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Old 11-04-2019, 01:16 PM
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11/4/2019 production halt?

Trying to order an M340i with Individual paint and my local dealership claims BMW is "not making any M340i at this time" and would I entertain another color.

Is there a production halt? Or is my dealership possibly out of their allotted M340i orders and is just trying to sell me what they have?

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Old 11-04-2019, 05:29 PM
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Sounds Fishy to me!

My M340ix is sitting at the port.

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Old 11-04-2019, 08:53 PM
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Yeah, mine pulled into Baltimore a few days ago. But who knows why they might have pulled the production line stop cord.

It is just as likely that he's full of it, and doesn't have the allocation.

Either way... I reached out to my dealer (via email) tonight for you. Hopefully he's in tomorrow, and I'll let you know as soon as he replies.

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Old 11-04-2019, 09:27 PM
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BMW has a retail tracking system that lets you follow the order from dealership signing to delivery

IF you have a production number call the phone number on the BMW site for your order status. If you don't have a production number & the dealer can't give you one you don't have an order in process.

Usually if the dealer actually has an allocation you can get the number within a week of placing the order. I have gotten them as quick as 3 days.

Halts can occur but by tracking your cars progress you will know for sure.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:49 PM
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I'm not 100% sure... But my understanding of the OP was that the dealer wouldn't let him make a custom order, sighting the production hault as the reason.

But regarding your info... I love the tracking of the build through "My BMW". I even looked up the boat she boarded and tracked the maritime traffic.

Now I know how my kids felt when we used to track Santa from the North Pole, to the house, on the interwebs! Lol

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Old 11-05-2019, 04:04 AM
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I'm not 100% sure... But my understanding of the OP was that the dealer wouldn't let him make a custom order, sighting the production hault as the reason.

But regarding your info... I love the tracking of the build through "My BMW". I even looked up the boat she boarded and tracked the
Now I know how my kids felt when we used to track Santa from the North Pole, to the house, on the interwebs! Lol

Xmas is coming early for me this year!
Exactly....we have not gotten the 'approval' for the paint yet so no order has been placed. There is another dealership about 30 more minutes away that says they have an order slot in the pipeline. I am waiting to hear from them if it is too late to change the order options on that car.

MAYBE we can sneak our options in on that car at the last minute ?LOL
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:55 AM
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Find another dealer.
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Old 11-05-2019, 06:53 AM
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Find another dealer.
I am seriously considering that route.....
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Old 11-05-2019, 07:26 AM
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Exactly....we have not gotten the 'approval' for the paint yet so no order has been placed. There is another dealership about 30 more minutes away that says they have an order slot in the pipeline. I am waiting to hear from them if it is too late to change the order options on that car.

MAYBE we can sneak our options in on that car at the last minute ?LOL
As long as it is at least a few days away from start of construction, you should be okay.
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:17 AM
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Second dealership says there is no production halt, but there are no more 3 series chassis available for orders right now......330 or 340. So the first dealership was just not very clear on wording. The second dealership says car they have in production is in final stages already.

So, we wait and see when new orders can be started once again. Or if there is one in production with everything we want in Tanzanite Blue and Black Vernesca contrast stitch seats...we MAY consider that.
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Old 11-05-2019, 01:27 PM
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Trying to order an M340i with Individual paint.
The Individual Paint may be part of the problem. If you are talking about one of the "regular" Individual colors (like Tanzanite or Dravit), my understanding is the factory waits till they have XX orders for a specific Individual Color and paints them all at once. OTOH if you want a "different" Individual color (like my favorite Atlantis) your car will be a one-off Individual Manufaktur. Part of your problem may be that they are waiting for other Tanzanite or Dravit colors orders, so they can schedule a batch?
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Old 11-05-2019, 01:39 PM
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Perhaps. But it was my understanding that a request for Individual Color had to be submitted and approved first, then the dealership got a chassis in line for production, and then we could finish the options. We never even got to the step of approving the color.

IF we would have gotten approved and moved forward we are well aware that it could take 6 months.
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Old 11-06-2019, 08:45 AM
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New response from local dealership. I told them we would wait a month or 2 and see when production starts up.
This is the response I received....

"It will likely be longer than a month or two… BMW won’t pick up on production until the next model year which will be July or August of 2020. The Tanzanite Blue option would allow us to get you the vehicle here in a week or so. Let me know what you think, I would love to provide figures on a Tanzanite that is close to your specs."

I find it difficult to impossible to believe there will be no more M340 production until July/August 2020.....
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New response from local dealership. I told them we would wait a month or 2 and see when production starts up.
This is the response I received....

"It will likely be longer than a month or two… BMW won’t pick up on production until the next model year which will be July or August of 2020. The Tanzanite Blue option would allow us to get you the vehicle here in a week or so. Let me know what you think, I would love to provide figures on a Tanzanite that is close to your specs."

