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  2. Just back from an Esprit specialist and now ready for the Spring. Lots of work carried out and now properly ready to realise it’s true potential finally......very excited!!😎
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  3. Evening all, Finally had a break in the weather today to get my hands dirty and get cleaning, since taking ownership 4 weeks ago I have managed to drive it 3 times!, last week I took it to Bell & Colvill for It's second service, what a great bunch, Phil was very helpful nice to meet him along with a few others that I got chatting with, amazing stock including some tasty Morgans, with It being a near 2 hour drive I decided to hang around bar grabbing a bit of lunch so had a good 3 hours to nose. Had them fettle with the gear mechanism for a smoother 1st, just found It stick slightly a few times, perfect now from what I can feel, I have to say I'm mighty impressed, love the noise of the thing with the exhaust in 'open', weather is awful so not played with Sport/Race, I took a few pictures of how it's sitting now, I have fitted the 350 sport spoiler to the 410 lid and honestly I love it, couldn't enjoy it with no spoiler, I have got plans to get a replacement just waiting to recoup the car fund!, holidays and kids Birthdays all add up and 800-1500 for a spoiler can wait!, love the 350 look and as it's a 350 Sport I think I think it looks ace with the lid IMO, I have recently purchased some headlight surrounds (black) as per 380? and I was looking to maybe get some Forge wheels at some point, not looking to go mad just enhance as I feel like, Still wearing a soft top until I get my brother round to assist me but I would like to maybe have a few blasts with the roof off for fun!, reminds me of my Vx220 days, Here are some pictures, I have added some of the others Lotus Exige/Vx220 from the past, although I can't find any of my 2007 S2 Exige S anywhere, shame as that one I had a Hanger111 extended diffuser relocated exhaust etc, loved it and was running 280bhp, the Blue VX220 was my first move into anything like this (i was 19yrs old!) felt like a supercar to me, coming from a 172 cup at the time, then got the bug and brought the white S2 N/A this was beautiful, I really one should have kept If I could have, tuned / Decat, race pack etc It was deafening but so much fun, then while running the Mk2 golf and a M3 I came across a bit of a bargain Vx220 (silver one) that had full VX history but needed work, that ended up in the hands of a fellow enthusiast not long after doing the work, I then went through many many cars, x2 911's and now back in the fold with this beautiful machine, I have admired and almost purchased one a while ago, I almost brought a Evora SR few years ago too, I'v always attended Lotus festival and various meets over the years and just very happy to be part of the forum again in this, Cheers all
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  4. Fair play to the bloke, if he makes it he’ll be able to join the rest of the comedians.
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  6. Strange coincidence that another one of these has been reported recently. I just repaired mine in Jan, and someone on the FB group is going through it now as well. Something in the early non-Inteva latch release mechanisms bind as they age, and it results in neither of the handles working to open the door. You can fix this yourself if you're handy, but it requires removing the 2 door striker bolts from the inside of the car. I posted a how-to over on LT: https://www.lotustalk.com/threads/open-a-door-when-the-latch-has-failed-closed.475272 Give me a few to fix it; the mods deleted the wrong duplicate post which had all the info, and I have to recreate it in the second post.
    2 points
  7. Hello, I am the new owner of this project. I will post about its restoration. Laurent.
    2 points
  8. I've an android phone. I tried lots but the best (easiest) was one called Easy Tension by Hutchinson
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  9. 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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  10. In other news, l proper love this shot from the Top Gear feature 😊
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  11. Don’t panic, but according to BBC News, if you’re 50+ and smoke, it seems like you’re not long for this world. (Exaggeration possible). The young will inherit the earth and save the human race from extinction (and Brexit?). Ironically, China might be one of the safest places to live now. It seems that their draconian measures are paying dividends and reports of new cases seem to be falling, so that could be good news for everyone.
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  12. That looks like a pain to sort out although good write up so thanks, I will be giving mine a good lubrication now to hopefully mitigate against this in the future. Thanks for sharing, good luck sorting Scott and let us know how you got on? Dave
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  13. Doctor on the telly said that washing your hands properly with soap and water is much better than using hand sanitiser. Better off spending that £200 on a pack of paracetamol...
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  14. Yes but mines only 25% left and it’s actually got a bid on it.
