An finish is in sight for some affected person Ford Bronco homeowners and people awaiting an order. Ford will start transport alternative molded-in-color hardtops to dealerships inside every week. The corporate may even contact Bronco homeowners to rearrange the alternative of their tops as soon as the roofs attain the dealerships that may do the work.
Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco advertising and marketing supervisor, informed the Detroit Free Press, “testing has been accomplished. We’re ramping up manufacturing on the brand new roof.”
A Resolution for One in every of Two Issues
The Bronco is all-new for 2021. The rebirth of a traditional nameplate, it’s a rugged, off-road-oriented SUV with throwback styling however fashionable expertise. It’s been successful with critics and a gross sales success.
However the Bronco was initially made out there with three totally different roof decisions, and two of the three developed issues. The provider chargeable for offering painted metallic hardtops proved unable to fulfill demand, due partly to COVID-19-related shutdowns. That pressured Ford to delay the painted metallic roof into the 2023 mannequin 12 months.
Molded-in-color plastic hardtops have been delivered on time, however some prospects complained of ugly beauty harm when the roofs have been uncovered to excessive moisture. Ford then promised to exchange the plastic hardtop on each Bronco already offered and stopped transport Broncos with the plastic tops till it was sure a brand new design was sturdy sufficient.
We’re conscious of no reported issues with the optionally available fabric prime.
Now, Ford tells the Free Press it’s glad with the brand new plastic roofs.
Sellers Will Contact Homeowners to Schedule Restore
Now that Ford has a working resolution in hand, the issue will nonetheless take a while to resolve. The corporate should ship alternative roofs to dozens of sellers that may set up them on already-sold Broncos. It additionally has a backlog of newly constructed Broncos awaiting the contemporary elements.
These might be re-inspected to make sure they’re as much as commonplace after sitting nonetheless for a while, Grueber says. “We’ll do a water check on the brand new roof as properly. We’ll make sure that they’re prepared on the market.”
“Shortly, we’ll be beginning to ship the brand new roofs out to sellers for these autos which have already been delivered,” Grueber mentioned. “We count on to be transport the roofs and the Broncos with the brand new roofs inside the week.”
Ford will attain out to homeowners awaiting a brand new prime to rearrange a date for the restore.
Whereas the automaker has handled roof provide points, it has stopped taking on-line orders for the Bronco. It’s nonetheless doable to order a brand new Bronco, however you could work immediately with a dealership to information you thru the method.