2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Paddle Paint Peeling (Again)
May 15, 2015
A few weeks ago, we had our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe in for regularly scheduled service. While there, we had them replace the painted-plastic shift paddles because the paint had begun peeling from one of them.
Now it's already happening on the new ones.
It's tough to see in pictures, but fingertips are very sensitive and if you just touch the thing, you can feel the rough edges of peeling paint. It hasn't started to wear off the bronze coloration, but the clearcoat is eroding away from the seams.
What's causing this? An Edmunds editor with long, sharp fingernails and a habit of picking? Someone with a wedding ring? Paint that is dissolved by contact with human skin?
I don't think it matters either way. Painted plastic is an inelegant (but cost effective!) option here. The chromed plastic ones on the Cadillac ATS were better. And while the manual transmission-equipped Corvette was lame-lame-lame for having paddles at all (only offering one steering wheel regardless of transmission is cost effective!) those unpainted paddles were better.
Then there are the kings of the hill: Porsche and Nissan. The Porsche's are metal and feel solid with no seams. The GT-Rs paddles are magnesium with leather on the bits you touch. Mercedes-AMG's shift paddles are metal too, but they're a little stubby so I'm not highlighting them here.
With more than 20,000 miles on our clock, we probably won't have time to get these replaced, but the moral of the story is clear: Metal good, plastic bad.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor, @ 20,150 miles