Franz von Holzhausen personally delivered my Model 3

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At the Marina Del Rey delivery center last night, just as I was finishing signing my paperwork, my delivery specialist said "Alright, let's take you out to your car." At that very moment, another employee came up to him and said, "Actually Franz is going to take him to the car."

The first thought that crossed my mind was "Franz.. as in, von Holzhausen?! The man who designed every Tesla since the Model S?! That would be amazing, but that can't be right. There must just be another delivery specialist here named Franz." I turned around, and there he was. We shook hands, he asked me how my day was going, I responded, "Well it was going great, but now it's f**king phenomenal!"

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He walked me out to my car, showed me around the outside, opened the door for me and said, "Get in!" He went around to the passenger side, got in, and showed me the ropes. He proceeded to spend about 45 minutes showing me every single menu option on the touch screen and how everything inside the car worked. Having read the entire manual, I already knew pretty much everything he was showing me but I kept my mouth shut and tried to just enjoy the fact that the man who designed the Model 3 was giving me a tutorial, meanwhile making sure my jaw wasn't stuck to the floor. I said, "How often do you do this?" He said, "Not very often." I asked, "Why, why do this?" He said, "I was on my way home from work and figured I'd swing by. I love to see the excitement from people like you and share what we've created."

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I asked him if he would sign my dashboard, but he replied, "No, that wood trim is way too beautiful! How about the inside of the sun shade?" I obliged, and now the inside of my passenger side sun shade is signed "Franz". I told him he could graffiti my entire car if he wanted, I wouldn't care. I had him sign the case of my die-cast Model 3 as well.

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The car was flawless. I inspected every panel gap with a fine toothed comb and couldn't find a millimeter of misalignment. After reading so many horror stories, I found it hard to believe there were no noticeable defects on the car. I said, "The panel gaps are literally perfect - did you make sure this one came out flawless like this?" He just smiled and said, "Nope, this is the first time I'm seeing this car, but things are always improving." I continued down the four-page Model 3 delivery checklist another user posted on this forum and everything was absolutely perfect.

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Two of the delivery specialists working at the service center came up to me at separate times and said something along the lines of, "How cool is that - Franz delivered your car!" They were in disbelief as well. My original delivery specialist was outside in the parking lot trying to get an autograph from Franz as well before he left. I got the impression that this was a very unique occurrence, so much so that even the employees were geeking out about his presence.

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Just wanted to share my experience because I feel like there has been much more negative information posted about the quality of the cars than the positive - you rarely hear people say, "My car was in perfect condition when I received it!", it's almost always complaints about what is wrong. I had a perfect experience, the car is amazing, drives and handles like a dream. I get the feeling I'll be in love with it for a long time to come, and I hope your Model 3 is perfect too.
 
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What an awesome experience and story! Thank you for sharing, and congrats on taking delivery! You got some great pics as well, they really captured the moment!

Great color choice by the way! ;)
 

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At the Marina Del Rey delivery center last night, just as I was finishing signing my paperwork, my delivery specialist said "Alright, let's take you out to your car." At that very moment, another employee came up to him and said, "Actually Franz is going to take him to the car."

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The first thought that crossed my mind was "Franz.. as in, von Holzhausen?! The man who designed every Tesla since the Model S?! That would be amazing, but that can't be right. There must just be another delivery specialist here named Franz." I turned around, and there he was. We shook hands, he asked me how my day was going, I responded, "Well it was going great, but now it's f**king phenomenal!"

View attachment 6844

He walked me out to my car, showed me around the outside, opened the door for me and said, "Get in!" He went around to the passenger side, got in, and showed me the ropes. He proceeded to spend about 45 minutes showing me every single menu option on the touch screen and how everything inside the car worked. Having read the entire manual, I already knew pretty much everything he was showing me but I kept my mouth shut and tried to just enjoy the fact that the man who designed the Model 3 was giving me a tutorial, meanwhile making sure my jaw wasn't stuck to the floor. I said, "How often do you do this?" He said, "Not very often." I asked, "Why, why do this?" He said, "I was on my way home from work and figured I'd swing by. I love to see the excitement from people like you and share what we've created."

View attachment 6845

I asked him if he would sign my dashboard, but he replied, "No, that wood trim is way too beautiful! How about the inside of the sun shade?" I obliged, and now the inside of my passenger side sun shade is signed "Franz". I told him he could graffiti my entire car if he wanted, I wouldn't care. I had him sign the case of my die-cast Model 3 as well.

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The car was flawless. I inspected every panel gap with a fine toothed comb and couldn't find a millimeter of misalignment. After reading so many horror stories, I found it hard to believe there were no noticeable defects on the car. I said, "The panel gaps are literally perfect - did you make sure this one came out flawless like this?" He just smiled and said, "Nope, this is the first time I'm seeing this car, but things are always improving." I continued down the four-page Model 3 delivery checklist another user posted on this forum and everything was absolutely perfect.

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Two of the delivery specialists working at the service center came up to me at separate times and said something along the lines of, "How cool is that - Franz delivered your car!" They were in disbelief as well. My original delivery specialist was outside in the parking lot trying to get an autograph from Franz as well before he left. I got the impression that this was a very unique occurrence, so much so that even the employees were geeking out about his presence.

