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FWIW this source says the time from order to delivery is 14-16 weeks (3-4 months +/-). [updated yesterday]

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FYI ARI's Corporate Overview page says:

"ARI®, delivers solutions that improve our fleet customer’s business and bottom line. Founded in 1948 by Holman Automotive Group, we have grown into the largest privately held vehicle fleet management services company in the world. With a workforce of more than 2,500 skilled professionals, in offices throughout North America, Europe, the UK, and Hong Kong, ARI is known and trusted across the globe. We manage more than 1,000,000 vehicles in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Europe, and combined with our global associates, account for more than two million fleet vehicles worldwide."

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Seems like this company would have a pretty good sense of the Transit's production delays IMO.
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ARI's website said that for the Transit the delays are for the low roof LWB and remote start option-equipped Transits. Maybe I read it wrong, but all the way to the right it says what's being delayed.
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ARI's website said that for the Transit the delays are for the low roof LWB and remote start option-equipped Transits. Maybe I read it wrong, but all the way to the right it says what's being delayed.
I don't read it that way, instead that the middle column of delay times is for all models, and the right column lists specific items which may take longer to resolve. Guess it is not perfectly clear?

For instance, the Buick Regal has "None" in the right column, yet still lists 8-10 weeks from order-to-delivery in the middle column. Thus the right column is not the reason for the delay?


The text at the top of the table says:
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"The estimated order-to-delivery times (aka “lead times”) shown below are sourced from the latest manufacturer communications. While every effort is made to provide accurate and timely information, lead times are estimated and may not apply at the time an order is placed.

"Estimated lead times do not factor in vehicle carrier delays, inclement weather delays, recalls, quality holds, parts shortages, automotive union worker strikes or other supply chain delays.

"Estimated lead times may or may not reflect plant downtime - it depends where the down-weeks fall on the scheduling calendar.

"Due to varying assembly plant assignments for certain model lines and/or ordered options, the lead times, plant downtime and production delays listed below may not apply to all model configurations.

"RED indicates new or revised information."
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In any event, it seems clear from all the various posts here that delays are real, and appear to be growing IMO.


How many posters have said, "My Transit arrived earlier than I expected?"
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ARI's website said that for the Transit the delays are for the low roof LWB and remote start option-equipped Transits. Maybe I read it wrong, but all the way to the right it says what's being delayed.
At the beginning of June, remote starters were not late availability, but by the middle of August, they were.
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I wouldn't be surprised if delays increase somewhat with time as fleet purchasers start budgeting and then begin placing orders.

Also, since this is a brand new roll-out, with many different basic models, a boatload of available options for each type, coupled with a new assembly plant and loads of JIT suppliers, it is no surprise to me seeing these kinks occur along the way.

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Agreed Brad, it's just that the Ford rep's 9/11 60-day order-to-delivery time frame seems a bit disingenuous IMO (vs. 14-16 weeks per ARI):

" . . . said Chris Brewer, the vehicle's chief engineer, during a visit with Automotive Fleet editors on Sept. 11 . . . Current order-to-delivery times for the van that's being built at Ford's Kansas City assembly plant now stand at an average of 60 days."


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Ordered 250 cargo 148" MR 3.2L Diesel on 8/12/14 was told ordered as top priority in dealer allotment with expected delivery at end of October but most likely 12 weeks. Stopped by this morning (6 weeks from order) no VIN, no build date, nothing. Salesman is having Manager check into it.
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Thanks BW5, please update us when you get the missing information from the dealer. It will be interesting also to hear the sales rep's comments about how Ford has been treating them during this roll out.
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Ordered 250 cargo 148" MR 3.2L Diesel on 8/12/14 was told ordered as top priority in dealer allotment with expected delivery at end of October but most likely 12 weeks. Stopped by this morning (6 weeks from order) no VIN, no build date, nothing. Salesman is having Manager check into it.




Problem with your order is the Diesel, coming from S. Africa better add 4-6 weeks. Guessing, next year
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