New van delivery delay

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  1. Puddleduck

    Puddleduck Funster Life Member

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    We heard from the dealer earlier in the week that our new van will not be ready in April but they are hoping for July. Ah well, we still have our lovely Buffy. It's a good job we didn't manage to sell her privately.

    The new van will be worth waiting for I'm sure.

    The delay is due to the base vehicle (FIAT) not being available until later than expected... automatic, RHD and beefed up chassis.
     
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    That's a long delay - when did you first order it?

    What's the cause of the delay?
     
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    That's frustrating we had the same time delay last year when we were picking up our new van, we were chomping at the bit by the time we picked it up, at least you are not without one at the moment so can still get out and about.

    Liz
     
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    The dealer was?
     
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    The dealer is Geoff Cox and they let us know as soon as they knew. It was ordered last October at the NEC show and the earliest date we might have had it was April but we knew that was optimistic due to the special order.

    The delay is due to the converter having to wait for the non-standard base vehicle from Fiat. If it was a standard RHD, or an LHD auto (or perhaps even a RHD auto) it wouldn't be an issue but with the beefed up chassis, RHD and auto it's not standard! We will wait as we want an auto and need the payload.
     
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    That's a shame
     
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    Gutted for you but at least you still have your old van hope ours doesn't get delayed as our old van has already gone we are just sitting around waiting
    Gary and Janet
     
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    We have spoken with Fiat who booked in Buffy at one of their local(ish) service places for the service and MOT which we wouldn't have had to do if the new van had been ready by the optimistic date. Following the problem we had following the timing belt change last year it's going to be FOC. Full marks to Fiat who did this without being asked.
     
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    That's not great news for you. We are waiting for or new Van, ordered at the NEC in October. Our dealer took our Avondale as trade back in October so it has been a long and tedious wait thus far. We have been given a production slot of week 10, which means it should be at the dealers mid March and with us by the last week in March. Really hoping that the date sticks and there are no delays for us. Only 8 weeks... :pray:
     
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    The dealer that we bought our new to us Globecar did mention there was difficulty getting new motorhomes on time because of the fiat backlog, he goes for RHD autos.
     
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    Oh heck that's a shame, really pleased you still have Buffy otherwise things would have been frustrating.
     
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    Pity about the delay but at least you knew April was optimistic up front. Best thing to do is enjoy the extra time with the old van :)
     
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    So Buffy has a 3 month or so reprieve:) Once you have your new MH you will quickly forget the waiting for it and by the time you go your planned holidays the weeks till Jemima arrive will have flown by. It also gives you an excuse for more trips to Eddie Vanbitz etc.
     
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    It will be worth the wait obviously. Could have been worse Transit production for non standard vehicles is currently running at 11 months for quite a few models.
     
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    You may get a better price for the old MH in two months time ?
     
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    It must be that time of the year because yesterday we received an email from our French dealer to say our Motorhome which we expected in late April will not be received at the dealer until June....The reason is unclear but he says it might be because we changed the MTPLM from 3500 to 3850 after the order had been originally processed....

    Unfortunately we sold our caravan as soon as we placed the order so will have to look at a few hotel holidays to pass the time....
     
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    Looks like there be a problem some where ,we were told early January ,then February, need to send another email to the dealer ,I also believe that Rapido had their best ever trading figures ,wonder. If production can't keep up ?
     
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    I believe that there are serious delays to base vehicles due to a paint plant failure.:eek::eek:
     
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    We ordered a new Ducato PVC last October with a quoted Feb delivery, which has just been put back to August. As above, I understand that the paint plant suffered a severe failure in January and production is on hold whilst it is rectified. A poster on another forum who runs a large Ducato fleet is under the impression that the plant is being knocked down and totally rebuilt. He reckons quoted lead times have gone from 10 to 23 weeks and says that when production re-starts Fiat have decided to bring in Euro 6 early on all LWB and XLWB vans.

    The converter we have ordered from say that our van is currently showing with Fiat as scheduled for an April build and still indicated as Euro 5+. Time will tell...
     
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    I ordered a rapido way back in July , it was on an alco chassis with fiat engine , i was told that the expected time of arrival at the dealers would be jan,then i got feb then this morning i got a call from the dealer to say that it will be in his workshop next week :) , its been delayed about 8 weeks
     
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