for those who love to order and say all the delays was an IE thing -have you checked out the GWE thread....its been delayed and they are all waiting...the thread looks just like the IE thread...i predect it goes negative soon...
after ordering a Challenger my advice is to never order one again
you dont have to have exact options....find one close and get it...TODAY!
The IE only had something to do with it because it was the first batch with the new engine AND required striping on ALL 1492 cars thus Ground Effects Ltd got backed up. While I agree paint shouldn't be as big of an issue to cause a delay, I am sure there is a reason for it with the paint and everyone will be glad they didn't just build them and ship them because of it. All other colors are building and shipping daily with no delays (except for an occasional rail car shortage).
Not that it makes the wait any less painful, but Chrysler doesn't make a dime on a car until it ships. When the car ships, they invoice the dealer and are instantly (electronically) paid. They have to have a reason for the delay to prevent themselves from getting paid what amounts to a HUGE chunk of change.
One last thing... If you order a car on day 1 of a model, option, color, etc, ordering opens 2 months prior to production starting. During the year, Chrysler will pull a verified sold order forward so it will build and ship quicker so there is little delay in getting a car built and shipped, but when production doesn't start for 2 months, they can't pull it forward.
To HuggyTree's point, if you are flexible and don't want to wait, then buy one today. That is why we keep cars in stock. If you can wait and want exactly what you want, then order. In Europe, over 50% of cars sold are special ordered and you will not see huge lots of cars in stock as a result (which is WAAAAY cheaper for a dealer because he doesn't have to absorb the floor plan interest charges every month).
I hope Chrysler is watching as it might help them gauge customer expectations to see what kind of angst they are causing with new model changes.
HuggyTree, I will admit the IE delays were definitely about as bad as I have ever seen it in my over 8 years of Chrysler corporate and 4 years of dealer experience.