I find it difficult to impossible to believe there will be no more M340 production until July/August 2020.....
Hmmm, veddi interesting! Seems early to have already halted MY 2020. I, too, am looking into a Tanzanite Blue M340i. Since 330's and M340's are built on the same base platform, seems that they would still be making them for another few months. If they can still get you the TB color, why not any other color? Wonder how much is matters that the TB is a much bigger option cost than say alpine white? Keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:30 PM
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We are trying to get Purple Silk paint in the Individual Program. But they are saying no chassis are available......for Individual custom orders or regular orders.

The dealership is trying to get me to settle for the Tanzanite Blue and they can locate a car 'close' to our options and get it here in a couple weeks. We do not want to settle
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:35 PM
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New response from local dealership. I told them we would wait a month or 2 and see when production starts up.
This is the response I received....

"It will likely be longer than a month or two…. BMW won't pick up on production until the next model year which will be July or August of 2020. The Tanzanite Blue option would allow us to get you the vehicle here in a week or so. Let me know what you think, I would love to provide figures on a Tanzanite that is close to your specs."

I find it difficult to impossible to believe there will be no more M340 production until July/August 2020.....
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We are trying to get Purple Silk paint in the Individual Program. But they are saying no chassis are available......for Individual custom orders or regular orders.

The dealership is trying to get me to settle for the Tanzanite Blue and they can locate a car 'close' to our options and get it here in a couple weeks. We do not want to settle
This dealership is telling you a bald-faced lie. End of production for the 2020 G20 will not occur until June or July 2020. They don't want to fool with an Individual order. Go to a different dealer.
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The Individual Paint may be part of the problem. If you are talking about one of the "regular" Individual colors (like Tanzanite or Dravit), my understanding is the factory waits till they have XX orders for a specific Individual Color and paints them all at once. OTOH if you want a "different" Individual color (like my favorite Atlantis) your car will be a one-off Individual Manufaktur. Part of your problem may be that they are waiting for other Tanzanite or Dravit colors orders, so they can schedule a batch?
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see what Mercedes will do for you. It is amazing sometimes what competitions will do to decision making.
My partner prefers the M340 to anything Merc has in the $60k range.

I, on the other hand, am in love with the E63 AMG Wagon and hope like hell I can get one in a couple years.


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This dealership is telling you a bald-faced lie. End of production for the 2020 G20 will not occur until June or July 2020. They don't want to fool with an Individual order. Go to a different dealer.
That is what I thought as well. The only other dealership within 100 miles of me also said there are no more chassis available for orders right now......but they have not said anything YET about how long the wait may be....
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Maybe there's trouble at the new factory in Mexico, or with a parts supplier.

Oops, I'm pretty sure the M340i's are still coming from Germany. Never mind.

Or, maybe there's a backlash against 330i's made in Mexico and everybody's upgrading to the M340i instead.

Years ago, BMW brought in some 3 Series made in South Africa. The first ones ended up in dealers' loaner fleets. I remember my service writer, out of the blue, asked me what I thought about the car and specifically what I thought about it being made in South Africa. It didn't seem like a natural conversation for her, making me suspect she'd been instructed to hand the cars out as loaners and see how customers reacted to BMW's not made in Germany or the U.S.

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It is possible that production is (or will be) stopped temporarily because sedans are not selling well and there is more supply than demand. There are plenty of units sitting on dealer lots already.
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It is possible that production is (or will be) stopped temporarily because sedans are not selling well and there is more supply than demand. There are plenty of units sitting on dealer lots already.
Perhaps so......
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I somehow doubt that Mercedes is going to sell him an M340i in Purple Silk Metallic.
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I could be wrong, but I don't believe there's a production halt. We're at the beginning of the model year and it's unlikely dealers have an over abundance of G20 stock. Particularly 2020 330i's. Also, if there was a production stoppage ygulden or some other insider would have posted about it by now as well as other buyers would be reporting the same information from their dealerships. So far this is the only post on here or on Bimmerpost that has reported a dealer telling this. In the fourteen years I've been active on BMW forums BMWAG has not once completely halted production for any reason, much less that they were "out of chassis". I think it's much more likely this particular dealer is either out of M340i allocations or doesn't want to be bothered with an Individual order.


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I could be wrong, but I don’t believe there’s a production halt. We’re at the beginning of the model year and it’s unlikely that dealers have an over abundance of G20 stock. Particularly 2020 330i’s. Also, if there was a production stoppage ygulden or some other insider would have posted about it by now as well as other buyers would be reporting the same information from their dealerships. So far this is the only post on here or on Bimmerpost that has reported a dealer telling this. In the fourteen years I’ve been active on BMW forums BMWAG has not once completely halted production for any reason, much less that they were “out of chassises”. I think it’s much more likely this particular dealer is either out of M340i allocations or doesn’t want to be bothered with an Individual order.
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Those are my thoughts as well. Another dealership 2 hours from home responded to an email and the Genius said he will see what they can work up tomorrow.
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