McLaren LT models & warranty issues

McLaren LT models & warranty issues

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Wheelspinning

Original Poster:

302 posts

10 months

Saturday
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Following Fridaypassions thread about his 600lt, it has touched on the McLaren warranty and how important it is to have.

I didn't want to hijack FP's thread and lose a very relevant issue to current and potential 600 & 675 owners.

I cannot recall many, if any, posts from 600LT owners mentioning stuff going wrong and making warranty claims; it would be very helpful if any owners could give info of their experience on this thread.

There was always this theory put about that the 675LT was put together better than any other previous McLaren at that point, which prior to having one i doubted, as my previous 650 seemed to have a decent amount of warranty claims come service time which convinced me the warranty was a must.

Prior to collecting my car, McLaren serviced it and went over it with a toothcomb and it didn't require anything.

In my 15 months of ownership, it hasn't required anything and as I toyed with not continuing with the warranty, asked at the service to be very thorough.

It required nothing again, so I have decided to 'self warrant' and put the £4.5k in another bank account and see how it goes.

Good or bad, any relevant LT ownership issues would be great to hear.

Justin's latest post about his 540 put a real downer on his ownership experience which brought me also to this, but please keep it to LT models are there are lots of threads about other Mac models and warranty issues, but very few on LT models.

Puzzles

269 posts

91 months

Saturday
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Fewer LT cars so fewer moans online?

fridaypassion

6,407 posts

208 months

Saturday
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How many uk 570s are there? There are 300 LTs which seems a lot. You would imagine the 600 is more suited for track so heavier use. When I was researching buying I got a feeling that the 720 was largely where most of McLarens issues lie. A much more complex car of course.

Ultimately the mcwarranty is a 3rd party insurance product so you should always be better off self warranting. Mines due later in the year I don't think I'll have the warranty just really because I do under 3000 miles a year and that will mean £1 a mile just on warranty. Didn't really make sense. As the OP mentioned Justin's recent issues probably weren't warranty related and I'm sure he can fill us in but he's had the car a while and used it. Was that spend too bad split over the course of ownership?

Of course if you need an engine or gearbox this is what will tip the argument....

Ferruccio

1,778 posts

99 months

Saturday
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fridaypassion said:
the mcwarranty is a 3rd party insurance product so you should always be better off self warranting
No, you should on average be better off self warranting.

But, as you say, if you get a big bill, you won’t be.

I never insure a risk I can afford to cover because, on average, the insurance company will make money out of me. They have the data.

Streetbeat

299 posts

56 months

Saturday
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fridaypassion said:
How many uk 570s are there? There are 300 LTs which seems a lot. You would imagine the 600 is more suited for track so heavier use. When I was researching buying I got a feeling that the 720 was largely where most of McLarens issues lie. A much more complex car of course.
According to how many left, 351 lt's. Roughly double the number of 570's.

Amazing how many are sorned on both all year round!!

fridaypassion

6,407 posts

208 months

Saturday
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Ferruccio said:
No, you should on average be better off self warranting.

But, as you say, if you get a big bill, you won’t be.

I never insure a risk I can afford to cover because, on average, the insurance company will make money out of me. They have the data.
If you're going to be one of those guys on PH that tries to contradict everyone at least read my post properly

Crazy4557

590 posts

174 months

Saturday
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Specific issues to my 600LT that has 15.5k miles and is 2.5 years old are :

The external exhaust cap in engine cover has slight corrosion.

Other issues but these are Sports Series in general:

Rattling heat shield
Door switches x 2 that failed letting in water on one occasion, all sorted under warranty
Corrosion on two front wings, 1 replaced the other repaired.

Costs so far are 1 set of tyres and £2k in servicing.

Hope this helps those considerinhg one, they are amazing to drive and own.


Rocketreid

540 posts

52 months

Saturday
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Only had paint issues on my 570s however my 600LT was more problematic than my 720s which has been largely problem free over 2 years

I can’t comment knowledgeably on 675’s although they have not been completely free of issues particularly in the early days

Wheelspinning

Original Poster:

302 posts

10 months

Saturday
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My windscreen was damaged whilst in being serviced.

