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How do all! Newbie here thinking of swapping out of R8's after five years, looking for some info ;-)

Itchy feet syndrome has struck and methinks it's time for some new wheels. Have loved my two R8's but am seriously lusting after an MP4-12... To this end, I wonder if you guys could a couple of questions?

Servicing costs, availability and frequency. Whilst I accept services are required, I do object to paying £500 for an oil change... Are the charges/schedule sensible and what's the access like to the service centres?

Insurance. I also own a X-Bow and it gripes me Adrian Flux are the only folk I can insure it through :mad: I trust the MP4 is not like this?

Problems. I've heard their are a few glitches with the car, teething troubles so to speak. Have these all now been sorted?

Sorry for all the questions... I guess the biggest thing that concerns me is ease of ownership. It will be my daily drive and as such needs to be looked after easily, this is, IMHO, one of the main benefits with the R8's

Ohh one last question. What sort of MPG could I expect? :D

Cheers

Andy M
 

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How do all! Newbie here thinking of swapping out of R8's after five years, looking for some info ;-)

Itchy feet syndrome has struck and methinks it's time for some new wheels. Have loved my two R8's but am seriously lusting after an MP4-12... To this end, I wonder if you guys could a couple of questions?

Servicing costs, availability and frequency. Whilst I accept services are required, I do object to paying £500 for an oil change... Are the charges/schedule sensible and what's the access like to the service centres?

Insurance. I also own a X-Bow and it gripes me Adrian Flux are the only folk I can insure it through :mad: I trust the MP4 is not like this?

Problems. I've heard their are a few glitches with the car, teething troubles so to speak. Have these all now been sorted?

Sorry for all the questions... I guess the biggest thing that concerns me is ease of ownership. It will be my daily drive and as such needs to be looked after easily, this is, IMHO, one of the main benefits with the R8's

Ohh one last question. What sort of MPG could I expect? :D

Cheers

Andy M
Hi Andy,as for insurance most of the members here have had no problem with the higher end providers,such as chubb,zurich,aviva and many more that I;m sure will post on here today.
As for servicing its little more than my 997tt,so you will pay more than £500 for an oil change,but it keeps your warrenty intact.Most people pay around £1000 a year if you buy new as they have a profit in the car to transport it to service.If not and you are a way from a dealership you will have to get the car there,or pay the transport,or let them drive it to service at no charge (hope that's clear) Every other year it will be more as they have to change the hydraulic fluid,but as of yet no-body I know has had a second service (someone might have as its based on yearly or 10k miles,so a 20k one will have had it done)

All the glitches have been sorted to a point as with some things like the nav/Bluetooth they are work in progress,but mechanically they are sound.
Mpg ,I;m running at 17 after 13,000 very hard miles,on a track i:ve been as low as 4,but on a long run at good speed i:ve seen 31.
Hope this helps,and it is my DD,i only use other cars now for the family days out!!
 

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How do all! Newbie here thinking of swapping out of R8's after five years, looking for some info ;-)

Itchy feet syndrome has struck and methinks it's time for some new wheels. Have loved my two R8's but am seriously lusting after an MP4-12... To this end, I wonder if you guys could a couple of questions?

Servicing costs, availability and frequency. Whilst I accept services are required, I do object to paying £500 for an oil change... Are the charges/schedule sensible and what's the access like to the service centres?

Insurance. I also own a X-Bow and it gripes me Adrian Flux are the only folk I can insure it through :mad: I trust the MP4 is not like this?

Problems. I've heard their are a few glitches with the car, teething troubles so to speak. Have these all now been sorted?

Sorry for all the questions... I guess the biggest thing that concerns me is ease of ownership. It will be my daily drive and as such needs to be looked after easily, this is, IMHO, one of the main benefits with the R8's

Ohh one last question. What sort of MPG could I expect? :D

Cheers

Andy M
Sold a R8 V10 for the Mclaren last year so perhaps I can offer an opinion...

As Andy has already mentioned, annual services but you will pay more than £500 for an oil change and 2nd year services are more as the suspension fluid needs changing. Depending on where you are located, it might be a bit of an issue though as there are only 3 service points while there are plenty of R8 approved service centres. On the plus side, you will not need to deal with any Audi dealerships.....;)

Insurance is per any other specialist car, will not be an issue.

Glitches are a tricky one, I would say if you are buying a new, they will almost certainly be ok, almost all of the older cars have been completely sorted as well but one has to admit there are probably the very rare problematic car from the early build numbers that seem to have been tricky to fully sort out.

MPG should be way better than the R8, esepcially the V10.

Go for a test drive and I dare say you will not look back. The R8 is a very nice car but the 12C is just better in every respect....
 

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things like the nav/Bluetooth they are work in progress,but mechanically they are sound.
I think that's the important bit :)
Fantastic car with a few entertainment issues that don't effect the drive of the car (unless getting lost..:rolleyes:

Mpg ,I;m running at 17 after 13,000 very hard miles,on a track i:ve been as low as 4,but on a long run at good speed i:ve seen 31.
I'm now at 7500miles and average is showing 20mpg, I have also seen 30mpg and on average travel I'd say 28mpg is quite regular, I know on the recent trip that the Porsches were on a similar fuel pattern as myself and quite a few times the 12C was registering higher mpg :eek:

Dealers in London, Birmingham and Manchester, so as long as they are within travelling distance the accessibility should be fine.
I found the McLaren on quite a few comparison websites, so may be worth trying those for ideas of costs..
 

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Thanks chaps! I was really joking about the MPG ;-) Cheers anyhow! I get about 19 average out of my V10 (11 out of the KTM but that's another story...)

I'm at junction 1 of the A14 so Brum is easy to do. I do love my R8 (re-mapped) and having driven the new DSG on Monday it's a real contender as a replacement. I need to arrange an MP4 drive with a dealer where I'm sure I'll be smitten ;-) It really does however gaul me having to pay, IMHO, inflated prices for service and insurance. (£400 and £354 respectively for my R8). I do agree about the Audi dealers though, what are they on?
I'll report back after a test.
Thanks again!

Andy M
 

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How do all! Newbie here thinking of swapping out of R8's after five years, looking for some info ;-)

Itchy feet syndrome has struck and methinks it's time for some new wheels. Have loved my two R8's but am seriously lusting after an MP4-12... To this end, I wonder if you guys could a couple of questions?

Servicing costs, availability and frequency. Whilst I accept services are required, I do object to paying £500 for an oil change... Are the charges/schedule sensible and what's the access like to the service centres?

Insurance. I also own a X-Bow and it gripes me Adrian Flux are the only folk I can insure it through :mad: I trust the MP4 is not like this?

Problems. I've heard their are a few glitches with the car, teething troubles so to speak. Have these all now been sorted?

Sorry for all the questions... I guess the biggest thing that concerns me is ease of ownership. It will be my daily drive and as such needs to be looked after easily, this is, IMHO, one of the main benefits with the R8's

Ohh one last question. What sort of MPG could I expect? :D

Cheers

Andy M
Andy, Suggest you take a look at: http://www.mclarenlife.com/forums/mclaren-mp4-12c/2343-observations-after-month-1-12c-spider.html

definitely can be used as a daily driver. Not had a single issue with mine. 12C is in a different league than the R8.
 

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You will have no problem with the 12c as a daily diver, Albeit be warned, if you are buying new you will need to budget for 50-70k loss within the 1st year with around 5-6k miles.
 
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