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I am following people's experiences of the lead time from order to delivery, with estimates during the intervening period varying wildly!

I ordered my L3 mid-November for a delivery by the end of January, because the dealer had a manufacturing slot left, and I took that slot when I paid my deposit. A recent enquiry showed that the car, however, is not due to be put into manufacture until the week commencing 21 March, some six weeks later. At this rate, it is likely to be April before handover takes place.

Yet, despite all of this, people are getting phone calls from dealers saying their cars are ready for collection and handover, weeks before the due date.

I'm a bit bewildered to be honest, as there doesn't seem to be a way of predicting lead times. I would be interested to hear other people's comments and perspective on this.
 

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I ordered mine (Convertible Cooper Sport, BRG, Comfort+) in early Sept and the car is due to be delivered to my local dealership on 24th January. The car entered production during the 1st week of January and is currently waiting to be shipped over to the UK from Holland. At the time of ordering, the delivery date was down as January 31st. It's been a long wait but I know there are similar (if not worse) examples mentioned throughout this forum.
 

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I am following people's experiences of the lead time from order to delivery, with estimates during the intervening period varying wildly!

I ordered my L3 mid-November for a delivery by the end of January, because the dealer had a manufacturing slot left, and I took that slot when I paid my deposit. A recent enquiry showed that the car, however, is not due to be put into manufacture until the week commencing 21 March, some six weeks later. At this rate, it is likely to be April before handover takes place.

Yet, despite all of this, people are getting phone calls from dealers saying their cars are ready for collection and handover, weeks before the due date.

I'm a bit bewildered to be honest, as there doesn't seem to be a way of predicting lead times. I would be interested to hear other people's comments and perspective on this.
One has to wonder how honest your dealer was when you placed your order. Did they really have a production slot available?
 

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I ordered mine mid August and was given an initial delivery of November, this then quickly jumped to March 2022. Since then I’ve been given various ‘estimated’ build dates ranging from early December to mid Feb. My dealer is currently sticking by end of March.
 

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It varies wildly sadly, not only on whether the dealer has a build slot assigned to them but also the specification that you've ordered and whether the factory can get those bits to actually build your car.

The wait for my car was a rollercoaster and ultimately took 7.5 months. I started this thread which has ended up being a bit of a monster but is a useful place where lots of other people who are waiting for cars are posting about whats happening for them Anyone else waiting for a car to be made?
 

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Yes, it does seem to vary wildly.
I was lucky, the dealer said 8 - 12 weeks and I collected it in just under 8 weeks.
I don't think they had any orders pre-booked, do dealers really take that risk ? , as he had to go up the office to enter my colour/wheel choice into the order system.
Part way through the wait I did use the BMW on-line progress checker thing and it showed a much later date than the max 12 weeks I'd been told so I emailed my salesman to complain and he basically said ignore that, I have the actual delivery date and it's ##### and it was, 7 weeks and 4 days..... I didn't collect it for another couple of days because I wasn't expecting it to be so soon and had other things to do.
 

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I ordered on September 15th, the car was delivered to the dealer on December 3rd, had to wait until the 15th to collect it as it had to wait for the SOS software fix. Level 2 spec, no options selected.
 

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I ordered mine - ‘Mini Yours‘ spec ( I believe equivalent to L3 in UK) with a few options on 11 December with preview delivery here in France mid/end March. Just had a call from the garage this afternoon to say the production was almost complete and anticipate delivery in February. :):) The exact date is currently unclear, because it is a question of scheduling the transport to France.
 

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Hi, ordered our 3d Cooper S in the first week of November and still waiting. Not even sure why we were not able to add some optional extras a couple of weeks after the order as we were told that the car is on approval for production and not possible to change anything on the order. if anyone has any knowledge on this would be appreciated.
 

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Hi, ordered our 3d Cooper S in the first week of November and still waiting. Not even sure why we were not able to add some optional extras a couple of weeks after the order as we were told that the car is on approval for production and not possible to change anything on the order. if anyone has any knowledge on this would be appreciated.
It depends on if it’s scheduled. If you ask the genius’ what the order status is if it’s 112 the. You can’t change. If it’s 111 you can
 

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I ordered my enigmatic black level 3 Electric (black roof, yellow mirror caps) with the sun protection glass and heated steering wheel options on the 9th of October and was told not even to expect a build number until mid January with delivery around March. My dealer contacted me in November to advise they had a production number and they expected the car early Feb. I then got another call at the end of NOV to say it had been moved up and it should be with me by Christmas. I took delivery on the 19th December.
 

