13 OCTOBER 2021 UPDATEOrdered my 3-door Oxford Edition in May, received a VIN in early June with a scheduled production date of last week of July. Knew delivery would be 'iffy' with the annual plant shutdown.
Called customer service today. They rolled out the "computer chip shortage is affecting automotive production across the globe" meme. I know that! They could not give me an estimate for when my car might be built.
I was initially impressed with the tracking features on the App, but after 9 weeks the status remains as follows:
Today's the day! Your MINI has entered the production queue.
I have an extensive background in the business jet world as it relates to production scheduling. We did not always make our production dates, but we had accurate and timely information to pass on to our customers on a real-time basis.
"Patience is a virtue, etc............"
I quit trying to track progress on the App after months of no progress, but low-and-behold the car status jumped about 11 spots on the tracker during the first week of October to "At The Port."
So the car was apparently produced sometime in late September and is awaiting trans-Atlantic shipment from England to Georgia. No estimated time of sailing. Dealer says it could takes weeks and weeks.
"Patience remains a virtue, etc..............."