Chesapeake Bronco Club

If you're around the Chesapeake Bay, or close enough to it (MD, DE, PA, VA), join the club!

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frinesi2
For those who are unaware, @rcbickle, @perfectburrito, and others have been putting together a MD/PA/DE/VA Volume Buyer's Group. Lots of great info in their thread:

Maryland Volume Buyer's Group

Any questions are best directed to that thread and the folks involved. I'll sticky this post for posterity.
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Bob davidson says no markup!

yay
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rcbickle
rcbickle
Thank you for the information. Although there are many reasons to pick one dealer or another, on price Bob Davidson is not competitive with other offers available to the 6G community:

@StephensAutoCenter in West VA is at $1000 below invoice. It is a bit of a drive for some to West Virginia, but there are good trails along the way back.
Leonardtown Ford in MD (@NayNay) offers a choice of 3% off MSRP or 1% over Invoice if you have a X-Plan pin. They are offering a discount on dealer-installed accessories and offer free delivery to your location.
Richmond Ford in VA is offering MSRP plus $1300 in service credit and a warranty package. Good for those in the Richmond area.
Brewster Ford in NY is offering at invoice plus low dealer fees. May be closer for some in PA, NY, NJ, etc.
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cybersal
cybersal
Thanks for posting the information from Bob Davidson. It's worth it to me to save 3% off of MSRP to buy at Leonardtown Ford. Great news about the modular painted hard top. I'm thinking to get the top later. Now the question is white (to paint yellow) or Velocity Blue which does look sweet.
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KindaOrange
Do you all think Ford released this thing without a full plan?

Seems like all they had was a concept... and demand kinda surprised them? Just seems like they've had to pull together capacity so last minute & the overall rollout seems premature on their end. Like they were unprepared...

Thoughts?
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Futbolover92
They had a plan, they just didn't realize that it was a bad plan and now they're left scrambling to fulfill demand (especially with the supply chain being hamstrung by the virus) (Edit: bad plan because they underestimated how long the impacts would be. If the virus blew over then it would have most likely been a good plan)
KindaOrange
KindaOrange
@MrJoe I'm also curious how much converts... On one hand: I'd like to move up a spot or two (or 10,000). But on the other hand: I'd like to have more Bronco friends to make :)
porjos
porjos
Honestly, I think they had a much 'fuller' plan before the global economy took a dump, and the pandemic hit. Keep in mind the Bronco has been in development for years - strategic development most likely designed a full roadmap of how this thing was going to come out. I think the reveal itself was going to be a lot more interactive, and I think the Bronco Rodeos were going to be more frequent and more numerous - it's a unique way not only support your customer base, but as marketing as well. All the later items, like actual B&P, accessories, and final price-points were to follow after with targeted consumer feedback, in an orderly and timed fashion.

Then comes COVID, and I'm not just talking about how the country essentially shutdown for months on end...I'm talking full impact. All the sudden timelines were majorly screwed up - internally & externally, financial institutions are in panic mode, supply chains are disrupted, any mass public events are now a corporate liability - the automakers are hit the worst with this - the Bronco is a consumer product, not a necessity. Massive corporations employing tens of thousands of workers, with multiple global initiatives, don't take well to sudden changes.

With ALLLLL that said, everything has become a last minute decision, and it shows. The very pandemic that is throwing wrenches in the original plan, every which way, is also the very thing that fueling so much passion from a consumer base that just wants to get out and be normal again.

I know I'm in the minority by far, but overall I'm super proud of how Ford is doing. Sure, communication could be better, and information could be released in much more orderly fashion - but I'm not like most of the people on this forum that like to nit-pick every small thing, or feel entitled to a discount for something that is not a necessity.

At the end of the day - we have a beautiful vehicle, where the heritage was respected, at a price-point that makes the value of it's direct competitor (Jeep Wrangler) look unworthy. You get a lot more vehicle for $30,000 in the Bronco, than the Wrangler (you don't even get air-conditioning, haha).

