Cowboy Dave wrote:Might want to add a request for information on stock of replacement motors given this facebook post from today.
What's that, you're out of replacement parts? Better make mine a VGT 3.2....
That would be nice, a 3.2 VGT might open new windows for mods!
Mitsubishi used to keep a lot of parts down in Melbourne (including parts for some of their early models), however, like most manufacturers, they now use cheaper, overseas warehousing for the bulk of their stuff. Too bad if you're a consumer, and needs parts quickly
I'd be willing to bet that the normal stockholding, and rack space allocation of long motors is ~10 units (others may have access to information to improve on this estimate). I'd also reckon that the reorder point is probably 2 units, which would probably remain unchanged, as MMA have not handled the issue well, and they probably use a Just-in-Time warehousing system.
Given that we know that at least 47 units have been used (thanks Mako), and conservatively multiplying that by 10, gives us at least 470 units over the last 2 years. Thats nearly 20 units a month, going in and out of the warehouse. When you are talking engines, that's a logistical challenge. Now, they still have plenty of motors (and hopefully gearboxes ) sitting in Thailand, but they come by boat, which is always a problem when planning logistics, due to the many factors that can delay shipping. Throw in the Christmas break, and chaos results.
The problem now arises, that once you start having these items on back-order, it can be difficult to catch up with demand and build a stock level, especially when you have no storage space.
Another question for MMA to answer; is 3 months going to be the new normal for an engine replacement?