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Old 11-29-2011, 10:03 PM   #1
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Question for JK owners with Monday, Friday, or Holiday build dates

Hey all,

I'm sure most of you have heard the tales of shoddy workmanship on vehicles that are assembled on a Monday or a Friday due to assembly line workers either being too focused on the weekend or having a case of the Mondays that they end up making mistakes.

Well I want to hear from all the JK'rs out there that have Monday or Friday build dates and whether or not you have had any problems with your Jeeps?

Also, does this trend also pertain to holidays like having a Jeep built over Christmas or Thanksgiving? Lets hear from you holiday JK'rs also!

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Old 11-30-2011, 04:19 PM   #2
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Mine was built on a Monday and a holiday (Halloween) and I haven't had seen any shoddy workmanship or had any troubles.

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Old 11-30-2011, 04:29 PM   #3
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Robots care about holidays? =P
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Mine was built on 10/24 and I have not had any issues no leaks, rattles or hicups and currently has 673 miles on the ODO.
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how do you find the exact build date? I have a 2010, just curious, not had any problems really, but just a curious-natured person.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:32 PM   #6
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how do you find the exact build date? I have a 2010, just curious, not had any problems really, but just a curious-natured person.
Should be on a sticker in the driver door jamb.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:30 PM   #7
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Should be on a sticker in the driver door jamb.
I think it just has month and year
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:03 AM   #8
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You should be able to just call Jeep and they can look it up for you if you give them the VIN number.
1-877-IAM-JEEP.
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:24 AM   #9
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@dmulk - good question although leading. It is true that modern automobile manufacturing includes much robotic technology but this is typically limited to frame welding and painting. Actual human beings are still needed to "assemble" the vehicles various assemblies that are mechanically fastened like installing suspension and powertrain components into the frame, mating frame to body, and installing the interior components even though "mechanical assistance" in the form of lifting devices and specialized tools are used. At all of these steps its possible for someone to overtorque a fastener, forget to put a fastener in place, etc. even though they use preset wrenches that "usually" deliver proper torque if they are calibrated correctly.

Possibly more important is that all of the vehicles wiring and electrical hardware is installed by you guessed it - a homo sapian (at least for the time being) and these electronic items are probably more prone to cause the kind of headaches we all dread when they aren't grounded properly, or otherwise installed in the correct manner.

Then there is the issue of FOD or foreign object debris that makes its way into the crevices and cracks of a vehicle that arent readily accessible (see door panel or dash) and this could cause rattles or other annoying sounds...its not unheard of for an assembly line worker to drop a tool or leave metal shavings and forget about it before they have a chance to remove it.

I should note that I am aware of the fact that items such as the engine, transmission, axles, transfer case etc. are fully built and arrive at the factory as an assembly that is ready to install during the "vehicle build"...so I do realize that its almost impossible to know if these items were "friday" or "monday" built at whatever manufacturer they were sourced from. That said I still feel like there are many places that humans could still screw things up during the final assembly of our Jeeps.
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:38 AM   #10
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This thread might seem odd but I recently found out that the Rubi I ordered on Nov. 1 and waited for a month on has a build date of Nov. 23, 2011 which is the day before Thanksgiving. The thought of refusing to take delivery based on this has crossed my mind a few times, but am I just being paranoid and misinformed?
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This thread might seem odd but I recently found out that the Rubi I ordered on Nov. 1 and waited for a month on has a build date of Nov. 23, 2011 which is the day before Thanksgiving. The thought of refusing to take delivery based on this has crossed my mind a few times, but am I just being paranoid and misinformed?
I'm guessing my JKU will have the exact same build date because when I checked on it last week it was in paint on 11/23 and then was ready to ship when I checked on Monday. I thought about it a couple of times, but I'm not going to let it bother me.

While the probability of an issue may be slightly higher just before/after a holiday or weekend, I don't think it really increases it significantly. I'm going to take my chances. In all honesty, I don't completely buy the whole Monday/Friday thing anyway because the plants run 7 days a week, so different workers will have their Monday and Friday on different days. That would mean that at least 4 out of 7 days are a Monday or Friday for some worker. If the Monday/Friday issue was real, that would mean that over half of the days of every week produce lower quality cars. I doubt this is really the case.

Anyone can have an off day and make mistakes. I'm not going to dismiss a vehicle just because of the day it was built.
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The door jam sticker only has mm/yy I pulled the date for mine of the build sheet. There is a date and time printed at the bottom of it. Since mine shows early in the day I'm assuming assembly started that day.
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That's why jeeps hold there value. The possibility of a stash of drugs left in them. Thats why you are seeing more pimped out JK's. These are the ones that came with something not listed on the build sheet.
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ngiovas - Thats pretty cool that our Jeeps were both "born" on the same date...but I have been trying to think about it in a similar fashion as you. It had been bothering me a bit, however, the more I legitimately reasoned it out and thought through just exactly what could go wrong during the final assembly process I think I am getting more ok with it. Furthermore at this point if I backed out of the order I am reasonably sure that my dealer would not be willing to order me a new one (and really with a new order how could I even be sure that the build date for the new one would not land on a Mon or Fri or weekend or 2nd shift) and I would have to start the whole buying process again at another dealership and forfeit the deal that I negotiated and am happy with. On top of that I would have to wait another month, and as you mention there is no guarantee that mistakes couldn't happen even if the Jeep was ideally built on a Tuesday first shift. The more I think about our situation though which is the day before Thanksgiving the more I am somewhat comforted because of a few possibilities.

1. The thanksgiving work week was already a shortened week for probably many of the workers so they only would have had to work 3 days since their last day off. I could reasonably assume that most workers morale would be higher during a shortened week and before thanksgiving that they wouldn't be as "burnt out" by the end of the week thus possibly leading to better quality.

2. During a holiday like thanksgiving perhaps more workers would be thinking about "giving" and "helping others" than other times of the year so this might influence some of them to focus more on their quality and workmanship.

3. I think the worst that could happen to the vehicle during final assembly is either some rattles or squeaks from not installing the interior correctly, forgetting to install fasteners or other components, not correctly installing wiring or perhaps installing damaged wires but since all of the main items like the engine, trans, transfer case, axles etc. are not put together in the factory during final assy. then there should be no issues with these items that were caused at that time and the worst that could probably happen would be minor problems.

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