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So I have finally taken the plunge and bought a MY2012 demonstrator car. Very very happy :) :) :)

It is well specced just needs a few spicy little modifications so unfortunately I won't have it in my garage for another 5 or 6 weeks :(

One thing that keeps me thinking are the doors. With this specific car, they were so difficult to close I really had to slam them very hard. Never had experienced this on the other cars I have driven over the recent months so is there a fix to this ?

Secondly, I'm wondering if there are different kind of paddles around, say paddles with different resistance. Those on the car I bought were very stiff to push and now that Pre-Cog is gone, I don't see much sense in having so much resistance. If so, can the paddles on an earlier car be swapped for the new/lighter ones ?

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.



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So I have finally taken the plunge and bought a MY2012 demonstrator car. Very very happy :) :) :)

It is well specced just needs a few spicy little modifications so unfortunately I won't have it in my garage for another 5 or 6 weeks :(

One thing that keeps me thinking are the doors. With this specific car, they were so difficult to close I really had to slam them very hard. Never had experienced this on the other cars I have driven over the recent months so is there a fix to this ?

Secondly, I'm wondering if there are different kind of paddles around, say paddles with different resistance. Those on the car I bought were very stiff to push and now that Pre-Cog is gone, I don't see much sense in having so much resistance. If so, can the paddles on an earlier car be swapped for the new/lighter ones ?

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
congrats! out of interest, did you buy the Mclaren Birmingham fire black car?

Pre-cog.. I was told still exists in most cars and was only being dropped from chassis 1000+ or something if i'm not wrong so I would have thought your car would likely still have pre-cog.
 

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So I have finally taken the plunge and bought a MY2012 demonstrator car. Very very happy :) :) :)

It is well specced just needs a few spicy little modifications so unfortunately I won't have it in my garage for another 5 or 6 weeks :(

One thing that keeps me thinking are the doors. With this specific car, they were so difficult to close I really had to slam them very hard. Never had experienced this on the other cars I have driven over the recent months so is there a fix to this ?

Secondly, I'm wondering if there are different kind of paddles around, say paddles with different resistance. Those on the car I bought were very stiff to push and now that Pre-Cog is gone, I don't see much sense in having so much resistance. If so, can the paddles on an earlier car be swapped for the new/lighter ones ?

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
The doors can be adjusted, just ask your dealer.

Regarding the paddles, just a suggestion, but you may want to try living with them for a bit before going through the effort of switching them out. I have found that, over time, the resistance required to pull them has lessened. Not sure why, perhaps the spring mechanism "working in" to its final level of resistance, but my paddles are definitely much less stiff than when new.

Congrats on the car! :)
 

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Have them check door alignment - that should clean up the force of closing them. Should be a simple 5 minute job.

And I think the general consensus is that people prefer the stiffer paddles, so not sure if you can fit the lighter ones?
 

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McDc. I got tenis elbow from slamming the doors until they were adjusted very easily.
 

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Thank you all. Really in love with it and can't wait for the car AND the modifications :D

Since it was a demonstrator car I would have expected the dealer to have the doors adjusted already to make the best possible first impression for potential buyers :confused: Anyway, glad to hear that it can be adjusted :) Will ask the dealer to fix it prior to delivery.

Regarding the paddles, I'd like to still have the pre-cog feature but assumed that it has been completely removed even on early cars (as mine) as it's purely a software thing beside the (additional?) micro switch ?

@isv: No, it's not the fire black car from Mclaren Birmingham.



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Regarding the paddles, I'd like to still have the pre-cog feature but assumed that it has been completely removed even on early cars (as mine) as it's purely a software thing beside the (additional?) micro switch ?
No, Pre-Cog definitely still exists in software v9.0 (the current version), so if you still have the paddle detent, you are better off. Not sure what will happen with the v10.0 upgrade, though. (the one with the extra 25 HP)
 

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Thanks 6thE, hopefully my car still offers it after v10.0.

BTW: I'v been told by several independent sources that v10.0 will be so much better than v9.0 in many ways. A pitty that we all have to wait one more month to enjoy it.
If you have to wait 5/6 weeks McDc,maybe they will upgrade to platform 10,if your car is a low number vin that is??:)
 

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I picked mine up last week and have struggled with the doors, not every time to be fair and I'm certainly getting better at closing them from inside the car.
Mine doesn't have the pre-cog on the paddles and I can't say that I'd miss it.. chassis number 1000+
The resistance did seem OK to me but to be fair my only comparison was the Black one at Birmingham- which from what I understood was now sold.

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If you have to wait 5/6 weeks McDc,maybe they will upgrade to platform 10,if your car is a low number vin that is??:)
What version did the first cars originally ship with, I assume 7 or 8?
 

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.....And I think the general consensus is that people prefer the stiffer paddles, so not sure if you can fit the lighter ones?
I like the stiffer paddle feel; at the bare minimum .... it makes you feel like you are, at least, doing something with regards to the transmission. (Although, there is nothing like the feeling of rowing your own gears with a stick.):)
 

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What version did the first cars originally ship with, I assume 7 or 8?
i will have to look back Russell,over a year ago !! I will take a punt at 8,but the first one i knew about was 8.3 after the initial first 100 cars with the glitches
 

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I like the stiffer paddle feel; at the bare minimum .... it makes you feel like you are, at least, doing something with regards to the transmission. (Although, there is nothing like the feeling of rowing your own gears with a stick.):)
I think thats what most of us like!! Better than just an ON /OFF switch that just needs a feather touch!
 

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haha! congrats on the car :)

WHY has nobody asked!!

What color/spec did you get ? What mods are you doing?
cheers
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Doors get a little easier as the seals flatten down, and you get the knack.
I drive in manual mode all the time now and am loving the pre-cog. Agree that the rocker is relatively high pressure but that makes it feel like you're in control of something mechanical. I've even got the hang of shifting up by pushing on the left rocker (so I can look cool driving one- handed!)
 

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Doors get a little easier as the seals flatten down, and you get the knack.
The car is an ex-demonstrator so the seals must have flatten down already ? Doors must have been opened and closed a lot more than on a privately owned car but still they need a very hard slam. Kind of embarrasing as it looks like you actually try to destroy the door.

On the very opposite, the doors of all cars at the Pure McLaren Driving Program were much easier to close.

Hopefully adjusting the latches will sort this out.



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with my left elbow on top of the door of course, and the bass turned waaay up on the stereo!
 
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