I absolutely sympathise a lot and if I am honest I have a few "weave issues" on the roof of my 410 but I can live with it. It does not affect the structural integrity of the car. It does not look bad unless you really scrutinise it - one of those things where if you know it is there you know, if you don't, you'll probably miss it. However, we are all different and will all accept different things - on a scale of 1-10 re OCD'ness I am probably a 1 so I can live with it. I can see though how it would irritate others.
I will go back to some of my earlier points though re the "fault" or "blame" for this:
Fault 1: The original manufacturer of the panels should never have let them out the door with these issues on them - where was THEIR Quality Control
Fault 2: How did they not get picked up by Lotus QC when the roofs were delivered and inspected prior to be released to the production line?
Fault 3: Final factory inspection - how or why were these passed with these errors obvious?
Fault 4: Pre-handover/pre-delivery inspection from the dealers should have picked this up and the dealers should have resolved this - many of these 410's have been in stock for some time so what is the excuse for not having these fully checked and prep'd prior to selling and release to the end customer?
Fault 1 and 4 are NOT down to Lotus, 2 and 3 are.
To be clear, when you buy a car (new or old) you are buying it from the Dealer (the Retailer) and not from Lotus so your beef is actually with the Dealer and NOT Lotus and it is the Dealer who has the legal responsibility to put it right (along with the Finance company which is why it is always good to buy a chunk of the car with some finance and then pay it off after a couple of months as you get 100x more consumer protection that way).
The fact that you can get direct access to people at the manufacturer and in many many documented circumstances they have gone the extra mile to support the end customer is impressive. Try that with Porsche and see how far you get! Even getting a call back from the Dealer can be an "event" with them. Also, to say that Lotus have no place (due to these cosmetic issues - that is what they are, they are not mechanical issues) to play in the premium sports car market is just emotive tosh. Porsche's may not have the cosmetic issues, but their woes with engines eating themselves and transmissions crumbling are very well documented and for a company that sells +1000 times (yes, +1000 times more!) by the logic being expressed above they should be soundly beaten out of the market for just one error. A sense of realism is needed and an emotion check and balance? Porsche is not the byword for reliability,.
McLaren sell cars at twice the price of what was paid for the 410 sport (Jonny says he paid £80k) and there are many McLaren owners who will NEVER buy another due to the various issues they have. The MP4-12C (a car personally I would love to own) does not have a particularly great reputation for its electronics/engine reliability nor build quality. So are we saying that McLaren too has no right to play in the premium sports market? Some Aston Martin models suffered from bad build/issues and Ferrari and Lamborghini have all had their special moments.... This is not JUST a Lotus issue.
To some, my post above will be dismissed as a typical fan boy response. however, to do that misses the point being made which is with all cars you have the chance of issues, regardless of whether you have paid £30, £50, £80, £100, £150 or £200k for it. Shit does happen and things do slip through. it is just that with some brands the level of fanaticalism (or is it just denial) is greater and it does not allow them to talk out aloud about the issues they have faced? However, with Lotus, it almost seems as though it is acceptable just slag them off as being crap. hardly fair.
So, whilst I am truly to sorry to hear of the issues Jonny, i do not accept that the answer is "just to buy a Porsche" (or a Macca, of a Fezza or an AM etc) as they all have well documented stories from SOME owners of misery, issues, woe, failures and issues. I can understand how personally for you Jonny you are gutted and disappointed by the issues with your carbon loveliness. But let's not just write off the whole brand and the whole cars as a result of issues with 3rd party produced Carbon body panels. Yes, lotus really needs to up its game with regards to Quality Control. totally agree. But they do seem to listen and do seem to try to respond to customers when they are asked to get involved. As a small manufacturer and retailer I am sure you can appreciate the constraints Lotus, selling 1600 cars a year, is under compared to the mighty Porsche selling +220k cars per year the majority of which are over priced, profit generating, SUV's that subsidise their sports car operation. All I would ask for is some balance when the evaluation between the brands is done. I don't think that is an unfair ask.