By on August 12, 2021

Ford Bronco

Ford is continuing to have hard-top issues with the Bronco. So much so, that according to Bronco6G via Autoblog, the company will replace all the molded-in-color hardtops it has built up to now.

So those buyers lucky enough to have taken possession of a Bronco with molded-in-color hardtop will get it replaced. Those who haven’t yet gotten their Bronco will have to wait.

Broncos built but not yet delivered will be held for the replacement. That could explain reports of photos of Broncos just chilling out in parking lots.

Replacement hard tops should arrive in September, with updates to build and delivery times happening in October.

This means that if you’re a reservation holder that hasn’t yet gotten a scheduled build date, you’re probably getting a 2022 model unless you reserved a First Edition. Production for 2022s begins in December of this year.

2022 models will get some new color choices, plus the Sasquatch Package with available manual transmission.

Ford is trying to do some make goods, such as $1,100 in reward points for accessories. Those who reserved before March 21 of 2020 will be immune from price hikes in the MSRP up until the 2023 model year, and soft-top buyers will get the hardtop thrown in for free.

Soft tops are unaffected by these delays, and Ford says switching your order from hard to soft (giggity) could get you a Bronco sooner. So, too, could you get a Bronco sooner if you avoid other options, like the Wildtrak trim, the Sasquatch package, the V6, the Luxury Package, and the Trailer Tow Package.

If you have an order placed and want to make changes, contact your local dealer. If you do so before production of your vehicle is scheduled, you won’t lose your place in line.

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16 Comments on “Ford Bronco Hardtops to be Replaced, Delays Continue...”

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    Did anybody expect a new model launch from Ford to go smoothly? The new redesigned Explorer was an absolute disaster on roll out…..And of course you had rusty rear axles on the new F-150 on the ones assembled in Dearborn.

    This is par for the course with Ford and a new model-regardless of where the blame maybe…

    • 0 avatar

      The Mach-E rollout appears to have gone well… other than complaints about calling it a Mustang. The Lightning and Maverick have yet to roll out.

      • 0 avatar

        Easier to roll out something niche and low volume vs what Ford will encounter with Maverick and F-150. I’m not exactly sure how close the Kuga and Focus platforms are, but forgoing the Not Mustang for a Maverick EV variant may have been the smarter play.

    • 0 avatar

      “Did anybody expect a new model launch from Ford to go smoothly?”

      Oh some people here did. We call them fools.

      Yet another new Ford with major quality issues and a severely botched launch. The new Explorer and MKExplorer, the new Escape and MKEscape, the (non) Mustang SUV that has issues that even dealers can’t fix. This company is a disaster.

      Speaking of disaster, let’s talk about the TTAC article above and the AutoBlog article. Some very critical information was left out and it makes you wonder why these sites are shilling for Ford.

      In the letter that was sent to Ford dealers (which should have been linked in this article), this is strictly an appearance issue and the function of the roof is uncompromised. However, “the edges of the top may have an unsatisfactory appearance when exposed to extreme heat and humidity”.

      We know that is a lie because if that were even remotely true, they would ship the Ranger SUVs they already have built to customers and have the roofs replaced through the dealer network when available. That makes the most sense. But over 2K customers are going to get their Ranger SUV, who knows when, after it’s been sitting in a field somewhere for months on end.

      From the dealer letter:
      “Dealers will replace all hardtop roof panels and install NEW rear quarter glass in the NEW REAR CAP on all the affected vehicles”

      Now let’s ask ourselves a question…why would Ford, a company notorious for leaving customers on the hook for major quality issues (Powershift), go to all this trouble when there is no effect on the performance of the roof and is “strictly an appearance issue”?

      The fact is, there is far more going on here than what we are being told and Ford is clearly lying. Ford knew about these roof panels for a very long time and pushed the Ranger SUV out hoping customers wouldn’t notice. This is also 100% on Ford as it’s their engineers that, yet again, dropped the ball. When these tops are made 100% to spec, they fail.

      Lastly, this is not a new startup company that is making these tops. It’s the same company that makes the roofs for the Wrangler.

      In over 100 years of making automobiles, Ford has not learned how to make a proper roof. This is absolutely pathetic but completely expected.

    • 0 avatar
      Ol Shel

      The top is from an outside vendor. When you contract for a part, it’s supposed to be right. This isn’t exactly Ford’s fault.

      • 0 avatar

        When the vendor builds the top exactly to your spec, it’s a design issue.

        This company knows what they are doing. They make the tops for the wrangler. This is 100% a Ford engineering issue.

      • 0 avatar

        As stated, built to their spec and Ford should have seen and addressed this during their testing.

        Seems like things haven’t changed much with regard to launches from the Mullaly days.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    An expensive repair, as expected.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    The first day of production for the Maverick is Monday, August 16 and the release is suppose to be late 2021. When I placed my order for a Maverick the dealer told me the earliest delivery would be the end of the year and to expect next Spring. I am in no big hurry and can wait as long as Ford doesn’t increase the price on me. I put $500 down and have a signed contract.

  • avatar

    I guess EB Flex is on vacation ?

  • avatar

    I predict a 4-5 year run like the Mustang-II.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    “Ford is trying to do some make goods, such as $1,100 in reward points for accessories. Those who reserved before March 21 of 2020 will be immune from price hikes in the MSRP up until the 2023 model year, and soft-top buyers will get the hardtop thrown in for free.”

    After rereading this article the Maverick I reserved mid July might not be made for at least a year and possibly longer. Maybe I will get a 2023 if they don’t charge too much more.

  • avatar

    Shame I really liked the Bronco, but the build quality looks shoddy at best. Best off getting something we’ll built like a Land Rover Defender.

    Just making a point here that I don’t see supposedly unreliable Land Rovers falling apart. Every time someone brings this up now I’ll reference both Tesla and Ford build quality… just sayin’

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