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  1. Hey all, been looking at a Evora’s for several years now and been lurking here for a few months....finally got myself a great example, an MY12 Evora S IPS, with tech, sports and premium packs! Credit to its previous owners its in excellent condition and will continue to be cared for whilst in my stewardship, hopefully many years!! Im down on the south coast between Southampton and portsmouth so any nearby members let me know!
    5 points
  2. If you're not familiar with it, the rad is a huge task. Make sure you know what you're getting into. You're starting a lot of threads. I suggest you condense these into a single resto thread; it'll be far tidier and will provide a focus for responses.
    3 points
  3. Don’t worry about the smoke, just get the indicators working.
    3 points
  4. I love mine. Its hilarious in so many ways, the kids (6 and 4) fit OK in the back, and if I am not taking the wife too, one of them goes in the front. Drives like a lotus should, goes like stink, slidey, comfortable, looks great, sounds amazing, useable every day. It's mega. One bonus, if your wife is too short (5'2 or less) she won't be able to reach the end of the clutch pedal and so will never want to borrow it! By bonus I obviously mean problem...
    3 points
  5. Yep...me too, that looks classy in silver, good choice Barry you should steer well clear of silver cars...
    2 points
  6. Yes that's quite telling. I just read through the first couple of pages of this thread just to remind myself why I started it. I genuinely wanted this tread to be a reference point for people that were in Porsches to open their eyes a bit to Lotus and consider buying one. Porsche guys are even worse than TLFers for being blinkered! I wish it was an option just to get another new one that would have been a reasonably clean solution and although I do have a replacement Porsche lined up (PDK GTS Cayman) just in case butI would really just like my lovely 410 back! I don't think the GT410s look
    2 points
  7. I agree with @jonnyboy here. My care went in for it's 1k service many weeks ago. The dealer agreed to two major items being warranty claims and took photo's and sent the stuff to Lotus. I have chased and waited for an update for weeks. Finally got an update last week to say that one of the items has been accepted now, but now Lotus have said they want even more photo's so that's another two week delay. The issue is the dealer see's the issues first hand, Lotus are remote and are relying on photo's - where's the trust between Lotus and the dealer? Meanwhile, I am left chasing the Dealer for an
    2 points
  8. it's been a while since i have spent any quality time on the car amazingly - given the weather! nothing much to show for my time only that I got the water prrof multi connectors on to the wiring loom and the pod lift motors to connect these up and tested to confirm everything was in order. I have also secured the wiring loom with stainless p-clips now into the offside light pod after removing the vacuum solonoid, secured the fan wiring to the under tray using the front spoiler bolts and p-clips of a appropriate size, and drilled a 22mm access hole in the bottom of the light pod underneath the
    2 points
  9. I had PPF on my Nismo, wouldn't bother for the £1000. I'd rather just respray the car, but live and learn! I've decided to just do it. Take the car, and negotiating to have as much fixed as possible, and just enjoy the car. It's going to get ruined anyways, so just fix it every now and again - Oakmere aren't interested in a respray and have quoted around £1000 for it. No problemo, a few years down the line and I'll see how we go.
    2 points
  10. Enjoyed the Ace Cafe a couple of weeks ago.......
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  11. A new Pope........
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  12. I bought a black indoor one with red piping and badge 3 years ago for my S1 NA Evora. It now fits my 410 Evora nicely. Very soft "fleece" type material on the underside. Dust and stuff can be easily hoovered or brushed off the top. They really are very very good....
    2 points
  13. I collected my Evora Sport 410 a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately the weather here in Melbourne has been cold and wet and I have busy with work. I managed to go for a drive today and I must say I have no regrets about selling the Aston and Elise for this fabulous Lotus. The suspension set up is sublime. The noise is epic and seats are far more comfortable than they appear. In fact the car is far more civilised than both the Aston and Elise. I can converse with my passenger (wife) who is able to enter and exit the car whilst preserving her dignity. I haven't had a chance to te
    2 points
  14. Great selection of lotus cars LDC stand great lotus on the hill plus catch up with friends Paul enjoying is car weekend.
    2 points
  15. I’ve put my name down for an old mans car. The new honda hrv released next month. Then if the sharemarket is kind to me this year i’ll buy another red car. F360. Need to enjoy life before my body gives out.