The replacement then developed a stress fracture within 6 weeks.

The 2nd replacement gained a stress fracture whilst being delivered back to me.

The 3rd replacement seems to be holding up fine so far.

Are the 600LT windscreen thinner as per the 675 windscreens in order to further save weight?

RSbandit

1,828 posts

112 months

Saturday
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The 600LT is still considered a sports series so I thought the warranty was in line with the 570s which is
£3k if sub 5 yrs old, can someone confirm?

Sarnie

7,344 posts

189 months

RSbandit said:
The 600LT is still considered a sports series so I thought the warranty was in line with the 570s which is
£3k if sub 5 yrs old, can someone confirm?
Correct.

My 600LT has been perfect, not a single issue. It's only been to the dealer for a service, in almost two years......amazing car!



tyrrell

1,603 posts

188 months

May 2019 600 LTS one leaking air on pipe replaced under warranty.

petjam

425 posts

126 months

Brand new 600LT with issues pointed out on collection which main dealer promised to fix.

They lied to me for ten days and then said before they would do anything it had to have an independent inspection which could take 8 weeks. They then refused to talk me and blocked all forms of contact.

I had to sue them in the end. When I won they collected the car but the transport driver lost the V5 and they refused to refund monies until another was issued.

If it hadn't happened to me I would not have believed a firm could be so bad.

Wheelspinning

Original Poster:

302 posts

10 months

Can I kindly ask that posters are owners whom have had an LT model either past or current that have used them and whatever warranty issues have arisen during their ownership.

Its supposed to be an informative thread about issues that have arisen in ownership use, not a mud slinging thread about 'friends' cars, cars that were delivered with faults etc.

There are literally dozens of threads on here that covers that already.

Please do not ruin this thread with that stuff that then leads to arguments.

Thanks.

petjam

425 posts

126 months

I’m pretty sure everyone above conforms to your rules.

Have there been posts deleted?

Edited by petjam on Sunday 7th August 21:41

lambo666

385 posts

98 months

2020 600LT spyder, bought last september at 6,500 miles. Now on 10,500 miles.
Bought with a brand new windscreen and a front shock before being let out the door (pre delivery inspection found the shock, I insisted on the new windscreen (yes they are thinner than the standard models for weight saving and known for chips / cracking easily)
Tiny bit of trim on the roof replaced due to coming off.
new gearbox and both cats needed replacing approx 500 miles ago (without car for nearly 2 months) - approx 28k of work!
No sound coming from the speakers so an amp issue / harness issue (will be sorted soon)
Now have very minor corrosion on both doors - this with the amplifier issue to be sorted when the weather changes.
All above done under original warranty.
I will be keeping the car, but will be paying for the extended official warranty when original expires (next April I think)
Totally amazing car, nothing comes close for the money.
Be aware mine was the 6th gearbox Mclaren have changed at Guilford so far this year (600LT).
I would not buy one without a official warranty.



fridaypassion

6,407 posts

208 months

Interesting any track use? I must admit the throttle cut shunting you get on the 'box does feel like it must be wearing the gears!

Wheelspinning

Original Poster:

302 posts

10 months

Wow.

I hadn't heard anywhere before about 600LT gearbox issues.

Do you use launch at all?

89speedster

136 posts

197 months

675LT owner here. Not had car long so no issues yet, but looking at the history its been a solid car.

Key question is, if you self warrant will you use a mean dealer or go to an independent specialist?

There are some very good specialists out there (and some terrible) who will slash two thirds of the price of work compared to a dealer which makes self warranting a far easier decision.

fridaypassion

6,407 posts

208 months

As a punter I wouldn't want a car that was serviced at an Indi I know for something like a 12c or very very early 5XX cars it might be acceptable but for anything remotely new I think it would need keeping within the main deal regime. That said nothing to stop you getting problems fixed in the indie network and back to the mains for servicing.

On the subject of Indies are there any emerging other than TMS? Particularly in the North of England?