Delivery Delay for 1000 BMW 2 Series Convertibles

by Tim Jones on March 14, 2017, 1:04 pm
2 series delayed delivery

BMW is delaying delivery for approximately 1000 F23 2 Series Convertibles that have been produced without the convertible top compartment lid trim. BMW experiencing a severe parts shortage caused by a fire at the supplier’s production facility.

2 Series convertible have been and will continue to be produced without the convertible top compartment lid until early April. As vehicles complete production they will be added to the open campaign and will show campaign “F23 retrofitting the convertible top”

Parts should become available in the US for retrofit in mid to late April. Until then, the vehicles are being held at the VDC and will not be delivered to dealerships until the campaign is complete.



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11 responses to Delivery Delay for 1000 BMW 2 Series Convertibles

crabu2 commented:
March 14, 2017, 1:12 pm

Forget about the delay... My dealer can't even put my order in for me..

Dealer says they get allocation and orders are placed. When a customer wants one to their specs, they modify one that hasn't gotten a production date yet. Well, I watched him try to modify one for me and it won't allow him to do it...

I wonder when that hold will be lifted....
p912guy commented:
March 14, 2017, 2:36 pm

I feel terrible for all of the folks waiting on their convertibles, but this news, along with the terrific deal I received 4 years of maintenance on 2016's makes me even more glad I jumped on my 2016 M235i vert when I did back in December. Hopefully they'll get the parts in quickly and get everyone their convertibles before the best open-air motoring for most of the country hits in May or June.
msej449 commented:
March 14, 2017, 4:26 pm

If it's any consolation, this seems to be the detail on the supplier and the part (although not confirmed by BMW) relating to the tonneau cover. This is the name for the 'C' shaped, black plastic-like piece of bodywork which opens and pivots, then folds down and covers the folded-in roof fabric.

There have been a number of plastics industry posts in the UK about a big fire at the Recticel factory in the Czeck Republic in January, affecting Peugeot, VW and BMW among others. Recticel have a patent on a particular technology that means they're sole supplier to many auto companies: 'Our renowned dashboard skins, cockpit and door panel trim parts on the basis of our unique, patented, pigmented light-stable PU compounds and certified Colo-Fast® and Colo-Sense® Lite spray technology are more and more used in the design-sensitive car interiors segment.'

Again, if it's any consolation, Peugeot have had to completely stop production of one of their models, as opposed to BMW being able to manufacture without the part, for later retro-fit. Latest industry post is that manufacturing is ramping-up again, but obviously there's a big backlog.

Yet more consolation is to recall the 2016 issues around the ProNav: the only factory producing these is in Japan, and suffered earthquake damage. Those of us ordering in 1H 2016 had an anxious time while an internal fight between countries and dealers went on to get their customers priority on the dwindling stock and as production recommenced. A lot of sales people had to call customers to tell them if they wanted their car delivered on time, they could only have the BusNav fitted.

Sorry to hear about this delay - but it'll be worth the wait in the end ......
tim330i commented:
March 14, 2017, 4:28 pm

The fire has completely haulted 6 Series convertible production - http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=969219

Tim
crabu2 commented:
March 14, 2017, 4:51 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
The fire has completely haulted 6 Series convertible production - http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=969219

Tim
Based on my dealer not being able to place my order for the 230 vert, and what you posted about the 6 series verts, I'm thinking anything not already with a production start date is being held and they're not taking any new orders on any convertible..

I've read that the Recticel factory in the Czeck Republic has started production on a limited bases, but what does that mean to me? It doesn't tell me anything about what parts they have started to produce again.. AFAIK, they could might only be making VW parts for now...

Sorry if I sound upset.. but it drives me a bit nuts when it's just a plastic part and they had no contingency plan for when a supplier couldn't meet their demand.

Since it looks like my order will take a minimum of 10+ weeks now, I'm hoping BMW puts some hefty incentives in place for when I take delivery.... hopefully by the end of May I'd also be ok if they gave me a 2018 in early July, at the same price, as my current order.... as long as it had all the same options and the 2018 updates. hehehehe
Squiddie commented:
March 18, 2017, 3:16 pm

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Originally Posted by msej449 View Post
There have been a number of plastics industry posts in the UK about a big fire at the Recticel factory in the Czeck Republic in January, affecting Peugeot, VW and BMW among others. Recticel have a patent on a particular technology that means they're sole supplier to many auto companies:
Not really. It is common to have other companies manufacture your patented stuff, either for you, or for their own resale with a license from you (for $$$).

They can't steal any "secrets" since the patent already contains them all visible to everybody.
Tanning machine commented:
March 20, 2017, 4:16 pm

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Originally Posted by tim330i View Post

2 Series convertible have been and will continue to be produced without the convertible top compartment lid until early April. As vehicles complete production they will be added to the open campaign and will show campaign “F23 retrofitting the convertible top”

Parts should become available in the US for retrofit in mid to late April. Until then, the vehicles are being held at the VDC and will not be delivered to dealerships until the campaign is complete.
So what exactly do they do with these cars? Presumably they can't leave them outside! (Although maybe they can close the top without the tonneau and keep water out? I wouldn't think so - on my older model it would just leave the bin for the top partly open to the elements).
greyhouse commented:
March 21, 2017, 2:48 pm

My 240i verte arrived in Georgia march 9 and a work order was immediately placed on it .its been 12 days now in shop and who knows how much longer,is my car affected or did something catastrophic happen to it that would take this long to fix,if the latter is the case they can keep my down payment and keep the car and I'll order an 2018 no price increase on 2 series but markups on almost everything else.
M-Cognito commented:
March 21, 2017, 3:39 pm

My car is one of the delayed orders. Interestingly, BMW's geniuses have no idea about the delay or what's causing it.


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greyhouse commented:
March 21, 2017, 4:02 pm

Just called my c/a to tell him about it,he had no idea,and has not heard of it,and ironically because I ordered it in September he was going to keep me right on top of everything
crabu2 commented:
March 21, 2017, 4:04 pm

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Originally Posted by greyhouse View Post
Just called my c/a to tell him about it,he had no idea,and has not heard of it,and ironically because I ordered it in September he was going to keep me right on top of everything
You ordered in September and your car's only now made it to the port as of March 9th? That's just crazy!!! Did you dealer not get any allocation for months for something? I would have been screaming if I order in Sept and didn't have the car by January.