tax is not included I would imagine. Software is not buggy IMHO. You do need the first patch after that it is OK. As for the spring tension you can leave it as is. What most people are talking about is the springs themselves until worn in (allot of playing [img]/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif[/img] ) are quite stiff. You can open up the case and stretch them to loosen (as I did) to speed up the process.
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I've had a Cougar for about 4 months now. I added a set of CH Pro pedals (gameport - they plug right into the Cougar and I use only 1 USB port).
I LOVE my Cougar. Before the Cougar I broke 3 joysticks. Snapped 'em right off (including a MS FFB). I guess I have a "heavy" hand? [img]/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif[/img]
Anyway, I use it right out of the box. No mods. It doesn't need any. Sure, it can be improved, like you might add some chromed options to your new car, but it doesn't need them. The buttons and rotaries are positioned perfectly, IMHO, and programming is not required. You can download programs for darn near any game.
As far as I'm concerned, it's great! I'm one happy camper.
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