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Mr DG

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64 posts

50 months

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Hello everyone. I'm looking for some info on the MP4 .First of all can anyone tell me what the service intervals and costs are and secondly can you confirm how the paddle system works. Is it true that the paddles are actually connected (central pivot point) so if you pull the left paddle to gear down does the right paddle moves away from the steering wheel.
Unfortunately I only have the use of one arm and after doing a track day in my BMW335i I've decided I want my next car to give me full control of the gear box. The 3 series was rubbish on full auto but much better using the paddles. I've been looking at the new 911 which has the rocker switches on the steering wheel that allow up and down shifts on both sides of the wheel but I'd also like to know what other options I have but unfortunately I don't live near a Maclaren dealer and there are no used ones close bye that I could have a close look at. The MP4 is my favourite car and I'd love the chance to get one but if the paddle can't be used how I need them it would be a no go.
I'd also be interested to hear of any other cars up to about 150 - 160k and relatively new that you think I may be able to use.

Thanks in advance
Dean

VMLondon

527 posts

63 months

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Yes, the paddles are connected, left pull shifts down, left push shifts up, right pull up, right push down

zippycar

58 posts

92 months

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Sunday 14th October 2012 quote quote all
Also the full auto option is very good since update 9 to the software.

Where are you based?

isaldiri

963 posts

56 months

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Per above 2 posts, yes the paddles are connected but they are pretty stiff so it takes a bit of getting used to pushing the paddles to change gear. Would also agree full auto mode is pretty decent.

Service is annual, first year service seems to be quoted around 1k, would expect the bi-annual service to be more expensive though given the hydraulic suspension fluid is changed. If you're doing more track days, tyres might be an issue just to note, fronts are low 300s and rears are high 300s if I'm not wrong.

sneaky schnell

1,201 posts

93 months

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Monday 15th October 2012 quote quote all
isaldiri said:
Per above 2 posts, yes the paddles are connected but they are pretty stiff so it takes a bit of getting used to pushing the paddles to change gear....
I believe the stiffness in the paddles was revised in later models. Maybe this adjustment can also be made to earlier cars.
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wtdoom

1,892 posts

96 months

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Monday 15th October 2012 quote quote all
You can change up and down the box in manual with one hand too .
You can pull in the conventional way and posh with your thumb .
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