There's Still One Major Ford Bronco Problem

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Deliveries are currently underway, but...

The obvious good news is that following some delays, the Ford Bronco is now in production with customer deliveries currently underway. The rollout is a long time coming. However, not everything is going as planned for one of the Blue Oval's hottest new vehicles. But let's back up for a moment first.

Last December, we learned one of the main reasons causing the Bronco's delay was a supplier problem regarding the removable hardtop. This feature is built outside of the US but it's not necessary for final assembly, unlike semiconductor chips. Still, Ford wanted customers to receive the Bronco they ordered, but no one was willing to wait forever.

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Finally, the decision was made to forgo these tops for the time being. Unfortunately, it could turn out to be a long time until they become available. Ford Authority claims it's learned from inside sources that some hardtop production could be pushed back until the 2023 model year. There doesn't seem to be much of a chance they'll be available this year or even next.

For example, customers who ordered the molded-in-color hardtop are seeing their orders being pushed back to an unknown date. The supposed reason not only involves a lack of a certain part but also because there's been an increase in soft top-equipped Broncos. Ironically, this demand is due to the lack of hardtops.

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Hardtop customers who decided to delay their orders until 2022 are the ones who'll likely have to wait until 2023 for delivery. It doesn't matter which hardtop module. The black- and white-painted, and dual hardtops are all affected. To help minimize some customer anger, Ford will supposedly instead offer a Carbonized Gray unit for both two- and four-door Broncos but this is not yet official.

This is definitely an annoying and frustrating situation but it's far from being an outright disaster. The hardtops will eventually become available and Bronco owners will simply have to make do with the soft top. Fortunately, off-road adventures remain unaffected.

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Source Credits: Ford Authority

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