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I ordered my enigmatic black level 3 Electric (black roof, yellow mirror caps) with the sun protection glass and heated steering wheel options on the 9th of October and was told not even to expect a build number until mid January with delivery around March. My dealer contacted me in November to advise they had a production number and they expected the car early Feb. I then got another call at the end of NOV to say it had been moved up and it should be with me by Christmas. I took delivery on the 19th December.
I like your bonnet stripes. Were they a dealer fit ?
 

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First post for me. I ordered a all black L3 on Dec 12. I was given a production number on Jan 14th and told its scheduled for the 8th week production. Told me to expect delivery end of March perhaps early April as I am having them install the piano black belt line at the port and that may delay delivery slightly.. Being able to track the process online is nice, but it sucks checking and seeing no progress day after day.. The wait is a killer!
 

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It is a £250 option on the L3 in the UK. I think you can add it as an option to the L2 and Collection, but not the L1.
First post for me. I ordered a all black L3 on Dec 12. I was given a production number on Jan 14th and told its scheduled for the 8th week production. Told me to expect delivery end of March perhaps early April as I am having them install the piano black belt line at the port and that may delay delivery slightly.. Being able to track the process online is nice, but it sucks checking and seeing no progress day after day.. The wait is a killer!
Hi all, first post for me too…
I’ve ordered a lvl3 electric early decemeber, unfortunately my order has been put back 3 times since. Originally I was told March then yesterday I got another email saying expected delivery is September, I’m using Arval as a lease company through a salary sacrifice scheme at work, dealer is the syntner group which I thought would be pretty good.
I’m getting convinced that my car is being put back due to it being a lease through a third party and not a walk in customer as demand is pretty high apparantley at the moment according to my local dealer with whom I booked the test drive.
I’m actually thinking about cancelling and trying another manufacturer but worried I’d be in the same boat if I do.
 

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You could be right about the lease companies taking second priority. I expect Mini makes less margin. Also from what I understand the Mini concessions have certain allocations per country. If Syntner have used all their allocation then they will need to wait until next slot. I was lucky, because the BMW-Mini concessionaire here is also part of a big group, and they had a Mini on order but not in the final production schedule at that moment, so they reserved it for me, and allowed me to spec. it how I wanted…..

Changing manufacturer may not be the best bet. If you look on the VW ID3 forum you will see comments that the total production for ID3s for 2022 is sold out. People are saying if you place an order now, you get confirmation for beginning of 2023. For the new ID4 they are not accepting any new orders.
For Peugeot e208 (manufactured locally to me) the situation appeared to better. When we asked for a quoted in November they said March. However from what I understand now, these March dates are being pushed back….I have heard June or July….
 

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You could be right about the lease companies taking second priority. I expect Mini makes less margin. Also from what I understand the Mini concessions have certain allocations per country. If Syntner have used all their allocation then they will need to wait until next slot. I was lucky, because the BMW-Mini concessionaire here is also part of a big group, and they had a Mini on order but not in the final production schedule at that moment, so they reserved it for me, and allowed me to spec. it how I wanted…..

Changing manufacturer may not be the best bet. If you look on the VW ID3 forum you will see comments that the total production for ID3s for 2022 is sold out. People are saying if you place an order now, you get confirmation for beginning of 2023. For the new ID4 they are not accepting any new orders.
For Peugeot e208 (manufactured locally to me) the situation appeared to better. When we asked for a quoted in November they said March. However from what I understand now, these March dates are being pushed back….I have heard June or July….
Thanks for the info, you’ve kind of backed up what I’ve been thinking around switching manufacturers… probably best to stay put and wait. Just frustrating that one of the reasons for ordering was around the tax breaks with 1% BIK, if I get the car in September or later it’s half way through the tax year. Oh well , just hope they don’t cut the Harmon kardon system out, I’ve been reading stories about that too… also wondering why all of a sudden last month Arval managed to secure a price reduction, to me this sounds like mini have omitted an option from the car and Arval are selling this fact to me as though they have done me a favour !! I’ll have to wait and see I suppose👍
 
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