Their was no delay in the roofs
Their was just a factory closing in order to accommodate the problems specifically logistics when all the problems kicked off
Their is no contrast roof delay
I repeat their is no delay it's a polite way of saying that Mini screwed up D engine orders and they have to come back into the fold
That's all their is to it
Also confirmed by my mate that works at BMW
He also laughed that their was never a Harmon Kardon delay
Work it out folks we've been done in - I will also point out what others have said on here and me myself a while back
All dealers have allocations - if they take your order that doesn't mean that goes in at that moment in time as defo - it means it's in a queue according to allocations for that dealership - example if the dealer has submitted monthly allocations for that month then it carries over etc etc
Thing is if you add the D problems then that one scenario just multiplied and got worse for the individual customer on wait
Folks this is it their is nothing more to it
The great 'contrast roof delay' debate... they're lying - or do they just need to get their collective finger out to get more MINI Coopers out there on the road...?!
Even though my contrast roof MINI Cooper D was delivered at the end of June, this debate has interested me as, when I visited the factory, the only delay they talked about was with the diesel engine.
(Just-in-Time manufacturing relies upon the delivery of components running like clockwork. If a major component - as in the engine - is not available, the whole factory is forced to stop. I was told by the guys in Oxford that it took two weeks to reorganise the production schedule, removing all diesel cars... and it's safe to assume that adding them back in has caused some further delay).
Like GoKart7, I also have some (non-dealership) BMW contacts and they reckon that the paintshop IS the logjam - because painting the roof white or black is a second process which is done after the whole bodyshell is painted in the chosen colour.
It stands to reason that, as BMW/MINI were completely honest about the early diesel engine issue (potentially much more serious & embarrassing), they would not be likely to fabricate stories of delays in the paintshop and with HK audio systems.
NB: the Dutch factory officially starts F56 production next week, according to the NEDcar website, so that should help. I wonder if any of those cars will come 'home' to the UK?
For those waiting for cars - hold on! - the new MINI is superb... I'm driving a Ford Focus hire car today in Holland (with every toy imaginable!) and it is the complete opposite of superb!!
There endeth my missive on this topic. I really think they're doing their best to make more MINI drivers happy - I'm loving mine!