It has only been 3 years since the last post and there are no further ideas.
I have the same question and have never gotten an answer.
Since the new owner's name is on the Monrony sticker I suspect the people on the assembly line now the "build" is for a real person.
Maybe the real people are motivated to actually do a better job.
The robots don't have a clue and don't care.
I can't imagine people running around to find the best transmission or any other part.
The parts come from somewhere and show up on the assembly line at exactly the right time.
I think we get whatever we get and don't get to choose.
The vehicle is built by some process that I will never understand.
What I have found is that there are grease pencil marks all over my 2014 V6 TH factory order, so the inspectors are obviously checking everything they are supposed to check.
Hopefully if they find a problem it will get fixed.
I was hoping for a survey of us Club members to try and figure out if factory orders are better than off the lot buys.
The dealer has a long checklist for Pre Delivery Inspection, I suspect it never happens.
It is up to the customer to do Quality Control inspection and let the dealer fix anything the customer finds.
Hopefully we can get this post going again.
When the build is for a real person, as in a special order, there is no more and no less attention to detail. The vehicle rolls down the assembly line just like any other vehicle with the build sheet attached. To any assembly line worker, and robot, it's just another car to build according to the pre determined build sheet.
Nobody runs around looking for a better part. Parts aren't stored at the factory, but instead, usually built near by to be delivered and installed at the perfect time. Timing is everything!
Pretty much you do in fact get what you get. During the process there is quality control, and some fully built vehicles may be set aside to repair/replace obvious defects.
Again, I doubt that the quality is any different in special orders vs. off the lot vehicles. Again, each factory worker/robot has one job each to do, and that is their focus.
The dealers have a PDI - Pre Delivery Inspection that is performed, sometimes better than others, but performed none the less. A dealer can face serious penalties from the factory for not performing a PDI. It would be fraud to submit a completed PDI report and get paid for it without actually doing the work. It could also have legal implications as well, since it could affect safety.
Think of that final PDI being the final build of the vehicle. This is where the checklist may include tightening certain bolts, installing certain trim pieces, etc.
Ultimately, if a new owner has any mechanical ability, I'd always recommend giving a new vehicle a quick once over to see if anything seems out of place.
I hope this sheds some light.