In Reply to: Production date slip - is this normal? posted by cosmosmon on February 08, 2000 at 15:02:47:
: Help. I just ordered my 2.8 on 1/31/00 and was given a production date last week of 21 Feb. My dealer called today and told me that my date has slipped until the first week of March. Is this normal? I don't want this to be a whole bunch of slips until I'm getting the car in May.
I imagine North America Z3 orders operate on a similar basis to European ones, in which case the order is entered into the BMW central ordering database and BMW NA will balance any dealer quotas and schedule production with the factory.
The factory operates on a just-in-time stock system and a small delay caused by the non-availability of a particular part (e.g. the color of seats) from one of the many suppliers can always set things back a week or two.
Once the production schedule is agreed with the factory, the responsibility for scheduling the week's production rests with the factory who take into consideration aspects such as efficient use of the paint shop.
Your dealer can check on the anticipated production date at any time on their computer by typing in the order number (7 digit code), so if you think you are getting the brush off, ask to see the actual record.