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  16. Nope, the filter on a 2GR-FE is a paper filter in an assembly, not a spin on which allows you to fit a sandwich plate. I haven’t done it yet, but have on all previous Exiges, so cable routing the same. Oil temp sensor: Not present on engine, and certainly not available via CAN. Will need a new boss in sump, convert existing sump plug or as @Seriouslylotus says, via a baffled sump. Oil pressure sensor: Remove existing oil pressure switch location, can’t use the sensor as it’s on/off. Remove, place in a t-piece, hooked up to new variable sensor and existing factory sensor. Retains
    2 points
  17. Et Voila, all tires are done. . I made some pictures in the proces. Here you see the tire and the original letters.... I know I know, Nankang... but I assure you, there isn 't much choise left in 14" tires , and well , they are really good in the dry SAM_7514 by Geert Vijncke, on Flickr Next, the angle grinder comes in . I use a flap disc : flexOvit Z80 paper. It isn't difficult, just don't overdo it. Dont't go in deep, just lightly remove the letters and leave all the rest. SAM_7515 by Geert Vijncke, on Flickr I got this: SAM_7516 by Geert Vijncke, on Flickr
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  18. Okay first up apologies for a bit of a boring update! I've been busy figuring out exactly what's missing from this car over the last couple of months. The most obvious was the original steering wheel and boss. These are getting very difficult (i.e. expensive!) to find but I did manage to get a wheel, crash pad and boss... I know a lot of people don't like the original wheel but I personally like things to be how they left the factory. I also managed to find an original jack, handle and wheel brace. Again these are not cheap and I'm told the last jack that Lotus Bits sold went
    2 points
  19. @techyd - welcome and have a look at the Hampshire section. Some of us are meeting at the Drift Inn near Beaulieu on Tuesday.
    1 point
  20. They always 'float' on the disc surface.
    1 point
  21. Very nice, congratulations!
    1 point
  22. Lovely example you have there. Drive in good health!
    1 point
  23. Will be there along with SWMBO, already on the list
    1 point
  24. Now that I like a lot welcome to the slippy slope of addiction that is Lotus ownership
    1 point
  25. Here are a few from the day. I believe the GT430 in the parade is the one at Silverstone? I must say it was one of the nicest sounding of the lot!
    1 point
  26. The Turbo systems were originally made by Double-S Stainless Exhausts and they were pretty good quality, but they come close to the top of the spring mount and also almost contact the heatshields at the sides and top-front. One other issue is the flexy joints are very delicate and will break and leak if flexed too much when they have been used then removed. Under the braiding there is a bellows made of very thin stainless steel.
    1 point
  27. Not an Esprit but... rare shot with the top off. From Silverstone Classic yesterday.
    1 point
  28. Great to see Lotus represented in the parade, in front of this incredible Pagani. In fact there was more Lotus presence there than any other generic car event I have been to. There were many Europas, Elans and Elites in the race series, plus of course the historic F1 cars in the Masters series.
    1 point
  29. So after pestering my dad for a year to find pictures or videos of his Esprit he owned many years ago , And today he finally climbed into the attic and found them, here are screen shots of it as it won’t allow me to upload the video. 1987 Turbo Esprit HC reg, D565 VJX any ideas if it’s still in existence? Or where it is?
    1 point
  30. Quite honestly the exhaust manifolds are such a poor and restrictive design, so the idea behind changing them is to improve the efficiency, quicker turbo spool, smoother power and torque curve, and in theory more mpg as a finishing touch. The idea here is not necessarily to increase BHP, but the nature of tubular manifolds means that increased power is often a byproduct. I must stress that currently this is only experimental and currently for my own amusement! If everything works and the predictions become achievements, I will be happy to manufacture them for others. The crack in the oil
    1 point
  31. I'd love to, but I only have £12,500 deposit and £3500 of that is borrow from the Mrs. Im stretching myself very thin already. It is lovely, but the need for a 50% deposit first ruins that entirely haha
    1 point
  32. Alex is the right man for the job, known him for several years as he restores cars and have visited his workshop. It will get done correctly to a high standard
    1 point
  33. Apply lots of easing fluid (wd40 / similar), and if you have one use another (1/2" UNF) nut as a sacrificial one, to re-form the thread. To do that, tighten the other nuts, hold the shaft secure using a spanner on one of the existing nuts, and then put the new nut on the thread tighten and undo, and repeat. That should clean the threads enough that the old nut will pass. That assumes you don't have a 1/2" UNF die to clean the threads. That's the barbarian's approach (but works well)
    1 point
  34. Do you want to borrow the farmyard exotics hammer and anglegrinder
    1 point
  35. Gordon asked for stainless. I also have the ones from SJ and those aren't stainless.
    1 point
  36. Whilst my DM is working properly at the moment, when it dies I know what I'll be doing instead. Top job, or rather jobs.
