Reports of Build Week Slippage.

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Ford starts a production run with dealer demo/mannequin orders to resolve any quality issues. An “OTB (Okay to Build)“ is given when they are able to run the assembly line for a week without any issues. Ford will not release any retail orders (your orders) until OTB is given. Any retail orders built prior to OTB are held at the plant until it happens And any quality issues identified corrected at the plant. Info gleaned from the Blue Oval forum which some are probably familiar with. A couple of threads that might be of interest:
 

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Yes, patiently waiting is our best course of action. Some BN members may need to adjust their planned actions based on this new knowledge. More specifically the family vehicles and delaying sales of existing ones so they still have transportation. Accurate information may be critical to some BN members.
Thats the statement of the year.
Also ... screw the mannequin program! Get the customers their Broncos!
I'm not buying until I see one in person and test drive it.I don't trust other peoples opinions. I had a talk with my friend that owned 2 dealerships (retired) he pointed out buying a vehicle without a test drive is asking for trouble.
 

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Ford starts a production run with dealer demo/mannequin orders to resolve any quality issues. An “OTB (Okay to Build)“ is given when they are able to run the assembly line for a week without any issues. Ford will not release any retail orders (your orders) until OTB is given. Any retail orders built prior to OTB are held at the plant until it happens And any quality issues identified corrected at the plant. Info gleaned from the Blue Oval forum which some are probably familiar with. A couple of threads that might be of interest:
Key wording right there.

I was told they are building a lot of FE's this week. It's possible that some of the vehicles they are building this week are customer orders.
 

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The lack of transparency is my “major” concern.
I have the patience and fortitude to wait.
But, I have zero tolerance for no communication.
If it wasn’t for online forums, I would have absolutely no information.
And we all know how accurate here say is.
Rumors & Videos are not information.

“The is always a Reason for being given no information”

And it’s not laziness.
 

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The lack of transparency is my “major” concern.
I have the patience and fortitude to wait.
But, I have zero tolerance for no communication.
If it wasn’t for online forums, I would have absolutely no information.
And we all know how accurate here say is.
Rumors & Videos are not information.

“The is always a Reason for being given no information”

And it’s not laziness.
You nailed it Ford as NO transparency on the Bronco and ZERO communications!!
Like you said if it wasn't for BN and B5G we would know nothing at all!!
 

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Ford starts a production run with dealer demo/mannequin orders to resolve any quality issues. An “OTB (Okay to Build)“ is given when they are able to run the assembly line for a week without any issues. Ford will not release any retail orders (your orders) until OTB is given. Any retail orders built prior to OTB are held at the plant until it happens And any quality issues identified corrected at the plant. Info gleaned from the Blue Oval forum which some are probably familiar with. A couple of threads that might be of interest:
Yeah I understand getting the OTB, but wasn't that suppose to happen back in March and prior to April 15 and the beginning of letters going out to customers getting build dates? Does OTB also depend on the blessings from the NTSB. I would think the saftey blessing ok at the federal level must be in place this since there were non Ford employees in the ride alongs at the event in Tennessee.

I'm just curious because I would like to hope all of that is in place before they issue projected production date letters to order holders. It undrstandable that they would uncover fit and finnish issues on the fly and adjust accordingly. I think honest information is what most folks are hoping to hear. Whatever the shortage is; tops, tires/wheels, chips, interior..... I think most order holders would be happy for a straight answer. It would make the time pass easier.
 

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Check out this article from the Detroit Free Press there is some information in this that might helpful.
Unfortunately, that had no upper management or leadership saying the Broncos are on track, it was just their PR lady with a tweet. The MAP shutdown was not an anticipated shudown as it stated as well. I hope my early reservation still nets me a 21MY but am losing more hope with each 3rd party announcement and the absolute lack of communication that Ford shows to its customers.
 
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Over the last few months, I thought maybe Ford and others would see the value in more frequent communication with potential buyers. As bits and pieces of information are shared, I see how they spawn many questions. Some related and most channeling frustration. Based on potential buyer behavior to date, I would not expect improved communications.

For me, I have noticed two human reactions from the journey so far. It is said, absence makes the heart grow fonder, but that may not relate to not receiving a Bronco. In fact, most people get on with their lives and learn to live without. At the same time, another basic human reaction tends to take over. The concept that most people gravitate toward the familiar. Whether that relates to brand loyalty or the fact many of us have invested so much time and effort planning for Bronco ownership to change direction.

Although not the best use of my time, I have been attempting to answer a question often asked by friends/family. “Who in their right mind would wait one to two years for a vehicle they have never driven.”
 
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Unfortunately this is true. Just spoke to my dealer and my week of June 28 production date has been pushed to July 19. It definitely sucks, but what can you do?
 

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Well, IF you noticed the Jobs report from the US Feds, 244k increase in jobs, with almost most of it on leisure sector. What that means is, not a lot in people going back to manufacturing jobs, which means, Till other states do what FL is doing with their unemployment insurance, we will continue seeing supple chains issues. Now, some will argue that this applies to the US, but 17% of chips are in the US and this does affect importing since it takes manpower to being those goods off of ships, planes ect. That's why I'm not trusting the email that we're suppose to get in May. Too many supply issues that will take at least 6 more months to fix, and that's IF we don't stop handing out more money into unemployment so people can sit at home.
 

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I haven’t verified with my dealer that my 6/7 build week has slipped. If anyone is hoping for an announcement from Ford…..you most likely will not get it. One thing that has pissed me off is their lack of transparency and lack of communication.
I suspect many BN members do not scan 6g for valuable information. Many probably have dealers who do not pass on critical updates. I think Ford is hoping dealers with be the go-to for communications. Interesting times!
Speaking from experience;

Ford consistently and thoroughly communicates with dealers. They have regional Bronco reps who pass info/ direct dealers to relay that info to customers. In theory, it should be efficient and informative.
In reality, it all falls on the assigned Bronco Specialist salesperson at each dealership to fulfill that communication. Salesmen are concerned with making money off of the customers in front of them, and they easily fail to provide good service to their future customers. A lazy salesman’s thought is “they’re going to buy it anyway, I won’t waste precious time on them when I could be selling another car right now”.

If Ford didn’t organize communication this way, they’d have to staff customer service centers dedicated strictly to Bronco stuff. In a market where layoffs/ shutdowns are happening left and right, and sales are suffering, it simply isn’t an option.