View attachment 6848

Just wanted to share my experience because I feel like there has been much more negative information posted about the quality of the cars than the positive - you rarely hear people say, "My car was in perfect condition when I received it!", it's almost always complaints about what is wrong. I had a perfect experience, the car is amazing, drives and handles like a dream. I get the feeling I'll be in love with it for a long time to come, and I hope your Model 3 is perfect too.
so how WAS your day! Awesome
 

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At the Marina Del Rey delivery center last night, just as I was finishing signing my paperwork, my delivery specialist said "Alright, let's take you out to your car." At that very moment, another employee came up to him and said, "Actually Franz is going to take him to the car."

View attachment 6841

The first thought that crossed my mind was "Franz.. as in, von Holzhausen?! The man who designed every Tesla since the Model S?! That would be amazing, but that can't be right. There must just be another delivery specialist here named Franz." I turned around, and there he was. We shook hands, he asked me how my day was going, I responded, "Well it was going great, but now it's f**king phenomenal!"

View attachment 6844

He walked me out to my car, showed me around the outside, opened the door for me and said, "Get in!" He went around to the passenger side, got in, and showed me the ropes. He proceeded to spend about 45 minutes showing me every single menu option on the touch screen and how everything inside the car worked. Having read the entire manual, I already knew pretty much everything he was showing me but I kept my mouth shut and tried to just enjoy the fact that the man who designed the Model 3 was giving me a tutorial, meanwhile making sure my jaw wasn't stuck to the floor. I said, "How often do you do this?" He said, "Not very often." I asked, "Why, why do this?" He said, "I was on my way home from work and figured I'd swing by. I love to see the excitement from people like you and share what we've created."

View attachment 6845

I asked him if he would sign my dashboard, but he replied, "No, that wood trim is way too beautiful! How about the inside of the sun shade?" I obliged, and now the inside of my passenger side sun shade is signed "Franz". I told him he could graffiti my entire car if he wanted, I wouldn't care. I had him sign the case of my die-cast Model 3 as well.

View attachment 6846

The car was flawless. I inspected every panel gap with a fine toothed comb and couldn't find a millimeter of misalignment. After reading so many horror stories, I found it hard to believe there were no noticeable defects on the car. I said, "The panel gaps are literally perfect - did you make sure this one came out flawless like this?" He just smiled and said, "Nope, this is the first time I'm seeing this car, but things are always improving." I continued down the four-page Model 3 delivery checklist another user posted on this forum and everything was absolutely perfect.

View attachment 6847

Two of the delivery specialists working at the service center came up to me at separate times and said something along the lines of, "How cool is that - Franz delivered your car!" They were in disbelief as well. My original delivery specialist was outside in the parking lot trying to get an autograph from Franz as well before he left. I got the impression that this was a very unique occurrence, so much so that even the employees were geeking out about his presence.

View attachment 6848

Just wanted to share my experience because I feel like there has been much more negative information posted about the quality of the cars than the positive - you rarely hear people say, "My car was in perfect condition when I received it!", it's almost always complaints about what is wrong. I had a perfect experience, the car is amazing, drives and handles like a dream. I get the feeling I'll be in love with it for a long time to come, and I hope your Model 3 is perfect too.
Dude, that is so freaking awesome I shared your story on Twitter ;)
 
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Thank you for sharing your experience and congrats for the car. What an exciting story!!

How cool is Franz, leaving legacy car makers for Tesla when it is still a dream, then ten years later enjoying the exitment of people for what they created.
Makes me think at all the clever people at Tesla, thank u all for making it happen.

Stories like this make my wait worth it!
Happy Easter and kind regards.
K
 

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At the Marina Del Rey delivery center last night, just as I was finishing signing my paperwork, my delivery specialist said "Alright, let's take you out to your car." At that very moment, another employee came up to him and said, "Actually Franz is going to take him to the car."

View attachment 6841

The first thought that crossed my mind was "Franz.. as in, von Holzhausen?! The man who designed every Tesla since the Model S?! That would be amazing, but that can't be right. There must just be another delivery specialist here named Franz." I turned around, and there he was. We shook hands, he asked me how my day was going, I responded, "Well it was going great, but now it's f**king phenomenal!"

View attachment 6844

He walked me out to my car, showed me around the outside, opened the door for me and said, "Get in!" He went around to the passenger side, got in, and showed me the ropes. He proceeded to spend about 45 minutes showing me every single menu option on the touch screen and how everything inside the car worked. Having read the entire manual, I already knew pretty much everything he was showing me but I kept my mouth shut and tried to just enjoy the fact that the man who designed the Model 3 was giving me a tutorial, meanwhile making sure my jaw wasn't stuck to the floor. I said, "How often do you do this?" He said, "Not very often." I asked, "Why, why do this?" He said, "I was on my way home from work and figured I'd swing by. I love to see the excitement from people like you and share what we've created."

