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So as some of you know I have a new 2011 Sport on order. I ordered it 2 weeks ago today and it does not have a VIN # yet. The dealer just called me now and I was expecting to hear that he has the VIN # for me..

Unfortunately he told me that I may not be able to get my vehicle in Black and that 4 colours have been affected by the events in Japan.

Black
Hunter Green
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Apparently from a statement from Chrysler any order that has a VIN will still be made and some orders going through now will still be able to get thier colour.

I'm quite upset as this is my first vehicle order and I was getting everything I wanted. There's still a chance I might..

Just wanted to give a heads up to all the new guys that have trucks on order

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Wow, that sucks man!
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It's my understanding that Gm is really getting hit hard by this because much of their assembly line automation is controlled by products made in Japan. At least with paint, finding a new supplier should be quite as big of a deal.
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I'm hoping for the best and that I still recieve a VIN and I'm in the clear. I really want black and don't want to settle for anything else. So my next option would be to do a dealer search and settle with a few different options as they couldn't find an exact match the first time around.
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It's my understanding that Gm is really getting hit hard by this because much of their assembly line automation is controlled by products made in Japan. At least with paint, finding a new supplier should be quite as big of a deal.
I figured this as well and asked my dealer when he told me wait the extra delay would be, 4-6 weeks? and he replied it's not about the wait they may not be making anymore of the 2011's in those colours.

I know dealers can be just as much out of the loop as we can be sometimes, and I'm hoping thats the case right now. All I can do is wait and see.
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Everything is gearing back up over in Japan, stick with your original order, it may be delayed a month
the Japanese factories up north in Japan do not have water or electricity

10 colors are affected
Some car colors will be harder to get because a paint pigment factory in Japan was damaged and shut production. As a result, Ford is telling dealers to stop ordering "tuxedo black" models of its F-150 pickup and Expedition and Navigator SUVs. It’s also shifting away from some reds. The moves are precautionary, Ford said. Chrysler has stopped taking orders for vehicles in 10 paint colors.

The plant that makes the pigment, run by Merck KGaA, won’t resume production for four to eight weeks, and that depends a lot on progress in cleaning up the nearby damaged nuclear power plant, a company spokeswoman said.

The factory is in Onahama in northeast Japan, about 30 miles from the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, which is leaking radiation.

"For both the timing of the repair start and for its timely completion, we are dependent upon the availability of infrastructure and utilities as well as upon developments at the Fukushima power plant," Merck KGaA spokeswoman Phyllis Carter said Monday.

The company makes pigments around the world, but the Onahama plant is the only one that produces the type used in many automotive paints, she said.

The lack of colors worries some dealers, especially when popular ones like black could be in short supply


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There is more information here - http://www.cnbc.com/id/42276904

It's affecting up to 10 colours for Chrysler, but I believe just the 4 for the Ram 1500's.

They don't anticipate any problems with current orders.
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Wow...that sucks! I hope yours sneaks through and you get a VIN soon!
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Thanks guys, and thanks GTyankee for that info as well.

I don't want to seem selfish considering everything that's happened over there, so Ill wait on my order and hope for the best.
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Sorry about the delay dude, its hard enough waiting 6-8 weeks.
Maybe you'll be lucky.
I ordered my truck 2 weeks ago as well. Im glad I switched from brown to blue the night before.
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