Shortages Affecting Auto Production: Semiconductor, foam, etc

The proverb this year is “Sell in April and go away”…at least w cars.


Lease in April, or not until 2022


I moved on my XC90 a couple weeks ago since it didn’t look like things would get any better by June when I would actually need the second car happy I did.

As an aside, thanks for noting the Allstate Bonus drive on your deals. I never would have remembered it otherwise.

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Massaging seats now dropped from the X5MC executive package and not even available as a stand alone for the US market. Guessing it’s getting worse if they’re starting to pull options from the lowest volume highest MSRP units at this point.

There are now delays on X5s with M sport, FYI.

Lots of build weeks are getting pushed back 4-5 weeks, too.


If Jon Shafer over at Bimmerfest is to be believed, it’s potentially more than just a delay. Apparently:

“For the remainder of MY21, ZMP will not be available for the X5, X6 and X7. Supposedly will be back starting MY22 but not sure they know for sure.”

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Yeah, all I know is what I was told by the dealership. What I have been told, however, is that a bunch of 330ixs and X3 30i xDrives that have M sport were put into status 105 from 111 and 112, so something is going on. Lots of other cars got pushed back by 5 weeks as well.


Another update:

There will be no more HK sound for at least the remainder of MY21. This also goes for cars that are already submitted and pretty much for those that are already in 150 or thereabouts.


sooo…free bowers???

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Hah, right? That’s what I was thinking! Doubtful though.

You can get the Bluetooth Bowers headphones from Costco, though. :stuck_out_tongue:

Is it correct that the M340i does not have any slots for coming months ? I found a couple that fit the package but they will be gone soon I am told.

Isn’t the build locked once it hits 150 status? From my understanding the build moves to 112 only if parts have been sourced, and once 150 hits the build is locked.

Correct for the most part. There are very few in the entire country. I normally get six per month. In January and February (February and March builds), I got two each, and I think I got one in one month. In April, I got zero. Because everything was pre-sold as orders - had four deliver in the last two weeks - there’s nothing in the pipeline, so nothing will be coming to the dealership.

@john6866 Normally, but if they are counting on parts that never arrive, totally different story.

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Due to parts shortage, a tin can will be used as a place holder until the part is available and will then be retrofitted at no cost.

I was driving through Hamtramck, MI (basically Detroit) the other day and also saw hundreds of Ford trucks parked. Really crazy to see that considering the marked up prices and demand issues people have been talking about on the forum.

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If only they had the parts to get those trucks out of WIP and sold.

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GM - hold GM’s beer:

I expect to be alive 12/31/2029 to see GM (which I expect should be in business) maybe sell a self-driving vehicle.

Mary Barra — who said under oath she wouldn’t let her own teen drive a flammable GM car — proclaimed:

“Later in the decade, I believe, and there’s a lot to still unfold, but I believe we’ll have personal autonomous vehicles,” she told investors Wednesday. (Any statements contained in this report that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.)

Edit: she is all over the media today, but her interview with Bloomberg, jfc

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The shortage is either super real or the dealers are just hyping it up and being tooo optimistic that they will sell everything they have super fast without any discounts.
I’ve been trying to haggle a Toyota Venza LE for 36 months lease and NONE of the 7 dealers that I contacted are going below the national Toyota lease deal. The best I have gotten is $300/month with tax and $2000 DAS. This just includes $1750 rebates. They are not giving 1% discount on the MSRP. Toyota hasn’t even been affected much by the shortage and especially the Venza is manufactured in Japan which hasn’t faced much problem any way. I don’t know what’s wrong. Some dealers just turned us away in 10 minutes. And I made sure I told all of them that I am willing to sign the deal RIGHT NOW. It was very clear that they are not at all desperate to sell at this point. I decided that I will wait another 10-12 days and see if these folks are able to sell their inventory by the end of this month.
I am located in San Jose, CA. I tried getting the deal that Shailender Singh got for his Venza, but there is NO WAY in hell any dealer will give me a 7-9% off the MSRP. And he got the deal just 20 days back. Wonder what changed.