    1 point
  37. Welcome to TLF Steve. I wil admit that you have an unusual question for your first on a Lotus forum. If the question had been about a Lotus every one of the guys above would have endeavoured to assist. As it is not about a Lotus, well.............. Have you joined up on here as a way to get some knowledge about potentially purchasing a Lotus? Or are you asking the question as nobody on the BMW forum is helpful?
    1 point
  38. Was it the yellow one? That has some pretty bad stone chips and not well repaired. If you haven’t already speak to Simon as he’s generally more willing to look into these things. My first S2 was stone chipped as it was ex demo. They blew in the nose and it was perfect, clam was left on and was a great job. Cant see the S3 being much different? But you do need to make sure the sprayer knows Lotus. Ring Specialised Paintwork in Reading (even if knowwhere near you) for a price, they know Lotus inside out and will give you a benchmark price.
    1 point
  39. Are you lost?
    1 point
  40. No at least Ive got the wheels! Just sent them off for refurb.
    1 point
  41. I’ve been reading this thread with more than just a passing interest since jonnyboy started it as I’m waiting for delivery of my own new 410. Without seeing the roof blemish he has spoken of, I’m not going to pass any comment, one way or the other, but one recurring theme running throughout though is how this blemish is completely unacceptable on an £80k car and how Lotus need to up their game if they intend playing with the big boys. Now whilst I agree that any new car should be blemish free I’ve spent an interesting hour or so this afternoon reading several owners stories about panel co
    1 point
  42. All done. so I drop the car off the ramp - start her up. Double check vacuum - magic. let her warm up in the garage and tidy up. Go to open the door - nope - it’s locked itself. Thankfully the bonnet was open. So after some swearing - she’s now sat on the mot ramp. I’m now awaiting my eldest to finish having her eyelashes done and I can go back and collect the car. Which has once again locked itself on the mot ramp - window wound down to make sure it didn’t do it again - which it did. i must say - brakes are great.
    1 point
  43. Without getting into what to do now - well discussed above - I’m with Jon’s perspective on this. Buying a new car consists of “buying a car” and “buying NEW!” Many options for the first bit - including saving some/a lot of money in comparison with the new price+OTR. Demo cars, Almost New <1,000 miles, One Owner <4,000 miles, and the whole range of SH. Many options will include examples near indistinguishable from new - but they will not be NEW! The NEW bit is unique. A car is, or it isn’t. NEW is special, emotionally charged, probably a process of months, building from
    1 point
  44. There is money about and it is still being spent. Spent differently granted, but the luxury end of the market still is doing well. A weak pound hurts us in some ways yes. Essentially the stuff we buy in from overseas is more expensive in general, but as most of that seems to be "non essential" stuff then if you want it you will just need to pay more for it. However, home grown stuff and products are still the same price - as the famous Mr. Wilson once said in 1967: "From now the pound abroad is worth 14% or so less in terms of other currencies. It does not mean, of course, that the
    1 point
  45. I had a Maserati 3200 for 10 years and thought I’d change it for a 997 but after seeing and test driving a few, I thought I’d revisit my shortlist - they drove easily and beautifully but the running costs were huge and they felt a bit tame and mainstream. I bought the first evora I went to see - driving it felt like an occasion and the radium intake it had put a smile on my face. Mine is a launch edition in canyon red and I love it. My 9 year old daughter told me I had to buy it on the test drive because she thought it was so much fun. Overall I’d say it’s not as refined as a 997 but it
    1 point
  46. Well I really hope that we see even 20% of this would be good. SUV is of no interest to Western buyers but if they find a market for it over there that funds stupid cars for us to have here that would be pretty sweet.
    1 point
  47. It's only the roof that I have a real issue with. The reasoning is well documented many times in this thread so there s no need for me to go over it again. You go spend 80k on a car with this issue and see if you accept it is what I would say.
    1 point


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