Originally Posted by cvandenhaute
I had to beg my dealer to give my production number, they kept resisting telling that the tracking system is not reliable and only creates unnecessary anxiety (which I kind of confirm). When mine was ordered (in june 2010), I had the production number about one week later (after begging), I saw afterwards that car had been produced after 1 week (the tracking system took more time to be updated) and the car was on a ship 2 weeks after my order and delivered in Chicago 5 weeks after the order (way sooner than I expected). My brother in Belgium had to wait about 4 months to get his new 116d delivered, something to love about being a US consumer
My dealer (same for all 3 orders) called with the production number and kept me advised on my order's status with e-mails right up to delivery. I found the BMW USA website tracking more accurate than the 800 number tracking but not as good as my dealer's e-mails. Guess I'm lucky to have such a good dealer.