Well, FWIW, my car arrived at the dealer in Sterling, VA last Friday, Feb 4, and I took delivery Tuesday.
So for anyone tracking the typical timing on an order through the delaer system, and discovering this thread in a future search:
I ordered Nov 15
Got my production number Nov 22
Car was built Jan 10
Shipped Jan 18
Arrived NY Jan 26
Arrived dealer Feb 4
Delivery Feb 8
Twelve weeks total, east coast delivery
The MINIUSA.COM Owner's Lounge kept up pretty well but trailed 1-888-275-ASKMINI by about a week throughout. The Lounge had several order details wrong, but the car arrived built fully to my specs, so it didn't matter.
The dealer, MINI of Sterling, was painless to deal with and very efficient.
All in all a good experience. I will post a review of the car when I have pics.
I will have to change my sig. Anyone want to buy a used 2003 MCS?