It looks like I caught it right.
I placed the order for my MCC
on 10 -31 and got a production number before I left the dealership. Their allocation was for a purple haze cab and the production number on miniusa was for the same. On 11-3, the web site was showing my cool blue. On 11-8, I got the following e-mail:
From: MINIUSA <email@example.com>
Date: 2004/11/08 Mon PM 03:03:58 EST
To: “my e-mail address”
Subject: Track Your MINI
Track Your MINI.
Congratulations fellow Motorer. You are now the proud owner of a happy, healthy Production Number for your MINI Cooper Convertible.
Using the Production Number that has been bestowed upon you and the link below, you may now create a personal account for yourself in the MINI Owners' Lounge. Once inside the Lounge, you'll find a link that will allow you to track the progress of your new MINI's development, all the way from the plant in Oxford to your MINI Dealer's door.
You should also now feel free to pass out as many cigars as you'd like.
Your Production Number: xxxxxxx
On 11-10 the web site showed the car was scheduled for production.
I didn't have time to call miniusa untill today and they said it was scheduled for week 47. The guy on the other end said they don't send out progress e-mails and the one I got was from the dealer. I didn't have it in front of me so I didn't push it. We'll see what comes next.