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  16. Australia has one of the slowest uptakes of Electric cars of any country and for good reason cost as they most fall into the Luxury car tax bracket >29,000UKP they have short range will be anything other than town car show ponies in Australia due to the distances. Yes there are charging stations between Sydney an Melbourne and some country towns have some and the network is growing as per the Tesla map. Australia is now not dissimilar to the US where are only a few small cars available. large pickup trucks are very common and now Holden is no more the biggest selling cars here is the Toyota Hilux and similar lots, To Give you some idea these two pictures and one is an unashamed plug for Australia will put the size of Australia into context
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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! 🙂 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. Looked very good in the flesh. 😀
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  19. Check again. I just finished re-posting the content.
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  20. Mine was fitted and I did the full run in procedure exactly as defined but, quickly got the mentioned error codes, left bank or right bank running lean. Car then gets limited to 5500 revs max. I could clear it with my obd, but the problem needed to be sorted fast and it was , with Alias dealing with the problem very quickly, after some decent research on the subject. I was sent a new air filter to fit that week, which has the same area overall area but 'might' be slightly more restrictive. Personally I think its a looks and feels better quality the foam ITG. The end result was slightly less angry sounding than the ITG but, it still sounds pretty damn good and sound less 'breathy and sucky' than the ITG did. Hard to tell if it lost any power over the ITG but is still without doubt notably better than the original by a long way. I've now done over a 2000 miles or more with this, including a track day and its been absolutely fine in summer and winter conditions. Martin S
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  21. broken door mechanism most likely. Friend of mine had the same issue in his 400.
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  22. I went to test drive in Ioniq earlier in the week and it wouldn't start as the 12v was dead
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  23. Starting with the wife and kids!
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  24. @Jeroenvg How is the reverse camera activated in the display? The camera receives the power from the dash and not from the reverse light! See the manual page 15 @nano It's carbon fibre foil. Done by a car wraping company. 50€....
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  25. Here goes...…... The new charge cooler heat exchanger has welded bosses which match up to the original brackets. I fabricated a strap to support the condensers.
    1 point
  26. It never ceases to amaze me, when you look at EVs - everything is powered. If you want to extend range then use wind up windows and get rid of all unnecessary add ons.
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  27. I have photos of this, but there’s quite a few. I’ll see if I can set up a Dropbox link.
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  28. Its interesting that Lotus fitted an oil stat. They were not known for extravagance at the time and the Ferraris of the day didnt have one. They dropped it in 1985 according to the parts book.
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  29. Sounds like an electrical problem, maybe a connector working lose.
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  30. What new models? It's all the usual smoke and mirrors so far and you don't have to be overly cynical to roll your eyes and mutter under your breath about the situation as it's all been seen before. We haven't had any new models for years. The last new model we had I went with Bibbo and Tony to see it being featured at Top Gear. That was in 2008 and, for context, a fit and healthy Schmacher was pretending to be the Stig. The re-bumpered, re-engined and re-upholstered cars since then are not new models no matter how great they are. Where's the new stuff? Where are the new cars that will grab the column inches, the YouTube minutes and the Instagram likes? Where's the new stuff that will make it worthwhile seeking out the stand at Goodwood or even worthwhile having a stand at Geneva? Where are the new models that will eventually succumb to endless Limited Editions while we moan about waiting for the next new stuff? We've had nothing but empty promises for years and it's only been the genius of the engineers being able to successfully tinker with the existing line-up and the loyalty of a handful of Lotus enthusiasts that have kept the production line from collecting cobwebs. Utterly and repetitively exasperating.
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  31. 😀 Carbon fiber foil. So the misscoloured binnacle fits better now...
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  32. I agree with this. My 14 is the same. Usual silly niggles but that’s it! Apparently the SR’s were the most expensive to produce Evoras to date despite the upgraded super chargers etc on newer models!!
    1 point
  33. 1972 Hillman Avenger GL (Tiger repro) 1990 Ford Fiesta 1.8 1996 Mitsubishi Lancer GLXi 2000 Audi A6 Avant 2004 Audi A4 Cabriolet 2007 Volvo XC90 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo (15 happy years ownership) 1972 Ford Mustang convertible 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 351 (current) 1970 Dodge Challenger 340 (current)
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  34. Here is what I have seen here and elsewhere. You get a Lotus, particularly one brand new, and you spend months getting it sorted out. Generally not major issues, but a bunch of small issues, many of which should never have gotten out of the factory. After hassling with your dealer and Lotus, things do get sorted and the car is fine thereafter. That HAS to change. Such a scenario might work if you can get your car to the Lotus factory, but if you live across the pond, this is just not acceptable. Even for a US used car, it is unacceptable because any purchaser of a used Lotus has to wonder if everything was sorted out or whether the owner just gave up and decided to sell the car. This thread is really directed to new car owners and asking if this has changed, hopefully for the better.
