elptex wrote:I'm getting more and more pissed off that people in the US can order an i3 now and get it in 2 months...yet I ordered mine 3 months ago and still have 4 months to go! Bull shit. My frustration due to the need for a 2nd car has me seriously considering cancelling my order and getting something else.
The difference might have something to do with how the cars get ordered, not when. I have the impression that UK dealers don't actually own the cars, but act as agents, passing the orders on to BMW. A Brit placing an order waits the typical 4 to 7 months to get his or her i3. A Yank "placing an order" isn't really placing an order at all - he or she is getting the dealer (who placed the order for initial allotments on or about February 5, 2014) to modify an order that had already been placed. The BMW i3 has not been marketed much in the USA, almost nobody knows about it, and demand is generally pretty low, so many of these dealer owned vehicles actually made it through the pipeline and onto the showroom floor with nobody having claimed dibs. Certain configurations arrived more quickly than others. Those folks stumbling into a showroom, hearing about the i3 for the first time, and driving off in their new i3 the same day simply lucked out.
Not all Yanks have been that lucky. A deposit for my car was placed in August, 2013 with instructions to place the order the moment the dealer got his allotment, which he did on Feb 5. It finally got built last week, and I will not get it until late August or early September. Same 7 month wait as you, but unlike you, my delivery has no chance of getting moved up.
Had I been in Great Britain, the order would have gone in last fall, I would have taken delivery in the winter, and would have been driving it for a half year already.