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  1. Welcome to TLF Eric, and good luck in your search for an Esprit. As @swindon_alan said, I do use my '89 Esprit Turbo SE as a daily driver, as well as for roadtrips and classic car runs. She covered just over 15k miles in 2019, bringing the total close to 150k. When I first got my Esprit, the idea was to have an extra car, to be enjoyed when I wanted to. It didn't take me long to get hooked on the driving experience and she became my prefered daily. Nowadays I only take the Range Rover when I need to carry a lot or tow a trailer. My daily commute is into Brussels, I agree it's not always the most pleasant drive, but that's the case regardless of what you drive. The Range with it's command driving position is more relaxed when traffic gets hectic, where the Esprit feels vulnerable. But she makes up for it on the few occasions the road clears, or those last few corners just before home where she can stretch her legs. After a few days in with the Range (or any other car), I'm always delighted to get back into the Esprit. 😎 At 30+ years old, she does need some attention from time to time, mostly normal wear and tear. Reliability has been excellent, only major problem was a failed master clutch cilinder, leaving me stranded. This can happen to any car with some miles. I firmly believe reliability increases with use. You're more on top of things, with a better 'feel' of the car and more inclined to regular and preventive maintenance whereas a parked up car can accumulate problems. Filip
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  2. Hello, 3rd batch "reversed" cwp set is coming soon. So far first two batches all "bullit proof"
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  3. Once mines back on the road after a huge rebuild to get it back to where it should be my V8 will be my daily driver in all weathers . Why save it for the next person 😁 I went for a V8 as I wanted the wider arches with the updated interior as it was my dream car at 17 when I passed my test and I saw the gold motor show V8 GT (Incidentally I actually own the other facelift development car) I had a 2.2 NA Stevens 10 years ago but it was tired and never felt like it had the performance I wanted. rented an S4S for a day before diving in and really enjoyed it.....but the interior really sells the later one for me
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  4. Well today might be the first day of having a 100% sorted car New throttle pedal installed - limp issue gone πŸ‘ New window regulator installed πŸ‘ So far so good. Will monitor over the next few weeks.🀞 I have to say CMC are really excellent - I think 'll be taking my car to Craig from now on!! Very impressed.
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  5. There's a guy from Wales with a white X180 that's done 160,000 miles. It was an early car with a blue printed engine and has never had a rebuild. This was the car.
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  6. Gini, most days I can find something that makes me glad I took the Esprit. Today it was thumbs up from a guy in an RS3 (stuck in traffic in the lane next to me), sometimes it's just walking up to the beautiful wedge in the garage between all the boring euroboxes. πŸ˜‰ And I don't care about the mileage, as I have no plans of ever selling my Esprit (unless a bargain X180R would come along 😎). Filip
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  7. I see things differently, I consider my noisy car overtake as a gift to my other road-going 'friends' - the like of which they will seldom get to enjoy. I AM THAT GENEROUS. Selfless too. The world should be filled with more like me.
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  8. Lotusbits have made some new crankshafts! useful if your beyond 20 thou undesize! Lotusbits have made some new crankshafts! useful if your beyond 20 thou undesize!
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  9. My service at Silverstone was Β£280, should have been Β£420. I'll be publishing a press release shortly with details of the new pricing regime.
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  10. Go for it @Mark Blanchard lifes been very good to me for the last 10years+ of self employment - I was offered a full time job last week at a company I contact to. I laughed it off and politely declined.
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  11. There's reports of people panic buying stuff like toilet rolls and soap -- so I thought I better jump on the bandwagon and stock on stuff as well …………………...
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  12. My wife's bought this lot. 19 Tescos delivery trays worth. This is just some of it. The old girls gone a bit chicken oriental.
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  14. Doesn't look good in this snowflake era looks more and more like yes minister every day People are too sensitive these days, if they aren't performing is difficult to get rid of them
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  15. The race center is now booked and we are going to try the new VR system....get your travel sickness tablets out!!
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  16. Morning Everyone Just collected this new to me 410 Sport 😎. Not driven it far but totally loving the back to basics involvement of the drive. Oh and the noise.....bloody hell the noise! 😍
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  17. Hi All Picked up a 380 Sport last week. Previously had an Elise Cup. Similar in some ways - but very different in others! Really enjoying it! πŸ™‚ Was thinking about different V6 models, but the various upgrades that Lotus put out with the 380 sealed it for me - forged alloys, bigger fuel tank, gearbox cooler, T-25 rollover bar (otherwise only on the Cup cars I think?), abs and TC programmed for the latest tyres (Cup 2's), 2 piece brakes, aero kit, carbon bits etc etc. Figured if I got anything else, I'd only end up spending on these anyway post purchase. Having it geo'd this weekend. Looking forward to many adventures to come... The stock suspension seems ok tbh but can't help thinking about adjustable Nitrons... Also wondering about Alias 23 intake and splitter (concerned that the stock carbon front splitter is going to be a bit vulnerable...). Also a 380 Cup front "mouth' black wrap. Any thoughts v welcome!
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  18. Not bossed about by anyone other than myself. Work damn hard and enjoy the benefits of it. Funnily enough actually not - for a communications company installing the power into green roadside cabinets you see in verges πŸ‘ Yes - everything is about cheap and volume - that is indeed where some money is. however Mark - do not lose sight of the Uber rich who will spend obscene sums for something bespoke and unique. Quality and class sells to this niche. I’ve a couple of fantastic customers in this area - they never ask the price - they only want the best and want it absolutely spot on and perfect.
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  19. And Life's not much fun being bossed around by people half your age.
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  20. Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing.
