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News Ford Bronco Hardtop Roof Quality Issues Will Partially Delay Production

Ford Bronco Hardtop Roof Quality Issues Will Partially Delay Production

Replacement roofs for the Ford Bronco are not expected to arrive before October

  • The molded-in color hardtops are the problematic ones.

  • Order holders may see delivery delays extended by months.

  • The roof is offered on both 2- and 4-door models.

If you’ve been patiently waiting for your all-new Ford Bronco after placing an order last January, we’ve got bad news. Production of the hotly-anticipated off-roader has been delayed in the past and it’s happening again. This time, however, only Broncos specified with the molded-in color hardtops are affected.

2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door Roof Animation
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door | Photo: Ford

The problem is a quality issue that creates an “unsatisfactory appearance when exposed to extreme water and humidity.” This unfortunate turn of events follows Ford having to put off two of the three hardtop options until the 2022 model year due to concerns with roof supplier Webasto.

“We’re embarrassed we didn’t catch this sooner,” Jeff Marentic, Ford’s general manager of passenger vehicles, told Automotive News. “We’re doing everything we can to get the product to customers as soon as possible. We understand how unhappy they are but we’re working to get that resolved as fast as we possibly can.”

Ford Bronco Production Has Finally Begun

Webasto has brought changes to its manufacturing of the roof which is expected to have resolved the issue. Even so, Ford does not expect to get the replacement roofs before October. Sometime in September, Bronco order holders will be updated with potential new delivery dates.

Finally, we’re currently completing a first drive of the new Ford Bronco so watch this space.

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Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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