TTAC Rewind: Thinking About Panel Gaps

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

ttac rewind thinking about panel gaps

Digging through the archives, I saw a Tim Cain piece about panel gaps and thought it might be fun to revisit.

I tend not to write about them a lot in my reviews unless they're pretty bad and there are no "pre-production" or "early build" excuses. Especially since we only test one car at a time -- my loaner might not be representative of what's coming off the line. But I do pay attention to them, and you can be sure I will call it out when appropriate.

That said, take some time today to see Tim's thoughts on the issue.

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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jun 26, 2023

    I guess the Enzo Ferrari quote I cited didn't get past the TTAC censor program. Too bad - it's the last word in panel gaps.

  • Cprescott Cprescott on Jun 26, 2023

    The Japanese advantage in panel gaps disappeared shortly after manufacture when rust widened them to entire panels.

    • RHD RHD on Jun 28, 2023

      Oh, did you mean to post: "I don't care if the door gaps are straight. When the driver steps on the gas, I want him to s*** his pants!" ?

  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Jun 27, 2023

    I have a friend who was an executive with Autovaz before the Soviet Union collapsed. He tells us of the time they purchased some 'robots' from Japan to help install panels. The allowance for panel gaps was so wide that the robots would consistently stop as they kept detecting a 'fault'. Even re-programming them was problematic as the vehicles were so haphazard that the gaps were inconsistent and varied constantly.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jun 28, 2023

    Tesla's megacastings might have some effect on this topic going forward.