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  35. ... but the GT3 is, apparently! (from http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EOwners/adrianheath.html)
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  36. Good thread, I did this list recently as I saw somewhere you can get a poster get made up with them all on, and in the right colour - I started to prepare then forgot where I saw it. Anyway in order starting with oldest, some had at same time as each other, easy to spot the toy and sensible cousin Opel Kadett (way cooler than a Vauxhall chevette!) Escort MK2 (same blue as Paddys on TG!) Beetle (shed) Mini (original - another shed) Cortina Mk5 (shed) Escort Mk3 (shed) Beetle 1303 (curved windscreen) Austin Healey Sprite (not a midget) Volvo 480 (finally got a proper job) Beetle (early sloping headlights model- very cool) Peugeot 305 (start of the sensible years) VW Passat Celica Elise 111s BMW 3 touring Evora Launch Ed Volvo XC90 Evora S IPS Elise 111r Mitsubishi ASX Porsche Macan Evora 400 the last 2 are both current cars.... The Elise 111s is the one I miss most and wish I had kept.
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  37. 1978 Fiat 131 1969 Triumph Spitfire MK3 (two of, still have one) 1979 Audi 100 (two of) Minis (four) Audi ur Quattro (12, still have one) 1982 Audi 80 Audi 90 (two of) Audi 200 Ford Cortina (mk4- 1300, 1700, 2000) MG BGT Ford Sierra Ford Escort (2 of) Lotus Esprit V8 (still have) Audi A3 (two of, still have one) Audi A6 Fiat X1/9 (at least 9. At one point, 6 at the same time. Installed an Uno Turbo engine in one) Fiat 126 soft top (one of only 8 ) VW Golf Mk2 GTi (1.6, 1.8, 1.8 16 valve) (five or six all told) VW Syncro (I installed a 1.8 GTi engine in it) VW Jetta 16V Renault 5 Turbo Audi Allroad (3 of) Vauxhall Vectra Estate Smart Car BMW X5 Mazda MX5 Ford Mustang Fiat 500
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  38. Update: Sorry for the delay - bad weather knocked out the electrics to the garage so no light for a couple of weeks - then other stuff held me up. However - pleased to report back that utilising the advice from Gonzalo (many thanks) it was pretty straightforward to recover - although a bit time consuming. Took the boot liner out for access, removed the airboxes - for access to the cam covers, Took the plenum off then one of the cam covers so I could see the cams. It was 360 degrees out as I suspected - but I really just couldn't tell that the Tolerance pins were bit fully in without seeing that. Moving the crank to the safe position, rotate the cams until they lined up properly with the setting pins in place it was much easier to see whee I was. That was the RH bank - I didn't have to take the cam cover off the LH bank as I knew what to expect (feel for) after doing the RH bank. Access was a challenge as you all know but got the new blue belts fitted OK - tensioning was not at all easy as it was easy to overtension then you need to start again - rotating the crank fully - lots of clambering into the engine bay - then out and under the car (repeat as necessary!!) However - utilising an app on my phone I was able to get consistent results within tolerance. I rechecked the cam positions, rechecked the tensions etc - all good. Yesterday finished putting the covers back on (even that wasn't easy with the limited access) - fitted the new aux drive belt, and checked all the connections I had removed or disturbed, and - it started fine. Today I did a wee bit more, refitted the airboxes, partially refitted the boot liner (still to be fully bolted down, topped up the coolant - I'd lost a bit with the header bottle lying loose and low and cleaned around the engine bay and gearbox. There were a few errors showing on OBD reader - Cam position sensor and a few others - probably as I'd started it without the air filters initially and I'd rotated the cams independent of the engine. Cleared them and all seems well. Having done it once - despite the difficulties I would definitely do it again - much quicker and simpler after the experience gained! Many thanks for the advice
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  39. Hehe. Above is yet further proof that the human race will eventually die of nothing more complicated than ignorance.
    1 point
  40. 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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  41. I ordered a 2Bular Valved Road exhaust on the 27th Jan. So far, 2 promised delivery dates have been missed and we're on course for a 3rd missed date. I've already had to cancel 1 appointment for fitting. I've been nothing but polite and patient in all my correspondence, but the wait time is really tainting the general excitement for it to actually arrive.
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  42. There’s no chance of that happening - I used the Evora almost every day
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  43. I took a friends 12 year old son out for his first Lotus ride on Sunday. It will be a few years before he can get one of his own, but we have a new convert
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  44. Yes, I'll second that, a nice beer or three is a good solution to most problem .
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