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  21. Evening folks! So a guy I know from a Jaguar XJ-S forum (apols in advance for cheating!) has sent me through some behind-the-scene on set shots from TSWLM he has which he doesn't think have ever been published - they were from a private collection from a friend of his who used to own the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum. I certainly haven't seen them before, so thought I'd share a few of them as some of you might be interested
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  22. It’s worth noting that all the folks spewing the hate for Priti - they would be the very ones who wanted Diane Abbot doing the job. i shall let you think about that πŸ˜‚
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  23. When I got my Esprit in 1990 it was my only car and therefore my daily. Worked brilliantly but its got an old school service schedule. A B A C every 6 months or 6000 miles. For my use that meant three services a year and the expensive C service with belts came around all too often. After 2 years I bought another car to split the miles up a bit and then a motor bike to commute on, and then another car, and then another car ...and now 30 years later I find I'm doing about 1000 miles a year and am more concerned about reliability than I ever was when using it daily. Another potential issue - while most stuff should be fine, there are a few bits of unicorn in most of the models and if that breaks it could be off the road for a while....
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  24. That thermostat looks exactly like a wax capsule diverter valve from some old gas boilers!
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  25. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8074309/Take-tour-Swiss-motoring-fair-abandoned-coronavirus.html
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  26. Hi Mark, What breed are looking for and what age? Sorry you had trouble with the rescue/shelter facility. I"m a breeder and here's a link to my 7 weeks old litter of Miniature American Shepherds. 2 of my dogs are in Norfolk-most are USA and some in Canada. These are all spoken for, but thought you might find them interesting. Only breed when we can better our breed - not for money. Real Breeders don't make money. They make better, happier dogs and guarantee them for their lifetime. https://www.lotusbill.com/2020-Dani-BIS-Litter-7-weeks/Dani-BIS-Litter-7-weeks-Winter/ Additonally, here's some shots I took at LOG 38: Here's a nuclear yellow Exige from LOG 38 in Toledo, Ohio. https://www.lotusbill.com/Lotus/Lotus2/i-8chb5QG/A Aubergine Purple Elise: https://www.lotusbill.com/Lotus/Lotus2/i-vQ5S5vx/A Enjoy! Bill
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  27. We're pretty lucky with parts supply for a 'niche' product!
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  28. Lovely looking car. Just needs the GT430 treatment at the rear and would be perfect! 😍
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  29. Yee haa - Norfolk based! Would seem to be a great tie in to Lotus then and they could re-introduce an old strap line - 'adding lightness'
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  30. That's the overall feeling... think of the rep Lotus had, or perhaps still do in some circles, it's hard to shake off, even more difficult in this day and age. The cars are solid though, hand built so not without the occasional niggle, nothing that's ever stopped me driving or enjoying them, very similar to my Lotus experiences. As for that vid, I guess I stick out like a 'sore thumb'... likewise most owners I've met, I've not sure what to make of it, certainly not my experience in over 3 years of ownership.
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  31. That sums up my situation very much. I am sure the Mclaren SS's would be good on Australia back roads, one thing I really like is as the R&T jurno's in 2017 put it, the EVORA 400 is a nice place to be at any speed where as others you have to up them for the rent to really enjoy
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  32. What colour is that GT410 at the front. Looks amazing!
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  33. Or buy an Evora. They are absolutely sublime - less hassle than an Esprit - but I do love my Esprit....
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  34. Unless I am wrong they were never sold to the USA? As for being able to reasonably use it as a daily driver it probably depends on the type of road driven and the climate too ... Of course any car can be driven on any road and in any weather (... sort of! And remember Patagonia! ^^) but can the Esprit be really enjoyed on a more or less shitty road every day to commute and in a bad weather? Not so sure. It can do it obviously, but in my opinion it would be a pity to just add up daily miles on the car without enjoying it for real. Typically my commute is just a boring road with heavy traffic and so many roundabouts that I do drive with the Esprit from time to time, but not very often. It can barely warm up before I arrive at my destination ... ! As for the Elise still being for sale, that doesn't surprise me so much, these sort of cars won't sell very fast anyway. At least where I live. Also, the Esprit is quite reliable but they are old cars now and whether the one you would buy is reliable or not will depends on the previous owners. So you have to be prepared to either spend a bit of maintenance or some spare time on it. PS: Hi and welcome by the way!
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  35. You need to have a run out in the Peaks with MLOC would be great for you to join us πŸ‘
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  36. At last!! - A parking space for fat blokes that like to BBQ.
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  37. Massive problem with population on the Planet 1bn in 1900 - 7.8bn in 2020 Let nature do its thing. One way to shut up the Climate Change whinge bags
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  38. If Trials are to start in April - I assume: - 1. They need a number of (willing?) subjects to test out the vaccine and 2. There is a risk that it could all go horribly wrong and the 'testees' (no, not your balls!) could get the disease and possibly die? If my assumptions are right, then we need a show of leadership to promote and inspire confidence in the general population. Therefore I happily nominate as the first test group: 1. Boris Johnson 2. Jeremy Corbyn 3. Nicola Sturgeon 4. Donald Trump 5. Harry and Megan 6. Phillip Schofield 7. Blair and Major (just coz they deserve it) 8. Piers Morgan 9. Ant and Dec 10. Stock, Aitken and Waterman (Just unforgiveable what they did!) That should make it interesting..........
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  39. I think the only time the word Autocar is written on here is when they come up with one of their guesstimates of what the next Lotus may possibly look like, be powered by, cost and so on. They just seem to make it up as they go along.
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  40. Thought I'd add these. Did quite a few miles on freezing damp roads, 410 bhp and CUP2s is fun!..
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  41. @C8RKH are you wearing your tin foil hat again? they don’t have any problems dealing with recycling things like mobile phones........oh ah....ummm..... oh dear
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