In Reply to: Re: The waiting list is a joke... posted by Ray Koch on November 16, 2000 at 14:00:57:
The big joke is that BMW doesn't just produce as many of these as they have orders for.
This wouldn't be very prudent on the part of BMW. It would require them to invest heavily in production capacity just to satisfy a large *initial* demand which will quickly disappear. That would be very expensive and would be a complete waste in future years. The M3 is a *limited* production car, and always has been. When I bought my 97 M3, the dealership, a mid-size one, had five on the lot and could have an ordered one delivered in 3 months. It wasn't hard to get, and I don't expect the new M3 to be any different after this year. BTW, I didn't pay anywhere near MSRP either.
The problem is that people want it, and want it *now*. And a few people seem to be of the impression that they have a God given right to have an M3 right now. The fact is, until you place your *order* you do not have an M3 allocated to you.
Your position on a wait list is an agreement between you and the dealership, it has nothing to do with BMW NA or AG. Any "bumping" of spots should have been made clear in your contract when you turned in your deposit. If people weren't serious then they will pass when asked to order and you will be moved up. When it comes time to place that order, you'll find a lot of people drop out. My dealer has told be that quite a few have already dropped out of their list. And, given the fact that the SMG will be here in 2002 I might as well.