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Each year about this time I am looking for something new and fun. I have a 458, a couple of Ford GTs and other odds and ends.

Lookswise the Mclaren is the only thing that catches my eye. I am looking at a 2012 with low miles. My biggest worry is I am in Virginia and nearest dealer is Philly. Also not wild about exhaust note. But, a gorgeous car.

What to do?:)
 

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Just do it!

With regard to the exhaust note, if you haven't done so already, try and spend some time with a car fitted with the inconel sports exhaust and when you drive it then drive it properly. If you leave the car in auto and have it changing up every time you get near 2000 rpm then the exhaust note will be uninspiring. Drive it in manual and explore the full rev range and it becomes much more feral. The pops and crackles as you lift off are superb and when you are going for it it's a very non-turbo sounding turbo V8 ... and it's loud. The noise outside of the car is also much better than often reported and you'll notice others mentioning this in the various other threads about the exhaust sound.

If you still are not convinced then there are after market exhausts out there, search for the Fabspeed thread.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
 

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I would suggest you test drive the car, once you've experience that you'll never turn back. It's unfortunate that you do not have a dealership closer to your residence, that is a concern. In Canada there is only one dealership and they are based in Toronto, I'm not sure how cars in Vancouver get serviced but they do. I would suggest you contact the dealership in Philly to find out how they are going to service your future car. As for the sound, that's a minor issue compared to the drivability and look of this car, good luck. Cheers.....??
 

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I wouldn't recommend it without having a dealer locally. As nice as it is for the dealer to collect the car and transport for service, it's not something you want to do very often. And the 12C is not without its issues. You're likely to "save up" up all the little issues, then have them serviced, but it really sucks to have to live with them in the meanwhile. I really wish McLaren had mobile techs that just travelled around to remote customers, even if they voukd only get to them within a 3-4 week timeframe. There's ALWAYS going to be some service needed, even if its just the next firmware update to fix an issue in the previous one.
 

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Since you own a 458, i will give my comparison. The 12C only minus is the exhaust note and to be fair, with V10, it's not such a big liability. Most important is overall the 12C is a better car for me. since you have a lot of other nice rides, i won't worry about missing the 12C so much when it needs to "go away" for a service. So go get one.
 

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I wouldn't recommend it without having a dealer locally. As nice as it is for the dealer to collect the car and transport for service, it's not something you want to do very often. And the 12C is not without its issues. You're likely to "save up" up all the little issues, then have them serviced, but it really sucks to have to live with them in the meanwhile. I really wish McLaren had mobile techs that just travelled around to remote customers, even if they voukd only get to them within a 3-4 week timeframe. There's ALWAYS going to be some service needed, even if its just the next firmware update to fix an issue in the previous one.
Normally I would agree with BIGvMAC however I purchased my car from the philly dealerand they have been fantastic. I live 2 hours away and they have always agreed to come down at a moments notice if I had a problem. Even to just realign the boot door. They also provide transportation for the car back to the dealer in a closed carrier for free for all service. I have 10 cars with this being the only one serviced out of state and its the McLaren I worry the least about. Good Luck!
 

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Dealer support is one thing that worries me too. I am in Washington State, and closest dealer in in San Francisco. Supposed to be something coming up in Seattle Area, but at this time, nothing.

Worst case would be $1000 enclosed shipping each way once / year.
 

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Worst case would be $1000 enclosed shipping each way once / year.
I think you mean best case. I think with the updates/fixes/etc it's going to be more frequent. Unless you can live with them that is. Which one shouldn't have to. Again, owners and prospective owners would be well served by a traveling technician.
 

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bigmac - do you own a 12C or are you simply playing devil's advocate?

I think if there were complaints to be made by owners we'd be hearing them here, or in the private owner's forum and the concerns you are raising have not gotten much if any play that I have seen.

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I live 1,000 miles from my dealer and sent the car back once for the Platform 10 update and a few small items (airbag light, headliner adjustment). I have had no problems at all with it. I would not worry about Virginia to Philly.

The magic of the McLaren is that I can take my wife in the car and leave it in auto normal/normal mode and savor the cold silence (I hope she doesn't read this). Then, when you want the car to scream, it is audibly overpowering and nearly pornographic at high revs in sport or track.
 

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I live 1,000 miles from my dealer and sent the car back once for the Platform 10 update and a few small items (airbag light, headliner adjustment). I have had no problems at all with it. I would not worry about Virginia to Philly.

The magic of the McLaren is that I can take my wife in the car and leave it in auto normal/normal mode and savor the cold silence (I hope she doesn't read this). Then, when you want the car to scream, it is audibly overpowering and nearly pornographic at high revs in sport or track.
IT would even give jeremy clarkson as tingle in his root in high rev track mode:D
 

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I think you mean best case. I think with the updates/fixes/etc it's going to be more frequent. Unless you can live with them that is. Which one shouldn't have to. Again, owners and prospective owners would be well served by a traveling technician.
Just talked with Stephan at Newport Beach. McLaren actually picks up the cars out of state on their nickel. Pleasantly surprised to hear this. Even for something as trivial as a tire pressure sensor error.
 

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Thats truly impressive, hey with that type of service how could you go wrong. The question is does any one else provide service like that in North America. I would think not, but I'm sure to be proven wrong, which is okay it just goes to show that Mac and its dealers stand behind it's product. Cheers....??
 

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I think you mean best case. I think with the updates/fixes/etc it's going to be more frequent. Unless you can live with them that is. Which one shouldn't have to. Again, owners and prospective owners would be well served by a traveling technician.

The updates and fixes will be less frequent as know how gets institutionalised. Plus progress is at a rapid and impressive pace for a 'new' company.

Why would knowledge and experience lead to a degradation of performance?
 

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I love it when people who don't own the car respond back as if they are experts of it.;)

I live 2 hours away from the Dealer. I and every other Texas owner gets flat bed or enclosed transport with a trusted tow company every single time at no cost.
 

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McLaren San Francisco said they actually fly their tech out of state, since at this time, there is no service center in Washington or Oregon.
 

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Yes indeed they do that as well up here in Toronto, the head mechanic flys out across Canada depending on the scenario. Boy I can just imagine the costs for luggage especially if he's packing his complete tool kit and hoist. ? Lol.....? ??
 
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