever plan on selling or trading in the car, the resale value should be considered and that's where Tesla blows away the competition, ICEV or BEV. It's hard to put a value though on the Supercharger Network. To some it's priceless as their time, convenience, flexibility, confidence/stress and risk aversion is high on their priority list.
Yes most definitely I'll be getting the Model 3 or the Model Y when the lease expires. I just have yet to decide on which one that's all. I need to sit in a Model Y first (am sure it's much more roomier than the 3). As stated on my last post, it is just a better overall value if I went through Tesla's route. I've heard of their horrible customer service too but at least I'll know for sure they'll have a Tesla loaner every time I'm in for service. I have watched most of Mr. Munro's videos and they are extremely educational and valuable information. The Model 3 seems to be more of a refined version since he tested the early model-3 so I have to take that into consideration. Model Y is in its first year so next year they should fix whatever needs to be fixed which is even better after I turn the Bolt in. Just a waiting game for now and hopefully enjoy the rest of the next 12 months with the Bolt & new battery. Take care all.
 

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Sounds like for your use case, the Model 3 is a better choice. For me, the Bolt is. That's why I'm glad we have more EV choices every year. Get what fits. But as far as build quality and reliability (Bolt vs Model 3), I don't think one stands out over the other. They're both solid cars for the class they occupy.

Mike
As others have said - Teslas aren't immune to needing the battery replaced, and as far as customer service quality, as someone who actually tried to buy a Model 3:

As much as people complain about dealerships, Tesla is no better. My sales guy ghosted me the moment he had my RN, my delivery service specialist gave one useless email which didn't resolve my issues and then proceeded to ghost me. I was unable to reach a human who was able to even start working towards a solution to my order problem for 72 hours and was forced to cancel before Tesla's 3-day chance/cancellation window was up. (Specifically, Tesla's website at the time lied and said you could pick up at the nearest service center. Immediately after I placed my order I found out that wasn't the case and I would have to go elsewhere, and I had no viable logistics options for Mt Kisco).

A week later, buying my Bolt from my local dealership was the smoothest and most painless vehicle purchase experience I've ever had.

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I've heard of their horrible customer service too but at least I'll know for sure they'll have a Tesla loaner every time I'm in for service.
You mean you know for sure that you won't get any loaner at all? Check TMC and similar Tesla owner forums and you'll see that Tesla stopped giving out loaners during service long ago.
 
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