Keeping a 570S or 600LT outside, no garage

Keeping a 570S or 600LT outside, no garage

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dank

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1,036 posts

201 months

Tuesday 7th January
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So I am looking at the 570S, but don’t have a garage. Is the car going to suffer from being exposed to the elements all the time. Also when I am away with work I won’t have the ability to use a battery conditioner, again is just starting it, and letting it run whilst parked for half an hour every week ok to keep the battery from being buggered? PCP deals on the, seem quite doable, PCP deals on the 600lt are insanely tempting, but would be worried about the car being kept outside.

justin220

4,296 posts

153 months

Tuesday 7th January
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Being outside shouldn't be an issue but not having it on a conditioner will.


dank

Original Poster:

1,036 posts

201 months

Tuesday 7th January
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Ah so essentially I can’t have one until I get a garage? My car spaces are too far from anywhere near that I could run a cable from.... dream shattered .... ☹️😫

woodysnr

658 posts

177 months

Tuesday 7th January
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would one of those solar panel charger's work ?

RBT0

1,094 posts

68 months

Tuesday 7th January
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I mean.....

A brand new car outside, getting mould and all sort of st, even assuming you live outside other people sight and potential vandalism and all sort of crimes?

Really?

Your choice.

dank

Original Poster:

1,036 posts

201 months

Tuesday 7th January
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I have a solar charger for my 911 turbo and it’s rubbish, does nothing - so don’t think that will work for the 570S...

I live in a gated area and parking is fine, never had any issues in 13 years so that’s the issue - the battery dying and costing a fortune to replace is the issue with living outside

davek_964

6,306 posts

124 months

Tuesday 7th January
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Solar charger on my Cayenne does a good job. But the McLaren battery is lithium ion and needs a special charger, so I don't think plugging a conventional solar charger in would be a good idea.

nw942

282 posts

54 months

Tuesday 7th January
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dank said:
Ah so essentially I can’t have one until I get a garage? My car spaces are too far from anywhere near that I could run a cable from.... dream shattered .... ????
Storage?

andrew

8,865 posts

141 months

Tuesday 7th January
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nw942 said:
dank said:
Ah so essentially I can’t have one until I get a garage? My car spaces are too far from anywhere near that I could run a cable from.... dream shattered .... ????
Storage?
extension lead ?

Drclarke

913 posts

122 months

Tuesday 7th January
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RBT0 said:
I mean.....

A brand new car outside, getting mould and all sort of st, even assuming you live outside other people sight and potential vandalism and all sort of crimes?

Really?

Your choice.
Mould??!

It’s a car, not a piece of cheese you drama queen

Matty3

351 posts

33 months

Tuesday 7th January
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Disconnect the battery if it's parked in a reasonably secure area? - unless there are insurance implications?

RBT0

1,094 posts

68 months

Tuesday 7th January
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Drclarke said:
RBT0 said:
I mean.....

A brand new car outside, getting mould and all sort of st, even assuming you live outside other people sight and potential vandalism and all sort of crimes?

Really?

Your choice.
Mould??!

It’s a car, not a piece of cheese you drama queen
Different taste I am afraid...you may discover a new world outside with a training at Perfection Valet

Sarnie

6,281 posts

158 months

Wednesday 8th January
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I kept my 12c outside on my drive for a year, no problem at all........my 570s is kept in a garage now, but in nearly three years I've not connected it up to the charger..............so not being able to keep it on charge it shouldn't stop you........

PompeyReece

707 posts

38 months

Wednesday 8th January
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dank said:
So I am looking at the 570S, but don’t have a garage. Is the car going to suffer from being exposed to the elements all the time. Also when I am away with work I won’t have the ability to use a battery conditioner, again is just starting it, and letting it run whilst parked for half an hour every week ok to keep the battery from being buggered? PCP deals on the, seem quite doable, PCP deals on the 600lt are insanely tempting, but would be worried about the car being kept outside.
There is a rather lengthy thread and video which mentions leaving McLarens outside for long periods of time isn't a good idea - specifically it mentions a component (can't remember which) that appears to fail/is prone to early failure when the car is left outside.

If you want to use up a couple of hours of your life, here's the thread:

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

650spider

769 posts

120 months

Wednesday 8th January
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Drclarke said:
RBT0 said:
I mean.....

A brand new car outside, getting mould and all sort of st, even assuming you live outside other people sight and potential vandalism and all sort of crimes?

Really?

Your choice.
Mould??!

It’s a car, not a piece of cheese you drama queen
My Mac was originally kept in a heated garage but for the last 6 months its sat outside.

It hasn't went mouldy or dissolved, and the charger has never been used and is still sealed in the McLaren bag it came in.

Longest it has went being unused was 4 weeks when we went on a family holiday and it started no problem with the battery showing around 95%.

Like most modern cars, it was designed to be exposed to outside weather elements.

You will have no problems at all keeping it outside.

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Obafemi09

116 posts

48 months

Wednesday 8th January
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PompeyReece said:
There is a rather lengthy thread and video which mentions leaving McLarens outside for long periods of time isn't a good idea - specifically it mentions a component (can't remember which) that appears to fail/is prone to early failure when the car is left outside.

If you want to use up a couple of hours of your life, here's the thread:

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...
How dos the car know if it is outside or not... smile

I've never connected my car up to a charger either in the 7 months I've had it. To be fair I do try and get out in it most weekends but I have left it almost 3 weeks before and no issues. After a drive at the weekend the battery is always back to 50 days life when I park up again...

dank

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1,036 posts

201 months

Wednesday 8th January
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Ok so it seems I should be ok, as long as I drive it weekly or don’t leave for long periods without use... in truth I think I’ll be driving it all the time!

The rear engine cover has a lot of holes / open areas - and the 600LT has some rather large openings, is water ingress going to cause any issues - assume proper water channels are built in to remove rain water etc


thatdude

2,143 posts

76 months

Wednesday 8th January
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I reckon that if you have 30 minutes to run it up on you driveway once a week, you've got 30 minutes to go for a drive, which is far better for the engine / transmission etc than just letting it idle and slowly come up to temperature.

You should be fine this way. Can you run a long extension cable to the car for the trickle charger? The other solution is to get a little generator or something that you can power the trickle charger with and leave it next to the car.


edit to add - i think the component people have issues with is the knock sensor. If you can identify where that is, you could possibly cover the area where water is getting in while it's parked.

Sarnie

6,281 posts

158 months

Wednesday 8th January
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dank said:
Ok so it seems I should be ok, as long as I drive it weekly or don’t leave for long periods without use... in truth I think I’ll be driving it all the time!

The rear engine cover has a lot of holes / open areas - and the 600LT has some rather large openings, is water ingress going to cause any issues - assume proper water channels are built in to remove rain water etc
McLaren engines are all sealed despite the open engine bays.........it will be fine! smile

PompeyReece

707 posts

38 months

Wednesday 8th January
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Obafemi09 said:
How dos the car know if it is outside or not... smile
My guess is when the car's been sitting there for a long time, it rains and the component fails!

Although I exercise scepticism as to whether it's an actual issue to worry about!