Sorry for the long post - I think it's partially because a lot of this forum has been super negative the last two months.
frinesi2
frinesi2
@porjos well stated. I'm in agreement. They clearly had a plan, and a very detailed one at that. For the level of investment that they had put in to this new platform, they couldn't afford NOT to. But that plan didn't have (and frankly, couldn't have had) contingencies in it for a total breakdown of this scale.

If you've ever tried to work with very large corporations, you'll know that they move at a GLACIAL pace. Things take ages. Also keep in mind, the Bronco program is one of dozens upon dozens of efforts that Ford is working on at any given time.

Their priorities and timeline simply can never match the expectations of a fanbase that is interested in just this one single project, regardless of how important it is to their bottom line.
Futbolover92
@porjos Totally agree with you! I feel like I should clarify with my previous comment that they had a plan, and didn't realize it was a bad one in light of COVID. Mainly that they had this big rollout just like you said, but they vastly underestimated how badly and how long they would be affected by it and that is their problem. If that had never happened then this would have been an amazing rollout I bet, but they just got caught flat footed and couldn't pivot.
frinesi2
Gonna be going up to Gettysburg Campground with the family this Saturday. Anybody else going camping this weekend?
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KindaOrange
KindaOrange
Girlfriend & I go camping when the weathers nice 😄👍
Rainy this weekend though...
frinesi2
frinesi2
Haha that's a good rule. This was just an overnight. Rain held off until the ride home!
KindaOrange
Anybody seen photos of a Black Diamond?

Non-squatch model with the steelies... Has Ford not produced any yet?
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Scott MacLean
This logo is awesome. We could have our own state flags as a background with the uniform lettering. But, having said that, Lord Calvert's family crest is pure awesome!
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KindaOrange
Hi people. Excited to own an off-road vehicle for once. Went on an awesome trip in college (James Madison) with a buddy. Jeep up the side of some dirt/mud trail with the snow falling down, out in the Appalachias. Fog on top made the mountains look all "ghosty."

After college, been stuck in the city for awhile & I guess Corona has me missing the Wild. Excited for this new Bronco adventure!
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Red Mountain Pass
Hey everyone - Retired Army here, chilling in Fredericksburg for now.

Plan on purchasing a 2 Dr Base Squatch with 2.7L

Look forward to working some trails with y'all
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frinesi2
So what Cars and Coffee -type events does everybody frequent (or frequented before covid)?

I try to go to Hunt Valley Horsepower when I can, they usually have a pretty big turnout with a LOT of variety. Plenty of offroaders of every kind and occasionally single-make/model clubs turning out in force.

I know there's a big show down in Potomac, where else?
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Daniel821
Quick question, do all you guys have a reservation on the 2021 bronco?
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Glad I discovered this group. Will be great to make some new friends and go on some adventures together. I'm on the Eastern shore of MD.
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change the banner to our glorious colors
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frinesi2
Okay what do we think of the new cover and avatar?
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beachman101
in fact if you are the business type i would get decals of that and sell them. you will make a fortune
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BroncOBX
BroncOBX
@beachman101 Very Maryland-centric for a 4-state group (plus DC I presume). But from an artistic perspective I'm Ok with it. Cheers.
frinesi2
frinesi2
@BroncOBX fair point. The geographic scope has sort of morphed since I first had the logo ideas. I will revise it when I get some time.

Oh yeah, and, I maaaay have forgotten about DC ...
BroncOBX
BroncOBX
@frinesi2 Full disclosure...I'm not a MD guy but I'm a big fan of the state "Lord Baltimore" flag and colors. And since MD is the state that surrounds most of the Chesapeake, I'm fine with it...not that my opinion counts for much. I say keep it as is.
MrJoe
MrJoe
Looks fantastic.
frinesi2
frinesi2
I drank too much coffee and decided I didn't like the blue ...

Background is a picture I took of an old weathered tree in the Patapsco Valley region.

Also toying with a circular patch/decal (see the avatar).
Perfect! Need to make some friends to go off-roading with once these arrive!
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cybersal
Thanks, Eric, for creating the group!
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