View attachment 6845

I asked him if he would sign my dashboard, but he replied, "No, that wood trim is way too beautiful! How about the inside of the sun shade?" I obliged, and now the inside of my passenger side sun shade is signed "Franz". I told him he could graffiti my entire car if he wanted, I wouldn't care. I had him sign the case of my die-cast Model 3 as well.

View attachment 6846

The car was flawless. I inspected every panel gap with a fine toothed comb and couldn't find a millimeter of misalignment. After reading so many horror stories, I found it hard to believe there were no noticeable defects on the car. I said, "The panel gaps are literally perfect - did you make sure this one came out flawless like this?" He just smiled and said, "Nope, this is the first time I'm seeing this car, but things are always improving." I continued down the four-page Model 3 delivery checklist another user posted on this forum and everything was absolutely perfect.

View attachment 6847

Two of the delivery specialists working at the service center came up to me at separate times and said something along the lines of, "How cool is that - Franz delivered your car!" They were in disbelief as well. My original delivery specialist was outside in the parking lot trying to get an autograph from Franz as well before he left. I got the impression that this was a very unique occurrence, so much so that even the employees were geeking out about his presence.

View attachment 6848

Just wanted to share my experience because I feel like there has been much more negative information posted about the quality of the cars than the positive - you rarely hear people say, "My car was in perfect condition when I received it!", it's almost always complaints about what is wrong. I had a perfect experience, the car is amazing, drives and handles like a dream. I get the feeling I'll be in love with it for a long time to come, and I hope your Model 3 is perfect too.
Beyond jealous! Haha Glad you had such a great experience! Enjoy your Mode 3!
 

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Well your day suddenly went from great to awesome! Nice car too. :)
I put my Model 3 off but feeling the urge to click "buy" every day :)
 

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This story is awesome!

I got a good chuckle over not signing the dash but rather the sun visor!!
 

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This just in......Marina Del Ray Delivery Center booked solid for the next 5 years with people hoping to win the Franz Experience Lotto!

Congrats! what a cool experience! Did you get any inside info that you're not allowed to share with us....or maybe even some you can?
 

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you rarely hear people say, "My car was in perfect condition when I received it!", it's almost always complaints about what is wrong.
Thanks for sharing this!
A lot of us are scared about the glitches we may find in our brand new car after the 2 year waiting... maybe is not THAT usual to have issues!
Congrats for the amazing experience! Enjoy the car! ;)
 

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At the Marina Del Rey delivery center last night, just as I was finishing signing my paperwork, my delivery specialist said "Alright, let's take you out to your car." At that very moment, another employee came up to him and said, "Actually Franz is going to take him to the car."

View attachment 6841

The first thought that crossed my mind was "Franz.. as in, von Holzhausen?! The man who designed every Tesla since the Model S?! That would be amazing, but that can't be right. There must just be another delivery specialist here named Franz." I turned around, and there he was. We shook hands, he asked me how my day was going, I responded, "Well it was going great, but now it's f**king phenomenal!"

View attachment 6844

He walked me out to my car, showed me around the outside, opened the door for me and said, "Get in!" He went around to the passenger side, got in, and showed me the ropes. He proceeded to spend about 45 minutes showing me every single menu option on the touch screen and how everything inside the car worked. Having read the entire manual, I already knew pretty much everything he was showing me but I kept my mouth shut and tried to just enjoy the fact that the man who designed the Model 3 was giving me a tutorial, meanwhile making sure my jaw wasn't stuck to the floor. I said, "How often do you do this?" He said, "Not very often." I asked, "Why, why do this?" He said, "I was on my way home from work and figured I'd swing by. I love to see the excitement from people like you and share what we've created."

View attachment 6845

I asked him if he would sign my dashboard, but he replied, "No, that wood trim is way too beautiful! How about the inside of the sun shade?" I obliged, and now the inside of my passenger side sun shade is signed "Franz". I told him he could graffiti my entire car if he wanted, I wouldn't care. I had him sign the case of my die-cast Model 3 as well.

View attachment 6846

The car was flawless. I inspected every panel gap with a fine toothed comb and couldn't find a millimeter of misalignment. After reading so many horror stories, I found it hard to believe there were no noticeable defects on the car. I said, "The panel gaps are literally perfect - did you make sure this one came out flawless like this?" He just smiled and said, "Nope, this is the first time I'm seeing this car, but things are always improving." I continued down the four-page Model 3 delivery checklist another user posted on this forum and everything was absolutely perfect.

View attachment 6847

Two of the delivery specialists working at the service center came up to me at separate times and said something along the lines of, "How cool is that - Franz delivered your car!" They were in disbelief as well. My original delivery specialist was outside in the parking lot trying to get an autograph from Franz as well before he left. I got the impression that this was a very unique occurrence, so much so that even the employees were geeking out about his presence.

View attachment 6848

Just wanted to share my experience because I feel like there has been much more negative information posted about the quality of the cars than the positive - you rarely hear people say, "My car was in perfect condition when I received it!", it's almost always complaints about what is wrong. I had a perfect experience, the car is amazing, drives and handles like a dream. I get the feeling I'll be in love with it for a long time to come, and I hope your Model 3 is perfect too.
Did you by chance ask him if his red Model 3 car is the Performance version (prototype) Model 3?