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    The Model 3 is a thing of beauty, nearly flawless. Which is why I'm totally baffled by the ugliest seat belt buckle attachement I've ever seen in my life. I'd be interested in anyones opinion who has seen the car in person.

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      I don't think in person they would be as odd looking as in this pix. and likely function better since it would bring the pivot point of the belt closer to the top of your lap instead of the floor of the car (at least how my cars are).
       
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      Hmmm, I hope you're right. That hard bracket looks like it would be high enough to chafe on your hip, and just looks aweful. I find it a very odd design element.
       
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        Looks like an instance where Tesla chose to go with something easy rather than spend more time engineering something that looks better. I'm sure this will be one of many tweaks in the future.
         
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        it's essentially similar to this one, but missing the lower trim piece, so going to give them the benefit of the doubt that Franz's car is driving around without 100% final parts installed.
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          Wow... yeah that's bad.

          Almost as bad as the design flaw in Model S where you can't reach the seat controls when the door is closed (especially if you have a watch on). :)
           
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          Cannot be final final...
           
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            That's ok they are coming out with Aero covers for the seat belts ;)
             
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              I'm ok with the seat belt attachment visually. All the cars I have owned have the seatbelt attachment point near the floor and bolted into the B pillar. I would think that would be safer than having it attached to the seat frame. If the seat detaches in an accident you could lose the effect of the seatbelt.
               
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                I noticed that ugly seatbelt attachment in that photo too, but I haven't seen it elsewhere. It immediately reminded me of the old automatic retracting seatbelts! I'm hoping it was something unfinished in his particular car. Maybe someone like @TrevP who has gone for a ride and clicked in can comment if this was really there.


                 
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                He did! His comment from twitter:
                [​IMG] Model 3 Owners Club (@Model3Owners)
                8/29/17, 10:33 PM
                @MeelonTusk I don't remember it specifically. Our test rides were 3-4 minutes tops. Sensory overload
                 
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                  IMG_20170816_205755.jpg I found this picture with seatbelts.
                   
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                  Unfortunately the bottom of the B pillar is blocking the part in question.

                  I can't wait till we finally get the first Model 3 owner in this forum, whom we will keep sending out to his car every five minutes to check on ever tiny detail that we think of!
                   
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                    You're right, unfortunately it was the best picture I could find. It shows a bit of it at the B-pillar, at least we can extrapolate from that bit and conclude (at least I am) that it's not as ugly as the OP's picture.

                    It also shows how the buckle at the arm rest is different than the OP's picture and I'm taking that as a good sign. :)
                     
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                    Here's another picture. The lower buckle isn't visible, but in the OP's picture, the lower buckle is really high, high enough that it should be seen in this photo, but it's not.

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                    I think I figured it out now. The belts are all fixed to the floor, and there are just plastic slots in the seats they go through. If the seat is in a normal higher position all you really see is the buckle, but if you lower the seat to the floor you will see much more of the attachment cable.
                     
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                      You're right. If you look at my 1st picture, you can see a slit in the plastic where the belt comes out. I'll bet there is no "buckle" on the door side of the seat belt. Good eye JWardell!!!
                       
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                        No need for that. Just put a mattress in the back and use his phone/tablet to react to our requests. We'll give him short breaks for meals.
                         
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